2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Honda VFR 1200F

2010 Honda VFR1200F Ride

How would you feel getting waxed at a track day by a onboard a shaft-driven, V4-powered machine with ABS brakes, grips and touring tires? laugh. it could happen. the 2010 Honda VFR1200F.

into the press introduction of the Honda VFR1200F there a couple big questions that to be answered. First, why is Honda the introduction at the Sugo racing rather than simply us a street ride? And exactly class does this belong in?

That brings us to the Sportsland Sugo Circuit, outside of Murata, Japan, I hoped that the dozen VFR queued up and ready to ride provide some answers.

the new VFR is the latest generation of Honda’s V4 engine. This liquid-cooled 76-degree V4 uses lessons from the V5-powered RC211V MotoGP Remember everyone was hoping this bike would the V5 back when rumor of its first surfaced? At least design took cues that layout.

The front two are spread wider than the pair so that the engine can be to the rear. This helps the bike narrow at the waist and comfortable for the rider while mass centralization. Inside the V4 the incorporate a Unicam valve that was first used on CRF dirt bikes.

Using this arrangement to keep weight down and the overall size of the engine. is evacuated through a quartet of headers that come at the base of a funky-looking right-side which caps off a system to sound as good as it performs. I that it really does great, especially at the upper end of the rev when the engine is at full

The 2010 Honda VFR1200F is nestled tightly in its twin-spar frame. Notice how the front headers wrap around the in a horizontal plane and  bit of available space is used.

On the is where it became obvious the VFR1200F is a sportbike first, just happens to be comfortable double as a touring machine. it’s really too big for track it still handles its claimed curb weight well, and the clutch makes for calm when attacking corners. Its Roadsmart tires provided of traction considering this is to be a high-mileage sport-touring tire.

I’m not to lie, the bike did slide a bit but what can you expect? Considering the VFR a shaft drive, it is important to that driveline lash was non-existent. By incorporating a sliding at the far end of the single-sided swingarm with an pivot point, the design the shaft to move more than some other as the suspension travels up and down.

This is the first Honda that incorporates ‘throttle-by-wire’ as well. After watching work the gremlins out of their technology, Honda has finally its version to the table.

This as a whole worked brilliantly the conditions we tested in, so time tell if it proves to be as adept at touring as it is to sport riding. It all with a twin-spar aluminum frame joined to the handsome with a Pro-link rear adjustable for rebound only, and a inverted fork with adjustability. Rake measures in at with 101mm of trail and with the long swingarm to a ride that is very at high speeds yet agile to be worthy of being considered a

A combined braking system standard ABS is up to the task of shedding and keeping things under when it comes time to this beast to a stop. I’m not a big fan of linked brakes, but in this Honda seems to have the ratio working well. A of radial-mount six-piston calipers and 320mm rotors do most of the work while a dual-piston caliper and a single 276mm make up the back half of the

It does lack a level of compared to a non-linked system, but works well under the track conditions at Sugo its hard, downhill braking and ultra-fast Turn 1 that the bike to scrub-off speed from over 150 mph. I feel the ABS working with its pulse on the lever indicating I might have been in a little too hot on occasion.

The VFR1200F radial-mount, 6-piston Nissin with 320mm discs. ABS standard. The unit also Honda’s latest version of its braking system.

Connecting the is a lot of fun with that big V4 purring, and making serious power the rev range. No matter where I was on the and whether I was riding the automatic (in or the manual transmission bike, it is an rocket. Now to be fair, there are a couple of faster sport-touring available, but the VFR will give a run for their money.

The fly-by throttle is very well-sorted and no hint of hesitation or unwanted reaction when getting on or off the As the power builds from four-grand, where Honda the engine makes 90% of peak the bike starts to move authority.

Honda VFR 1200F

On the narrow roads outside the power delivery proved to be entertaining, whether I was chugging with the engine low in the revs or it in the meat of the power for quick of acceleration, there’s always to get the bike moving forward when asked. Although is important for anyone considering a VFR1200F, the aspect of this that I’m most impressed is the performance afforded by the Dual Transmission.

The Automatic version of the Honda VFR1200F has no clutch and no shift lever. This is the obvious visual difference the two models.

When riding the DCT it’s clear that the is dialed in. There are two modes to can from while on the fly, for regular or street riding and for sport riding. In D-mode the shifts well-before it starts real power. Instead, it chugs along, shifting and accelerating in a mellow manner in to maximum fuel efficiency and strain on the rider.

Don’t be misled into the auto clutch is a snoozer. In the motorcycle is as fun as the standard version. To my the bike shifts in a very manner, making both up- and precisely and effectively on the track to the where I was comfortable letting the do the work while I focused on myself on the winding, twisty race track.

The VFR never an unwanted shift, and yet if you don’t with the gear it chooses simply select a different with the paddle shifter. The reverts to manual mode as as you intervene.

What the arrival of technology does for the consumer is to riding accessible to people who may a big-bore sport-touring motorcycle this might be too much for The automatic transmission should apprehension among less riders and more intriguing to who may not feel they have the to make shifts, use the clutch and generally operate a motorcycle of caliber.

It is all about making the experience available to more because operating a traditional is something the more experienced among us might take for Of course, the counter argument is or not we need inexperienced riders on a with this much

My answer is that while the VFR is a with a marvelous engine, it not have the liter-bike acceleration of and there are plenty of other already out there that can buy that will get them in their heads. On the contrary, is trying to make riding Plus, if consumers embrace the DCT will find riding in D-mode will provide a mellow riding experience and possibly make sport-touring appealing to more people.

At that’s the plan.

Honda VFR 1200F
Honda VFR 1200F
Honda VFR 1200F
Honda VFR 1200F
Honda VFR 1200F
Honda VFR 1200F
Honda VFR 1200F
Honda VFR 1200F


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