• Jun 26th 2009 at 1:59PM
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2010 Honda VFR1200 leaked photos - Click above for high-res image gallery

Late last year at the Intermot show in Germany, Honda pulled the covers off a radical concept motorcycle it promised would soon enter production powered by a powerful new V4 engine. The new bike's introduction is obviously close at hand as a new series of spy photos clearly shows the bike testing on the street.

Shortly before the bike was spied out and about in the real world, Motorcycle News in the U.K. managed to acquire a series of leaked images of the new bike in what appears to be production-ready form. From these shots, we can tell that the new Honda will feature relaxed sportbike geometry with an upright seating position, a single-sided shaft-drive swingarm and a Cylon-like single front headlamp flanked by twin ram air ducts.

Current speculation is that this new bike will be known as the VFR1200 and be equipped a new V4 engine that will put out close to 200 horsepower. That powerplant will supposedly feature Variable Cylinder Management, which will be capable of running on two of the four cylinders in order to save fuel when maximum power isn't necessary. It seems likely that Honda will officially debut the bike later this year with sales planned for early 2010.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      A V4 is going to be a smoother running engine then a V Twin or a inline four cylinder. Depending on how the engine and bike is set up it will have a more linear power delivery too. This is a shaft drive bike so think more super tourer or hyper tourer not sports bike supersport bike.

      Think like the midsized BMW sports touring bikes.

      • 6 Years Ago
      So I don't know much about bike types, is this supposed to compete against the likes of the new Vmax from Yamaha and not say a Kawasaki Ninja? What's the difference, besides more upright seating? I'm guessing this weighs more than a superbike and isn't as agile around corners?

      I think it looks pretty cool.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the Interceptor is getting an engine to bring it back toward being a superbike? Or will continue to be more of a sport tourer?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great! Nice looking bikes. What about a dual sport model? When is Honda going to bring over the TransAlp and Veradero??? I'm waiting Honda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      v-4 & single side swing arm - thats hot.

      Is that a shaft drive?

      A little bulky on the fairing for my tastes tho.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice. It's about time Honda comes out with a replacement for the current gen interceptor, its been on the market almost unchanged since MY 2002. This could be a nice replacement for my current VFR 800 (MY 2000), although i highly doubt the quoted 200 hp out of a 1200cc. The only bike that i know of that puts down that much power is the yamaha vmax, and it gets 200hp out of a 1700cc engine. A jump from the current 110ish hp out of a 800cc to 200hp out of a 1200cc would be quite surprising. Since the VFR has alsways been more of a tourer than a super sport, i'd wager something more around the lines of 140-150 hp max (and that would make it much sportier than what it is now).I'm liking the design though, can't wait to see it in production form. Hopefully it makes it accross the pond to north america.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the very definition of crotch-rocket
      • 6 Years Ago

        • 6 Years Ago
        V4's are nothing new in motorcycles. My current gen VFR800 Interceptor (that this VFR1200 will probably replace) has a 127 HP V4. The revolutionary part is the cylinder shutdown mechanism.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This will look nice next to my VF1000R.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Will it be a 180 degree crank V4, or 360?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Errrrr, 107 HP V4. I get it confused with my Civic's engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, that's why it's called a VFR. ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Disappointing to say the least, but it will sell. For some reason I was thinking this was going to be a new level of "Superbike", i.e. competition with the Aprilia RSV4. Guess the bike being a tourer justifies the drive shaft. Hideous exhaust. The only positive I see is the true test Honda V4 and the shockingly integrated turn singals/brake light into the tail. Also, must say that the aggressive seating seems kind of strange.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll have to see this IRL in order to make a final judgement.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am sooo out of the loop on motorcycles and engines.

      I know most sport bikes are inline 4's. 600/750/1000. Now even Haybusa's and ZX14's etc..

      What is the difference (if any) of a Vtwin and a V4?

      I had a Vtwin (TL1000R) back in 2001. Quite a nice bike back then. I was putting down about 120hp to the wheel with exhaust and power commander. So at the crank it shoulda been producing 135hp roughly.

      That engine was developed before 1998 for the 1998-200x model years.

      I know this is Honda and that was Suzuki but 10 years in technology should be able to up it by about 20% of the HP. Plus they are adding 20% more displacement (1000 vs 1200).

      135hp x 1.20 = 162 x 1.20 = 195hp.

      So it SHOULD be doable. If I'm not mistaken the RC51 actually put out more hp than my TL did as well.

      But here is my question.. what is the difference between a Vtwin and a V4?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Also, the more cylinders that you have for a given displacement, the more valve area is (potentially) available. So more air-out, more power potential. So a V4 can potentially make more power than a same displacement V-twin. Not more than an inline-4 though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I won't believe anything sourced from Motorcycle News regarding the new VFR. They've been trotting out special "secretly sourced factory photos" for about two years now.

      I believe the new VFR is here when I can sit on it in a showroom.

      Frankly, these images have a little too much BMW in the rear end.
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