All Duels – Honda Crossrunner Vs Yamaha TDM 900: two motorcycles on five legs! – One concept, two approaches

Honda Crossrunner Vs Yamaha TDM 900: two five-legged motorcycles !

All Duels - Honda Crossrunner Vs Yamaha TDM 900: two motorcycles on five legs! - One concept, two approaches

With the Crossrunner, Honda is revisiting in its own way a concept initiated by the Yamaha TDM in 1991: a multi-purpose motorcycle, capable of bending to everyone’s desires to satisfy everyone. Does this VFR800 born under X eclipse the indestructible TDM? ? Duel…

One concept, two approaches

Multi-faceted thanks to its high-ranking cycle part and its motor capable of playing two partitions according to the rotation of the right handle, the Crossrunner seduces – and enthusiasm – by its ability to reconcile softness and dynamism.

The Honda, on the other hand, loses its splendor when it comes to prolonging the pleasure over time: if it is undoubtedly a thin blade in the winding, it is not as sharp as the TDM when the everyday takes back its rights and that sunny walks give way to grayness and "work-sleep" journeys.

A true Swiss army knife, the TDM enjoys better protection (especially at the level of the shoulders) and a more comfortable saddle than that of the Crossrunner, quite firm and slippery. On both motorcycles, passengers will appreciate the large grab handles and the absence of vibration (only a few tingling is felt in high revs, but nothing prohibitive).

More annoyingly, the lack of practicality of the Crossrunner does not argue in favor of long-term use: apart from the space for a Honda lock, its trunk does not offer any storage space and it does not pass – like the CT – on a center stand and storage compartments.

Cleverly thought out, the Yamaha scores big points since the vast space available under its saddle allows you to carry complete rain gear and an approved U. Equipped as standard with a luggage rack, a supplied tool kit and four tie-down hooks, the TDM also takes care of its reception with small appreciable attentions, such as the protections fixed above the silencers to avoid them being damaged. mark with the heel of the boots.

Finally, if the "suspended" and entirely digital dashboard of the Honda is more complete with in particular the average consumption (read the parts "Instrumentations" of our technical sheets on the following pages), that of the TDM 900 ABS is shown. more readable, especially with regard to engine speed and secondary information (time, trips and engine temperature).

In terms of perceived quality and finish, the two Japanese oscillate between the words "good" and "could do better": some plastics used on the Crossrunner are a little cheap and the world’s leading manufacturer could have taken more care to hide cables and wires visible under the dashboard.

Not much better off at this level, the CT also exhibits unsightly Rilsan collars and some poorly integrated sheaths, while the weld seams of its "Diamond" type frame are made with less application than those of the double beam frame of the Crossrunner.

CT has nice scraps

There remains the question of the look: even if of course, "all tastes are in nature" and "some will like it, others not", in summary these two motorcycles have original and non-consensual lines which distinguish them from many Japanese !

The rounded crown of the Crossrunner’s fork is reminiscent of the prow of a jet ski (an effect desired by its designer), while its rival is more angular, almost aggressive next to the softness of the Honda features.

On the other hand, one like the other will probably not be ogled with insistence on the rear by onlookers: a little facelift would be welcome to rejuvenate the hull of the Yam ‘, while the stern design of the VFR800X s ‘turns out to be quite "wise" in view of the pencil stroke inspired by its fairings.

When deciding between them, the results are unequivocal: in terms of versatility, the Crossrunner must bow to a TDM which truly mixes genres to comply with all desires. In addition, the Yamaha is exchanged at a price of € 9,999 against € 10,990 for the Honda..

Much more typical "roadster", the Crossrunner has trail only its raised handlebars and sins in use by a passable comfort, a lack of practical aspects and a consumption higher than that of the TDM.

On this point, its "cousin" CBF1000F does better and also offers first-rate dynamic behavior. On the other hand, the Honda Crossrunner offers a lot more driving sensations, which is not so common in the catalog of the winged brand. !

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