Crosstourer v VFR 1200F

dermotVFR

Registered User
#1
I know there have been comparisons before on these two great bikes but I cannot remember one that talked about the seat height of the CT.
I have a VFR 1200 F since 2010 and was thinking making a change this year. Great bike very happy days riding it. The main drawback for me is the weight of it,not noticeable at all once moving. Also as much as I like the ST riding position I am finding it a bit uncomfortable on long rides( it just age I guess) and think the more upright ride on CT would be better for me.
I sat on one when they came out a few years ago in the dealers and thought it felt very top heavy and with the high seat I felt a bit unstable on it, could not flat foot it like the 1200 F but I could steady it with top part of my foot my heel would not touch the ground. I am 5' 9" in height (175cms).
I think Honda have changed the seat a little in the mean time is that true?
Does any one else on the forum ride a CT with similar height and do you find it specially pushing it around the driveway and stopped in traffic?
 

k5 dave

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#2
I know there have been comparisons before on these two great bikes but I cannot remember one that talked about the seat height of the CT.
I have a VFR 1200 F since 2010 and was thinking making a change this year. Great bike very happy days riding it. The main drawback for me is the weight of it,not noticeable at all once moving. Also as much as I like the ST riding position I am finding it a bit uncomfortable on long rides( it just age I guess) and think the more upright ride on CT would be better for me.
I sat on one when they came out a few years ago in the dealers and thought it felt very top heavy and with the high seat I felt a bit unstable on it, could not flat foot it like the 1200 F but I could steady it with top part of my foot my heel would not touch the ground. I am 5' 9" in height (175cms).
I think Honda have changed the seat a little in the mean time is that true?
Does any one else on the forum ride a CT with similar height and do you find it specially pushing it around the driveway and stopped in traffic?
I know it's not a Honda, but I would certainly look at the Yamaha 09 Tracer, it's a lot cheaper than the Crosstourer, and a lot lighter.
 

reeseyboy

Just a boy, named Rees
#4
I sold my 1200 in February but had a CrossTourer for a few days last year. I now have a Tracer and have had the first service today.
The CrossTourer is a bit of beast to push about; I had to push it for just over half a mile after running out of fuel (don't believe the fuel gauge!)
The Tracer is like a BMX. It's around 200kg and even fully fuelled feels so much lighter than the 1200. It isn't a grunt master like the 1200 but it certainly knows how to boogie! Take one for a test ride and see what you think. I believe that dealers are now sold out until July though after chatting with mine today.
 

dermotVFR

Registered User
#5
I will do that soon, I think the CT is even heavier than the 1200F so it's certainly worth a look at the Yamaha. It's a good looking bike too.
 

rsole

Registered User
#6
There are some options for the CT regarding set height , touratech do one ( expensive ) and theres also lowing links for the shock linkage available
 

DaveyChef

Registered User
#7
Looked at a few bikes recently, was after something upright, do a bit of touring now and again and handle well on the a & B roads. Plenty of choice out there, don't think there's any bad bikes anymore just need to get one which suits you and your riding.
Possible choices I narrowed it down to were
Yamaha Tracer
BMW GS1200
New 2015 Honda Crossrunner
2015 Crosstourer

Looked at all the pros and cons for me personally but ended putting a deposit down on the Crosstourer, already ridden it and liked the power and handling, came really close to getting the Tracer but Honda did me a good deal on part ex and finance which I couldn't get anywhere else.

Looking forward to getting it at the end of May, it's the downside in choosing the colour and spec not yet in the UK.
Can't wait!!
 

dermotVFR

Registered User
#8
That's a nice choice of bikes you picked. I was in the dealers yesterday and sat on the KTM 1190 I think it was and even though the seat was high compared to the 1200F it felt manageable. This was mainly because it's lighter than CT and was easier to to pull upright I would think. I had a test ride on the old KTM Adventure model a few years ago and liked it but was put off KTMs when I had issues with two them and bad/non existent dealer support. I said I would never get another one.
 

DaveyChef

Registered User
#9
Yeah i did look at the KTM as it was high up on my list but read up on it and there seemed to be a few issues. Looks a very capable bike though, light(ish) and quick.
I'm 6'2" and the seat seemed high even for me.

Looking forward to the Crosstourer now albeit nearly two months before i can get my hands on it.
Its the 2015 manual in the Black and Silver, Highlander spec.

http://bikes.honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/adventure/crosstourer-2014/overview.html
 

dermotVFR

Registered User
#10
The CT Highlander has a very good spec. The local Honda dealer says he will not have the 2015 CTs until July. I think Honda have made a few changes to this years model apart from the colours I read that they have redesigned the seat for more comfort and to make it easier to reach the the ground with your foot (for the under 6 footers like me).
Also have there been any complaints about the front brakes binding under certain wet conditions, there have been on the VFR 1200 site. I never had this problem but then I don't ride during winter months.
The Highlander looks good, best of luck with your new bike.
 

DaveyChef

Registered User
#11
Wow, July, that's a way off.
Dobles defo said end of May, they spoke to someone in Honda who deals with the incoming stock. They have the DCT version in the dealers already with the new colours but the manual is still to arrive.....
 
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