Honda Introduces the VFR1200F

Posted on October 15th 2009 2:03pm
Filed Under   Transportation

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Honda recently introduced one of the world's most technologically advanced motorcycles, the 2010 VFR1200F sport touring bike.

Starting from a clean slate, Honda set out to build a cutting-edge V-4 powered motorycle that used the latest and greatest technology , and in doign so, they set the stage for their entire two-wheel division going forwards.

The nucleus of the design paradigm centered around the notion that this sport motorcycle would have to be a sheer joy to ride and ride hard, for long periods of time and over large distances. It seems Honda has achieved its aim.

The VFR1200F is built around a super smooth compact 76-degree liquid cooled V-4 engine that is controlled via "throttle by wire" technology, similar to what's found in today's most sophisticated aircraft. Connecting this power to wheels is a standard 6-speed transmission or Honda's new automated-manual dual clutch setup. All these great items are encapsulated into a stunning "Tron like GP technology" based aero styled fairing, that's said to possess unrivaled air management characteristics in terms of slipperiness, stability and rider ergonomics.

Engine and fairing meet the ground through a 43mm inverted cartridge front fork suspension with adjustable 4.7 inches of travel and a rear Honda Pro Am single sided swing arm suspended via single gas charged shock with 5.1 inches of travel

The VFR will come standard with two saddle bags when it goes on sale sometime in the Spring 2010. Price has not been announced yet but being at the leading edge of motorcycle technology and comfort, most likely won't come cheap.


SPECIFICATIONS

Honda VFR1200F / VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission
Engine Type: 1237cc liquid-cooled 76° V-4
Bore and Stroke: 81mm x 60mm
Compression ratio: 12.0:1
Valves: SOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI 44mm throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital electronic
Transmission: 6-speed (VFR1200F) / Six-speed automatic with two modes and manual mode (VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission)
Final Drive: Shaft
Suspension
Front: 43mm; 4.7 inches travel
Rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-LinkŪ single gas-charged shock; 5.1 inches travel
Brakes
Front: Dual 320mm discs, CBS 6-piston calipers with ABS
Rear: Single 276mm disc, CBS two-piston caliper with ABS
Tires
Front: 120/70 ZR17 radial
Rear: 190/55 ZR17 radial
Wheelbase: 60.8 inches (1545mm)
Rake: 25-deg
Trail: 101.0mm (4.0 inches)
Seat Height: 32.1 inches (815mm)
Fuel Capacity: 4.9 gallons
Color: Candy Red
Curb Weight: 591 lbs (VFR1200F) / 613 lbs (VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission)*
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel--ready to ride




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