Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Let’s face it, it was high time for Honda to come up with a new machine to reinvest in the trail-GT segment. The Varadero was no longer in the game, and slipping away was to blush because his career was deserving. But faced with an exceptionally fierce competition, led by a BMW R 1200 GS Empress, the brand of Soïchiro a machine one level above.

So, Honda released a big trail on the ground capable of showing many, both technically and road: the 1200 Crosstourer.

Since its appearance as a concept bike in 2010, the Crosstourer has been able to lighten and energize its line. A small beak, not too large fairing panels, comfortable but openwork side tank guards, a small engine spoiler: the front asserts itself! And he has every interest because the Crosstourer has to stand out. And behind its style, there is a more than generous mechanical set, that of the VFR 1200.
The approach taken by Honda to create this hybrid between grand touring and gravel is similar to the genesis of the Crossrunner: a sport-GT with trail suspensions. It is no coincidence that the first name of this bike is VFR 1200 X! Let’s remove all the plastic, the tank and the wheels and discover the massive frame taken directly from the big VFR. A double perimeter aluminum beam with a large section, capable of withstanding cavalry exceeding 170 horsepower. You will understand, it is indeed the V4 of 1237 cm3 which propels this machine. This allows the manufacturer to offer the only trail in this segment equipped with a 4-cylinder in V (the only other 4-cylinder is that of the Versys 1000 from Kawasaki, but it is an in-line engine). A very accomplished mechanics, and here adapted to a less sporty behavior. To achieve this, and to offer more torque at low and mid-range, the design of the camshafts has been revised, as has the timing of the distribution and the shape of the intake and exhaust ducts. Having abandoned power in favor of availability, the Crosstourer still has 129 horsepower at a reasonable speed of 7,750 rpm. Not enough to go in pursuit of a Ducati 1200 Multistrada but he doesn’t care: it is neither his target nor his desire. Its stronghold is tourism, coupled with comfort that can be supplemented with the automatic transmission version. More exactly with the DCT evolution dual-clutch transmission. More responsive than the first version appeared on the VFR 1200 in 2010, this robotic gearbox allows the driver to operate in fully-automatic mode (2 maps available, Sport or ride) or in sequential, with the changing of gears controlled by buttons fixed on the left comodo.

It was designed to take a trip, far, long, everywhere. Well, almost everywhere. It may be equipped with spoked rims and long-travel suspensions, but it is not to be ventured into the desert or on mountain trails. Its ground clearance of 180 mm, 55 mm higher than the VFR, allows some fleeting detours, but we are far from the capabilities of a KTM Adventure, offering 261 mm (or even 301 in its R version).
On the other hand, take a few side roads and then take the motorway and then take a look at the climb to Alpe d’Huez, he asks for more. Thanks to an upright and natural driving position, hand guards adjustable in 3 positions, a screen that is also adjustable, and about fifteen options, the crew can go from sea to ocean without asking any questions. No problem on the transmission side: it is provided by the single-sided arm coupled with a VFR gimbal. This new generation of big trail at Honda makes it possible to raise the level of active safety. We find on this S.U.V a combined ABS as standard but also an anti-skid. It calms the engine power if ever the flange of 150 starts to show signs of loss of grip.

With its 1200 Crosstourer, Honda offers a worthy descendant of the 1000 Varadero, with more technology, power, technique, and ambition. The manufacturer is not satisfied with that and now offers a real range of ‘crossover ’with this VFR 1200 X, the Crossrunner and the small NC 700 X. In front of him, the road, but also a host of contenders. Up its sleeves, two assets that the competition can envy: its big V4 and the robotic transmission.

Accessories and optional equipment – The Crosstourer can be customized with a range of accessories and optional equipment:

– Polycarbonate side case set
– Inner bags for side cases
– Top-case 45 liters
– Inner bag for top case
– High screen
– Steel drop guard
– Tank protection
– Fog lights
– Heated grips
– 12V socket
– Central stand
– U-lock
– Alarm system
– Engine case protections

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    Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012
    VARADERO XL 1000 V 2011

    Model marketed in

    2012
    2013
    2014
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    Performances

    Max speed:
    sup 200 km / h

  • Consumption
    medium: 6.20 l

The technical aspect

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

  • Frame
  • Tank: 21.5 liters
  • Width: 915 mm
  • Height: 1335 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,595 mm
  • Weight in running order: 275/285 kg
  • Train before

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

  • Transmission
  • Secondary cardan drive
  • Rear axle
  • Engine
  • 1237 cc
    (81 x 60 mm)
  • 129
    ch
    at 7,750 rpm
  • 12.80 mkg
    at 6500 rpm

Detached pieces

exhaust
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fluid
electricity

filtration
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Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

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Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

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Honda 1200 CROSSTOURER 2012

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