– 2017 VFR800X Buyer’s Guide Overview: Features, Horsepower & Torque, MPG Info, Colors + More! –
VFR Adventure Sport Touring Motorcycle / Bike
Say hello to the 2017 VFR800X CrossRunner! We’ve got another 2017 Motorcycle Update from EICMA this week. Honda has rolled out more updates this week on models than they have in a long time in one lump-sum which has got me behind on updating everything so bare with me guys, I’ll be posting even more updates on 2017 models over the next few days…
Is the VFR800X CrossRunner finally releasing in the USA for 2017? Nope, sorry to burst anyone’s bubble but we are going to see yet another model year pass by on this side of the pond without Honda’s 800-class VFR adventure sport touring bike. At this time, the only model variation we get of the VFR800 is the F model also known as the Interceptor whereas the rest of the world gets both this VFR ‘X’ adventure model and the ‘F’ sport model. What do you guys think, should Honda bring the VFR800X CrossRunner to the USA?
2017 VFR800X Model Changes / Updates: Honda’s premium adventure sports tourer evolved substantially for 2015, with a host of upgrades. It featured more mid-range torque and top-end power from its upgraded V4-VTEC engine, sharper adventure styling plus refined ergonomics and longer travel suspension, new wheels and brakes. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, ABS, full LED lighting, 5-stage heated grips, self-cancelling indicators and a height-adjustable seat were all fitted as standard. For 2017, the VFR800X gets a DC charger and adjustable windscreen, and the engine as are many others are now is EURO4 compliant.
2017 VFR800X Review Contents:
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Model overview
- 3. Key features
- 4. Accessories
- 5. Technical specifications
1. VFR800X Introduction
The VFR800X CrossRunner, which went on sale in 2011, was the first model in Honda’s Crossover ‘X’ range. It combined the VFR800F sport touring platform and an upright, adventure-oriented riding position to create a multi-purpose motorcycle with a soulful V4 motor providing power and feel, and a chassis that carved out corners or the daily commute in equal measure.
The VFR800X CrossRunner – incorporating many elements from the updated 2014 VFR800F Interceptor – strongly pushed the CrossRunner concept forward, with a clear focus on performance and technology. Its revised engine and chassis, HSTC, LED lights, refined, more upright riding position and sharper styling improved both function and form to create a practical all-purpose motorcycle with sharp V4 edge for excitement with every ride.
Mr Yoichi Inayama, Large Project Leader (LPL) VFR800X CrossRunner:
“For this development of the VFR800X CrossRunner we wanted to create a premium motorcycle with a ‘ready-for-action’ feeling, for customers to use with maximum enjoyment every day. The styling demanded beautifully functional parts, and light proportions with minimal fairings. We wanted an upright position giving great visibility and agile handling so the rider can attack any corner with confidence. And refinements to the V4 engine had to deliver responsive and enjoyable power.
Our new VFR800X CrossRunner has fulfilled these goals and follows the VFR tradition: it has an array of advanced technologies including LED headlights, our Honda Selectable Torque Control system and automatic turn signal canceller. For us it gives a craving to ride every day and we hope it brings the same fun and good spirit to our customers’ lives”
2. VFR800X Model Overview
Core of the VFR800X CrossRunner is its 90° V4-VTEC DOHC 16 valve engine . It packs boosted low and mid-range torque for fluid, effortless drive plus improved top-end power compared to the previous model, and features a new 4-2-1-1 exhaust similar to the new VFR800F
In addition the VFR800X CrossRunner rider benefits from Honda Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) – similar to that fitted to its big-brother VFR1200X CrossTourer. If the system senses an imminent loss of rear wheel traction it seamlessly reduces torque to allow the tire to grip. Two levels of HSTC are available (plus off) and mode selection appears within the LCD instrumentation.
The evocative aluminum twin-beam frame featured a revised subframe for 2014 while the single sided aluminum swingarm – another VFR signature piece – was made stiffer and lighter. Visually identical to the VFR800F, the VFR800X CrossRunner’s suspension has longer travel; 25mm in the two-piece telescopic forks and 28mm in the rear shock. ABS is fitted as standard and the front 17-inch hollow-cast aluminum wheel is fitted with dual 310mm discs, worked by radial-mount four-piston calipers.
The VFR800X CrossRunner is a true VFR – a motorcycle designed for hard riding fun, but with style, comfort and practicality. Accordingly, the seat is adjustable, offering two height options, and 5-stage heated grips and Honda’s self-cancelling indicators are both fitted as standard. Full LED lighting adds a distinct presence and premium finishing touch.
3. Key VFR800X Features
3.1 Styling & Equipment
Purely a street-focussed machine, and with a strong hint of VFR800F around the ‘X’’ signature ‘white light’ LED headlight, the VFR800X CrossRunner’s overall design follows a theme of ‘tough sophistication’ and its minimal style puts the muscular V4 form firmly on display.
Styling takes its adventure sport cues from the VFR1200X CrossTourer, with an efficient screen and fairing and fixed beak-like front cowl above a short front mudguard. There’s plenty of room for a pillion and the rear grab rails and pannier mounts integrate into the tail unit; a sump guard protects the engine underside from debris.
Seat height can be adjusted to either 815mm or 835mm to help suit a wider range of riders. The seat itself features a slimmer frontal area, making ground reach easier and providing greater comfort whilst the upright riding position gives the rider great all-round visibility. Combined with the comfortable seat and footpeg positioning, the wide 683mm handlebars put the rider firmly in control and ready to attack any corner. The VFR800X CrossRunner is easy to handle in all situations and quick to respond to more aggressive rider input whether carving through twisty mountain roads or riding through the urban jungle thanks to the extra leverage and low yaw inertia.
The VFR800X CrossRunner features Honda’s self-cancelling indicator system. Designed to work unnoticed by the rider, it compares front and rear wheel speed differential when turning (via the ABS wheel sensors) and calculates when to cancel indication when going straight again.
A redesigned LCD dash uses a reverse display against white LED backlight. The speedometer/tachometer are located together; there’s also a gear position indicator, fuel consumption and cruising range indicator, clock, ambient temperature gauge and twin trip meters. An indicator is included for the 5-stage heated grips. A compact ‘wave’ design key – with internal grooving – reduces the chance of breakage and adds to the overall premium quality feel of the bike.
For 2017, a charger and adjustable windscreen add further to the CrossRunner’s premium specifications.
All mechanical parts are finished in Light Silver, while Matte Black is used on the engine covers and wheels highlighting the body color. The 2017 VFR800X CrossRunner will be available in three color options:
- Matte Ballistic Black Metallic
- Candy Prominence Red
- Pearl Glare White
Agile handling is key to the VFR800X CrossRunner’s philosophy as it has to clip Alpine apexes as well as it rides through busy city streets. The CrossRunner’s suspension is similar to the 2014 VFR800F but the 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork features an extra 25mm travel and offers stepless spring preload adjustment plus rebound damping adjustment.
The HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through Pro-Link and offers hydraulically adjusted spring preload, 28mm more travel and raised ground clearance to 165mm. A newly designed, more torsionally rigid, lighter aluminum single-sided Pro-arm swingarm completes the package with premium style and function.
The fork lowers are designed in two pieces to allow fitment of new radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminum wheels employ dual 310mm floating discs up front and a 256mm disc at the rear. The front wheel is a 17M/C x MT3.50, the rear a 17M/C x MT5.50 with 120/70 R17M/C (58V) and 180/55R17M/C (73V) tires fitted respectively. ABS is standard fitment and helps provide consistent and safe all-weather stopping control.
The diamond triple-box section aluminum twin-spar frame is unchanged but uses a revised, lightweight die-cast aluminum subframe with integrated pannier mounts. Rake is set at 26°30’ with trail of 103mm and 1,475mm wheelbase. Curb weight is 533 lbs (242kg).
2017 VFR800X Performance Numbers:
2017 VFR800X Horsepower: 105 HP @ 10,250 RPM
2017 VFR800X Torque: 55 ft/lb TQ @ 8,500 RPM
As important as the agile chassis, a willing and responsive powerplant is a major part of the VFR800X CrossRunner’s appeal. And its 782cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine served up improved performance, generating more low-to midrange power and torque. The 2017 VFR800X horsepower rating comes in at 105 HP (78kW) and is delivered at 10,250rpm, with an immediately-noticeable increased torque output through the bottom and mid-rpm ranges. Peak torque on the 2017 VFR800X comes in at 55 ft/lb TQ (75Nm) at 8,500rpm.
HYPER VTEC operates only one pair of inlet/exhaust valves per cylinder at low rpm, switching to four as revs rise. The transition from two to four valve operation was refined for 2015 and combined with the uprated torque, produced a strong and completely linear power delivery with instant acceleration.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of riding a Honda motorcycle with VTEC… Do it! Do it NOW! I’m a big Honda car guy and have loved VTEC (as cheesy as that sounds) for a long time, especially on their DOHC engines where the changeover is rather noticeable. I always expected their version of VTEC to be dumbed down on their bikes but… Nope! It’s not. It’s awesome hearing the other cam kick in and her screaming while the front-end starts pawing for the sky. Enough of my rambling though haha, I’ll shut up now and we’ll get back to the details yours after on the VFR800X.
Bore and stroke is 72mm x 48mm, with compression ratio of 11.8:1. The PGM-FI fuel injection – with 36mm throttle bodies – was remapped to suit the engine’s new performance parameters and fuel economy of 44 MPG (18.8km/l). The mass-centralized 4-2-1-1 exhaust was revised both externally and internally to assist the uprated torque output while retaining a strong rush of power at higher rpm. Shorter exhaust downpipes ensured the catalyser heats rapidly for maximum efficiency.
The dual radiator units were made smaller, with increased core density (a design used by the RVF RC45 homologation race special) and sited at the front of the engine rather than either side as before, making for a slimmer feeling motorcycle that’s easy to manage. The upper radiator and air guide (located on the left of the engine) work together to channel consistent airflow into the large funnel feeding the airbox.
Honda’s Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) compares front and rear wheel speeds via the non-contact ABS sensors; when the slip ratio of the rear wheel exceeds a pre-set amount the ECU restricts fuel injection and ignition, reducing torque to smoothly maintain grip.
The system is operated from the left handlebar and features 2 modes of operation, plus off. The default setting when the ignition is turned on is mode 2 – the maximum amount of torque reduction. From this start point mode 1 can be selected; it offers less system intervention and the HSTC can be switched off completely if desired. If HSTC intervenes the rider receives an alert from a flashing high-intensity ‘T’ indicator located in the dash.
A quickshifter is available for the VFR800X as a Honda Genuine accessory. Operated by a shift switch attached to the gear lever, it plugs directly into the ECU and on detection of an upward gear change momentarily restrains the engine’s fuel injection and ignition, allowing the next gear to slot instantly home. It works seamlessly in everyday riding and touring – reducing fatigue – and offers faster gear changes during sporty, full-throttle upshifts.
A smaller starter motor saves weight and the high-efficiency generator is rare-earth magnet free and provides more than enough electrical power for the heated grips and other accessories.
For 2017, the engine is EURO4 compliant. The allowable limits for exhaust tailpipe pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hyrdrocarbons and nitrous oxide specified by EURO4 are approximately half of those for EURO3.
4. VFRR800X Accessories
A range of Honda Genuine Accessories are tailor-made for the new CrossRunner and include:
- Quick shifter
- Center stand
- 29L integrated panniers
- 31L Top box
- 45L Top box
- Rear carrier
- Front/side engine bars
- Fog lights
- Rear hugger
- 12V DC socket
5. VFR800X Technical Specifications
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4|
|Bore x Stroke||72 x 48mm|
|Compression Ratio||11.8 : 1|
|Horsepower||105 HP (78kW) @ 10,250rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Torque||55 ft/lb TQ (75Nm) @ 8,500rpm (95/1/EC)|
|Oil Capacity||4.12 qt (3.9L)|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5.49 gallon (20.8L)|
|Fuel Consumption||18.8km/litre (WMTC)|
|Battery Capacity||12V/11AH (YTZ-12S)|
|Clutch Type||Wet, multiplate with coil springs|
|Transmission Type||Constant mesh 6-speed|
|Final Drive||O-ring sealed chain|
|Type||Diamond; aluminum twin-spar; pivotless|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2,190mm x 870mm x 1,360mm|
|Seat Height||32.8 in / 32 in (835/815mm)|
|Ground Clearance||6.49 in (165mm)|
|Curb Weight||533 lbs (242kg)|
|Type Front||43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload and ten DF adjustment, 131mm axle travel, 145mm stroke|
|Type Rear||Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 35-step (remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 148mm axle travel|
|Type Front||10-spoke die-cast aluminum|
|Type Rear||10-spoke die-cast aluminum|
|Rim Size Front||17M/C x MT3.5|
|Rim Size Rear||17M/C x MT5.5|
|Tires Front||120/70 R17|
|Tires Rear||180/55 R17|
|ABS System Type||ABS (2-Channel)|
|Type Front||310mm x 4.5mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston calipers (*ABS) and sintered metal pads|
|Type Rear||256mm x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper (*ABS) and sintered metal pads|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Instruments||Fuel meter, fuel consumption, water temperature, gear-position indicator, Grip Heat ON-OFF, ambient temperature and clock|
|Headlight||LED (Hi-2/Low-2) with extension|
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.