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2010-11-03 07:25

GO ANYWHERE: The Honda Crossrunner joins a new wave of dual-purpose bikes that have plenty of adventure appeal but aren’t designed to really hit the dirt. (See gallery for more images.)

JD van Zyl

So this is it, the Honda Crossrunner concept which Wheels24 recently featured ahead of its official launch at the EICMA show in Milan this week.

According to Honda’s media release “extensive customer research indicated that while buyers liked the appearance and the image of adventure bikes, for some the compromised stability caused by long travel suspension, highe seats and dual-purpose tyres was a concern".

The result is the Crossrunner – a model that blends the rugged styling and comfortable upright riding position of thoroughbred trail bikes with the practicality and flexibility of naked performance-orientated models.

The bike, with its 782cc, liquid-cooled V4, is part of a new wave of dual-purpose bikes that have plenty of adventure appeal but aren’t designed to (well, hardly ever) really hit the dirt.

Riders keen on taking on the likes of Baviaanskloof on their two-wheelers needn’t lose interest though; Honda has also developed a more rugged version of the Crossrunner. This approach follows in the vein of Triumph’s 800 Tiger which has also been created as two versions of the same model (one road-orientated, the other meant to deal with demanding off-road terrain).

Honda has been stingy with detailed information about the two Crossrunner models and no mention has yet been made about special technology which underpins the concepts.

Check back as more information surfaces from Milan’s EICMA show.

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