Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer

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Title: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: Nickel on August 24, 2012, 10:02:53 AM
Hi folks, little introduction.
I'm from Belgium, West Flanders. I drive a Honda Deauville 700 for the moment, normally the last year (fiscal reasons) so already looking for something else. I must say i like the crosstourer and also the triumph explorer. So i'm still hesitating wich direction to go. Only tried the Crostourer yet, and, indeed, very nice bike.
I have always driven Honda, first CB400n, the VF750F and then 18 years without a motorcycle (house, kids etc etc etc...) Now restarted 4,5 years ago with a new deauville 700 who has 67000 km for the moment.
Hope to learn a lot from your experiences.
PS my wife also rides a bike  :152:, 3 years on a deauville 650 and now 1,5 year on a yama fazer 600 S2.
Grtz
Nickel
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: luckyluke on August 24, 2012, 11:25:40 AM
Hi,

Welcome!
I am also present on this forum for the same reason. But my mind is made up, I'll definitely switch to the Crosstourer. Probably September / October this year.
And hey, I also live in West-Flanders (Bruges).

Groetjes,
Luc
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: Allroadtoad on August 24, 2012, 11:48:14 AM
Hey Nickel, aren`t you on B4B as well? Welcome, J-P here   :016:
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: Nickel on August 24, 2012, 11:55:10 AM
*Originally Posted by Allroadtoad [+]
Hey Nickel, aren`t you on B4B as well? Welcome, J-P here   :016:
Yes indeed, i am.
grtz
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: Nickel on August 24, 2012, 12:01:05 PM
*Originally Posted by luckyluke [+]
Hi,
Welcome!
I am also present on this forum for the same reason. But my mind is made up, I'll definitely switch to the Crosstourer. Probably September / October this year.
And hey, I also live in West-Flanders (Bruges).
Groetjes,
Luc
Thx, i probably will have to wait till after new year  :019: . Maybe some advantages from honda with the Salon in Brussels, you never know  :152:? Otherwise as a late new years present, but still not made up my mind, will go for a test drive on the explorer also. I know somebody on a another forum who is very satisfied with his Explorer  :087:
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: Red on August 24, 2012, 01:57:58 PM
Hoi Nickel
 :400: to the forum
you must choose the motorcycle where you feel well on!!
Groetjes vanuit Blankenberge  :002:
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: Black Bob on August 24, 2012, 02:00:26 PM
Welcome to the forum. I currently run both a 700 Deauville and a Crosstourer (two extremes). I traded up to the CT from a 700 Transalp - same engine as the Deauville, but wearing 'adventure' clothing. Need I say that you will notice the difference - twice the cyclinders, twice the capacity, twice the BHP. The CT is like the Transalp, but with shaft drive, tubeless tyres, and the little matter of that V4 motor. We needed something with a bit more 'go' for two-up touring and the choice was to 'up' the Deauville to a Pan European, or 'up' the Transalp to the CT.The Pan is just too heavy at my time of life, so we chose the Crosstourer. Fantastic bike.Goes like a rocket - steers like a train.Plus - Honda quality and reliability.I'm keeping the Deauville though - lovely bike, and vastly under-rated, especially in the UK. I can't explain the difference between the two in words - get a test-ride and see for yourself.
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: Hitty on August 24, 2012, 06:59:08 PM
Hi Nikel, you should definitely go the CT route...you've probably seen a few postings with comments from a number of us on why.

Welcome on board!

Hitty
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: thetrecker on August 24, 2012, 08:24:52 PM
Hi Nickel, and welcome, i'm with Hitty on this one, definitely go the CT route, i know nobody here will tell you any different, but if you put the 2 bikes beside each other, you will begin to notice how compact and streamlined the CT is and how ungainly and unfinished the Explorer looks, they will both have much the same urge from the engine, but you are a Honda man and......
Title: Re: Nickel has joined but has no CT (yet)
Post by: Hitty on August 25, 2012, 04:20:35 PM
thetrecker has some good points here...I found the Explorer too top-heavy and the wide seat reduced my confidence in handling it when my feet were on the ground.  I'm 6ft 1" so reasonably tall but the CT just seemed to "fit" me better. 

It's definitely an easy bike to ride and the weight feels lower down than the Explorer; I do still like the lok of the Explorer...it's not an ugly bike by any means but the CT grown on you an just looks smart. 

I had a Multistrada last year and enjoyed my time on it but the v-twin is a tad lumpy around time at slow speeds and again I found it to be quite top-heavy (especially when I filled it up 100%).

Proof will be in spending a day riding both and then thinking it over, however, the CT appears to be selling well and I'm sure the 1,000's of new owners can't all be wrong!  Enjoy the research & test stage...I always find it a lot of fun!!

ATB,

Hitty