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Andy Downes  says:

Finally, Honda’s VFR1200F officially breaks cover

It’s been the worst secret in motorcycling for years but these are the first official pics of the 1200cc V4 VFR1200F from Honda. More info on the Honda VFR1200 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...

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  • Posted 5 years ago (08 October 2009 11:10)

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Jul 09

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hondarc30 says:

Mr. Caresnotajot, your vtec VFR should..

last you as long as you wish to service and care for will not need another bike for the next 20 years if you do not wish to change. Your vtec actuating system will probably require replacing and for sure you will go through several cam chains and cam chain tensioners. The cam drive on my 2 VFR's will last the life of the engine, the servicing of the cam clearances is straightforward and should bucket shims require changing you simply remove the valve spacers to worry about. My 2 VFR's are as fresh now as when they came out of the shop. 

The gear cams are an engineers solution to a reliability and performance problem. No chain to stretch or break, consistent and accurate valve timing. Joe public was offered exotic enginering for pennies. The RC30 and RC45 went superbike racing and so did the RC51 (SP1 and 2). All with cam gear drive. BTW that's why the Firestorm has chain drive never went racing.

The sound of the geared cams is exotic and speaks volumes about the engine manufacturer. Listen to Ferrari road engines as they pass you and motoGP engines (all of them!) We were fortunate to have been offered these geared cam drive v4's for the road.

It isn't necessary for a road bike.....only high performance racing machines, Honda do not offer this now because they don't have to and consequently save a lot of money. Several gears and machining tolerances within the engine to allow them to mesh correctly is expensive. Fine for racing engines but not for mass production. Cam chain drive is cheaper. Honda cut the cost but tried pulling the wool over the consumers eyes. Those that understand know what I mean and those that don't bought the vtec and have generally been very happy.

There is no doubt on any level that when it comes to engineering, Honda are the one to beat. Enjoy your vtec VFR for many years......     

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