– 2017 VFR1200X Buyer’s Guide | Features, HP & TQ, Accessories, Colors + More! –
VFR Adventure Sport Touring Motorcycle / Bike
The VFR1200X also known as the CrossTourer in many parts of the world is making its return for 2017 to the Honda Adventure Sport Touring Motorcycle model lineup. Did Honda throw any changes at the 2017 VFR1200X? Nope, this is one of the very few models that didn’t receive even the slightest little updates for 17′ but you do have (2) new color options to choose from depending on where you live as some colors aren’t available in select areas etc. So in all technicality, I guess you could say those would be ‘changes’. For 2017 you’ll still have (2) model options available on the 17′ VFR1200X: 1.) Manual Transmission / Clutch 2.) DCT Automatic Transmission.
2017 Honda VFR1200X CrossTourer Review Contents:
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Model overview
- 3. Key features
- 4. Accessories
- 5. Technical specifications
The VFR1200X CrossTourer, launched in 2012 in many parts of the world and the USA in 2016, is Honda’s range-topping adventure sports touring motorcycle. The original design team, led by Large Project Leader Yosuke Hasegawa, set out to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and the facility to explore.
Equipped with a 1,237cc V4 engine, advanced chassis and electronic package – Combined ABS, Traction Control System (TCS) and the option of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) gearbox – the CrossTourer firmly planted a flag at the high-performance end of the adventure segment.
As a go-anywhere, do-anything tool it has few peers – but its real difference lies in the addictive power and soundtrack produced by its soulful V4 engine, something unique in this class.
2. Model Overview
In 2014 the VFR1200X CrossTourer received improved comfort, evolved its existing technology and applied new touches. With Honda’s Selectable Torque Control, the system allows the rider to select three different levels to control engine torque and resultant drive to the rear wheel; the system can also be switched off. Honda’s six-speed DCT gearbox received software refinements to deliver an even more intuitive and natural performance, whether on highway or back road.
Honda’s unique new self-cancelling indicators were also fitted.
The seat was modified to improve rider comfort and facilitate easier ground reach and a ‘wave’ design ignition key was set as standard.
For 2016, the VFR1200X CrossTourer was made EURO4 compliant, and got enhanced practicality with an easily-adjustable windscreen, 12V socket and three levels of S Mode in its DCT version. For 2017, two new colors will be available.
- 2017 Honda VFR1200X CrossTourer Price / MSRP: TBA
- 2017 Honda VFR1200X CrossTourer Release Date: TBA
2017 VFR1200X Colors:
- Two-tone red – Special Edition color / Candy Prominence Red / Graphite Black
- Pearl Glare White
- Candy Prominence Red
3. Key Features
The CrossTourer’s engine continues Honda’s proud heritage with V4 technology, with its uniquely smooth, flexible delivery of impressive power and torque while also offering immediate response. Offering precise control of this power thanks to its throttle-by-wire system, and an engaging, characterful sound – due partly to carefully-sized chambers in the exhaust – the CrossTourer’s engine is integral to its appeal.
Based on the engine of the VFR1200F, the VFR1200X engine has been modified to better suit the intended use of an adventure motorcycle. To further enhance the thrust at low and medium engine rpm, the design of the camshafts and distribution times have been revised. The result is a rewarding drive, even from very low revs. Also contributing to the high level of control and ease of use that provides advanced system V4 is the ride-by-wire (electronic throttle), which accurately conveys the driver’s commands allowing easy monitoring and responding with the right features required; no more no less. Honda in return neutered a little bit of the horsepower from the VFR1200F as it came in at 172 horsepower but the VFR1200X is still nothing to balk at when it comes to the power department. The V4 engine in the 2017 VFR1200X has a horsepower rating that comes in at a respectable 127 HP at 7,750 RPM and 93 lb-ft torque at 6,500 RPM. PGM-FI fuel injection employs 44mm throttle bores and the VFR offers up very precise throttle control thanks to fly-by-wire technology. Throttle control is key when you have this much horsepower and torque on tap thanks to the monstrous engine Honda crammed in this motorcycle for the 2017 adventure bike lineup in the USA and abroad. The throttle-by-wire system, and an engaging, characterful sound – due partly to carefully-sized chambers in the exhaust make this bike not only an enjoyable bike to ride but quite the weapon with a rider that has the skill to take advantage of this package Honda has put together.
The V4 configuration is slim and compact, reducing frontal area and aiding mass centralization. It also features a very closely set pair of rear cylinders, making the engine narrower at the back. Further contributing to the 1,237cc, 16-valve engine’s compact dimensions is Honda’s Unicam technology, also used on the CRF range of motocross machines. This SOHC configuration helps reduce the size and weight of the cylinder heads, and optimized combustion chamber shape. The result is a comfortable, close and manageable motorcycle.
A combination of a 76° angle between the two banks of cylinders and a crankshaft with 28° phasing between the crankpins virtually eliminates vibration. Since there’s no need for a power-sapping balancer shaft the result is higher output, and uneven firing intervals give an intimate connection to the engine.
The Honda Selectable Torque Control constantly monitors front and rear wheel speed; when it senses a certain difference in speed between front and rear wheels, engine torque is momentarily reduced by a combination of ignition cut and modulation of the throttle butterflies through the throttle-by-wire system. As the difference in speed between front and rear wheels reduces, the system transitions into modulating only the throttle butterflies. This ensures a seamless, unobtrusive control. The system features 3 modes of operation for the rider to choose depending on road conditions. It can also be switched off.
3.2 Manual Transmission / Dual Clutch Transmission
Take your pick between:
- Conventional 6-speed Manual Transmission
- DCT / Dual-Clutch Transmission (Automatic) with six speeds, push-button shifting, with your choice of shift modes.
VFR1200X DCT | Automatic Motorcycle Transmission Overview:
Available as an option on the CrossTourer, Honda’s DCT gearbox offers a unique combination of direct riding feel and ease of use. A world first for motorcycles when launched on the VFR1200F in 2010, it delivers consistent, seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use.
The system uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging. Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.
The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock or pitching of the machine is minimized, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. The CrossTourer’s ride-by-wire technology allows the system to electronically “blip” the throttle on downshift for even smoother, faster gear changes.
With extra benefits such as durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear), impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, and reduced rider fatigue, over half of VFR1200X CrossTourer customers now choose the DCT version.
Three modes of operation are available with the VFR1200X DCT transmission:
- MT (manual) mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift with the handlebar trigger control buttons.
- Automatic “D” mode is the economy mode (moderate fuel consumption) for driving in the city and highway, interstate, freeway etc riding as it achieves optimum fuel efficiency.
- Automatic “S” mode is sportier and the ECU lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, giving greater performance. It also shifts down sooner when decelerating for extra engine braking.
In either “D” or “S” mode DCT offers immediate manual intervention if required – the rider simply selects the required gear using the up and down shift triggers. At an appropriate time DCT seamlessly reverts back to automatic mode, depending on throttle angle, vehicle speed and gear position. The system is also able to detect uphill and downhill slopes and adapt its shift pattern schedule accordingly. Starting in 2016, within S Mode, there are now three different engine maps to cover a wider range of sporty riding scenarios and preferences.
Furthermore, in “D” mode, the DCT system detects variations in rider input typical to certain environments, from busy urban streets to mountain switchbacks, and adapts its gear change schedule accordingly to create an extra level of riding compatibility.
Recent upgrades to the DCT software and operating logic ensured an even more intuitive system; downshifts in D and S mode happened earlier for a more responsive feel and extra engine braking, making corner entry natural. Kick down was also smoother thanks to remapping of the ECU. This transmission has been designed and developed to be durable and very quiet, even at high speed. The ECU monitors several key parameters and can choose between two type map programs; one for normal conditions, minimizing gear changes for smooth, progressive operation, and a second for use with high load gear changing more frequently to increase acceleration and engine braking. Both D mode and S mode allows immediate manual intervention if required.
Want to shift Honda’s DCT automatic transmission with your foot like you would a conventional manual transmission? Honda does offer a foot shift-lever accessory that you can install to shift through the DCT transmission.
I’ve seen a lot of riders balk at the idea of an automatic transmission for their motorcycle but 9 out of 10 times they haven’t given the DCT transmission a chance. They haven’t taken one down the road and experienced it first-hand. At first, I had the same mindset. “Who wants an automatic motorcycle?”. That’d be incredibly boring I thought to myself. I compared it to riding a scooter in my head but that was until I finally gave Honda’s DCT automatic transmission a chance and set my original opinions to the side. I won’t try to “sell” you on the idea of owning an automatic motorcycle but before you mark the DCT option off the table for your VFR1200X of any other motorcycle Honda offers with the DCT I suggest you take one for a test drive. Give it a true shot. Is it for everyone? Nope. Most definitely not. Many will be surprised though as I have seen it happen time and time again over the years after seeing guys with 30+ years of riding experience under their belt come back and stating they wish they wouldn’t have waited so long to try it out.
The VFR1200X CrossTourer has relaxed riding ergonomics. Seat height is 850mm but thanks to the narrow profile it’s an easy motorcycle to straddle, with good ground reach.
The diamond aluminium twin-spar frame is a hollow unit that employs quartered construction – this enables very precise control over the all-important weight/rigidity balance of each part of the frame. Rake is set at 28° with trail of 107mm and 62.8 inch wheelbase. The VFR1200X curb / wet weight comes in at 611 lbs and 633 lbs for the DCT version.
Designed to excel on hugely varied road surfaces the front and rear suspension offer generous amounts of controlled, bump-absorbing travel. The 43mm inverted fork offers reassuring control with precise steering and stability, even during hard cornering and heavy braking.
The Pro-Link rear suspension combines excellent traction with refined ride quality. Both the fork and gas-charged shock are adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload, allowing riders to alter characteristics to suit their riding style and intended usage. In addition, the tilting off-set pivot provides greater driving comfort and permanent traction regardless of the conditions and characteristics of the road.
An adjustable windscreen on the VFR1200X enhanced practicality. The mechanism is simple and user-friendly, allowing the rider to adjust the screen height to any desired level with a single gloved hand.
Spoked wheels are designed to absorb the shocks generated by rough road surfaces and work with the suspension to deliver a comfortable ride quality. Tubeless tires – 110/80-R19 front and 150/70-R17 rear – balance keen, agile handling with traction.
The Combined ABS system on the VFR1200X incorporates both the easy control of a Combined Braking System and the extra reassurance of an Anti-lock Braking System. Combined ABS works between the dual front 310mm discs/three-piston calipers and rear 276mm disc/twin-piston caliper. It delivers balanced braking for more stable deceleration and the extra reassurance of an Antilock Brake System. If either wheel is about to lock up and slide, C-ABS momentarily reduces the hydraulic pressure being applied to the relevant brake and distributes the force optimally between both wheels, ensuring powerful and secure braking in all conditions for extra reassurance and offers more confidence in braking power should you run into unexpected or extreme situations. The result is a level of security much higher for the driver and passenger.
Styling on the VFR1200X suggests great strength allied with a refined sportiness. Recurring design themes like sharp edges accentuate its rugged adventure style; a lack of bulk at the front of the bike gives a feeling of lightness.
The headlight configuration consists of a stacked headlight arrangement, with the main beam headlight positioned above the high beam unit. The headlights and effective windscreen are positioned towards the middle of the machine to help centralise mass while also offering great wind protection. Channels in the fairing at the front of the bike reduce frontal area, while ducting cooling air into the radiators.
The rear of the machine is highly functional with an integrated luggage carrier and grab rail, to which the optional saddlebags attach directly. The LED indicators, used for the first time on a large capacity Honda motorcycle, ensure optimum visibility.
The VFR1200X features off-road inspired hand-guards to provide welcome wind and weather protection for the rider. On the 2016 VFR1200X you also get the added practicality of an adjustable windscreen. The mechanism is simple and user-friendly, allowing the rider to adjust the screen height to any desired level with a single gloved hand. The adjustable windscreen has been shaped using computational fluid dynamics analysis for an idealised shape and just enough wind protection. The design lets the rider feel the breeze while keeping fatigue to a minimum.
Key to the appeal of the VFR1200X is the off-road inspired upright riding position, perfect for riding in busy city streets and twisting rural roads alike. The CrossTourer’s carefully considered ergonomics package offers both rider and passenger a high degree of freedom. Natural support of the rider’s body weight between footpegs, seat and handlebar make the machine comfortable, even on extended rides. The riding position also offers excellent visibility for enhanced riding experience and increased hazard perception. Coupled with the generous steering lock, centralized mass and wide, tapered handlebars, gives great control at lower speeds.
3.5 Gauges / Display
The advanced multi-function box instruments is aesthetically appealing and easy to read at a glance. Located just below the line of sight of the driver to keep his eyes forward as much as possible, the screen frame is dominated by a large digital speedometer. This is flanked by clocks that indicate the remaining fuel and engine temperature. Through the top of the screen is a bar-type tachometer, moving from left to right when the engine rpm increase. It also provides information of an odometer, two sets, remaining fuel, fuel consumption (current and average), mileage to empty the tank, gear position indicator, a clock, Selectable mode Torque Control system and the selected mode the Dual Clutch Transmission (if applicable). The brightness of the instrument panel is also adjustable.
LED self-canceling signals / indicators. LED technology provides better visibility and durability. These indicators are switched off intelligently after overtaking after the monitor turns or a combination of time, distance and wheel speed.
Honda has created a motorcycle that give the rider a sense of challenge and adventure while offering a premium design with cutting edge technologies. This is a motorcycle that could conquer a long distance journey on major interstates or embark on an adventure to a remote destination in the mountains. The VFR1200X delivers this by combining all of the creature comfort sport touring features you want to make life easy on the open highway. Mixed with features found on off-road motorcycles like the long-travel suspension that smooths over the rough terrain or uneven road surfaces when you venture off the beaten path.
This crossover between two motorcycle genres makes the VFR1200X a unique and versatile package. The VFR1200X sets a new standard in full-size sport adventure touring motorcycles. It offers a unique combination of V4 engine performance with advances technology for stability and handling – when riding solo or with a passenger on all types of road surface and for all lengths of journey’s. If you’re in the market for a motorcycle that can pull double-duty with a mixture of on-road comfort and off-road capable, you owe it to yourself to check out the 2016 VFR1200X.
4. VFR1200X Accessories
- 5-stage heated grips with indicator, replacing the previous 3-stage design.
- Waterproof rear top box does away with the zip expander and, 60mm deeper, can take a full-face helmet.
- Low seat option reduces the seat height by 20mm to 830mm.
Other Honda Genuine Accessories for the VFR1200X CrossTourer include:
- Pannier set (saddlebags for us American folk). Specially designed and fully integrated 35L (RH) and 39L (LH) square panniers. The left pannier can contain most helmets; the set fits directly to the motorcycle and matches the top box.
- Main stand. Allows more secure parking and also facilitates cleaning and rear wheel maintenance.
- Cowl ornament kit. Tubular anodised aluminium kit developed to emphasise the bike’s rugged appearance. Also serves as a front LED fog lamp stay.
- Front LED fog lamp kit. Pair of LED fog lights which mount on the cowl ornament kit. Combines a very bright beam with minimal power consumption and a long lifetime. Control button integrates nicely in the motorcycle’s fairing.
- Touring screen, 145mm higher than standard screen.
- Side deflector kit. Set of left and right deflectors that protect the rider and pillion from the elements and reduce turbulence. Made from black polyurethane.
- 12V DC socket kit, positioned under the seat.
- Outdoor cycle cover – protects the bike from the elements.
- Averto Alarm Kit. A compact alarm unit with 118dB siren and back-up battery. Low consumption sleep mode to protect the battery from draining. Features a movement and shock detector with 8 sensitivity modes.
5. Quick Overview of Features | 2017 VFR1200X
Horsepower / Torque Rating
VFR1200X horsepower numbers come in at a strong 127 HP at 7,750 RPM and torque of 93 lb-ft torque comes in at 6,500 RPM.
With a 17-inch rear and a 19-inch front, the VFR1200X’s wheels are built to handle the rigors of gnarly pavement or dirt/gravel roads.
43mm Inverted Fork
Who knows where you’ll be riding, but the VFR1200X’s suspension is up to the job. The 43mm KYB fork is adjustable for spring preload as well as rebound damping, and is plenty stiff for steering precision.
One-Hand Adjustable Windscreen
It couldn’t be easier to adjust the new VFR1200X’s windscreen. One hand and a couple of seconds is all you’ll need. The range adjusts over three inches from high to low.
Need to charge your phone, run a GPS, or any other electrical accessory? This handy outlet makes it a cinch.
Selectable Torque Control
Honda’s Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) is designed to help riders adapt to multiple traction conditions. With the push of a button the VFR1200X’s (HSTC) lets you choose from three levels of engine-torque The system can also be turned off according to rider preference. Available on both manual-transmission and Automatic DCT versions of the VFR1200X.
The VFR1200X’s twin-spar aluminum frame members are fine-tuned to offer very precise control over weight and rigidity, and form the foundation of the bike’s stellar handling.
1237cc V4 Engine
Drawing on 30 years of V4 technology and racing success, Honda designers gave the VFR1200X what is one of our most advanced streetbike engines yet: a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 1237cc, 76-degree V-4 brimming with low-end torque.
You can choose between a conventional six-speed manual transmission or our latest, third-generation Honda Automatic DCT transmission. With the DCT, you upshift or downshift with a pair of paddle-style buttons, or you can let the gearbox shift for itself.
Pro-Link Rear Suspension
The KYB shock on the VFR1200X’s rear suspension is adjustable for rebound damping and features a convenient no-tool preload adjuster making it easy to fine-tune the ride for varying loads.
Shaft Final Drive
Tough, durable, silent, clean, and low-maintenance, the VFR1200X’s shaft final drive is exactly what you want in a bike designed to turn out some serious miles.
The final-drive assembly runs right through the single-sided aluminum swingarm housing, making rear-wheel removal a snap.
6. Technical Specifications
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke Unicam 16-valve 76° V4|
|Bore ´ Stroke||81mm x 60mm|
|Max. Power Output||129 HP @ 7,750rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Max. Torque||93 lb/ft TQ @ 6,500rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5.67 gallons|
|VFR1200X Fuel Consumption||39.2 MPG (Tested in D-Mode WMTC mode)
37.8 MPG for standard transmission version
|Battery Capacity||12V/11.2AH (YTZ14S)|
|Clutch Type||Manual: Wet, multiplate
DCT: Wet multiplate, hydraulic 2-clutch
|Final Drive||Enclosed shaft|
|Type||Diamond; aluminium twin-spar|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2,285mm x 915mm x 1,460mm|
|Seat Height||33.46 in|
|Ground Clearance||7.08 in|
|Curb Weight||Manual: 610 lb
DCT: 632 lb
|Type Front||43mm inverted telescopic forks with hydraulic damping, preload and rebound damping adjustment|
|Type Rear||Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment|
|Type Front||Tube less spoked|
|Type Rear||Tube less spoked|
|Rim Size Front||19M/C x MT2.50|
|Rim Size Rear||17M/C x MT4.00|
|ABS System Type||Combined ABS|
|Type Front||Dual 310mm disks|
|Type Rear||Single 276mm disk|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Instruments||Fuel, engine temperature, bar-type tachometer, odometer, two trip meters, remaining fuel, fuel consumption (both actual and average), range to empty, a gear position indicator, a clock, currently selected heated grip level and the currently selected Dual Clutch Transmission mode (if applicable). This instrument panel is also adjustable for brightness|
|Headlight||55W x 1 (Hi)/55W x 1 (Low)|
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.