At the American press launch of the 2010 Honda VFR1200F we got our dirty little mits on a bevy of information about the new sport-tourer from Honda. As we dive through the information this week, and tell you our thoughts on Honda’s flagship motorcycle, we thought we’d start off with how the 2010 Honda VFR1200F came about, from concept to conception. Check out the renders after the jump.
Over the past 25 years, the VFR has been regarded as one of the most advanced motorcycles in the industry. So much so was this the case that in the 1990’s Honda split development of its V4 motorcycle line into the RC30/RC45 race bike programs, and the VFR/Interceptor street bike series. With a lineage that is both grounded in technology and sportiness, Honda has again tried to find this happy marriage in the 2010 Honda VFR1200F.
The design of the VFR1200F has evolved since its initial showing at the 2008 Intermot show in Cologne. The basic design ethos has remained intact, with the final version carrying over the concept’s streamlined body. The bike has a love it or hate it look, but is actually quite striking in person. We were initial skeptical about the new VFR when we first saw it during its release, but after seeing it and riding it, we have to admit the design has grown on us considerably. More on that later, concept sketches below.