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.
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.