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Finally, Honda’s VFR1200F officially breaks cover

By Andy Downes -

New bikes

 08 October 2009 11:09

It’s been the worst secret in motorcycling for years but these are the first official pics of the 1200cc V4 VFR1200F from Honda.

The bike is the new replacement for the VFR800 and the Super Blackbird and will be on sale very soon with a claimed 170bhp and 95 lb ft of torque from the all-new motor.

The first V4 concept was shown at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in 2008 – a year later the bike is ready for the showroom.

The VFR1200F will also be getting the first dual clutch motorcycle transmission and this will be available later in 2010.

The full story, full technical details and loads more information will be in next week’s MCN.

SPECS:

Engine
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke UNICAM 76° V-4 engine
Displacement 1.237 cc
60 mm Stroke 81mm Bore
Compression Ratio 12 : 1
Max. Power Output ED: 127 kW / 10.000 min-1 (95/1/EC)
F: 83 kW / 9.500 min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque ED: 129 Nm / 8.750 min-1 (95/1/EC)
F: 115 Nm / 4000 min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed 1.050 - 1.250 min-1
Oil Capacity 4 litres

Fuel System
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Aircleaner Oil-permeated, viscous-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 18,5 litres

Drive Train
Clutch Wet, multiplate slipper type
Clutch Operation Hydraulic
Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed
Final Drive Shaft

Frame
Aluminium twin-spar

Kerb Weight 267 kg
Maximum permissible mass: 463 kg

Suspension
Type Front 43 mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment, 120 mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and
stepless rebound damping adjustment, 130 mm axle travel

Wheels
Type Front 5-spoke hollow gravity die cast aluminium
Rear 7-spoke gravity die cast aluminium
Rim Size Front: 17M/C x MT3.50
Rear: 17M/C x MT6.00
Tyre Size Front 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 190/55 ZR17M/C (75W)
Tyre Pressure Front 250 kPa
Rear 290 kPa

Brakes
Type Front 320 mm dual floating hydraulic disc with two 6-piston calipers, ABS and sintered metal pads
Rear 276 mm hydraulic disc with 6-piston caliper, ABS and sintered metal pads