The new Honda VFR1200F is one of the most modern motorcycles developed by the Japanese manufacturer. The bike showcases a long list of revolutionary technologies developed to improve its handling, efficiency and overall performances.
At the heart of the motorcycle lies a super-compact Unicam-head 1237 cc V4 engine combined with Honda’s first-ever Throttle By Wire system. Moreover, you also get traction control and ABS brakes as standard equipment.
The engine is mated on Honda’s six speed automatic transmission with two clutches. The motorcycle is also available with a conventional six-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch.
For improved performances the 2013 Honda VFR1200F features a modern exhaust system with two outlets in the silencer.
Perhaps it goes without saying that the Honda VFR1200F has received maximum attention in the ergonomy department. Thereby you are greeted by a supportive, vacuum-molded dual-seat, a perfectly angled handlebar and a modern trip computer.
Hit the jump for more information on the Honda VFR1200F.
Drawing on 30 years of V4 technology and racing success, Honda designers gave the VFR1200F what is surely the most advanced streetbike engine yet: a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 1237cc, 76-degree, V4 brimming with low-end torque. Overall, it’s more compact than the engine from the 781cc Interceptor.
Compact engine size was critical, so our engineers placed the VFR powerplant’s V4 rear cylinders 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.
The VFR1200F features Honda’s Throttle-By-Wire system to ensure outstanding response and seamless acceleration across the engine’s rev range. The Throttle-By-Wire system incorporates an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to process information from the rider throttle control input and throttle valve position to return accurate throttle response
Shift gears, on the fly, with a simple flick of your left finger or thumb? That’s just one of the modes on the VFR1200F’s incredible new dual clutch transmission (optional). Available as an option to the standard six-speed manual model, our dual-clutch, automatic transmission allows push-button six-speed “paddle” shifting. You can also choose from two “automatic” modes (D-mode for regular operation and S-mode for sporty riding), and let the transmission shift for you.
We told you the VFR’s parts manifest reads almost like that of a factory road racer. Example: A trick slipper clutch mechanism that moderates the effect of deceleration torque on the rear wheel, allowing engine braking to slow the bike without causing the rear tire to chatter.
Take a look at the VFR1200F’s exhaust system. Notice the two outlets in the silencer? The lower one is always open, while the upper outlet only opens at higher engine and vehicle speeds. That lets our engineers fine-tune the exhaust back pressure for optimal performance and sound. It’s a great example of how technology can take something as simple as a muffler and use it to improve your riding experience.
The VFR1200F’s layered concept fairing offers a smooth, unified, fastener-free surface right off the MotoGP circuit. Never have aerodynamics and aesthetics worked so well together.
The VFR’s unique bodywork fuses both the cowl and fairings together to create a single smooth, unified, aerodynamic surface. Also, note what you don’t see: no visible fasteners break up the fairing’s lines. This design also routes appropriate airflow in separate paths for both engine cooling and rider comfort.
The seat for 2013—a supportive, vacuum-molded dual-seat design—offers increased comfort for both the rider and passenger. It features a flat and expansive seating area, with the space to adopt a range of different seating positions. This improves comfort during long days on the road. And your passenger also gets easy-reach grab handles and comfortable footrests
In addition to an already full-featured LCD/analog instrument package, we’ve added a trip computer that adds current MPG, average MPG, and miles-to-empty information.
Combined Braking System w/ ABS
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 on the left side. When the rear brake is applied, the other two left-side pistons are actuated. To maintain equal braking force when using just the front brake, the right-side pistons are slightly smaller than the left-side pistons.
|Engine Type ||1237cc liquid-cooled V-4|
|Bore And Stroke|| 81mm x 60mm|
|Induction|| Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with automatic enrichment circuit, 44mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors|
|Ignition|| Digital transistorized with electronic advance|
|Compression Ratio ||12.0:1|
|Valve Train ||SOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Final Drive ||Shaft|
|Front Suspension ||43mm cartridge fork with spring-preload adjustability; 4.3 inches travel|
|Rear Suspension|| 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 Brake|| Dual full-floating 320mm discs with CBS six-piston calipers with ABS|
|Rear Brake ||Single 276mm disc with CBS two-piston caliper with ABS|
|Front Tire ||120/70 ZR-17 radial|
|Rear Tire|| 190/55 ZR-17 radial|
|Trail|| 101.0mm (4.0 inches)|
|Wheelbase ||60.8 inches|
|Seat Height ||32.1 inches|
|Curb Weight ||591 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel?ready to ride)|
|Fuel Capacity ||5 gallons|
|Miles Per Gallon|| 35 MPG |
|Available Colors|| Metallic Black|