2010 Honda VFR1200F MSRP

December 8, 2009
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

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.
Expect the $15,999 base model VFR1200F to be available in early spring 2010 here in the United States.

After we posted the 2010 Honda VFR1200F First Ride review of the latest V4 from Big Red, the pressing question was how much it was going to cost. Well, the verdict is in and the base model manual transmission VFR1200F is set at $15,999 while the Dual clutch version’s price has yet to be announced. At just under sixteen grand Honda has positioned this motorcycle on the high end of the price scale in the Sport Touring segment. Although the argument can be made that this bike comes in well below the $19,150 MSRP of the base model BMW K1300GT, it’s still $800 more than the Yamaha FJR1300 and $1400 more than the Kawasaki Concours 14 in addition to another four grand further than the Triumph Sprint ST.

How it will stack up head-to-head against the other Sport Touring bikes will make for an intriguing comparison test, but we cannot help but take a look at the numbers and try to make sense out of our seat of the pants impression from our first ride at the Sugo race track in Japan.

Like we said before the VFR1200F is a big sportbike that can pull touring duty, so that infers that it is more similar to the Sprint than the purpose built sport-touring FJR, C14 or GT. But all four of those bikes have their own strengths and weaknesses. The ST is real sporty and doesn’t have the amenities many touring riders desire. Odds are the VFR will be subjected to this same type of scrutiny. We expect that the Honda’s handling prowess, like the ST, will be a hit with many riders, but will it better the sure-footed FJR and quick-turning GT.

This is the first Honda motorcycle that incorporates throttle by wire technology as well. After watching competitors work the gremlins out of their fly-by-wire technology  Honda has finally brought it to the table as well - 2010 Honda VFR1200F
Honda believes in their machine by offering a one year, unlimited mileage warranty that is transferrable along with an optional HondaCare Protection Plan service contract and roadside assistance. That’s not bad, but the 3-year warranty and roadside assistance for the £11,596 European-spec VFR1200F would be more comforting.

Comparing chassis dimensions, the VFR rake and trail numbers support its quick-handling nature, so it comes as no surprise it fared well at the race track as well as the tight and narrow roads we took it on in Japan. Wheelbase is an inch longer than the Concours but the VFR felt more agile than the C14, mimicking more closely the turning characteristics of the ST or maybe the FJR to some extent. Unfortunately, we will have to wait to verify these theories in the upcoming months so stay tuned.

Only time will tell how the public will react to the VFR pricing and only a direct comparison will flesh out the truth behind the talk and expectations surrounding the VFR. For now, we have to believe the bike will hold its own on the mean streets of Anytown USA. But we cannot wait to stack it up against the next generation of Sport Touring machines in our next ST Shootout.

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
Wheelbase: 60.8 in.
Rake: 25.5-degrees
Trail: 3.98 in.
Overall Length: 89 in.
Seat Height: 32 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.89 gal
Claimed Weight: 600 lb.
Measured Weight: Unavailable
It may be third best by our measure this time around  but the Kawasaki is still an impressive machine and the most affordable of the Inline Four offerings.
Concourse 14
Wheelbase: 59.8 in.
Rake: 26.1-degrees
Trail: 4.4 in.
Overall Length: 89.4 in.
Seat Height: 32.1 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gal
Claimed Weight: 670 lbs.
Measured Weight: 689 lbs.
2009 BMW K1300GT Touring Shootout
Wheelbase: 61.9 in.
Rake: 29.4-degrees
Trail: 4.4 in.
Overall Length: 91.3 in.
Seat Height: 32.3 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6.3 gal.
Claimed Weight: lbs. 635 lbs. (wet)
Measured Weight: 667 lbs.
The FJR may not take top honors in our ST comparo for 2009  but two test riders rated it as their For My Money selections.
Wheelbase: 60.8 in.
Rake: 26-degrees
Trail: 4.3 in.
Overall Length: 88.2 in.
Seat Height: 31.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 6.6 gal.
Claimed Weight: 641 lbs. (wet)
Measured Weight: 664 lbs.
Twist the wrist and the Sprints heavy sportbike leanings manifest  literally  as one of the quickest and most aggressive corner carvers.
Sprint ST
Wheelbase: 57.4 in.
Rake: 24-degrees
Trail: 3.5 in.
Overall Length: 83.2 in.
Seat Height: 31.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.2 gal.
Claimed Weight: 474 lbs. (dry)
Measured Weight: 578 lbs.
At its highest setting the Honda ST1300 windscreen provided plenty of protection  blocking out the wind and rain entirely for most of our testers.
Honda ST1300 
Wheelbase: 58.7 in.
Rake: 26-degrees
Trail: 3.9 in.
Overall Length: 89.8 in.
Seat Height: 31.1 in.
Fuel Capacity: 7.7 gal.
Claimed Weight: 630 lbs. (dry)
Measured Weight: Unavailable

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