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The 2010 Honda VFR1200F is the most advanced motorcycle ever to come out of Honda’s factory, and is probably one of the most innovative motorcycles ever. A large portion of the technology that separates the VFR from the rest of the pack is the all new V4 power-plant that Honda engineers say is a trickle down product from their MotoGP racing efforts. Features and photos after the jump.

Some of the features that stand the VFR’s motor out from the rest are the following:

  • Unique cylinder layout with rear two cylinders located innermost on the crankshaft and front cylinders located outboard narrows the rider interface aboard the VFR1200F.
  • Throttle By Wire for next-generation throttle response.
  • Optional Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission with manual mode and automatic mode with two D/S modes and paddle-style shifters offers unparalleled freedom through innovative technology.
  • Light and compact 1237cc liquid-cooled 76° V4 pumps out amazing levels of power with a distinctive V4 feel and sound.
  • Symmetrically Coupled Phase-shift Crankshaft uses 28° crankpin offset to eliminate primary engine vibration.
  • Asymmetrical exhaust lengths between front and rear cylinders boost power production and enhance power feel.
  • Lightweight and compact Unicam® valvetrain allows for significantly smaller cylinder heads.
  • Honda slipper clutch in manual-shift model allows unencumbered sport riding.

When you think about it, any one of these technologies in the past would have been grounds to call a motorcycle a departure from its predecessor. Honda’s release of all these enhancements is certainly mind-blowing, but also is a testament to how neglected the VFR line was for the past 10-years.

Throttle-by-wire and slipper clutches have been around for some time, and enhancements to parts like the crankshaft and exhaust manifold are not uncommon. While we’re excited to see all of these technologies wrapped up in one package, it still begs the question why we didn’t see it earlier. Hopefully it won’t take another 10 years for Honda to update what is surely to become its flagship motorcycle.