2011 Honda Crossrunner 800 | Preview

2011 Crossrunner 800

Here is something we weren’t expecting from Honda in Europe in 2011; a quasi-adventure motorcycle with a V4 powerplant! The 2011 Honda Crossrunner 800 motorcycle claims all the flexibility and exciting attitude of a naked bike with the upright riding position and rugged appearance of an adventure motorcycle.

The source of this idea was research "that customers wanted a motorcycle that had a unique stylish image and was also great fun to ride in all conditions throughout the year, whether that be on short trips around town or on long rides out across country," according to a Honda press release.

Honda tells us that two core motorcycle design motivations for the Honda Crossrunner 800 project.

"It was always at the forefront of the design team’s minds that this motorcycle should be performance-focused, yet supremely manageable to cater for a wide skill set."

"Beyond the practicalities, the Crossrunner motorcycle has a wide-barred, upright riding position offers a unique riding experience that magnifies the impressions of speed, acceleration and lean angle."

This is the same VTEC motor Americans motorcyclists are familiar with thanks to the Honda Interceptor. The Honda 800 (782cc), quad cam, 90 degree V4 runs an over-square bore and stroke of 72.0 x 48.0mm for efficient cylinder filling via the four-valve, down-draft cylinder heads.

The liquid-cooled unit feeds its power to the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox, wet clutch and chain final drive. Honda Crossrunner engineers focused on throttle control linearity, which they call "the feeling of heightened rider control."

The Honda Crossrunner motorcycle has "a smooth rush of progressive, linear power with abundant torque throughout the rev range and precise control at every parameter of revs, throttle position, gear position and load."

The 2011 Crossrunner leverages a sportbike-derived aluminum alloy, twin-spar frame that provides excellent rigidity, according to Honda.

"The design allows a much lower headstock height than traditional adventure bikes, resulting in much improved levels of rigidity," a spokesman tells us.

"The twin aluminum alloy chassis spars that closely hug the contours of the compact engine also offer much better levels of lateral rigidity than the tubular steel frames of most Naked motorcycles."

Up front, 43mm cartridge forks provide front wheel control and rider feedback, while the rear wheel is precisely governed by the Honda Pro-link rising-rate linkage system and a gas charged HMAS damper with coil-over adjustable spring. Both the front and rear Honda Crossrunner suspensions have damping adjustments.

With standard-fit ABS, the triple disc braking setup of the Crossrunner is only powerful and safe. Twin 296mm floating discs are grabbed by six-piston calipers at the front, and the rear 256mm disc brake gets slowed by a twin-piston caliper.

To give the rider as much control as possible, the Crossrunner has wide bars from maximum leverage, as well as a fairing that was tested extensively in a wind tunnel to enhance stability. "Positioning the rider this way with an almost straight back and comfortably outstretched arms increases levels of comfort and improves visibility," according to Honda.

Attention has also been given to the passenger on the Crossrunner. The low-slung 4-2-1 exhaust system allows an attractive exhaust design, distinctive V4 engine note, and excellent cornering clearance, as well as leaving room for a lower, flatter passenger seat.

The passenger is seated on a level, low platform to make mounting and dismounting easier, and to maximize the wind protection afforded by the rider. According to Honda, this also creates a feeling of unison between rider and passenger.

The instrument panel is positioned for maximum visibility at all times and includes a digital LCD speedometer, a tachometer, twin trip meters, a coolant temperature gauge, an ambient temperature indicator and a clock.

The 2011 Honda Crossrunner 800 motorcycle will make its European debut in three striking color versions. In the two-tone combination’s, they emphasize the unique shapes and layers of the bodywork: Graphite Black / Matt Moonstone Silver Metallic; Pearl Fadeless White / Matt Bullet Silver Metallic; Candy Blazing Red / Matt Moonstone Silver Metallic

2011 Honda Crossrunner 800 | Optional Equipment

Honda Access Europe will be providing a range of tailored optional accessories for the Crossrunner. These have been created alongside the bike and are designed to complement its styling, comfort and versatility.

The motorcycle accessories include:

  • A 29-liter pannier kit. Operated with the motorcycle key, the panniers are aerodynamically shaped and easily detachable. The left pannier can hold most full-face helmets.
  • A sleek 31-liter top box featuring a locking, quick-detach mounting system. Operated with the motorcycle key, the top box can hold a full-face helmet with room for other luggage.
  • Tough and stylish polyester and vinyl inner bags for the top box and panniers. These are black with a Honda Wing logo, and come with carrying straps and handles.
  • A higher windscreen that offers extended wind protection for taller motorcycle riders.
  • A set of two fairing deflectors, offering increased wind protection.
  • A pair of slim heated grips with an integrated controller for maximum comfort and compact design integration.
  • A centerstand that makes rear wheel maintenance easier and provides more secure parking on uneven surfaces.
  • A 12V DC socket for powering additional electrical equipment.
  • An outdoor motorcycle cover that protects the paintwork from UV rays. The fabric is water-resistant and breathable, allowing the bike to dry while parked. A rope is included to tighten the cover and prevent fluttering in the wind. There are two holes in the front to allow use of a U-lock.
  • A U-lock and an Averto motorcycle alarm kit. The alarm has a 118 dB siren, a shock detector with 8 sensitivity settings and features a sleep mode to help prevent the battery from draining.

2011 Honda Crossrunner 800 (ED-type) | Motorcycle Specs


  • Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4
  • Displacement 782cc
  • Bore × Stroke 72 × 48mm
  • Compression Ratio 11.6: 1
  • Max. Power Output 74.9kW/10,000rpm (95/1/EC)
  • Max. Torque 72.8Nm/9,500rpm (95/1/EC)
  • Idling Speed 1200rpm
  • Oil Capacity 3.8 liters


  • Fuel delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
  • Throttle Bore 36mm
  • Air cleaner Oil-permeated, cartridge-type paper filter
  • Fuel Tank Capacity 21.5 liters


  • Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
  • Ignition Timing 8° BTDC (idle) ~ 50° BTDC (1200rpm)
  • Sparkplug Type IMR9D-9H (NGK); VNH27Z (DENSO)
  • Starter Electric
  • Battery Capacity 12V/11AH (YTZ-12S)
  • ACG Output 386W
  • Headlights 12V; 55W × 1 (low) / 55W × 1 (high)


  • Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
  • Clutch Operation Hydraulic
  • Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed
  • Primary Reduction 1.934 (64/33)
  • Gear Ratios 1 2.846 (37/13)
  • 2 2.062 (33/16)
  • 3 1.578 (30/19)
  • 4 1.291 (31/24)
  • 5 1.111 (30/27)
  • 6 0.965 (28/29)
  • Final Reduction 2.687 (43/16)
  • Final Drive O-ring sealed chain


  • Type Diamond; aluminum twin-spar; pivotless


  • Dimensions (L×W×H) 2,130 × 799 × 1,243mm
  • Wheelbase 1,464mm
  • Caster Angle 25° 45′
  • Trail 96mm
  • Turning Radius 2.8m
  • Seat Height 816mm
  • Ground Clearance 140mm
  • Curb Weight 240.4kg (F: 115.2kg; R: 125.2kg)


  • Type Front 43mm cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment, 165mm axle travel
  • Rear Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 145mm axle travel


  • Type Front 6-spoke cast aluminum
  • Rear 5-spoke cast aluminum
  • Rim Size Front 17M/C × MT3.50
  • Rear 17M/C × MT5.50
  • Tire Size Front 120/70 R17
  • Rear 180/55 R17
  • Tire Pressure Front 225kPa
  • Rear 250kPa


  • Type Front 296mm dual floating hydraulic disc with 3-piston calipers, C-ABS and sintered metal pads
  • Rear 256mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper, C-ABS and sintered metal pads