Thursday, October 08, 2009

2010 Honda VFR1200F: Official pics, specs and video




The 2010 Honda VFR1200F has finally been unveiled. Again. [But this time, it's official...]

Honda have finally released official specs for the all-new VFR1200F, which is possibly the most eagerly-awaited Honda in recent years. The bike is powered by a 1,237cc V4 that produces 172 horsepower at 10,000rpm and 129Nm of torque at 8,750rpm. Kerb weight is 267kg.

The VFR1200F has a vacuum-moulded cast aluminium chassis and suspension components include a 43mm cartridge-type fork at the front and Pro-Link monoshock with gas-charged damper at the rear. The bike is fitted with a single-side swingarm and final drive is via shaft rather than chain, making it clear that this is a sports-tourer rather than an all-out sportsbike. However, the VFR's drive mechanism has been specially designed to eliminate the back-and-forth 'pitching' that's sometimes associated with shaft drive.

As expected, the new VFR comes with ride-by-wire throttle control and Honda’s C-ABS anti-lock brakes. The bike is fitted with a conventional six-speed gearbox as standard, while a dual clutch automatic transmission is optional. The latter allows the rider to operate the bike in either full automatic mode, or in manual mode, with clutchless gear shifting via finger-operated paddles.

The VFR1200F rides on 17-inch aluminium wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/55 (rear) rubber. Available colours include red, silver and white. The bike will go on sale early next year, though prices are yet to be announced.

More details on the VFR1200F's design and engine here




23 comments:

Jacque said...

It's big, ugly(-ish), heavy and probably very expensive. So, of course, Honda has done a BMW! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Honda has been releasing 'teaser' videos for weeks, talking about how the new VFR is going to change the world forever. And THIS is what they come up with?! It doesn't even have the remote-adjustable suspension that BMW's 'sport touring' bikes have had for ages! Honda has truly lost it this time.

Arnold Mason said...

Guess Honda have missed the mark with this one. It's the sports guys - those who buy the all-out sports bikes - who are/have been in love with this much hyped V4 thing. The Goldwing set couldn't give a toss about whether it's an inline-six, inline-four or V4 engine that chugging away underneath all that plastic. And apart from the sequential six-speed tranny, the VFR doesn't seem to have any new bits worth mentioning. So who is this bike meant for?!?!?!??!?!

Imran Hassan said...

Big diappointment, relatively speaking. The new VFR seems to have downed too many cheeseburgers and hasn't put in enough time at the gym. Should be all right for rich, middle-aged riders who ride to their local cafe on sundays. For the rest of us, hey, we're sticking with our Fireblades...

Anonymous said...

The VFR1200F leaves me disappointed and confused. Is THIS what it was all about?

RockeyBoy79 said...

Come on, guys, relax. Calm down a bit. Once you've ridden it, maybe you'll like the big VFR. It's from Honda, remember? They MUST have done their homework before they started working on this bike. There must be hundreds - perhaps thousands - of people out there who've been waiting for something exactly like this to come along. Their prayers have been answered. Probably.
:)

Anonymous said...

Honda forgot that the BMW K1300S already exists.

Amber Vashisht said...

There was a lot of talk about the new VFR12 being packed with the latest technologies. Apart from the (optional) sequential dual clutch transmission, what does it have that other bikes haven't already had for a long time?

Anonymous said...

Once the magazines do their sport tourer shoot-outs next year, I'm sure the VFR will be declared the winner. This is a Honda. Whatever you do, don't under-estimate them.

Nitin said...

Seems like all you guys have gone nuts!

It looks smashingly futuristic & will be so smooth fun to ride with that 1200 v4.. who really gives a damn about people who wanted a badder fireblade..!!

Anonymous said...

High tech or not, the VFR simply isn't exciting enough. It looks like it's been engineered for those with too much money to burn. I'd take a Kawasaki ZZR1400 anyday over this overweight, underwhelming Honda.

Tim said...

Why can't Honda understand that we want this engine in a sportbike, not a big, overweight pig of a sport tourer?

Jeff P. said...

Perhaps I'm outside the norm Arnold, but I'm an ST1300 rider and I DO care what type of engine is in my bike. I have been eagerly anticipating the VFR release. I've wanted a VFR since 1986, but am a big guy and need a big bike.

This new VFR hits all the marks with me. Nice, big, smooth, powerful engine (like my ST only on steroids), roomy ergos, enough gizmos to satisfy, but not enough to make it gimmicky... I've already e-mailed my dealer to discuss trading in the ST.

gearsau said...

Once again, HONDA has lost the plot. Just another ugly bike , like all that are produced nowadays. Design concept is wrong, and all the new bikes are
"front heavy in design", and of course, those mufflers. YUK !
No thank you.
I will be sticking to my 25 year old VF1000R....

Anonymous said...

Honda Fan

Hi Everyone! I do not know what all the negativity is about? To be honest with all of you I thing you are jumping the gun. It is Honda we are talking about!!! They rarely make mistakes. Yes it is a big bike an jes it will take some time to get used to but lets give it a chance before you all rip it apart! I am a Fire Blade person but I am willing to give this big boy a chance on the block. The only thing so far that I do not like to much is the pipe. The rest I think we should give a fare chance in proving it self!

Anonymous said...

Only the price will tell how much I like it and of course a ride on it two up. Price point will make it or brake it. As it is I would rather have the concours 14 or the FJR 13 than the ST 13. If cost is not a factor then it's the K13GT.

亚力山大 said...

Maybe Honda Should have gone down the Blackbird route of styling etc as BMW have already brought out a quick (shaft drive) tourer this year.

Robert said...

Where is the cb1100f? That is what we really want. The 80's gen that rode cb900f's and kz1000r's are the guys that have the money, and don't want copies of Harleys or to be all hunched over! The standard UJM's with undiminshed performance would do nicely. But this? This and the dn-01 shows that Honda is out of their mind!

Tom's life in Japan said...

The Honda launch site for the new VFR1200F is showing a $15999 price for the standard model.

Anonymous said...

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Where is the cb1100f? That is what we really want. The 80's gen that rode cb900f's and kz1000r's are the guys that have the money, and don't want copies of Harleys or to be all hunched over! The standard UJM's with undiminshed performance would do nicely. But this? This and the dn-01 shows that Honda is out of their mind
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yeah, i ride a honda 919 and grew up on honda inline 4 bikes. i would REALLY have liked to see a standard riding position, big motor, non-heavy, universal bike with an optional sport-tour size windshield.

Colin Macdonald said...

I really can't believe the guys who seem to be in favour of this obviously ugly useless and guaranteed NOT TO SELL piece of Junk!!! Guy's I've owned Many Honda's in my my time and I still Own a 1983 CB1100F( Canadian Version) and 1988 CBR1000 Hurricane and my absolute favourite ride my 1985 VF1000R which I call my "Race bike" as I used to do a lot of Drag racing in my younger years and this bike could out launch anything out there. I heard about this so called revolutionary bike....HONDA WAKE THE F#$& up!!! Give us a real bike or give up!!! I tell you what just give us the Engine we'll bolt it into our older bikes. Hmmm can anyone give me a hand forcing that engine into a Blackbird??? ahhh screw it why bother?? Maybe it's just over for Honda. It's a shame really I loved Honda's for over 30 years...oh well all good things come to an end... You know what? I take this as an absolute insult from Honda... do they really think we'll buy something that is soooo wrong just because it says Honda on it?? Well that's my rant I'm off to buy a Kawasaki while they still make a real bike.

Steve F said...

The editor of Two Wheels Magazine said he had been over to Japan to have a look at the latest and greatest bike show, and mentioned that apart from scooters the Japanese were very quite on the bigger bore bikes. Honda it would seem are trying to push this bike as an all rounder. A one size fits all in the hope that it will keep their production costs to a minimum in a market that the average Joe is struggling to pay his mortgage in. Personally I don't like the shape regardless of how technically advanced it is.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmm. y'all are way too negative. I only think I dont like about this bike it the fuel tank. When will Honda guys learn? 650GT, Superhawk and now this with small arse tank.