After 20 years of world-level racing and a world championship in World Superbike in 2011, Carlos Checa has officially decided to retire from the sport. Checa, who turned 41 just a few days ago, made his debut on the world scene back in 1993, when he took part in the GP 250 championship. In the twenty […]
EICMA 2013: 2014 Honda Crosstourer
The Honda Crosstourer was launched in 2012 as Honda’s range-topping adventure sports touring motorcycle. The original design team set out to create a machine that gave the rider a sense of challenge and the facility to explore. Powered by a 1237cc V-Four, it became a unique contender in its class.
Despite not being sold stateside, the Crosstourer was improved for 2014 to enhance rider comfort, evolve its existing technology and apply new touches. The new Honda Selectable Torque Control system allows the rider to select three different levels to control engine torque and resultant drive to the rear wheel; the system can also be switched off. Honda’s six-speed DCT gearbox has also received software refinements to deliver an even more intuitive and natural performance, whether on highway or back road.
We all know how embarrassing it is to forget your turn signals. Honda has now fitted the Crosstourer with self-cancelling indicators to rid that problem. They monitor a combination of distance, time and wheel speed, operating intelligently and seamlessly.
The seat has been modified to improve rider comfort and facilitate easier ground reach and a ‘wave’ design ignition key is now standard. Accessories – a key aspect of adventure bike ownership – have also been revised with new top box, heated grips and a low seat option.
The finishing touch are the Crosstourer’s new paint schemes including a new Matt Titanium Blade Metallic ‘Camo’ SE color.
While the Crosstourer looks to be a fun and capable motorcycle, anyone living in the States and hoping to ride one will have to travel to Europe. Honda has no intentions of bringing it to this side of the pond. At least not for 2014.