The Honda VFR1200F isn’t exactly the most popular motorcycle in Honda’s two-wheeled lineup. This might be because the large and heavy sport-tourer shows Honda’s commitment to pushing the VFR brand farther away from its sport-tourer roots, much to the chagrin of VFR owners.
The package isn’t all bad though, it just doesn’t work for a bike billed as a sport-touring machine. The Honda VFR1200X is basically the same bike with longer suspension and different bodywork, and as an adventure-sport machine, it fits the bill quite nicely.
The chassis handles its 590-pound mass well, and the 1,27cc V4 engine has plenty of grunt , and this is what must have been what attracted Aldo Drudi to the machine for his first motorcycle concept.
Better known as the maker of various racer helmet designs, most notably Valentino Rossi’s (expect another Drudi custom helmet, later this weekend), Drudi and his team have dreamed up a VFR that couldn’t possibly exist in Honda’s conservative offerings. They call it the Burasca 1200.
For those that don’t speak with a Romagnolo dialect, “burasca” means “storm” in Emiliano-Romagnolo, which might be an apt name for this highly charged makeover on an otherwise sleepy motorcycle.
Drudi and his team have shaved off 60 lbs from the VFR1200’s mass, for a curb weight of 530 lbs. In the process, they have added Öhlins NIX 30 forks, Öhlins TTX 36 GP rear shock, Nissin brakes, and a custom Akrapovi? exhaust (our favorite part) to make things a bit more peppy.
Of course, the real treat with the Burasca 1200 is its avant garde design, with its subtle details. Drudi and his team are trying to move from two-dimensional designs to three-dimensional concepts, and for audition into this space, the Burasca 1200 certainly impresses.
We will let you chew on the hi-res photos below, there are a lot of interesting details to see. Is this the sport bike that Honda should have built?
Source: Aldo Drudi