HONDA VFR1200F DCT (2010-on) Review

Published: 19 May 2010

"'DCT' stands for 'Ducal Clutch Transmission', Honda's all-new, clutchless, semi-automatic transmission system…"

Honda VFR1200F DCT

"'DCT' stands for 'Ducal Clutch Transmission', Honda's all-new, clutchless, semi-automatic transmission system…"

  • At a glance
  • 1237cc  -  173 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Medium seat height (815mm)
  • £13,599

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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 group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their HONDA VFR1200F DCT (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2.7 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

VFR1200 FD

07 March 2011 by dicksale

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

New Old Technology

04 June 2010 by GrasstrackForever

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.... Read more 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+.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5

boys toys

19 May 2010 by KJNASH2001JESS

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £13,599
Warranty term Three year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 173 bhp
Max torque 95 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 1237cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 16v 76º V4, shaft drive
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 277kg
Front suspension 43mm usd forks, preload adjust
Rear suspension Monoshock with preload and rebound damping adjustment
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2010: Honda VFR1200F DCT introduced

Other versions

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

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