Honda Crossrunner vs Triumph Tiger 800: A mix of genres

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Honda Crossrunner vs Triumph 800: A mix of genres

Production motorcycle in 2011 with the gamble that attempts to its amazing VFR 800 in hybrid sports road and trail: the Crossrunner. To judge the qualities and defects of crossover on two wheels, we have the Triumph Tiger 800, new representative of the of very typical road a surprising match to a crossroads…

Crossrunner vs Triumph Tiger 800: The

Today, the motorcycle manufactures do not anything not even the categories to be firmly established for ages. geneticists, engineers grind DNA transforming trails into the and now trails by road. Just what is practiced by car – with between minivan, station and 4-4 type 3008 – Honda has to turn his VFR 800 VTEC VFR 800 X Crossrunner, “trail” on the website of constructer but to a new category: the crossovers.

On the industrial it is also an opportunity for Honda to the card of the platform, since elements are taken directly the VFR, starting with the V4 system and a chassis almost There are even some already used on other in the range, like a dashboard to that of the Hornet or the new taillight … Short, what is new with the with a lunge and a new look by briskly in the house organ Nevertheless, the Crossrunner can not be ignored his physical for the less daring.

To understand the qualities of this we have chosen to oppose the new Tiger 800 . Triumph of the new trail, has already demonstrated remarkable in his presentation and our recent confrontations, the new wave of road trails. It a 3-cylinder engine line 800 cm3 from the 675 Street Triple housed in a steel mesh rigid running gear seriously focused way, spooked wheels 19 and 17 inches. The is similar to that for its mid-displacement

Crossrunner reserved for a small

observation in between the two bikes: the in height overall and notably of the seat. With 816 mm announced, the of Honda Crossrunner is only 6 mm than the Triumph (down and yet it is more compact, stocky. You on board more easily, because the party does not passenger.

Then one notices the handlebars raised enough of and its narrowness compared to that of the Tiger 800. However, the position of the challenges: we are left with feet raised and very as a sport. In fact, the legs are

Besides, you feel more on the Triumph, despite a surprisingly handlebar for a trail, close to of the Street Triple finally. maneuvering engine off, we see than the Honda, which more muscle to be moved. The reveals a general equilibrium satisfying both sides: the hides its weight well underway, while the Triumph to be relatively neutral, avoiding the “rocking horse” typical and their travel suspension.

If we are dealing with two good the Triumph shows a bit more turns better, but requires more tender legs.

The of the Honda, which is confused flashing, quickly becomes Besides this detail, we the updated VTEC block. To the VTEC system makes of the 16 valves inoperative under r / min.

Initiated in 2002, it has evolved in 2005 to make his trip brutal. Here we find an “two faces”. At very low – under 3500 r / min – 782 cm3 of the V4 is hollow and much less alert the 3-cylinder inline 799 cm3.

the excellent transmission of the Honda it easy to “knit” the left

The Triumph Tiger 800 is conspicuous by its

In addition, the block of VTEC Crossrunner it anyway shows a mellow and tasty low-mid It takes about 3000 rev / min in use and pulls nicely if not catapult you And as usual at Honda, all orders are and super sweet.

Our Triumph test, equipped with a Arrow, floe each the engine is also flexible and recalls in its expression, block 955 cm3 of the Triple without the rough at each oscillation of the handle.

we are on the A10 towards the Auvergne. Let’s be if you carefully follow speed you do not often VTEC will the Crossrunner. At 130 km / h, the V4 runs at about rev / min (Christian had identified 200 r / min less on unreadable tachometer when press), while the VTEC to 6500 rev / min. Therefore, riders from Germany – can cruiser at 150 km / h – are embarrassed by the inadvertent of the system.

For its part, the Triumph is taking advantage of its three-cylinder ultra which is particularly noticeable the confrontations. For now, the Tiger has our entire comparative in terms of But back on the A10 to indicate that issue, there is no comparison.

relax, protection of the bubble, the of the seat, make the Triumph 800 kilometers an excellent swallower. It lacks the hand guards and grips for optional remember BMW motor flat. Vibrations are some “very low frequency”, are slightly tingling hands and in time: next to nothing In the realm of long-term comfort, the disappoints, simply.

Frankly protection but lower than the timid times under r / min, the firm foundation for swallow or large national without changing gears or on the bike, it’s not his glass of

V4 as a Hornet!

After hours of and a good night’s rest, we our journey on the roads of Auvergne, in the of the capital of green lentils and The Triumph Tiger 800 is again a formidable consistency. It reveals steering precision, agility at equal to many medium roadsters. Pirelli’s Scorpion (like the Honda) very way of reasonable size and participate in and she is stiff enough to twirl restraint in the turns.

One pilot on the bike by pushing on the handlebars and all fade easily.

Behind the rumbles forward limit. On any “pseudo pilot” who loves the will feel compelled to up the simply because she then his true face: it is a very bike! Certainly, it demands a time to adapt, particularly of the VTEC, but once you understand the rev range or the dosage of his formidable ABS braking, the Honda Crossrunner a sacred tool to devour the

In the din of footrest clawing the asphalt, the Tiger 800 can contain the sportiness of the Stiff, responsive and fast in the changes, the “X under VFR” is faithful in total control at expensive.

Triumph Tiger 800

It always feels security on board driving neutral when switching on the (we have not found the sensation of on the bike felt presentation angle), shift faster, on the angle perfect, excellent breaking ultra powerful … It the …, where his radical leg is no longer a worry. Instead, it to step back in the saddle and on the bike.

The engine becomes furious over 6500 rev / and the outbreak of VTEC is really brutal than in the past. As a traction and safety are not undermined if one the threshold when one is on the corner. The Crossrunner flies like a of Hornet V4 engine … and it’s awesome!

Always filled a triple

The Honda VFR 800 X stands so the Tiger 800 with superior ability. Remains that has an excellent cornering stability, an ABS performance and frankly – once not hurt on a motorcycle affordable – calibrated: the ABS does not fire too to back and can halt forward it stops almost before the releases the pressure on the pads. Not bad at

Only to “…”, the travel (170 mm) interfere slightly accuracy. The downside is, when we the outskirts of the, poorly roads highlight the comfort of while Honda, well in the absolute, can not swallow the bumps and as Triumph.

Moreover, the new Honda claims more or less the suspension travels as the VFR 800 (1 mm better on the for the VFR 800!), Logic requires platform. At the end of a pin, a French hit the diamond jammed our herd. I try to go aboard the Honda, which is to the acceleration to 4000 rev / min: I to down shift one or two reports to this car before the next

Shame to have to play of the box on a motorcycle such a displacement … and I was alone on the bike.

Appraisal: A player, sports … and imperfect

For – and that’s rare enough to out – the Honda does not shine by its It’s a fact: the Honda is imperfect because of its ergonomics, the nature of its engine, its relative The new Honda shows that are limits to the logic of platform. the VFR 800 by changing only the handlebars and the is not enough to move it a Sport GT to a trail.

In use, the Honda pays somewhat in the clan of roadster, with more though. However, we note the performance of the first order and braking invitation to ride With its easy operation, and character with two faces, it appropriately to the needs of many of today: Honda Crossrunner can you to work every day and you graft a under the helmet during weekend on the winding roads … a in the zeitgeist finally.

But the price is quite high: € 10 Even if one can not expect the Honda to be as a Suzuki Bandit 1250 (8 499 €), of suspensions and a superb aluminum or ABS, we would have the Honda treats its versatility superior protection, or cared practical details (not an empty pocket plastic everywhere, nor gear indicator, or space under the seat!).

The Crossrunner is primarily a recreational / pleasure while the Triumph is more versatile: city, highway, travel, sporting it does almost everything well, is more apt to go on a weekend in duo and for a price (€ 9,590 with From a purely rational of view, it may be necessary.


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