Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer.

The Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer is an adventure-styled motorcycle and most definitely a street machine, however, it does have some off-road capability. It’s somewhat of a pioneer — the VFR1200X is the first “X” bike, leading to later crossover adventure sport tourers like the VFR800X, NC750X, and even the X-Adv.

The Honda VFR1200X is based on the same 1237cc 76-degree Unicam V4 motor that powers the Honda VFR1200F sport tourer. In the VFR1200X, the engine makes peak power of 95 kW / 127 hp at 7750 rpm, and max torque of 126 Nm / 93 ft-lb at 6500 rpm.

Final drive is via a 6-speed box and a low-maintenance shaft. Oh, and the VFR1200X comes in DCT as an option.

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Honda VFR1200X Service Intervals

Overall, the Honda VFR1200X has regular inspections of every 8000 miles / 12800 km in which you should change the oil and look down a long list of inspection items (for safety items, and things that might need tightening or replacing as they wear).

Honda also does recommend checking the brake and clutch system more regularly, every 4000 miles or 6400 km, as well as inspecting coolant levels.

The major service for the VFR1200X is every 16000 miles / 25600 km, when you change the oil filters, inspect or change the spark plugs, and inspect the valve clearances.

Make sure to keep the brake fluid and clutch fluid fresh (changed every 2 years), as well as the radiator coolant (every 3 years).

Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer. We simplified it significantly from the manual, prioritising critical things and splitting it up into service schedule and a maintenance checklist.

Service Schedule

Below is the service schedule for the VFR1200X. This is the list of major things to change and inspect.

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Inspection checklist — Check all items
Engine Oil — Change (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)Replace every year
Engine Oil Filter — Change (HF204RC)
DCT: Clutch oil filter — Change (15412MGED01)
Air filter — Change (HA-1110)
Spark plugs — InspectChange every 52000 km
Spark plugs — Replace (IMR8E-9HES)
Valve Clearances — Inspect / adjust
Final Drive Oil — Replace (Hypoid gear oil SAE 80)3 years
Brake fluid — Inspect, Change (Honda DOT 4)Change every 2 years
Brake Pads Wear — Inspect
Brake Lock Operation — Inspect
Clutch fluid — Inspect, Change (Honda DOT 4)Change every 2 years
Radiator coolant — Inspect level, Change (Honda Coolant)Change every 3 years
Secondary Air Supply System — Inspect
Evaporative Emission Control System (if fitted) — Inspect
Honda VFR1200X Maintenance Schedule

Inspection checklist

Below is the list of items to check at every service of the VFR1200X.

Inspection checklist — Honda VFR1200X
Fuel Line
Throttle Operation
Engine Idle Speed
Cooling System
Brake System
Brake Light Switch
Headlight Aim
Non-DCT: Clutch System
Side Stand
Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners
Steering Head Bearings
Honda VFR1200X Inspection Checklist

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer

The Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer has the following tire sizes standard, and has the following recommended tire pressures.

WheelTire sizeTire pressure (cold)
Front110/80 R19 M/C 59V36 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar
Rear150/70 R17 M/C 69V42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar
Tire sizes and pressures — VFR1200X

The VFR1200X shipped with Pirelli Scorpion Trails or Bridgestone BW-501/502 tires. They’re radial, tubeless tires.

About the Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer

Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer action

The Honda VFR1200X is a unique bike when you look at all the specs combined — an adventure cross-tourer powered by a V4 engine with a shaft drive. Wow!

The heart of the VFR1200X is the 1237cc 76-degree Unicam V4. It’s detuned from the version in the motorcycle it borrows it from , the VFR1200F, but many owners find the engine more at home in the VFR1200X than in its sport-touring stablemate.

In the Honda VFR1200X, the engine is tuned for a lot of low-range torque, which makes this an excellent all-purpose bike, good for everyday commuting, high-speed motoring, or occasional light off-roading.

The VFR1200X comes with a shaft drive, which is surprisingly rare in the adventure touring segment. It does make motorcycles heavy. After all, the kerb weight of 287 kg / 635 lb (for DCT) makes the VFR1200X more heavy than just about any other adventure tourer on the market. It doesn’t feel too heavy — such is Honda’s way — but you’ll feel it if you’re ever in mud or sand, or if you’re trying to lift the bike off its side after falling over in either mud or sand.

The windshield on the X gives very good wind protection. It’s not electrically adjustable, but it’s very easy to operate using just a lever on the left.

Suspension on the VFR1200X is via 43mm inverted forks with damping, preload and rebound damping adjustment. Similarly at the rear there’s a Pro-Link type setup with preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment.

The 19/17 tire setup means that the VFR1200X is positioned evenly between road handling (a big wheel can feel vague) and off-road nimbleness (a big wheel gives better traction over bumpy surfaces).

The VFR1200X has a fairly simple LCD dash, but it has all the info you’d need — temperature, fuel level, gear position. The kind of stuff that many other manufacturers somehow leave off their displays.

Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer instruments display dash

Manual for the Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer

2017 Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer from a recent year, 2017. The schedule. is the same as previous years.

You can download it from Honda directly.

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