2016 Honda VFR1200X Cross Tourer is headed to the US

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 26, 2015

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.

Press Release

HONDA ANNOUNCES 2016 VFR1200X ADVENTURE MODEL

Reflecting the growing popularity of the adventure-touring segment, American Honda announced today that the innovative VFR1200X is coming to the U.S. for the 2016 model year. Already extremely popular in Europe, the VFR1200X receives important updates for 2016 and will now be available to American customers, joining the previously announced brand-new 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin in Honda’s comprehensive adventure lineup. Honda also announced that the NC700X and CB500X receive aggressive new styling for 2016, and that the U.S. debut for all four 2016 Honda adventure models will be at the November 20-22 International Motorcycle Shows stop in Long Beach, California.

"We’re very excited to offer such a well-rounded offering of adventure-touring models in the U.S. for 2016," said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda. "The introduction of the VFR1200X to North America follows on the incredible reception of the Africa Twin. With the NC700X and CB500X also set to get important updates for 2016, Honda has a model to suit the needs of any adventure-touring enthusiast."

VFR1200X
Now the largest-displacement Honda adventure-touring model, the powerful yet smooth VFR1200X is brand-new for the U.S. market. Well suited to customers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort during long days of two-wheel exploration, often riding two-up, the VFR1200X is powered by a 1,237cc V4 engine and is available with a standard gearbox or Honda’s industry-exclusive six-speed, fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which has been refined and updated with additional modes; both versions feature Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), combined ABS brakes and shaft drive. The 19- and 17-inch wheels offer capable road-going performance, while the inverted 43mm fork and single-sided swingarm incorporate modern suspension technologies. Other features include a one-hand-adjustable windscreen, handguards and an accessory socket to charge smart phones. An extensive line of Honda Genuine Accessories is offered, including products for storage, rider comfort and customization.

Color: Pearl Black
Availability: April 2016
Click here to view images: http://powersports.honda.com/2016/vfr1200x.aspx
NC700X
Popular with a disparate range of riders, the versatile NC700X gets exciting new styling for 2016, making for an aggressive, adventure-ready look. A 70mm higher windscreen reduces fatigue when riding at high speeds, and the new, smaller muffler has an improved sound and is lighter in weight. Luggage capacity has been increased by over .25 gallons to 5.8, and the taillight is now LED. The NC700X is offered with standard and automatic DCT transmissions, and for 2016, the DCT version now has three different sport-mode settings in addition to the standard mode, enabling riders to select shift points that suit riding style of preference. Ready for everything from urban commuting to carving twisty canyon roads, the 2016 Honda NC700X will make its world debut during the Tokyo Motor Show at month’s end.

CB500X
Light, nimble, affordable and fun, the CB500X is beloved for its ability to inject everyday rides with a spirit of adventure. For 2016, the inspirational CB500X receives a new LED headlight and taillight, as well as a taller windscreen and a hinged fuel cap. The fork now has external preload adjusters, while the front brake lever can be adjusted to fit different hand-sizes. Finally, changes to the transmission make for smoother-feeling gear changes. Like the NC700X, the updated CB500X will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.

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