“The Crossrunner represents the best aspects of two separate biking genres: the flexibility and exciting attitude of a Naked performance machine with the upright riding position and rugged appearance of an adventure bike,” stated the press release.
The motorcycle is powered by a 782cc quad-cam V4 engine that uses VTEC technology and delivers 100 hp at 10,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 54 lb-ft (73 Nm) at 9,500 rpm. The motorcycle should deliver a decent level of performance, as the bike tips the scales at 240 kg/530 lbs. The bike uses a single-sided swingarm.
“Extensive customer research indicated that whilst buyers liked the appearance and the image of adventure bikes, for some the compromised stability caused by long travel suspension, taller seat heights and dual purpose tyres was a concern,” a company statement explained.
The 2011 Crossrunner comes with a “trend-setting appearance” that is bringing a design revolution. However ,we are not only talking about form here. Actually, the company has focused on function, as the Crossrunner was tested in wind tunnels, with multiple sessions leading to the design you see in the adjacent images.
Honda claims that the bike also offers a high level of comfort, as it is fitted with wide handlebars that should significantly reduce the steering efforts, as well as with a wide and low seat.