The popular Honda VFR, commonly known as the original Interceptor (as well as the Super Blackbird or 2008 VFR 800), has been enjoyed by sport-bike and midsize sport-touring enthusiasts through three decades. Consistently manufacturing bikes in the 750cc to 800cc engine size range, Honda elected to go outside of the box as the VFR entered its 10th year of production.
In 2009, the Japanese manufacturer unveiled the first Honda VFR 1200 concept model at the Tokyo Motor Show, with plans to release the bike to the public in 2010. The overly futuristic concept may have been slightly misleading to many desirous owners, but once the ground-breaking motorcycle was released, there were few complaints following test rides, and subsequent purchases.
The 2010 Honda VFR presents a signature stamp on the world of sport-touring motorcycles. Honda upped the ante with the re-imagined VFR, opting for fewer aesthetic bells and whistles, while focusing on performance, clean design features, and 400 more cubic centimeters of raw power. The 2010 Honda VFR is a two-wheel machine that is built for the experienced rider.
For the new 2010 VFR, Honda was keen to break new ground, presenting riders with a lure not yet experienced on a motorcycle. The 2010 Honda VFR boasts the first use of a double-clutch transmission on a motorcycle—an idea Honda Motorcycles borrowed from its automotive manufacturing counterparts. Riders may choose from standard and sport automatic, or switch over to the push-button manual for an incredible riding experience. The 2010 Honda VFR is also offered in a traditional six-speed transmission model, available for the riding purist.
Aesthetically, the Honda VFR 1200 offers little else beyond a clean, well-organized, practical design. Certainly this sport-touring cycle possesses flash, but not so much that anything would detract from its clean lines. The front fairing and clean and simple engine casing suggest the influence of Honda's touring models, yet the flashy, futuristic exhaust, coupled with the incomparable growl of the Honda V4, ensures that this motorcycle is still well classified among its sportier peers.
The few harsh criticisms of the 2010 Honda VFR come in the form of fuel capacity. With the increase in engine size, Honda was forced to compromise the size of the fuel tank, allowing for less fuel capacity than the 800cc predecessor. This equates to a need for more frequent refueling—a cumbersome task when touring.