Those who read Motorcyclist on any quasi-regular basis probably remember how much our Aaron P. Frank loved the automatic dual-clutch transmission version of Honda’s steamy, 1237cc V-4 in Japan. But the basic manual-shift six-speed didn’t exactly hit one out of the old road test ballpark a few months later. Extra weight, sticky shifting and excess driveline lash held it to a standup double. After spending a few hundred miles with production versions of both bikes, the VFR is still heavy, but that nasty lash is gone. Digital shifting is even more impressive in person, and those who prefer to shift for themselves will be glad to hear that the analog six-speed is now as obliging and precise as the rest of the package. I’d still rather have a pristine 1986 750 Interceptor with reworked suspension, but more rational carbon-based sport tourists should live happily ever after with either 1200.