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    Tips for Crosstourer prospective buyers!
    on: Feb 28, 2021, 03.46 pm
    Feb 28, 2021, 03.46 pm


    I made this video for those who are thinking of buying a Crosstourer and visit this forum to find information.
    If you have any thoughts about the 5 things I mention in this video please post them!

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    Re: Tips for Crosstourer prospective buyers!
    Reply #1 on: Feb 28, 2021, 07.43 pm
    Feb 28, 2021, 07.43 pm
    well done-another good video.
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    If a new buyer wants to buy a DCT he only has 3 choices -the 750 ,the Af Twin or the Crosstourer.Hopefully the 1100 we have been told is coming next year may provide a low seat height bike.The CT seat height is fine,as is the NC ,but the Af Twin I found way too tall-even the latest model but that's to be expected with off roading a priority.I have no off road pretensions but why the manufacturers have to produce enormous bikes that require far more skill I can't understand -when a 450 will go anywhere but still be a serious machine!

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    Reply #2 on: Feb 28, 2021, 08.11 pm
    Feb 28, 2021, 08.11 pm
    *Originally Posted by bazza950 [+]
    well done-another good video.
     :464:
    If a new buyer wants to buy a DCT he only has 3 choices -the 750 ,the Af Twin or the Crosstourer.Hopefully the 1100 we have been told is coming next year may provide a low seat height bike.The CT seat height is fine,as is the NC ,but the Af Twin I found way too tall-even the latest model but that's to be expected with off roading a priority.I have no off road pretensions but why the manufacturers have to produce enormous bikes that require far more skill I can't understand -when a 450 will go anywhere but still be a serious machine!

    Thanks baz!

    Which 1100 model? do you mean the rumours about the cb1100x coming in 2022? It looks like a beautiful and versatile bike!
    The CT seat height is pretty much ok to me. I can put both my feet flat on the ground.
    Yep, Af Twin crf1000l was a tall bike, especially the "adventures sport" model. The latest Af is improved but still, it is a tall off-road bike.
    I also can't understand why someone needs an enormous bike to ride off-road. I have zero dirt road skills but I would prefer a crf300 Rally if I had the intention to start practising.

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    Re: Tips for Crosstourer prospective buyers!
    Reply #3 on: Mar 01, 2021, 03.34 pm
    Mar 01, 2021, 03.34 pm
    I watched this too late  :002: Mine is being delivered next week, I'm anticipating being able to tour a little maybe but I'm going to use it mainly for commuting and running about. I think I have pretty much the last low seat available new a Honda have discontinued them apparently (UK).

    I have had two VFR1200Fs and three VFR800V-TEC in the past and wanted one last bike with the Honda V4. All the V4's since 2003 seems to have been "solid" rather than sporty/flickable , until recently I had an Africa Twin with DCT, I know this bike is heavier wit the weight carried higher too but I don't intend to go off road.

    I did do the Honda off road course which was interesting and they had the Honda crash bars on their bikes, they told us that they do bend but also straighten pretty well. I did test how well they stood up to being crashed several times as my ambition outweighed my talent.

    I wonder if its the same for the Crosstourer- the Honda crash bars are softer but maybe absorb a low speed drop a bit like a car's crumple zone. Maybe better for the bike? Probably not - I will need to get some sort of drop protection as I'm short of inseam.

    I will also get a bit of luggage in due course

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    Reply #4 on: Mar 01, 2021, 06.14 pm
    Mar 01, 2021, 06.14 pm
    *Originally Posted by Dogfm [+]
    I watched this too late  :002: Mine is being delivered next week, I'm anticipating being able to tour a little maybe but I'm going to use it mainly for commuting and running about. I think I have pretty much the last low seat available new a Honda have discontinued them apparently (UK).

    I have had two VFR1200Fs and three VFR800V-TEC in the past and wanted one last bike with the Honda V4. All the V4's since 2003 seems to have been "solid" rather than sporty/flickable , until recently I had an Africa Twin with DCT, I know this bike is heavier wit the weight carried higher too but I don't intend to go off road.

    I did do the Honda off road course which was interesting and they had the Honda crash bars on their bikes, they told us that they do bend but also straighten pretty well. I did test how well they stood up to being crashed several times as my ambition outweighed my talent.

    I wonder if its the same for the Crosstourer- the Honda crash bars are softer but maybe absorb a low speed drop a bit like a car's crumple zone. Maybe better for the bike? Probably not - I will need to get some sort of drop protection as I'm short of inseam.

    I will also get a bit of luggage in due course
    You made a great choice! It is an excellent bike!
    It is heavy indeed but, to tell you the truth, I feel the weight low. It is a well-balanced machine.
    I have installed the SW-MOTECH crash bars, which I liked the most. In a low-speed crash that I had six months ago, the crash bars didn't bend at all.
    The frame of this bike is so solid and robust that I don't think there is any need for "soft" crash bars.
    My inseam is 33 inches and I can touch both my feet flat on the ground.



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    Re: Tips for Crosstourer prospective buyers!
    Reply #5 on: Mar 01, 2021, 08.14 pm
    Mar 01, 2021, 08.14 pm
    It's going to be close then - I think the lower seat will drop the seat height by 20 mm, my inseam (with boots on) is 32" so I should just about flat foot it too. I have watched your video on the SW Motech and you made some good points about it, especially how it fits.

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    Reply #6 on: Mar 01, 2021, 08.34 pm
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    *Originally Posted by Dogfm [+]
    It's going to be close then - I think the lower seat will drop the seat height by 20 mm, my inseam (with boots on) is 32" so I should just about flat foot it too. I have watched your video on the SW Motech and you made some good points about it, especially how it fits.
    :028:

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    Re: Tips for Crosstourer prospective buyers!
    Reply #7 on: Mar 02, 2021, 12.03 am
    Mar 02, 2021, 12.03 am
    I wear 29" inseam jeans and with the normal seat in it's low position I can get the balls of both feet on the ground and it feels perfectly safe and natural.