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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The VFR1200F remains a good, bordering on great bike. Its quality and finish is peerless; its refinement, ergonomics and ease-of-use impeccable. And the cherry on the top is that unique-sounding and fabulously grunty, flexible and, yes, fast V4. But it's not stunning, hasn't 'moved the game on' like an all-new Honda V4 probably should have done and it does have a few niggly faults. For 2012 the VFR gets updated styling, traction control, more torque, improved comfort and improved fuel range.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

THe V4 engine is the centrepiece of the VFR. It has masses of grunt - more than the previous version and retains the characterful V4 bark from the exhaust. You barely need to take the engine above 4000rpm, but when you do its takes off, howling just like an RC30. The gearbox is among the slickest out there.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Steering is slow, as you'd expect from a bike weighing 267kg, but it tracks smoothly in the turns and feels stable. The sow seat is comfy and the riding position fairly neutral. You could easily ride for a full day without succumbing to sore wrists or arse.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

For 2012 the big VFR gets Honda's Traction Control System, which is reassuring in tricky conditions with the grunty motor. Comes with ABS which gives a bit more confidence on the brakes and is a welcome safety net. For some strange reason Honda decided to switch the indicator toggle and horn round.

Honda VFR1200F (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,999
Dealer used prices
£9,020 (2012) - £13,160 (2014)
Private used prices
£7,570 (2012) - £11,840 (2014)
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Engine size 1237 cc
Power 160 bhp
Top speed mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 2 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The finish on the VFR1200 is excellent - exactly what you'd expect from Honda. It comes with the usual, solid Honda reliability.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

At over £12,000 the VFR1200F is hardly cheap and has been universally criticised. At this price it needs something which sets it quite apart from the rest of the competition, which the Honda lacks. More capable tourers can be had for a similar price.

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Model History

2010 - model introduced

Other Versions

Honda VFR1200F DCT

Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 95 ft-lb
Weight 267 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1237 cc
Engine specification 16v V4, six gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 43mm with preload adjustment
Rear suspension adjustment Pro-Link, adjustable preload and rebound
Front brakes 320mm twin disc C-ABS
Rear brake 276mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70/17
Rear tyre size 190/55/17

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£12,495

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£7,495

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£9,695

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • The fog has lifted

    joebarton

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had a fjr1300 for the last 3 yrs,saw a fvr in carpark and was intrigued,booked a test drive,ordered a blue one and a week later delivered and out riding. Been riding for 40years and this bike is now top of my favourite list,goes where you point it(drops into corners nicely balanced etc),brakes progressive and ride comfortable short and long distance. As for fuel consumption,ive allways stopped aprox about every 150 miles,in experience driving many times from Plymouth to Dundee in a day(over22yrs) its the best way, The bikes not heavy,you should have tried kwaki 1300,felt like somebody had taken the wheels of the outriggers,the vfr is light,responsive answers all my riding habits(good and bad)without a grumble. I,m enjoying my riding again,after ten years of indeferent bikes Thanks Honda.

    24 November 2012

  • VFR1200F

    Speighty

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Only had the VFR12 for a few weeks and only covered about 800 miles so far so still early days, but absolutely loving the bike. The riding position is spot on (for me), the high speed stability is fantastic and I love the torque and sound of the engine. After reading many reviews abut the 'poor tank range' I'm not sure what the fuss is about. Fuel light comes on around 130 miles (depending on grin factor) and then there's still a 4.5 litres left, another 40 miles ? My bike came with the panniers/top box, h/grips and centre stand. If I had a moan, I did suffer numb bum the other day, but that was after a 240 mile day out. So at the moment it really does seem the best compromise bike I've ever owned and falls the sport side of it's sports/tourer tag. For the first time in many many years of biking, I believe this could be a 'keeper' for me.

    21 June 2012

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At last

At last, what I hope to be the perfect bike.  At first I thought VFR 800.  Wonderfull and beautiful.  But not enough power 2 up.  Then it was the Triumph Sprint ST - but the pillion seat is so high my girlfriend was in danger of needing a neck brace from the wind blast. When my tail pack caught fire from the underseat exhaust, that was it !   Following that it was the Pan Euro, but really, wheeling it in and out of the garage was a bit scary... and I always craved a little more power.

So the pan euro was in for it's 16000 mile service and what did I get for a courtesy bike ?  A VFR1200 that's what.  60 miles later, it was mine. Sensationally fast, peerless build quality, feels like a 600 to throw around, full luggage and mind-blowing mid-range.  Plus, pillion comfort is (apparently) excellent.

I now have helibars to improve comfort and a powerbronze dark tint screen - looks brill. Tank range ?  It's roughly the same a s the Sprint ST and nobody complained about that !  I only ever ride in 120 mile stints anyway, so no problem.

In a word;  sensational.

11 February 2013 10:59

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