Back in the mid-1980’s Honda released a 600cc V-twin enduro motorcycle called the Transalp. It had a full fairing, up swept single exhaust exiting from twin tips and a single front disc brake. The bike was a beauty and capable of going just about anyplace a standard dirt bike could go. Over the years the Transalp gained minor improvements such as more power, dual disc brakes, and a revised fairing but by and large the changes have been minimal. In the United States the market for Enduro motorcycles is larger than one would think. Honda, seems to be finally taking notice of this because it has now released a concept called the V-4 Crosstourer.
Supposedly powered by the same 1200cc V-4 mill that is currently hanging between the frame rails of the 2011 Honda VFR, the Crosstourer is poised to be one big powerhouse of an adventure bike. Looks wise, the Crosstourer is burly, and takes styling queues from such bikes as BMW’s GS1200, Triumph Tiger 800 and Ducati’s Multistrada 1200. From a power and standpoint the big VFR V4 puts out over 170 hp and utilizes a twin-disc, shift by wire transmission, a first on any enduro motorcycle.
Adventurer Tourers are supposed to do two things really well – gobble up hundreds of road miles at a clip, and then take you off-road to your favorite hidden destination. Honda’s V-4 Crosstourer is the type of bike that American adventure riders want, all Honda has to do now is build the damn thing so we can by it!