Honda has brought to market two versions of the current VFR1200F. I would be testing the standard model, which features a six-speed transmission, while the other version utilizes a new Dual Clutch Transmission which is without shift and clutch levers.
Honda says it uses uneven exhaust lengths between the front and rear cylinders to boost power and intensify the V-4’s pulsations, so the effect is probably intentional to avoid sewingmachine blandness—a common complaint with the Interceptor.
Later in 2010 Honda added the option of its DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) system to create two distinct VFR1200F models. Chassis: The VFR’s aluminium twin-spar chassis was designed with mass-centralisation at its heart, which is a good thing on a bike that tipped the scales at a hefty 267kg wet.
Had the VFR1200F now for 3 years and have put on an additional 80000k’s on it since I bought it second hand. This is the best performance, shaft driven, production bike in the world as far as I know.
This one’s ride-by-wire (the VFR1200F was Honda’s first r-b-w bike), and Honda’s tuned the X so that you get power the instant you crack the throttle. Response is immediate and a bit abrupt; new Euro 4 emissions conformity probably doesn’t help.
The Honda VFR1200F motorcycle, the world’s first bike with a dual-clutch transmission, is reviewed. Read impressions and see photos at Car and Driver.
After 10,400 miles, we wrap-up the testing on our Candy Red 2010 Honda VFR1200F DCT long-term test motorcycle. Find out the final results at Cycle World now.
Thanks to its aggressive character, aerodynamic fairing and modern technologies, the Honda VFR1200F has all it needs to impress even the most demanding riders.
Jan 14, 2010 · Honda VFR1200F review If you’re going to hype a new motorcycle as much as Honda has the VFR1200F, then merely being very good won’t be enough… it’s going to have to be outstanding.