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2016 - 2017 Honda VFR1200X

2016 - 2017 Honda VFR1200X
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A Big Ol’ Street-Oriented Fun Machine

Honda brought its VFR1200X — a.k.a. the ’CrossTourer’ in other markets — to the U.S. back in 2016, and it rolled as a direct carryover into the ’17 model year. Built as an adventure bike with a bias toward the blacktop, the “X” sports a powerful, 129-horsepower engine and a choice between a manual, six-speed gearbox and Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission that provides seamless automatic gear changes sans clutch or toe shifter. The factory also sought to boost its tour-ability with its proprietary Selectable Torque Control, adjustable suspension components and a robust accessories lineup that boasts all manner of gadgets meant to expand capabilities and comfort alike. Around the world, the adventure-bike market is expanding like mad, and Honda is even taking some wind out of the X’s sails with its own Africa Twin model, so today I want to see if it has what it takes to compete in this rapidly evolving and expanding market.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda VFR1200X.

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This is how Honda trainee engineers are put to the test

This is how Honda trainee engineers are put to the test

They have to make 10 mini-motorcycles based out of the underpinnings of just one

A group of freshly joined trainee has found themselves in a position to prove themselves. They have a task to create 10 replicas of iconic motorcycles that made Honda the brand it is today.

That’s not all. They have to create all the replicas using a Delta minibike as the base bike. ‘Make the small ones and we’ll know if you can make the big ones’.

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2016 - 2017 Honda VFR1200X

2016 - 2017 Honda VFR1200X

A Big Ol’ Street-Oriented Fun Machine

Honda brought its VFR1200X — a.k.a. the ’CrossTourer’ in other markets — to the U.S. back in 2016, and it rolled as a direct carryover into the ’17 model year. Built as an adventure bike with a bias toward the blacktop, the “X” sports a powerful, 129-horsepower engine and a choice between a manual, six-speed gearbox and Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission that provides seamless automatic gear changes sans clutch or toe shifter. The factory also sought to boost its tour-ability with its proprietary Selectable Torque Control, adjustable suspension components and a robust accessories lineup that boasts all manner of gadgets meant to expand capabilities and comfort alike. Around the world, the adventure-bike market is expanding like mad, and Honda is even taking some wind out of the X’s sails with its own Africa Twin model, so today I want to see if it has what it takes to compete in this rapidly evolving and expanding market.

Continue reading for my review of the Honda VFR1200X.

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Automatic transmission is on the prowl

Automatic transmission is on the prowl

And it is going to replace the manuals soon

Automatic vs. Manual has been a hot debate for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create similar situations in the two-wheeler segment as well. Or would it?

Honda has been at the forefront of new technology and has heavily invested into bringing automatic transmission to everyday motorcycles. It has been a pioneer in developing new forms of gear and clutch designs and is vying to change the dimensions of free riding, starting with the scooters all the way to the mighty Gold-Wing.

Every other major player has their own versions of the same having different acronyms but ultimately does the same job. It seems the manual transmission is well on its slide into obsolescence within the automotive world. And the ones responsible are these folks:

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Ariel Motor to reveal a new performance cruiser

Ariel Motor to reveal a new performance cruiser

Ariel Motor has prepared a big surprise for its fans. The company has revealed that they developed an all-new model which will make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 26-29 June.

For the moment we don’t have many details about Ariel’s upcoming motorcycle, but we certainly now that it will be a performance cruiser.

Keeping it up with Ariel’s tradition, the new cruiser will be built after the individual requirements of its future owners, so there will be a wide range of accessories and tasty features to choose from.

Rumors say that the new model will borrow the Honda VFR1200’s engine, namely a liquid-cooled 1237 cc V4 which cranks out 170 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and a 129 Nm (95 lb-ft) of torque at 8.750 rpm. The engine will be paired with the same Dual Clutch transmission found in the VFR1200. Unfortunately we don’t know if the new model will borrow more parts from its donor, but we do hope that Ariel will come up with its own chassis and frame.

Stay tuned for more details.

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2014 Honda VFR1200FD

2014 Honda VFR1200FD

The Honda VFR1200FD is a handsome, agile and comfortable motorcycle that offers riders a joyful riding experience each time they jump on the saddle.

The motorcycle is propelled by a 1,237 cc liquid cooled 4 stroke UNICAM 76° V-4 engine which puts out a maximum power of 127 kW at 10,000min and 129 Nm of torque at 8,750 rpm.

The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six speed dual clutch gearbox which is the world’s first fully automatic dual clutch transmission for large-displacement motorcycles. The transmission features three operating modes: two full-auto modes (D-mode and S-mode), and a six-speed gear-select mode.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the Honda VFR1200FD features a cartridge-type front fork and rear damper design which combine to deliver first class ride and handling performances.

The motorcycle is offered with a base price of €16.699.

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2013 Honda VFR1200FA

2013 Honda VFR1200FA

The Honda VFR1200FA is one of the most technologically advanced motorcycles built by the Japanese manufacturer. It is powered by a compact 1,237 cc V4 Unicam engine that combines Throttle By Wire and Traction Control systems to deliver mind blowing performances and maximum safety. The engine is fed by a 19 litres fuel tank and its power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept under control by a sophisticated braking system especially tuned for the needs of a sport bike. It includes powerful new six-piston calipers for the front and a dual-piston caliper at the rear that bite on large full-floating discs (320 mm front; 276 mm rear). Moreover, you also get a lightweight Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that helps you maximize the safety of braking on difficult surfaces.

The Honda VFR1200FA is offered with a starting price of $15,499.

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2013 Honda VFR1200FA DCT

2013 Honda VFR1200FA DCT

The Honda VFR1200FA DCT is one of the strongest motorcycles built by the Japanese manufacturer. This mechanical monster is packed with a long list of modern features especially developed to improve high speeds performances.

As far as power is concerned the Honda VFR1200FA DCT is equipped with a liquid-cooled 76-degree, V-4 engine with asymmetrical front/rear cylinder layout and PGM-FI electronic fuel injection. The V-54 unit is fed by a decently sized 19-litre fuel tank that offers a pretty generous riding range.

The engine is linked to a modern Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that includes two automatic modes and a Manual mode with paddle-style shifters.

The Honda VFR1200FA DCT rides on a front 43 mm cartridge fork with spring preload adjustability and a Pro-Link single gas-charged shock with remote spring preload adjustability and rebound damping adjustability.

The Honda VFR1200FA DCT can be yours for not less than $16,999.

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2013 Honda VFR1200F

2013 Honda VFR1200F

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.


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2012 Honda VRF 1200F

2012 Honda VRF 1200F

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.

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Honda Shows Off The New VFR Adventure Concept

Honda Shows Off The New VFR Adventure Concept

Milan, Italy may be known for its high-end clothing shops and expensive super cars, but Honda is planning something completely new for the city. The Japanese manufacturer is planning on unveiling eight new bikes, and we have our first hunch on at least one of those machines.

Here we have the VFR Adventure Concept, a 1200cc monster designed for people who like speed and long rides on the interstate highways. The new Honda is similar to the Ducati Multistrada.

It seems that the new VFR will get a higher stance over the current model with more ground clearance. Although, there isn’t much besides that, as Honda has been fairly sneaky with this new machine. We have to wonder if we will see it in the United States, but sports bike fans will just have to wait and see.

The new VFR should be going on sale around 2012 or later.

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2010 Honda VFR1200F

2010 Honda VFR1200F

After taking the wraps off its all-new 2010 VFR1200F sport touring motorcycle designed from the ground up as “a ten in every respect,” Honda sits back and enjoys its latest VFR’s success. The bike’s most outstanding feature is the V-4 engine, but only because the dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.

The 2010 Honda VFR1200F has to be the most aggressive, refined and most likely comfortable new entry in its segment, a bike claimed to adapt to any style of riding or riding situation naturally. It looks like a Honda from every angle, but this motorcycle has also come to show its manufacturer’s achieved goals as it is “a futuristic sport motorcycle for the sheer joy of riding”.

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Video: Honda VFR1200F assembly process

Video: Honda VFR1200F assembly process

Honda has released a video showing the VFR1200 being assembled at the Kumamoto factory, the mother ship of Honda motorcycle factories and one of the most modern and environmentally factories in Japan. There, on a 426.5 ft (130 meters) long production line, the complete assembly of a motorcycle takes only 90 seconds.

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Best possible Honda VFR1200 rendering explained by designer

Best possible Honda VFR1200 rendering explained by designer

Just when we thought Honda finally had the best VFR recipe designer John Keogh laughs at the current production bike and brings in his own rendering towards what he apparently considers a great idea – combining the best of Honda’s Blackbird and VFR800 models. Claiming that the VFR1200’s designer Teofilo Plaza has canceled the engineering and styling features, Keogh fixes that with eight must-have features for a veritable VFR1200F. Please read about those after the jump.

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Spy Shots: 2010 Honda VFR1200 spied during alps photo shoot

Spy Shots: 2010 Honda VFR1200 spied during alps photo shoot

Honda has taken the 2010 Honda VFR1200 to the alps for some nice action pics ahead of next month’s official unveiling and this is where it was spotted by a very dedicated MotoBlog reader, who got the chance to take a few pictures with the bike before it blasted down the tight mountain roads.

Although it was initially thought that the new VFR will have generous dimensions, it hasn’t, so that the innovative technologies such as the dual clutch transmission and variable cylinder management can make a strong point in this industry. Also, we reckon it doesn’t weigh much either.

Click here for the VFR1200 engine sound.

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2010 Honda VFR1200 sounds scary!

Although Honda has been gradually releasing information about the new VFR1200 engine and dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission, we never got the change to actually hear that V4 running until now, when we’ve come across this video.

The engine has a healthy idle grunt and, although revved probably not higher than 3000-3500 rpm, it sounds insane. The fact is that no exhaust will ever replace a potent engine of large displacement.

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Honda VFR1200 engine details (w/video)

Honda VFR1200 engine details (w/video)

Honda designers and engineers are busy working on the all-new VFR1200 sport-touring motorcycle, as the bike will be unveiled next month, and they’re no cheapskates when it comes to revealing technical information along the way. Last week, we found about the development of a dual clutch transmission that they’re preparing for this all-new model and now the Japanese company has released a video in which Honda senior engine manager Tsutomu Ishii takes us through the details of the 1200cc V4 engine.

The mastermind behind this motorcycle engine explains how they managed to achieve the width of a v-twin and the length of an inline-four, while the freshly created unit has a unicam head design, phase-pin crankshaft, 28° firing order and no balancer. Watch Honda’s official video after the jump.

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2010 Honda VFR1200 gets dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission (w/video)

2010 Honda VFR1200 gets dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission (w/video)

The fact that Honda is planning to launch an all-new VFR model powered by a 1200cc V4 engine in 2010 is no news for any of our readers, but the fact that the all-new bike will feature a dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission does sound fairly interesting even for those who aren’t that much into motorcycles.

Derived from a similar system used in the car industry for several years, Honda’s much more compact three-mode system is supposed to offer faster and yet smoother shifts. Riders of next year’s VFR will be able to select one of three different modes: two fully automatic ones and a manual (although not classic) shifting mode.

Having two clutches, it means that each one will be responsible for an equal number of gears among the six available.

We’ve attached Honda’s dual-clutch demonstration video as well as the press release after the break.

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2010 Honda VFR1200T rendering

2010 Honda VFR1200T rendering

Next year, Honda plans to release the VFR1200T not only as the Pan European replacement, but as the world’s most technologically-advanced motorcycle too. Because such a project is only undergone if the initial feedback is positive, the company has leaked the future bike’s sketches in an attempt to get an early start with the process. The friends from MCN were there to land a helping hand and now they speculate regarding the possible color schemes that the new VFR might receive.

The bike looks absolutely amazing regardless of the color schemes, but these do help in forming a better opinion of what Honda will create and so encourage people to mention what they think about what they see. So, what do you think about the 2010 Honda VRF1200T?

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Hitler outraged over his Honda VFR being replaced with a BMW GS

Some Nazi took Hitler’s VFR and crashed it. The Fuhrer was already planning on buying another one when he was announced that his crew of Nazis took the liberty to buy him a BMW GS. We can’t reproduce the rest, but you’re invited to watch the video. Try not to feel guilty for anything…that’s how well the video is made.

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Bolt-on supercharger kit radically upgrades the Honda VFR800

Bolt-on supercharger kit radically upgrades the Honda VFR800

A&A Performance Graphic

A&A Performance has created a supercharger kit that bolts on directly on to the 5th generation VFR engine and increases power with more than 50 percent. As the dyno results show, the V4 engine with entirely stock internals develops almost 160 horsepower on 93 octane pump gas.

The blower kit has just been finalized and it seems that each and every detail was taken in consideration, achieving a complete, high quality product that is clearly the work of an experienced and innovative engineer. His name is Dan and he already began diversifying his offer. The next bikes that he plans to supercharge are 6th generation Hondas as well as the Kawasaki ZX-10R and the Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The ’98-’01 VFR800 Supercharger Kit costs $5,495 + shipping so you can reserve yours and wait for shipments to begin about May 1st.

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Honda launches VFR V5

Honda launches VFR V5

Honda has had a busy year designing the all-new 2009 VFR1000F and VFR1000GT motorcycles. Now, after the introduction of the 2008 CBR1000RR, I would expect a sportier VFR, but this is more than I can take.

And you haven’t even heard the best of it. Inspiring on the 990cc RC211V racing bike, Honda has derived their first V5 engine to be fitted on a street bike and a Ferrari-style push-button gearchange. This last move is meant to help riders get the best out of the MotoGP-style engine, but it is also suppose to be smooth and progressive. For that purpose, Honda retains the shaft final drive and the single-sided swingarm that is a VFR specific feature.

There will be two models going on Honda’s production lines, the “F” (a sportier version) and the “GT” (sport-touring), but a VFR remains a VFR no matter what. While the first reminds us of the CBR series, the second looks like an ST1300 that has undergone a diet. Just look at those lines!

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Honda VFR 1000 V5 waiting to be launched in 2009

Honda VFR 1000 V5 waiting to be launched in 2009

Honda has long planned the introduction of the new VFR and it seems that 2009 is the perfect year. I can believe this after five years of work at the new model, but the time surely pays off as the bike promises to stands for refinement, performance and a sense for style.

Waiting to be unveiled this fall, the new Honda sport-tourer comes at the perfect time to find its place in the garages of VFR 800 and CBR 1100 XX Super Black Bird owners.

What will make it take versatility to a whole new level is the long-bragged 1000cc V5 engine inspired on the 990cc one on the RC211V. With three cylinders in the front and two in the back, the new powerplant promises to send the R1-powered Yamaha FZ1 back on the drawing board.

I most appreciate the fact that it apparently didn’t fall in the “sport bike” sin. But don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen cars with V5 engines and it will definitely be sporty, but the seat is designed for comfort and the handlebars will keep the rider well relaxed and still not feel like riding on top of it. You can say that by simply looking at it so imagine what it is to actually ride one. Patience my friends, patience!

The project has been lead by engineer Yoshiteru Kinoshita helped by a team of HRC Honda designers together with the same people that made the 2008 CBR1000RR the best motorcycle in its class today and we reckon the new VFR will follow the same success graphic as it will feature new everything (frame, suspensions, brakes, gearbox).

First presented in 1986, the VFR is an equivalent for touring and reliability. Related to the fact that it withstood the test of time I invite you to share your opinions with us.

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1986 - 2007 Honda VFR

1986 - 2007 Honda VFR

Honda used the technology from AMA championship-winning VFR750 in the ’80s to create a living legend, a masterpiece of sports bike engneering: the famed VFR.

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