EICMA 2013: 2014 Honda Crosstourer
The Honda Crosstourer was launched in 2012 as Honda’s range-topping adventure sports touring motorcycle. The original design team set out to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and the facility to explore. Powered by a 1237cc V-Four, it became a unique contender in its class.
Despite not being sold stateside, the Crosstourer was improved for 2014 to enhance rider comfort, evolve its existing technology and apply new touches. The new Honda Selectable Torque Control 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 has also received software refinements to deliver an even more intuitive and natural performance, whether on highway or back road.
We all know how embarrassing it is to forget your turn signals. Honda has now fitted the Crosstourer with self-cancelling indicators to rid that problem. They monitor a combination of distance, time and wheel speed, operating intelligently and seamlessly.
The seat has been modified to improve rider comfort and facilitate easier ground reach and a ‘wave’ design ignition key is now standard. Accessories – a key aspect of adventure bike ownership – have also been revised with new top box, heated grips and a low seat option.
The finishing touch are the Crosstourer’s new paint schemes including a new Matt Titanium Blade Metallic ‘Camo’ SE color.
While the Crosstourer looks to be a fun and capable motorcycle, anyone living in the States and hoping to ride one will have to travel to Europe. Honda has no intentions of bringing it to this side of the pond. At least not for 2014.
Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.
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