Honda Crosstourer Concept: Shamu grows legs

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The Honda Crosstourer Concept, which looks very production-ready, adapts Shamu’s 1,200cc V4 and aluminum beam frame to an “adventure” tourer by sprouting longer suspension, flat bars, aluminum luggage and a tiny little beak that just makes the huge fairing look even more bulbous. With a wet weight of 591lbs and horrendously jerky fueling, Shamu belongs in the ocean, not on trails. A BMW GS this is not.

Update: Honda says the Crosstourer is fitted with its dual-clutch transmission, you know, for adventurers that don’t know how to change gears with a clutch.

  • Glenngineer

    I believe I speak for people that ride bikes everywhere when I say ‘fuck this bike, fuck Honda.’

    • stratkat

      feel the same way. they just dont resonate with me anymore.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Dual-clutch transmission. Fuck. This. “Bike”.

  • Pete

    Nearly 600 lbs?!?!? What the what?? I dare someone to take this off road. It’s like ripping down a fire road on a Softail.

    • http://www.davidfolch.com david folch

      It’s not about the bike (and its weight), it’s the skills of the rider !
      :-p

  • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate
  • guerrila

    Once again, I would like to point out, Honda already has a real adventure bike in their stable that would have been perfect for North America…the Transalp:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2wsf7jlrI4

    I would have traded in my 650 V-strom in a heartbeat for a bike like this, with real off-road ability, low weight and simple reliability. Suzuki has sold a buttload of their similarly specked bike for years over here…notably, outselling the 1000 V-strom to near extinction. Do the Japanese really just think of this side of the Pacific as a dumping ground for overfed cruisers and sportbikes?

    • telekom

      From the people who brought you the Africa Twin…

      I really think it’s interesting (and very disturbing) how the introduction of a ‘beak’ into a motorbike design is meant to denote ‘off-road’. You wouldn’t look at an athlete and say “look how big his nose is, he MUST be a great runner”.

      I’m always more interested in what it’s possible to remove from a motorbike’s design, not what you can needlessly add.

  • http://www.davidfolch.com david folch

    “Update: Honda says the Crosstourer is fitted with its dual-clutch transmission, you know, for adventurers that don’t know how to change gears with a clutch.”

    I love it !

    This isn’t less than what Aprilia did with the RSV 1000 that became a Caponord 1000… ah wait it was a twin. Right. Who said we need a V4 for the trails ? A Japanese spy was intoxicated in Stuttgart…
    :-)

  • swfcpilot

    Wire spoke wheels, rugged looking square luggage, crash bars, and skidplate. At least all of the parts are there. And no chain to get dirty.

    • Random

      They just need to add some minus 100 lbs.