When it comes to pushing the envelope and being resourceful in the motorcycle world, no other manufacturer does it quite like Honda does it.
The Honda VFR1200F helped to break many of the sport touring motorcycle molds. With a sleek look, efficient performance, and two awesome variants to choose from, it was a motorcycle that had promise before being swept away by noise and emissions regulations.
A Look Back at the Honda VFR1200F
The Honda VFR1200F was first unveiled at Cologne’s Intermot Show back in 2008. At this time, it was a V4 concept bike that had very distinctive VFR1200F elements, especially when it came to the X-shaped headlights. Honda began teasing the bike in 2009 until they finally debuted the production model at the Tokyo Motor Show later that year. The very first models were not delivered until 2010.
Technology and Performance of the Honda VFR1200F
The 2017 Honda VFR1200F came with a large-capacity 1236cc four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, which was incredibly efficient in terms of performance. It could deliver a maximum 111 horsepower and 11 Nm of torque. The fuel tank was increased from 18 to 19 liters, and each of the VFR1200F models received a brand new instrument panel, which helped to give riders real-time information on fuel efficiency, speed, and distance.
There were two different variants to choose from, including the VFR and VFR DCH, which each have different levels of efficiency. The standard VFR model could go about 22 km with a liter of fuel in the tank, while the DCH model could go 24 km on that same liter.
A Timeline of the Honda VFR1200F (2010-2017)
The Honda VFR1200F was unveiled back in 2010. It came with the choice between sequential manual transmission or dual clutch automatic transmission. The engine incorporated single overhead camshaft distribution, which allowed the compact engines to be placed a bit more forward to help lower the center of gravity on the bike.
By 2015, Honda added a brand new white color scheme to the bike, as well as improved the dual clutch automatic transmission to make it more functional. The rear was equipped with newly integrated luggage mounts as well, further labeling it as a true sport touring bike. The mounting points were injection molded to the under-seat area, fitting in an unobtrusive way next to the pillion footrest mounts.
In 2017, Honda was forced to discontinue the VFR1200F, as it could not keep up with new noise regulations or emission standards.
The Honda VFR1200F In the News
In recent news, Honda has released a major recall for many VFR1200F models thanks to drive-shaft bearing issues. They are having to recall 2010, 2012, and 2013 models, as assembly errors have led to premature wear of the drive shaft and the universal joint bearing onboard.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Honda VFR1200F
While we have been unable to locate any celebrity owners or endorsements of the Honda VFR1200F, there are quite a few celebrities that own Honda motorcycles in general, including Hugh Laurie with his Honda CBR600RR and Richard Hammond with his Honda MTX 50, which he began riding when he was only 16 years old!
The Honda VFR1200F In Pop Culture
The Honda VFR1200F can be seen in a variety of movies and television shows, including Home and Away, Pixels, and Zen.
Best Honda VFR1200F Groups
While we were unable to locate any clubs or groups that revolve around the VFR1200F specifically, there are quite a few VFR clubs. One of the tops is Bikers Oracle, which has a large VFR Owners Club with thousands of members.
The Honda VFR1200F – For the Touring-Minded
As a touring bike, the VFR1200F helped to push boundaries. We’re sad that it’s not around anymore, though happy that it helped to pave the way for stronger and faster touring bikes in the Honda realm.