After 10 years of waiting, VFR owners can rejoice in the announcement of the new 2010 Honda VFR1200F. Actually comprising of two models, the VFR will come in a standard model, and a model equipped with the dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Available in the Spring of 2010, the VFR1200F will make 172hp, and 95lb•ft of torque from its 1,237cc V4 motor. The new VFR is a big girl though, tipping the scales in Europe at 588lbs, and here in the US at 591lbs. If you want the dual-clutch model, expect a bike that weighs a staggering 613lbs. Pictures, videos, and specs after the jump.
As we reported earlier, the VFR will feature a 76º V4 motor with a unicam crankshaft, offset cylinder spacing, variable cylinder management, throttle-by-wire, and an optional dual-clutch gearbox that’s mated to an automatic transmission. Riders opting for the manual shift model will get to enjoy a slipper-clutch setup. Both bikes will feature Honda’s next-generation shaft drive system with offset pivot points and a sliding constant-velocity joint.
The VFR1200F has a vacuum-moulded cast aluminium chassis, and softening the blows from the road will be the 43mm cartridge-type forks at the front, and a Pro-Link monoshock with gas-charged damper at the rear. Power from the motor will come from Honda’s new shaft-drive, which has been specially designed to eliminate the rocking motion normally experienced from that power-train. Helping stop the VFR is Honda’s C-ABS anti-lock brakes system.
The new VFR1200F uses what Honda calls “layered fairing technology”, which is a fancy way of saying that the fairings create a shape that looks good, but doesn’t compromise the air flow to the engine for heat management. Honda explain it as such:
“By effectively increasing the speed of the air by channelling it through smaller apertures before it reaches the radiators, engine cooling is optimized and the hot, exhausted air is channelled away from the rider and passenger for a cooler, more comfortable ride. The heat generated by the powerful, enclosed V4 engine is also channelled away to keep hot air away from the rider.”
Fitted with a conventional six-speed gearbox as standard, riders for an added cost (not yet disclosed) can add Honda’s new dual-clutch automatic transmission. The DSG will allow riders to operate the VFR1200F in either full automatic mode, or in manual mode, with clutchless gear shifting via finger-operated paddles.
Other official Honda options will include hard panniers, a top box, centerstand, Sat/Nav, fairing extenders (in front of the handlebars), and a flip-up screen.
The 2010 Honda VFR1200F will be available in Red, White, and Silver. No word on pricing for the bikes or the optional accessories.
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Technical Specifications of the 2010 Honda VFR1200F:
Model: VFR1200F / VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission
Engine Type: 1237cc liquid-cooled 76° V-4
Bore and Stroke: 81mm x 60mm
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
Valve Train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 44mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors
Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission: Six-speed (VFR1200F) / Six-speed automatic with two modes and manual mode (VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission)
Final Drive: Shaft
Front: 43mm cartridge fork with spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link® single gas-charged shock with remote spring preload adjustability and rebound damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel
Front: Dual full-floating 320mm discs with CBS six-piston calipers with ABS
Rear: Single 276mm disc with CBS two-piston caliper with ABS
Front: 120/70 ZR17 radial
Rear: 190/55 ZR17 radial
Wheelbase: 60.8 inches (1545mm)
Rake: (Caster angle): 25°30’
Trail: 101.0mm (4.0 inches)
Seat Height: 32.1 inches (815mm)
Fuel Capacity: 4.9 gallons
Curb Weight*: 591 pounds (VFR1200F) / 613 pounds (VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission)
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel–ready to ride.