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2010 Honda VFR1200F MSRP

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
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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SiverStreak -VFR1200F  December 10, 2009 07:01 PM
The new VFR1200F has shortcomings as a sport-touring bike: No electric adjustable windscreen, no heated grips, a short-range small fuel tank, and bags that are optional. Maybe if Honda upgraded the ST1300 by using this new V4 powerplant mounted transversely to make room for a large fuel tank, add the new dual-clutch transmission, and reduce the weight by 60 lbs. to 650, reduce the size of the farings, while keeping everythig else on the ST1300 mostly the same would make it very competitive. This would make sense in Honda's lineup for the Gold Wing, a (New) ST1300, and the VFR1200F sport bike.
Honda.. -W1LLPOW3R  December 10, 2009 01:32 AM
the only thing i find interesting about this bike is the semi-automatic gear box/dual clutch..will ne of interest to see if this finds its way to other sportbikes...
MagnaHombre -VFR  December 9, 2009 06:36 PM
I'll stick with my Magna V-4 or buy a used VFR800. Can not afford $16K+? But sure be nice riding an automatic
Paully -$16K  December 9, 2009 12:39 PM
This is very old news. The base price has been posted on Honda’s web site for over a week now. And for the sport touring argument Honda has the VFR1200F listed in the “sportbike” category NOT sport touring; that’s where the ST1300 is located. This VFR is just like the last one: not really a sport bike and not really a sport tourer, too heavy, over priced, and complex for the sake of being complex. Good luck Honda.
spikey -VFR  December 9, 2009 03:45 AM
I am sure if everyone waits Deflation in Japan will bring that price down quite a bit.
Racer1 -Price is OK, but...  December 8, 2009 07:46 PM
The only bike above that is in the same category as the VFR is the Triumph Sprint ST... both are basically mild tourers, but essentially slightly more comfortable sport bikes, with a nod to some increased practicality. The K1300GT. FJR1300 and the Concourse 14 are a different class of bike. Not better - different. They are true sports tourers, with ergos, wind protection and baggage to match. Like Ferdin, I am also little tired of the VFR being forced into a pigeon hole that it doesn't belong in. As an aside I think it's weird looking, impractical and not for me - but those who want one will not be cross shopping with most of the bikes you list.
Night Cop -Expectedly Expensive  December 8, 2009 07:37 PM
Does the 16k entry price come with or without bags? I would have been happier with a 12k VFR sans some of the technology. 16k + tax puts me into the used bike market.
Ferdin -It's NOT a sport tourer  December 8, 2009 07:31 PM
For some reason, all the magazines want to categorize this Honda as a sport tourer, when it's not listed as one on Honda's website. In fact, I can't even find a picture of a VFR1200F with bags on Honda's website. I have no doubt that Honda will use this as a platform to create their next line of sport tourers, but until then PLEASE stop trying to force this bike into a hole for which it was not designed.
BMW Bill -2010 Honda VFR 1200  December 8, 2009 06:59 PM
I paid $11K for my brand new '07 BMW K1200R Sport in Jan '08. With around $1K in other parts (higher bars, lower pegs, higher windscreen) to make it touring ready, I am happy. The Honda looks very intriguing, but for now I am very satisfied.
Desmolicious -Why don't you mention the BMW K1300S?  December 8, 2009 05:57 PM

And the fact that that is the competition to the VFR12, NOT the K1300GT.

The BMW K1300S costs $500 less (base model) than the Honda. Wow, a Honda costing more than a BMW...