American Honda is bringing the 2016 version of the VFR1200X Cross Tourer to the United States. This adventure-touring motorcycle – which Europeans simply love – has been updated for the 2016 model year and will be available together with the 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin in America Honda’s offering in the US.
Considered as the Honda’s largest-displacement adventure-touring model, the VFR1200X is for customers who are looking to be comfortable in long trips on their motorcycles. It is powered by a 1,237cc V4 engine mated to a standard gearbox or Honda’s six-speed, fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).
This DCT is now more refined and features additional modes. Any of these VFR1200X variants comes with Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), combined ABS brakes and shaft drive. The VFR1200X also features inverted 43mm fork and single-sided swingarm with modern suspension technologies, supporting the bike’s 19- and 17-inch wheels.
This Pearl Black adventure-tourer comes with a one-hand-adjustable windscreen and handguards, as well as an accessory socket for charging smart phones. Customers could also avail of a wide range of Honda Genuine Accessories like those for rider comfort, customization and storage.
The 2016 VFR1200X Cross Tourer will be available starting in April 2016. Moreover, American Honda announced that the NC700X and CB500X will feature aggressive new styling for 2016. The company also announced that all four 2016 Honda adventure models will have their US debut at International Motorcycle Shows stop in Long Beach, California scheduled to take place on November 20-22, 2015.
Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda, remarked that the launch of the VFR1200X in North America follows on the hot welcome experienced by the CRF1000L Africa Twin.
He noted that along with the updated NC700X and CB500X models, Honda now has a model that will meet the needs of any adventure-touring enthusiast in the US. On the other hand, the already aggressive-looking yet versatile NC700X is now updated for 2016.
For instance, its windscreen is now 70mm higher, which means its rider would experience less fatigue when riding at high speeds. It features a lighter and smaller muffler with improved sound as well as a LED taillight.
It could now carry an additional 0.25 gallons of luggage for a total of 5.8 gallons. Its engine is mated to either standard gearbox or automatic DCT transmission, the latter set to offer three different sport-mode settings aside from the standard mode.
Meanwhile, the light and nimble CB500X also received some updates for 2016, including a taller windscreen, a new LED headlight and taillight, and a hinged fuel cap. Its fork now features external preload adjusters, while its front brake lever is now adjustable to fit different hand sizes.
Honda also changed the motorcycle’s transmission make for smoother gear changes. Honda will unveil both the 2016 Honda NC700X and the 2016 Honda CB500X to the world at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.