• Oct 8, 2009
2010 Honda VFR 1200F - Click above for high-res image gallery

Finally, after what seems like years of rumor, innuendo, spy shots and speculation, Honda has unleashed the goods on its new 2010 VFR 1200F, and it's pretty much what we've been expecting. Buried beneath the dual-pane bodywork and vacuum-molded cast aluminum chassis lies a 1,237 cc V4 engine that reportedly puts out 172 hp at 10,000 RPM and 95 lb-ft of torque at a high 8,750 RPM.

A 43-millimeter upside-down fork is fitted up front and adjustable for preload, while a single shock featuring Honda's Pro-Link system and equipped with 25 positions of preload is mounted out back. With a claimed weight of nearly 600 pounds, the new VFR is certainly no lightweight, and the highly anticipated dual-clutch gearbox and cylinder deactivation technologies appear to be additional-cost options.

On the positive side, we like the fact that the bike has its own unique look, and the single-sided swingarm sports a shaft drive. Expect the whole kit-n-kaboodle to be released at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, including the bike's retail price and official sale date.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Dual clutch gearbox on a bike? As in automatic f1 type? Or do they mean something like a twin-plate clutch?
        • 5 Years Ago
        As in similar to PDK, DSG, and other 2-clutch automated gearboxes. alternating clutch computer-controlled engagement, no manual clutch needed, and a computer-controlled automatic mode, but not hydraulically shifted. This isn't the old Honda-matic, nor is it a CVT scooter drive. This is the real deal.

        This is the FIRST on a bike. Hopefully not the last. :D

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        I think the VFR has grown a bit too much, though. It needed a displacement bump, but the whole bike has gotten significantly bigger, it seems. It certainly looks interesting, and better than the BMW R1200ST... but still well "out-there".

        Nobody is building bikes of a moderate size anymore, anyway... it seems like either very small, or very large, with various capacity engines fitted to each.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dub thee "the gold(chain)wing"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks decent. Interesting to see they went with a drive-shaft as opposed to a chain. Maybe the drive-shaft is considered low maintenance. Either way loving the single sided swing arm, V4 and the gauge cluster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do like it, but I was hoping it would be more of a ZX-14/Hayabusa competitor. Needs a little more sport in the equation. I do like the V4 though...has to be my favorite motorcycle engine configuration.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice. Just need to remove the rear fender and that ugly exhaust canister.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks a lot better than I expected.
      • 5 Years Ago
      FUGLY! Looks like a BMW. Sounds like they've put enough craptronics on it to break down like a BMW too. Any why must they keep making the engines bigger? It's just not necessary. I loved my ST1300, but it was just too much bike for my daily commute. Better suited to longer spirited tours. But at least it got me there fast and in comfort. I sure wish they'd make something like the ST1300, FJR, Norge, etc. in an 800-1000cc range. All-weather sporty commuting. That's what I need.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Incandescent taillamp? How old school...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe some of the motorcycle designers should help the Honda/Acura car designers. The Honda bikes look much better than their ugly stick cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Took the words right out of my mouth. These are the kinds of surfaces you normally only see on really cool concept cars. I love the interplay between the silver and red panels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make no sense at all. 95lb ft of torque would make it no fun to drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bah crap comment system. This was meant for gflmfpodpjdp's car comment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My problem with this is that it's now into ST1300 territory. Whither that bike?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not exactly he same type of bike, the VFR competes more with bikes like the BMW K1300S, while the ST competes with the BMW GT. But I can see how people will get confused, they kind of "overlap".
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you, but couple this with the factory available hard bags for the VFR, and the lack of an ST1300 in the line up for 2010... you have to wonder if Honda is thinking of covering both markets with a single bike.

        My opinion is that this is too "sporty" to be a good sport tourer like the ST. Which is a shame as I'll soon be in the market to replace my aging ST1100.
      • 5 Years Ago
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