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Honda VFR1200F DCT (2010-current)



Detail Value
New price £13,599
Used price range View Honda VFR1200F bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1237 cc
Power 173 bhp
Top speed 165 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 2.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The ‘DCT’ bit of Honda’s new VFR1200F stands for ‘Ducal Clutch Transmission’, Honda’s name for it’s all-new, clutchless, semi-automatic transmission system which is so different it warrants a review all its own, and so impressive and revolutionary it heralds the start of an all-new technical era.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The DCT’s V4 is the same as the standard VFR1200F’s – meaty, flexible, smooth and brisk. What’s new is the revolutionary transmission – two full auto modes and a ‘Tiptronic’-style push-button, clutchless manual option. All work brilliantly, seamlessly and astonishingly smoothly, so much so you’ll wonder why we ever put up with cable clutches and crude gearchange levers. On the downside, it’s a lot to get used to, arguably unnecessary and many actually like the finesse and involvement conventional clutch and gear levers give. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The standard Honda VFR1200F’s handling could be best described as solid, stable and smooth, and the DCT version’s no different despite an extra 10kg. Though a big, heavy machine, the VFR1200F carries its weight low and carves bends predictably – just don’t expect lightweight sportsbike-style flickability.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The base VFR1200F is slick enough, but has been criticised for lacking the goodies many rivals boast, such as electric screens and suspension, on-board computers and so-on. The addition of DCT, however, truly sets it apart.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

No problems here with the new VFR11200F DCT. Paint finish is sublime, quality, as you’d expect from Honda, excellent. To early to pronounce on reliability and the sophisticated electronics on the DCT are a potential minefield, so beware.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

Whichever way you slice it, Honda’s new VFR1200F DCT isn’t cheap, but it’s technology is currently unique, works brilliantly and the base bike ain’t bad either. For a ground-breaking, super-effective, flagship superbike, the price seems to be the going rate these days. Find a Honda VFR1200F for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2010: Honda VFR1200F DCT introduced

Other Versions

Honda VFR1200F: standard version has conventional gearbox and costs around £1000 less.

Specifications

Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 173 bhp
Max torque 95 ft-lb
Weight 277 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1237 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 16v 76º V4, shaft drive
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 43mm usd forks, preload adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Monoshock with preload and rebound damping adjustment
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs, six-piston callipers with C-ABS
Rear brake 276mm disc, two-piston calliper, C-ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • VFR1200 FD

    dicksale

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had my reservations about the Dual Clutch model, went on a reluctant test ride as the manual bike was in for a service. What can I say, I ended up buying the bike, absolutely brilliant has me grinning ear to ear everytime I go on it. My knees are not the best and having the Dual Clutch just makes everything effortless, but still rewarding. It maybe pricey, but look at he price of the Yamaha FJR and its getting really long in the tooth.

    07 March 2011

  • New Old Technology

    GrasstrackForever

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Hang on a moment its using technology thats been around for donkey's years in the car world. Don't get me wrong the whole love of a motorcycle is changing gears, blipping on downshifts etc but having ridden both machines I can see the attraction. Having spent over an hour filtering around the M25 I would have loved to have had the dual clutch version instead of manual. The dual clutch bike will certainly have its followers and I can see this becoming more commonplace in the motorcycling world. The tank range is slightly pathetic I can drain it in 90 miles, but I've also heard people achieving 150+.

    04 June 2010

  • boys toys

    KENNY NASH

    Average rating rating is 3

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    do we really need this stuff on a road bike, isnt this and shouldnt this be kept on track, isnt it just more electronics that are gonna cost a bomb when it goes tits up,,, surely part of the love and enthusiasm for riding are changing gear when we choose to not when the bike thinks we need to , come on honda, spend time and money on a larger fuel tank for that real touring ability

    19 May 2010

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