The Honda VRF 1200F has been described as the future of Honda’s fleet of motorcycle. Coming with a complete package of style and advanced technology, the VRF 1200F is proof that a bike can be both powerful and fuel efficient.
Thanks to its 1,237cc engine that’s capable of generating 170 horsepower, there are few bikes in the world that can compete with this Japanese buzz saw. Moreover, the 6 Speed Cruise Drive Transmission that was used in this super bike and the V-4 type of engine have been accommodated to assure enhanced performance. In addition to the engine, this bike was chrome finished and the body has given an aerodynamic shape.
Honda has been known as a company that puts forth an effort in producing completely glorious products to their costumers. Honda also has a high expectation for good sales with the release of this bike in India. So, yeah, a lot is riding on the VRF 1200F to be the bike it’s claimed to be.
Helping in all that hype are a number of new technologies that have been added to the street bike, particularly a Dual-Clutch-Transmission (DCT) which can be used with separate modes for Drive, Cruising, and Sports purposes. This aggressive bike also comes with an electric start and a paddle shift which supports manual changing of gears.
To make sure that the rider and the pillion feel comfortable, this Honda VRF 1200F is fitted with a wealth of comfort and advanced features. The long and wide seat of this bike offers a painless riding experience to the rider as well as the pillion.
Find out more about the Honda VRF 1200F after the jump.
Honda VRF 1200R
Exhilarating Honda V4 performance. Instant power with every twist of the throttle. There is something utterly compelling about the V4 engine of the new Honda VFR1200F. A remarkable blend of raw power, never-ending torque and advanced mass centralisation. All expressed in the beat and feel that only a V4 configuration from Honda can deliver.
The technology used to achieve this is at once both simple and highly complex in its execution. For example, by completely redesigning the engine layout, Honda were able to produce a shorter engine that allowed them more freedom when positioning it within the frame. This enabled the creation of near perfect weight distribution.
The innovation of a new 28° phased shift crankshaft was simple but very effective ? reducing the vibration associated with a traditional V4 configuration, but retaining the distinctive linear power delivery and physical sensation that V4 owners know and love. The closed crankcase and UNICAM technology come from the RC212V MotoGP motorcycle and motocross race machines, while the unique voice of the new exhaust speaks a language to stir the soul.
Throttle by wire
In a first fro Honda motorcycles, the VFR 1200R features a throttle by wire system to ensure outstanding response and seamless acceleration across the engine’s rev range. Throttle by wire system incorporates an electronic control unit (ECU) to process information from rider throttle control input and throttle valve position to return a more accurate throttle response. Throttle by wire improves engine responsiveness and operation by providing fuel delivery that is smoother and more precise.
Layered concept fairing
Speaking of sleek, take a close look at the VFR;s unique bodywork which fuses both the cowl and fairings together to create a single smooth, unified, aerodynamics surface. Also note what you don’t see: no visible fasteners break up the fairing’s lines. This design also routes appropriate air flow in separate paths for both engine cooling and rider comfort.
Combined braking system with ABS standard
Another high-tech feature, the VFR’s combined braking system (CBS) with ABS melds the benefits of anti-lock braking (ABS) with the measured application of front brakes when the rear brake lever is used. During front brake lever activation, all the right side caliper pistons are applied, along with four of the pistons ate actuated. To maintain equal braking force when using just the front brae, the right side pistons are slightly smaller than the left side piston.
Dual clutch transmission
Available as an option to the standard six-speed manual offering our dual clutch, automatic transmission allows push-button six speed “paddle” shifting. You can also choose from two automatic modes (D- mode fro regular operation and S-mode fro sporty riding), an dlet the transmission shift for you, in addition, the drive line includes a clutch damper, final damper, cam damper and tomato damper to virtually eliminate drive shaft lurch during power delivery. Total control, total freedom and the rock solid performance and efficiency of conventional shaft and gears inside the cases. Awesome!
We told you the VFR;s parts manifest reads almost like that of a factory road racer. The VFR 1200F’s slipper clutch mechanism moderates the effect of deceleration torque on the rear wheel, allowing engine braking to slow the bike without causing the rear tire to chatter.
Furthering the concept of mass centralization, the VFR’s compact exhaust system has been placed more toward the front of the bike, creating a more integrated, part of the bike feel in addition to a more neutral riding position for the pilot. An asymmetrical (front Vs rear) exhaust length also tunes both feel and sound for a combination of V4 torque and inline power delivery.
Differential Cylinder bank
Furthering our pursuit of compact engine size, the VFR powerplant’s V4 rear cylinders are placed side by side but close together, while the front cylinders are more widely spaced. This makes the engine narrower near the rider’s feet and allows the entire chassis and seating area to feature a distinctly narrowed profile
28° Phase Crankshaft
A special high-strength symmetrically Coupled Phase-shift crankshaft offsets the crankshaft journals of each pair of front and rear cylinders by 28 degrees to give the new VFR a unique firing order, which works in concert with the 76-degree V-angle to essentially negate primary engine vibration for smooth running. Sin ce the powerplant has perfect primary balance, the need for a balance shaft is eliminated, minimizing weight and space. To ensure that V4 feel, we’ve engineered a unique ignition sequence of 104 degrees -256degrees-104 degrees-256 degrees between cylinder firings.
Offset Pivot Driveshaft
Another first for Honda is the VFR’s new-generation shaft final drive system.The output shaft is placed below the transmission countershaft to effectively create a longer swingarm span without extending the total wheelbase to help deliver a chain-drive-like feel from throttle to road.In addition, the Pro-Arm swingarm is placed within a wide-span frame swingarm pivot area for increased chassis rigidity, and the swingarm pivot sits in an offset position above the line of the driveshaft.A sliding constant-velocity universal joint adjusts for changes in driveline length automatically as the driveshaft moves throughout the arc of rear-wheel travel.
Compact Cylinder Head Design
Looking to our championship-winning CRF motocross machines, we used Honda’s revolutionary Unicam technology to minimize cylinder head size, weight, and allows for a flatter combustion chamber for a quicker, more efficient burn while still allowing an impressive redline of 10,200 rpm.
|Engine Type||liquid-cooled 4-stoke UNICAM 76’ V-4|
|Bore and stroke||81x60mm|
|Max power output||127 kW.10.000 min-1(95/1/EC)|
|Max torque||129 Nm.8750 min-1(95/1/EC)|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Aircleaner||oil-permeated, viscous-type paper filter|
|Fuel tank capacity||18.5 liters|
|Ignition system||computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance|
|Clutch||wet multi-plate, hydraulic, dual|
|Frame Type||diamond, aluminum twin-spar|
|Dimension||L 2250 x 755 x 1220 mm|
|Wheelbase||L 1545 mm|
|Suspension Type Front||43mm cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment, 120mm axle travel|
|Suspension Rear||pro-link with gas-charged damper, 25 step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 130 mm axle travel.|
|Wheel Type Front||5-spoke hollow gravity, die cast aluminum|
|Wheel Type Rear||7-spoke gravity Die cast aluminum.|
|Wheel Tyre size||frontL 120/70 ZR17M/C(58W), rear: 190/55 ZR17M/C (75W)|
|Brakes Type Front||320mm dual floating hydraulic disc with two 6-piston calipers, C-ABS and sintered metal pads.|
|Brakes Type Rear||276 mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper C-ABS and sintered metal pads.|
Motorcycledialy ---- "VFR fans had a little ray of sunshine recently when Honda Motors announced some significant updates to its flagship VFR1200F for 2012."
Telegraph ---- "a concept bike that was specifically meant to presage the new sports tourer, even a dedicated website with a clock counting down to the unveiling."
Ultimatemotorcycling ---- ". The new Honda VFR 1200 F now features the additional of traction control that can be turned off by the rider, a second-generation automatic Dual Clutch Transmission, more low-end torque, increased fuel efficiency and a redesigned seat for added comfort."