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2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride Photo Gallery

MotorcycleUSA.com rides the 2010 Honda VFR1200F for the first time at Sugo, in northern Japan. Read the full story in our 2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride.

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The VFR models have been a staple at Honda since the VF750F was introduced back in 1983. From that point on the V4 has become a signature engine configuration for Honda - 2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride
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The 2010 Honda VFR1200F cockpit is simple and clean. A centrally located analog tach is flanked by an LCD seedo and fuel gauge to the left and a small information center to the right that includes a clock, GPI, temp, ambient temperature display, HISS indicator and ABS status.
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The 2010 Honda VFR1200F features radal-mount 6-piston Nissin calipers with 320mm discs. ABS comes standard and the unit also features Honda's latest version of its linked braking system.
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Love it or hate it, the 2010 Honda VFR1200F has a big chrome muffler that was designed to allow the V4 sound ring out for all to hear.
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The peculiar looking exhaust on the 2010 Honda VFR1200F actually sounds good, especially when the revs climb into double digits and the V4 is making real power.
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We just finished riding the 2010 VFR1200F around the Sugo race track in Japan and we can say without a doubt this motorcycle is going to blow your mind - 2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride
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Sure, you might think the 2010 Honda VFR1200F bodywork is funky, we can all see that. But it turns out there is a method to the madness. Inspired by the Honda MotoGP effort, the layer-concept improves air-flow throughout the bike and gives it the unique appearance.
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The fit and finish is as tidy with a rich, thick paint that you use as a vanity mirror if the needs arises, a good looking aluminum frame, single-sided shaft-driven swingarm and 7-spoke wheels which wrap up the impressive package that is the VFR1200F.
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The 2010 Honda VFR1200F engine is nestled tightly in its twin-spar aluminum frame. Notice how the front cylinder headers wrap around the front in a horizontal plane. Every bit of available space is used.
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According to the Honda PR, the ‘high-strength Symmetrically Coupled Phase-shift crankshaft, utilizes a 28-degree crankpin offset in its 76-degree V-configuration. As a result the engine has ‘perfect primary balance’ and subsequently does not use a counter balancer. This adds to the reduced overall weight - 2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride
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Another critical development is the use of the Unicam valve train first seen on the CRF dirtbike line-up. A single cam actuates the pair of intake valves and a roller rocker arm actuates the exhaust valves - 2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride
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This all new engine design is lighter and more compact than V4 power plants of old. Improved areas includes cylinder layout, which has the rear cylinders inboard of the crank and the front cylinders forward of the crank. This helps keep the engine compact front to rear - 2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride
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The Automatic version of the 2010 Honda VFR1200F has no clutch lever and no shift lever. This is the most obvious visual difference between the two models.
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The left-side controls shown here is off the DCT model. But look closely at the new configuration of the horn and indicator switches. Also, the small button on the face of the grip is the on-off switch for the heated grips - 2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride
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Passenger accomodations on the 2010 Honda VFR1200F First consists of a nice form seat, grab rails and if you mount a top box to the tail then it doubles as a back rest.
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The 2010 Honda VFR1200F does not come with an adjustable windscreen. However you can buy the optional accessory screen which adds a bit more protection and is adjustable with tools.
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How would you feel about getting waxed at a track day but a rider on board a shaft driven, V4-powered touring machine with ABS brakes, heated grips and touring tires? Don't laugh...it could happen. Meet the 2010 Honda VFR1200F.
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The 2010 Honda VFR1200F is a sport bike with touring capibilities so once you add the pannier system it really starts to look like a touring bike. Imagine the surprise when you pass a sportbike on the outside riding two-up?
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The lines of the VFR1200F are big and bold but this is a motorcycle that we believe is going to be popular among sport touring riders who are looking for something a little different.
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Riding the VFR1200F around Sugo was both fun and challenging. It does weigh in at over 600 lbs but it still was a blast on the track.