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Honda VFR1200F Dual-Clutch DCT Review

Friday, June 4, 2010
Fantastic braking feel and performance on the Honda complement a refined and nimble chassis.
Honda is the first motorcycle manufacturer to incorporate a Dual-Clutch Transmission as used in the auto world with its VFR1200F.
Yesterday I had my first chance to ride Honda’s all-new 2010 VFR1200F with the optional $1500 Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) and all I can say is wow! I mean obviously it was designed and built by Honda so you know it is going to work perfectly, but what I was really surprised by was just how fun it was to use.
 
One of the basic fundamentals of riding a motorcycle is working the clutch and shift lever both of which the DCT-equipped VFR does without. Hence, I pessimistically dismissed it as already being worthless before I even swung a leg of the bike. And after fumbling around for a few seconds trying to figure out how to launch the bike, I immediately enjoyed the way it functions.
 
Changing gears is as simple as pushing a button or you can select auto mode and let it do the shifting for you. Gear changes are actually faster than a conventional gearbox and just a hair longer than a power shifter-equipped race bike. It also automatically blips the throttle during downshifts to ensure that the chassis remains composed during aggressive deceleration.

Motorcycling wild man and woman will be pleased to know that they can still do wheelies and rolling burnouts. Our only complaint is that you can’t upshift with the front tire in the air.
 
By the end of the day I was so impressed with the DCT system that I didn’t even want to ride the manually gearbox equipped bike—it’s that fun to operate! Props to Honda for not only being the first to apply this sports car-derived technology to the realm of motorcycling but for doing it right.
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Comments
sandon james -ride the red until your dead June 24, 2010 07:04 AM
People like to complain on the web, like their opinion holds water...
So I'll throw in my two cents and state "I want this bike!" Honda rules, and if I could trade in my old 92 viffer for this big bad new one I would! All you haters can sit on it (fonzie reference)
Hamptle -Perfect June 7, 2010 07:48 PM
“I mean obviously it was designed and built by Honda so you know it is going to work perfectly,” Right…Sure…like Honda has never had a recall for any of their bikes…LOL.
Tommy See -Iron Butt wanna be June 7, 2010 06:35 PM
Faster, smoother and more attention on the road ahead is what you want! Way to go Honda.

adam - motousa -honda says June 6, 2010 01:14 AM
its easy to repair--- theres 2 clutches as opposed to 1 but still easy to do a swap
Steve -Nay sayer June 5, 2010 04:43 PM
I have to say no thanks to honda's new transmission. I am sure the bike is fun to ride and everything works flawlessly, but I like to wrench on my own bikes and this sounds like a nightmare to repair if necessary. I would like to read the instructions for replacing the clutch plates on this thing.