When Honda first introduced the VFR1200F late in 2009, Editor Duke was an instant believer in the machine’s capabilities. It blurred the line between sportbike and tourer, and the addition of a true dual-clutch transmission that actually works was truly a surprise.
Honda is bringing the VFR back for 2012, much to our pleasure, and thankfully the company has spent the past two years developing some subtle but significant changes to it. The most important addition to the VFR is the implementation of Honda Traction Control. We think it’ll likely utilize the wheel speed sensors already employed by the ABS to monitor the rate of change between the two wheel speeds and intervene if necessary.
A second-generation dual clutch transmission now “intelligently optimizes shift points relative to the rider’s throttle inputs for more user-friendly operation.” Adding to the user-friendly nature of the VFR is an increase in torque between 2000-4000 rpm — where the majority of riders will spend their time. The gauge cluster LCD is now tweaked to include readouts that give instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, remaining range and traction control activation. This to go along with the clock, ambient temperature and ABS indicator seen on the previous model.
Touring riders will appreciate the larger fuel tank, while both rider and passenger will appreciate the revised seats. The new year also sees a new addition to the VFR’s color choices, with Candy Blue making its introduction. Of course, there are a host of genuine Honda accessories to complement the VFR. Among the many choices are a 29-liter pannier kit, 31-liter top box with quick-detach mounting system, nylon inner bags, 7-liter tank bag, sporty three-position adjustable add-on screen that integrates with the standard windscreen to extend wind protection, heated grips, replacement lower seat with narrow profile, rear Tire hugger, centerstand, and wind deflector set.