2012 Honda VFR Review


The 2012 Honda VFR 1200F is powerful, sleek and fuel efficient bike that has been in production since 2010. While the VFR 1200F model has only been in existence for a few years, the machine itself has been in production since 1983 in various different models. The 2012 Honda VFR is proof that a bike can be a powerful machine as well as being very efficient on fuel.

The reason this bike has so much power is due to the 1237 cc engine that is more than capable of generating 170 horsepower in no time at all. Every twist of the throttle will deliver instant power that is exhilarating for any style of rider. The V4 engine delivers high performance, never ending torque and raw power. The engine was redesigned when the present model was released in 2010 using the latest in cutting edge technology that delivers a unique balance of power and precise handling. The crankshaft innovation helps to reduce the vibration without sacrificing any power to deliver a solid and smooth ride.

The Honda VFR was the first of the Honda's to feature the throttle by wire system. This system incorporates an electronic control unit that allows for a more accurate throttle response system. The innovation of this throttle by wire system has lead to an improved responsiveness and delivering a smoother ride in just about any conditions.

Not only does the Honda VFR drive like a champ it is also very pleasing to look at. From the sleek design to the newly redesigned seats, the Honda VFR is sure to delight any rider. Both the driver and passengers seats have been completely redesigned to for additional comfort for those extra long drives on the open road.

New For 2012

  • Additional traction control that can be turned on or off by the rider. Designed to help but rear wheel power down while limiting spinning of the wheels.
  • Second generation dual clutch transmission designed to optimize rider experience and increased control.
  • Increased fuel efficiency. The 2012 Honda VFR gets an estimated.
  • A large tachometer which is analog and a digital speedometer that have an LCD read out as well as back-lighting. The new display features gauges for fuel consumption that leads the rider how much fuel they are using as well as many miles they have left to travel. Display also now features clock, traction control system activation, ABS indicator and temperature display.
  • Redesigned seats for both rider and passengers. The seats are designed for extended comfort.
  • New color offered for the 2012 model. The Candy Blue color is also the only color that is being offered on the present model.
  • Gas tank capacity was increased to five gallons which has helped with better fuel efficiency.

2012 Honda VFR Specs

  • Model: 2012 Honda VFR 1200F
  • Engine Type: 1237 cc four-cylinder liquid cooled
  • Bore and Stroke: 81mm x 60mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.0:1
  • Valve Train: SOHC
  • Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit
  • Ignition: Digital with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Six speed
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy:
  • Brakes (Front): Dual floating disc with ABS
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc with ABS
  • Suspension (Front): 43mm fork with rebound damping
  • Suspension (Rear): Pro arm single side swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 60.8 inches
  • Rake: 25.5 degrees
  • Trail: 4.0 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.9 inches
  • Curb Weight: 613 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70ZR17 radial
  • Tires (Rear): 190/55ZR17 radial


  • Custom sporty adjustable add on screen that integrates with the standard windshield. This is designed to increase protection from the wind and other elements.
  • Weather resistant seat protectors to help both protect your seat from the elements as well as general wear and tear.
  • Saddlebags for increased storage. Dual saddlebags are also available.
  • Luggage racks for the rear end of the bike. Easy to assemble and attach and come off with a snap. Great for those longer trips.
  • All weather cover that is custom fitted for the Honda VFR. Ideal for outdoor storage or parking of the bike.
  • Ventilated dust covers for when storage is needed for an extended period of time.
  • Heated grips available in a variety of colors

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