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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Having previously owned & loved an Aprillia RSF factory I was nervous if the VFR could deliver the same enjoyment. I am pleased to say it can but in a different way. Where the Aprillia was full of character and Continue reading...
This is a very competent bike but I never warmed to is a bit of a Marmite bike....and I don't like Marmite either.
The bike does everything well and anyone in the market for an ultra Sports Tourer sho Continue reading...
The best sport tourer on our roads, it has the ability to perform in any arena for it's intended design purpose. Tank range 170 miles to reserve and would get a lot more if ridden sensible all of the time. No Continue reading...
I bought this bike brand new last week as a touring bike thats sporty, no its not..its a sports bike that can tour, omg its fast I had an FZ1 and its way more torquey and faster. !Its the DCT version, but I ove Continue reading...
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...


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:

"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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