Honda VFR1200F (2010 - present)

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Honda VFR1200F (2010 - present)

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A race circuit seemed like a strange place to launch a 265kg bike with a 1545mm wheelbase but the spec sometimes only tells part of the story. The VFR1200F feels noticeably smaller than a Pan Euro and fractionally bigger than a VFR800. Its pork is brilliantly hidden, though. Even with a ...  Continue reading

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Honda have the resources and ability to make a fantastic bike. Instead, they make a bike which is brilliant in some areas and rubbish in others. Its a real shame because I wanted to like this bike - it looks (f Continue reading...
A far better bike than you'd imagine from some of the write-ups. Sometimes you wonder if the journos are riding the same bike as you are, let alone each other. I have no remaining criticisms, wouldn't swap it f Continue reading...
I was looking for a replacement for my high mileage GTR1400, something less lardy and more sporty, I totally forgot about the the big Viffer until I rode my friends in Spain while visiting.
Balanced and refine Continue reading...
It's heavy and powerful, but surprisingly easy to ride due to its excellent chassis. It's not an all rounder, but it is a bit jekyll and hyde. One minute you could be crusing along on the motorway and the next, Continue reading...
Love it! Ride all day comfort with torque and power to exhaust smiling cheek muscles. Would have another and those who mock it should test ride over 70-100 mile first. Put it in second and becomes 'twist-and Continue reading...

Discussions

In what way is this bike the pinnacle of technology ? it weighs a ton the exhaust is hideous it is thirsty with a small tank ,it doesnt better a bm k1300s in any department and no i dont own one,

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 19:42

The first thing I looked when this bike came out was the size of the tank, I couldn't believe how small it was for a bike aimed at the sports touring market.  Any thought of buying one went out of the window.  Bikes like this should have 22 litre petrol tanks as a minmum.

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 16:01

It usually seems that those who dislike the vfr1200 the most have never ridden them for any real sport-touring - I owned one, and while it was not perfect, it was certainly better built than a number of the new BMWs I've owned in recent years - and a very good bike.

Oh, and here are a couple of quotes from comparison reviews against the K1300s:

Motorcycle.com:

"Honda haters have derided the VFR as being too heavy and not attractive enough for serious consideration, but those people likely haven’t ridden it. Running the 1200F through a tank of gas is a sure way to win over the skeptics. Consider us converted."

or Motorcyclist magazine:

"The VFR prefers fast, sweeping corners to cut and thrust work, but it will still drop BMW's new K1300S like a bad habit in the tight stuff."

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 06:51

Having rode both the 1200f and the K1300s back to back my view on the good and bad.....

Engine: Honda very smooth. BMW a bit ratterly especially from the clutch housing.

Seating position: Honda pre 2012 seat covering very slippery but a nice place to be. BMW slightly odd seating feels too narrow and too flat, right shin hits huge clutch housing.

Sound / Exhaust: Honda awful looking but sound ok. BMW, looks good sounds great.

Handling: Honda feels lightweight and very easy to ride, (very confidence building). BMW feels not very nimble and heavy, both have great low speed roll on - roll off fueling.

Crusing: Both offer good wind protection.

Given the choice I would go for the Honda on the ridability alone. No bias, even own a BMW currently.

 

 

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 13:54

I did think about a Veefer 1200, but decided on its younger brother, the 8, as I felt the 12 would have been a bit OTT for my commuting & random touring requirements. And as such I can't compare the 12 to the 8 in terms of riding experience, However, I will say I am more than happy with my 8 - does everything I want and more.

 

Long live the VFR!!! 

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 07:34



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Immensely capable sports tourer at the pinnacle of technological progress.
 
Get used to petrol stations, fuel range is poor for a continent crosser.
  • Price: £12000.00
  • Year: from 2010
  • Top speed: 165mph
  • Engine capacity: 1237cc
  • Power: 155bhp
  • Torque: 95lb ft
  • Weight: 267kg

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