One of the motorcycles Honda confirmed for production at the recent EICMA show was the Honda Crosstourer, a V4 dual sport introduced as a concept last year. Powered by a 1200cc V4 and weighing in at a bit over 600 pounds, you might say it shares some characteristics with another bike we’ve written about several times on The Kneeslider, the various “Dual Sportsters,” which were Harley Sportsters converted for off road or dual sport duty.
Whenever I write about the Harleys, saying I think they’re pretty cool, there’s always a subset of comments poking fun at the Sportsters as ungainly and far too heavy for any sort of dual sport use. The common criticism seems to be they’ll bury themselves in the dirt and they’ll break your leg or something if you fall over. I wonder if those same critics will take the same shots at the Crosstourer, or since it’s a Honda, maybe those 600 pounds are a lot lighter than 600 pounds of Harley. Or maybe, those dual Sportsters were really a neat idea after all.