I was out for a ride at the weekend, saw a few bikes out and about including a GS and Triumph Explorer which I assumed were together.
This started me thinking about why you don’t see more Crosstourers,i think its a great bike but ive only seen 1 other on the road since I got mine. Go out for a couple of hours on a sunny day and you could put money on seeing a GS or Explorer.
I think its fairly safe to say that most people on here really like the CT and have probably owned/or riden at least, the competition and come to the conclusion that the big Honda is where they want to put their money. I test rode WC GS, GS Adventure, Tenere, Explorer and obviously the CT. I found them all pretty good, the only one that was out of the running immediately was the WC GS, which my wife hated. It was very close on the others.
With them being so similar in performance, riding position and price why is it the Honda is so massively outsold by the others.
I have a couple of thoughts. Firstly, I nearly didn’t even bother trying a Crosstourer, I wanted to try “Adventure Bikes” but it wasnt even on my radar. Even when id booked a test ride and it looked like it maybe cancelled because of weather I wasn’t that bothered about arranging a new date. It was my wife who said i should try the Honda (thanks dear
I think a large part of it was the fact that they have so little publicity. Every mag on the shelf will have some article telling you how great a GS is and its getting that way with the Explorer, and fair play they are good bikes but so is the CT. If people don’t even know it exists its never going to make a shortlist. It would be interesting to know how many people who bought a GS, Explorer, Tenere in the last 12 months actually tried a Crosstourer.
There’s also the standard spec. Triumphs biggie is cruise control. When they put that on the Explorer as standard it really grabbed the headlines. There’s also some really good ideas on the Explorer like an accessory socket in the oem topbox, so easy to do and such a good idea. As for the BM, the list is endless provided you want to pay for it. They both have an accessory socket near the bars, Hondas is an option, under the seat, bizarre.
Obviously the GS is the the one that really brought this style of bike into the limelight so has a major head start.
Don’t get me wrong , im not slating the CT, far from it. I could have had had any of the bikes I test rode but decided on the Crosstourer after a test ride based on the fantastic engine and the finish on the bike which I think left the others way behind. Im still convinced I made the right decision for me.
As posted on another thread the 2014 Crosstourer has a few updates but is camo paint and 3 stage traction control system really going to get people through the door?
Things i think they should have considered were, Cruise, accessory socket, adjustable screen and maybe height adjustable riders seat. Mate of mine tried one, loved the quality and the engine but he's shorter than me and found the seat to high so he's swinging toward the Triumph, sale lost.
All that said, it is nice to plough your own furrow and have something a little rarer.