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ot: Honda Crosstourer first rides and pics

I dont want to muddy the well, dirty already GS dreaming thread, pity I didn't wake up from the dream with a GS but we'll see what the nest couple of years brings.

here are some pics and some small notes of my impressions thus far

managed to back it out of there without moving anything – grab rails and nice full steering

dash has a bit more info with bike turned on, sorry

lever adjust

suspension adjust – handy to do while riding to see the difference, i’m hopeless at suspension

even for someone mechanically challenged this all seems pretty decent – spare fuses, good sized batt

wear marks on rear rack/hand rails – that’s just from trying some tie downs so powder coating if poss could be the order for this if straps are your thing

yes yes, shaft drive makes me happy


beaky but the angular nature of the bikes design seems to work – especially in the flesh

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What bike did you get rid of?
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I know your pain...
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so far I have pulled back the bars half an inch and brought the levers in. Have tried the screen both up and down and off altogether, the off altogether gives clear wind into the helmet which seems easier to handle than turbulent air. First thing Monday will be an order for a larger screen.

These sort of bikes are so effortless to ride, the motor is really nice and plenty of room to move around on the seat

The traction control and abs have me going down gravel roads the three times I've ridden it. if slowly moving on the loose gravel you can pin it and it will just squirt for a half second and then it backs the power off - quite interesting.

I tested the abs on both front and rear and had it kick in both times, going downhill on gravel I was surprised how much front braking I could do before it twitched so yeah - better get some radiator protection bars before too long

coming home into a really strong wind I realised how poor that screen is, it's weird I mean you'd have to be long legged, long armed and short torso-ed to reach the ground, bars and stay under the highest setting on the screen - but anyhow

this isn't a bike to sit back and gork at, though I do look at it in-terms of what gadgets can I put on and where can I attach stuff. None of these bikes or this style do it for me aesthetically, can't see myself cleaning it too much or going out to the shed to look it - just gonna ride it

having a dealer in town was a big reason for getting one

I would suggest if you can that you ride one before making an opinion on the way they ride - some people somehow make a judgment about a bikes riding characteristics without ever taking one for a spin. and in the flesh, they are much easier to look at
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I like the report. Service convience is a big + as these bike get more complex electronicly. Fuses versus CanBus may be a convient off road feature. What do you think? Same size front wheel (small diameter) just like the Multistrada is interesting. I like the display package.
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I could hardly tell a fuse from a relay but if that was their desire when making it, to make things simpler - then if I break down hopefully a passer by will be able to help

the rear wheel is 17" and the front is 19"
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I can hear the Siren's song calling!

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Congratulations.!.!.!

Don't know too much about the bike but it looks nice.
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isn't that the NX700x?
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Congratulations on the new bike, I like it. I am looking forward to seeing some pics of the Australian back country.

Enjoy mate!!!!
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Oh, I love the dash, standard a thermometer and a clock without pushing buttons. I should ride a Honda. It looks like it calculates fuel mileage and has TPMS, is that true?
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Rod, sounds good, need some luggage and protection bars

ck - I guess it's photos of interest for me now

bradz - nah this is 1237cc, the other one over here is based on the vfr800 and it looks different I think it's called a cross-runner, this is a vfr1200 motor tuned for more low down grunt

Rob, it has km per litre (with the wind behind me I saw 20km to the litre for half a second), distance to empty etc what's TPMS?

people are referring to them as cross-dressers - so look out for an appropriate photo!

thanks guys, nice an easy

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what's TPMS?
Tire
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Rob, it has km per litre (with the wind behind me I saw 20km to the litre for half a second), distance to empty etc what's TPMS?
The yellow light in the dash i think?

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isn't that the NX700x?
I think the 700X is a chain drive as well, but beyond that, the two models look very similar.

BIKE magazine said the Crosstourer was the surprise of their comparison test (vs the Triumph Explorer, GS, Multi, Tenere, and KTM 990 ADV).
They seemed to really like the bike, after sort of dismissing it as boring. I think it was the engine that won them over.

I love these kinds of bikes for touring on. Congrats on the bike.
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I think the 700X is a chain drive as well, but beyond that, the two models look very similar.

BIKE magazine said the Crosstourer was the surprise of their comparison test (vs the Triumph Explorer, GS, Multi, Tenere, and KTM 990 ADV).
They seemed to really like the bike, after sort of dismissing it as boring. I think it was the engine that won them over.

I love these kinds of bikes for touring on. Congrats on the bike.
Thankyou, touring is really the only opportunity I have, I can't wait to explore the motor, that's what got me too as soon as I started it and cruised off (an akra is coming

it's encouraging that the testers like it, though I'm stuck with it for a while now anyhow, wouldn't have mattered

Rob - that is "TC" Traction Control - no PMS but if you want some I know where to find it, especially after walking out the door and buying the bike... she said "just go and bloody get it then!"

lucky for me I am tone deaf, so hey I'm doin the best I can with what I've got to work with

how many "I's" did I get in there? some things never change ay fellas?

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Hey Chewie, that is a really tidy looking bike, especially in white. never seen one of those before. Congratulations, now get stuck in to some adventure stuff up the Snowies.

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