Honda’s flagship ADV bike looks unfamiliar because it’s not available for sale in the United States, but underneath that adventurous exterior is the exact same frame as Honda’s VFR1200 sporttouring platform, along with a very similar—though retuned for more midrange power—version of the VFR’s V-four powerplant. In Crosstourer form, the 1237cc, shaft-drive V-four is said to put down 127 horsepower and 93 lb.-ft. of torque.
Another parallel with the VFR is the availability of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology, which deletes the clutch and shift levers in favor of automatic shifting. Full automatic shifting is possible in two modes: Drive, which prioritizes smooth action and fuel economy, and Sport, which favors snappy acceleration. A Manual mode lets the rider select shift points using thumb and forefinger paddles adjacent to the left grip. While the automatic transmission made urban riding as easy as piloting a scooter, all our testers preferred to manually select gears.
The Crosstourer’s arrangement is obviously much more upright than the VFR, and the ADV aesthetic is achieved with a prominent beak, hand guards, and luggage racks. Spoked wheels— 19-inch in the front—and a wide, fat handlebar complete the transformation and lend more confident of-road handling, though with soft suspension, a 62.8-in. wheelbase, and a claimed curb weight of 628 lbs., you won’t want to wander too far from the tarmac. On pavement, however, especially on fast, flowing roads where you can tap into all that torque and exploit its extra stability, the Crosstourer is an excellent touring bike.
Price as tested: €18,990 ($24,920)
Engine type: l-c 76-deg. V4
Valve train: SOHC, 16v Displacement: 1237cc
Transmission: 6-speed DCT
Claimed horsepower: 127.0 bhp @ 7750 rpm
Claimed torque: 93.0 lb.-ft. @ 6500 rpm
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: Showa 42mm fork adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Showa shock adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Nissin three-piston calipers, 310mm discs with ABS
Rear brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 276mm disc with ABS
Front tire: 110/80R-19 Bridgestone Battle Wing
Rear tire: 150/70R-17 Bridgestone Battle Wing
Seat height: 33.5 in.
Wheelbase: 62.8 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.7 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 628 lbs.