New Honda Crossrunner VFR800X

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Core of the VFR800X Crossrunner is its 90° V4-VTEC DOHC 16 valve engine . It packs boosted low and mid-range torque for fluid, effortless drive plus improved top-end power compared to the previous model, and features a new 4-2-1-1 exhaust similar to the new VFR800F

The VFR800X Crossrunner is a true VFR – a motorcycle designed for hard riding fun, but with style, comfort and practicality. Accordingly, the seat is adjustable, offering two height options, and 5-stage heated grips and Honda’s self-cancelling indicators are both fitted as standard. Full LED lighting adds a distinct presence and premium finishing touch.

A willing and responsive powerplant is a major part of the VFR800X Crossrunner’s appeal. And its 782cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine served up improved performance, generating more low-to midrange power and torque. Boosted peak power of 78kW (106PS) was delivered at 10,250rpm, with an immediately-noticeable increased torque output through the bottom and mid-rpm ranges. Peak torque of 75Nm is delivered at 8,500rpm.

HYPER VTEC operates only one pair of inlet/exhaust valves per cylinder at low rpm, switching to four as revs rise. The transition from two to four valve operation was refined and combined with the uprated torque, produced a strong and completely linear power delivery with instant acceleration.

The dual radiator units were made smaller, with increased core density and sited at the front of the engine rather than either side as before, making for a slimmer feeling motorcycle that’s easy to manage. The upper radiator and air guide work together to channel consistent airflow into the large funnel feeding the airbox.

Honda’s Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) compares front and rear wheel speeds via the non-contact ABS sensors; when the slip ratio of the rear wheel exceeds a pre-set amount the ECU restricts fuel injection and ignition, reducing torque to smoothly maintain grip.

A quickshifter is available as a Honda Genuine accessory. Operated by a shift switch attached to the gear lever, it plugs directly into the ECU and on detection of an upward gear change momentarily restrains the engine’s fuel injection and ignition, allowing the next gear to slot instantly home. It works seamlessly in everyday riding and touring – reducing fatigue – and offers faster gear changes during sporty, full-throttle upshifts.

Purely a street-focussed machine, and with a strong hint of VFR800F around the ‘X’’ signature ‘white light’ LED headlight, the VFR800X Crossrunner’s overall design follows a theme of ‘tough sophistication’ and its minimal style puts the muscular V4 form firmly on display.

Styling takes its adventure sport cues from the VFR1200X Crosstourer, with an efficient screen and fairing and fixed beak-like front cowl above a short front mudguard. There’s plenty of room for a pillion and the rear grab rails and pannier mounts integrate into the tail unit; a sump guard protects the engine underside from debris.

A redesigned LCD dash uses a reverse display against white LED backlight. The speedometer/tachometer are located together; there’s also a gear position indicator, fuel consumption and cruising range indicator, clock, ambient temperature gauge and twin trip meters. An indicator is included for the 5-stage heated grips. A compact ‘wave’ design key – with internal grooving – reduces the chance of breakage and adds to the overall premium quality feel of the bike.

Agile handling is key to the VFR800X Crossrunner’s philosophy as it has to clip Alpine apexes as well as it rides through busy city streets. The Crossrunner’s suspension is similar to the 2014 VFR800F but the 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork features an extra 25mm travel and offers stepless spring preload adjustment plus rebound damping adjustment.

The HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through Pro-Link and offers hydraulically adjusted spring preload, 28mm more travel and raised ground clearance to 165mm. A newly designed, more torsionally rigid, lighter aluminium single-sided Pro-arm swingarm completes the package with premium style and function.

The fork lowers are designed in two pieces to allow fitment of new radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminium wheels employ dual 310mm floating discs up front and a 256mm disc at the rear. The front wheel is a 17M/C x MT3.50, the rear a 17M/C x MT5.50 with 120/70 R17M/C (58V) and 180/55R17M/C (73V) tyres fitted respectively. ABS is standard fitment and helps provide consistent and safe all-weather stopping control.

The diamond triple-box section aluminium twin-spar frame is unchanged but uses a revised, lightweight die-cast aluminium subframe with integrated pannier mounts. Rake is set at 26°30’ with trail of 103mm and 1,475mm wheelbase. Kerb weight is 242kg.

A range of Honda Genuine Accessories are tailor-made for the new Crossrunner and include:

  • Quick shifter
  • Centre stand
  • 29L integrated panniers
  • 31L Top box
  • 45L Top box
  • Rear carrier
  • Front/side engine bars
  • Fog lights
  • Rear hugger
  • 12V DC socket
  • Alarm

Colour Options

Candy Prominence Red

Candy Prominence Red

Matt Ballistic Black Metallic

Matt Ballistic Black Metallic

Licence Requirement

To ride a Crossrunner VFR800X, you will need an A licence.

With an A licence you can ride unrestricted motorcycles in size and power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW.

To take the direct access route, you must at least be 24 years old. If you decide the progressive access route, you must have held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years. The minimum age for this route is 21 or over.

Terms & Conditions 

All information on the licence required to ride the bikes are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. We endeavour to maintain accurate information, however cannot guarantee the details to be accurate all the time due to legislation changes. Cox Motor Group and North West Honda accepts no liability for any misrepresentation and recommends that the individual dealer be contacted to confirm the licence required to ride the bike.


Bore × Stroke (mm)72 x 48mm
CarburationPGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio11.8 : 1
C02 Emissions121 g/km
Engine Displacement (cc)782cc
Engine Type (cm³)Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4
Max. Power Output78kW @ 10,250rpm (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque75Nm @ 8,500rpm (95/1/EC)
Oil Capacity (Litres)3.9L
ClutchWet, multiplate with coil springs
Final DriveO-ring sealed chain
Transmission TypeConstant mesh 6-speed
Battery Capacity (VAh)12V/11AH (YTZ-12S)
Caster Angle26°30’
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)2,190mm x 870mm x 1,360mm
Frame typeDiamond; aluminium twin-spar; pivotless
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)20.8L
Fuel Consumption53mpg (WMTC)
Ground Clearance (mm)165mm
Kerb Weight (kg)242kg
Seat Height (mm)835/815mm
Trail (mm)103mm
Wheelbase (mm)1,475mm
Brakes FrontABS (2-Channel) 310mm x 4.5mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear256mm x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Suspension Front43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload and ten DF adjustment, 131mm axle travel, 145mm stroke
Suspension RearPro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 35-step (remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 148mm axle travel
Tyre Size Front120/70 R17
Tyre Size Rear180/55 R17
Wheels Front17M/C x MT3.5 10-spoke die-cast aluminium
Wheels Rear17M/C x MT5.5 10-spoke die-cast aluminium
12v SocketYes
HeadlightsLED (Hi-2/Low-2) with extension
InstrumentsFuel meter, fuel consumption, water temperature, gear-position indicator, Grip Heat ON-OFF, ambient temperature and clock
Tail LightLED

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