2012 Honda VFR1200F DCT | Short Shift

Refined and Improved for 2012, But Enough?

By Marc Cook, Photography by Joe Neric

Tech Spec

Evolution
After a year’s hiatus, the VFR1200F returns for 2012 with minor updates. This generation is as much different from the long line of mid-size VFRs as you can get.

Rivals
BMW K1300S, Kawasaki Concours 14

Tech
Price $17,499
Engine type l-c 76-deg. V-4
Valve train SOHC, 16v
Displacement 1237cc
Bore x stroke 81.0 x 60.0mm
Compression 12.0:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed automated manual
Claimed horsepower na
Claimed torque na
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension Showa 43mm fork, adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Rear suspension Showa shock, adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Nissin six-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS
Rear brake Nissin two-piston caliper, 276mm disc with ABS
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT021
Rear tire 190/55ZR-17 Bridgestone BT021
Rake/trail 25.5°/4.0 in.
Seat height 31.9 in.
Wheelbase 60.8 in.
Fuel capacity 5.0 gal.
Claimed curb weight na
Color Candy Blue
Available Now
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact www.powersports.honda.com
Verdict 2.5 out of 5 stars
Marginally improved DCT hides a really good motorcycle.

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