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It seems that Honda's two-wheeled operations have been running faithfully on the mantra "a day late and a dollar short" over the last few years. Despite a slew of new releases, including a production chopper to a futuristic maxi-scooter, Honda has had a hard time hitting the mark with the American motorcycle market. As the adventure motorcycle segment remains white-hot, Honda's V-4 Crosstourer concept may just be the wing-and-prayer that Big Red needs to remind us that it can build awesome motorcycles. After all, you meet the nicest people on a Honda, right?

What we do know is the world is not supposed to see these photos for a few more days, the Crosstourer has a very BMW GS-esque appearance, a Ducati Multistrada beak sprinkled in and its obviously shaft drive and shod with a set of spoke wheels. It is rumored that Honda's new do-all will use a version of the 1200cc V-4 currently doing VFR duty, with a smaller 800cc model close on its heels. Click past the break for the official press release.

[Source: Honda]
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V4 Crosstourer Concept
World's First V4 Adventure Tourer Revealed at EICMA 2010, Milan

MILAN, Italy, November 2, 2010 - Honda has revealed the V4 Crosstourer Concept, the world's first V4 Adventure Tourer motorcycle at EICMA 2010, an International Bicycle and Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan, Italy.

Sharing the phenomenal V4 engine and the revolutionary Dual Clutch Transimission with the VFR1200F, the V4 Crosstourer Concept will deliver all the fun and excitement of a road sports bike; but with the comfortable upright riding position and manoeuvrability of an adventure machine.

The VFR1200F was the first model to utilize the new iconic V4 engine that signified the beginning of the new era in Honda's engine line-up. The V4 Crosstourer Concept will utilise the same engine as the Road Sport category VFR to bring the benefits of this world-beating engine to a new type of customer. This will be the first time an Adventure Tourer bike has been fitted with a compact and powerful four cylinder V-engine unit.

The riding experience will be further enhanced with the V4 Crosstourer Concept being developed with the revolutionary Dual Clutch Transmission that gives seamless gear changes for a sport riding feel. The new bike is the second Honda to be fitted with this innovative transmission system after the VFR1200F and it is the first time this award-winning technology has been seen in this category.

Honda has always strived to bring innovative designs and innovative technology to our motorcycle customers. As a company famed for challenging conventional motorcycle thinking, Honda is committed to producing bikes which fulfil the needs and desires of our customers.

Together with 800cc Crossrunner also revealed at EICMA, the V4 Crosstourer concept expands Honda's state-of-the-art V4 model line-up.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sometimes here on AB they use a picture of a different vehicle than the one the article is talking about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd rather look at the CBR any day. And anyway. And we don't get it? Shame...it's hot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks pretty obvious its chain drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The problem with these new Honda's (same with the cars incidentally) is not a functional problem--they work perfectly well.

      The problem is that they are hideous. The crosstour Accord is an abomination, and Honda's New crossrunner and crosstourer bikes are equally vomit-inducing. Why the author of this article chose to show a photo of the cb1000r, I don't know... because that is a 3-year old euro bike that actually looks good, soon to be imported to the USA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the cars are boring. but the motorcycles aren't. they look just wonderful. honda is slow. but they most certainly not ugly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This bike will not sell. The motor is too complex. The new Tiger Explorer and Super Tenere will surpass it. Honda needs to keep it at two cylinders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Images are of the boring CB1000R! Where is the gallery for the cross tourer?
      • 4 Years Ago
      "It seems that Honda's two-wheeled operations have been running faithfully on the mantra "a day late and a dollar short" over the last few years"

      You could expand that statement to include their four wheeled operations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last time I saw this silhouette the bike was called BMW GS1200, but it was a bit prettier.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ummm... the title says Crosstourer, and the article talks about what it is rumored to have powerplant wise, and there is line that the "world is not supposed to see these photos for a few more days"...

      And there is a picture and press release for the CBR1000R???