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– 2012 Honda VFR1200FA
2012 Honda VFR1200FA Review
Packed with innovative technology – including new traction control for 2012 – the futuristic Honda VFR1200FA is a bike that you’ll want to ride hard, ride far, and ride often.
Technologically advanced, yet so easy and natural to ride. Loaded with complex engineering, yet designed for low-maintenance operation. Racy performance, yet perfect for the long haul. This is the motorcycle that only Honda would dare to build. This is the VFR1200FA. Thanks to increased engine efficiency and a larger fuel tank for 2012, the VFR1200FA can take you farther without needing to stop for gas. And you’ll travel those extra kilometres in supreme comfort, thanks to a new seat design. The VFR1200FA’s lightweight and compact 1,237 cc V-4 engine has been made stronger still, with increased drive between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm plus Honda’s Traction Control system, which helps to ensure that power is put down safely and securely even on surfaces with reduced grip. Smooth yet taut suspension, Combined Braking System with ABS, innovative shaft-drive system, throttle-by-wire, exceptional fit-and-finish quality… the amazing Honda VFR1200FA is ready to take you to a whole new level of motorcycling enjoyment.
The distinctive VFR1200F has been developed for 2012. The engine now offers even greater performance, with significantly more refined torque between 2000rpm and 4000rpm. Changes to the PGM-FI fuel injection system, combined with increased tank capacity, mean the VFR1200F can now travel more than 186 miles on a single tank of petrol. The optional Dual Clutch Transmission has been improved, with new functionalities. The adoption of a reassuring Traction Control System and along with a more comfortable seating position, further enhance the bike’s all-round capabilities.
Launched in 2009, the VFR1200F was developed to deliver a blend of sports and touring capabilities using the latest technologies. It was a clean-sheet interpretation of the ultimate road-sport machine – a concept driven by extensive understanding of customer needs and the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies.
In pursuit of heightened levels of control and feedback, the VFR1200F adopted the latest race-track bred technologies, adapted and evolved to create a machine that can be many things to many riders. The harmonic growl of the flexible and responsive V4 motor rekindles the emotions inspired by previous iconic VFRs, with its unique ‘heartbeat’ engine feel and an unrivalled level of refined performance.
Meet the Future.
Revolutionary? Radical? Honda’s incredible VFR1200F is all that, and much more. The list of innovative technology is endless, and there’s even more this year since the 2012 VFR1200F showcases some significant upgrades, improvements and innovations. The super-compact Unicam® design 1237cc V4 engine is fueled by Honda’s Throttle By Wire system, and this year offers more torque and more range. There’s even a new Traction Control system. Together with Honda’s Combined Braking with ABS, this makes the VFR one of the most feature packed bikes out there.
But perhaps most striking of all is the available game-changing six-speed Honda Dual-Clutch Transmission: featuring your choice of changing gears with a pair of F1-style paddle shifters or letting the bike shift itself in either of two riding modes. It’s a feature that has completely blown away even the most cynical magazine test rider. And for 2012 it’s even better, with revised software to optimize the shift points depending on an individual rider’s inputs and riding style. Or, if you prefer, there’s also a second version of the VFR1200F equipped with a conventional six-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch.
The Power of Four
Arguably one of the most advanced streetbike powerplants ever, the VFR1200F’s 1237cc Unicam-head V4 is state-of-the-art engine from top to bottom end. For 2012 it puts out even more low-end torque.
Shift gears with a simple flick of your left finger or thumb? That’s just one of the modes on the VFR1200F’s incredible new dual-clutch transmission (optional). Upgraded software for 2012 makes it even better by optimizing the shift points depending on an individual rider’s inputs and riding style.
The VFR1200F’s layered concept fairing offers a smooth, unified, fastener-free surface right off the MotoGP circuit. Never have aerodynamics and aesthetics worked so well together.
2012 Honda VFR1200FA Key Features
Engine / Drivetrain
New for 2012, the VFR1200FA’s Traction Control system carefully monitors a range of different parameters, looking for unusual fluctuations that could suggest an imminent loss of traction at the rear tire. If the system believes wheelspin is imminent, engine power is momentarily reduced, thereby maintaining traction..
Light and compact 1,237 cc liquid-cooled 76-degree V-4 engine pumps out amazing levels of power with a distinctive feel and sound..
By combining many of Honda’s most advanced technologies, engineers managed to create a remarkably compact engine..
Unique cylinder layout locates the rear cylinders side by side but close together, and the front cylinders more widely spaced. This layout allows for a slim, compact “waist” that fits comfortably between the rider’s legs. It also improves mass centralization, thereby contributing to the bike’s balanced feel and ease of control..
The engine also incorporates a special high-strength Symmetrically Coupled Phase-shift Crankshaft that features a 28-degree crankpin offset that works in concert with the 76-degree V angle to essentially negate primary engine vibration for smooth running.
And because the powerplant now has perfect primary balance, the need for a balance shaft is eliminated, which allows for a more compact engine and also yields a weight savings of nearly 1.4 kg (3 lb)..
Lightweight and compact Unicam™ valve train allows for significantly shorter and smaller cylinder heads with no loss in efficiency.
It’s the same technology used in Honda’s potent CRF motocross bikes..
Also borrowed from the CRF range and the RC211V MotoGP bike is the sealed crankcase system that reduces the pumping loss created through piston movement, marking the first time this system has been used on a street motorcycle..
The engine’s performance is delivered where it’s most useful and most enjoyable. Its linear torque curve – with increased drive between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm for 2012 – is focused in the low-end and midrange, making it possible for the rider to simply roll on and off the throttle while powering through bends. This effortless control makes the VFR1200FA great fun to ride – this is a sportbike with real-world-usable power..
Asymmetrical exhaust lengths between front and rear cylinders further improve power output and add to the VFR1200FA’s unique sound and feel..
Engineered to provide excellent cornering clearance and minimal intrusion to the feet of the rider and passenger, the high-volume, twin-outlet muffler produces an unobtrusive but fantastically stirring note. At low revs the sound is almost like a human heartbeat.
Further up the rev range, once the internal servo-operated exhaust valve is opened, the sound changes to a truly inspiring, hard-edged V-4 howl..
A slipper clutch allows quick downshifting and improved control under deceleration. It’s similar to the clutch on the CBR1000RRA..
A throttle-by-wire system replaces the throttle cable with sophisticated electronics. It provides light, precise fuel metering at all engine rpm, the system’s accuracy gives the rider increased levels of control..
The next-generation shaft-drive system routes the shaft below the swingarm pivot point to eliminate the squat and lift of conventional shaft drives without resorting to complex and heavy countermeasures as found on some competing models. Special dampers eliminate any excessive slack or jerkiness in the system, resulting in smooth on- and off-throttle transitions.
Chassis / Suspension
The patented layered fairing design creates a uniquely beautiful shape and, at the same time, optimal airflow and heat management.
The fairing incorporates two layers. Air entering between the layers and through two oval-shaped spaces in the front of the fairing is channelled in exactly the directions needed to enhance the bike’s stability at higher speeds. Plus, by channelling air through smaller apertures before it reaches the radiators and thereby increasing its velocity, engine cooling is optimized and the hot, exhausted air is carried quickly away from the rider and passenger for a cooler, more comfortable ride. The heat generated by the engine is also channelled away to keep hot air away from the rider..
Honda Pro-Arm single-side swingarm with single gas-charged shock features a handy remote spring-preload adjuster, rebound damping adjustability, and 130 mm (5.1 inches) of travel. At the front the VFR1200FA boasts a stout, sport-oriented 43 mm inverted cartridge fork with spring preload adjustability and 108 mm (4.3 inches) of travel..
The VFR1200FA is equipped with a sophisticated braking system that’s ideal for all-round sportbike use. Powerful new six-piston calipers for the front and a two-piston caliper at the rear act on large full-floating discs (320 mm front; 276 mm rear). Honda’s
Combined Braking System creates the optimal balance of front and rear braking forces, while the compact and lightweight Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) lets you brake with confidence on even difficult surfaces.
Larger fuel tank means more kilometres of fun between gas stops..
New-technology seat construction permits a higher level of seat shaping and forming detail for excellent rider and passenger comfort and a sleek look..
Integral saddlebag mounts come standard..
New painting technologies, specially developed at Honda’s new high-tech Kumamoto factory, result in a level of finish far above normal production standards..
The handlebar and the layout of the controls are the result of careful study of ergonomics and rider needs. The designers looked at the time required to reach controls comfortably and the ease of operation— particularly during cornering.
2012 Honda VFR1200FA Features and Benefits
Stronger torque NEW
For 2012 the V4’s already impressive torque has been made stronger still, with increased drive between 2000rpm and 4000rpm.
Traction Control System NEW
For 2012 the VFR1200F also benefits from Honda’s Traction Control System , which helps ensure the power is put down optimally, safely and securely, even on surfaces with limited grip.
Dual Clutch Transmission (optional) NEW
The VFR1200F was the first motorcycle to feature Honda’s innovative Dual Clutch Transmission, which has been significantly developed for the 2012 model. Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission ensures even smoother and seamless gear changes in any of its three riding modes. Using two electronically controlled clutches, the system offers the choice of manual gear shifting and two fully automatic modes, one for general use (D-mode) and another for high performance riding (S-mode). The VF1200F’s Dual Clutch
Transmission also features new software logic with added functionality.
Greater comfort NEW
The new seat design features new stitching and a new coating finish for improved seat grip and improved quality.
Designed in Europe
The designers of the VFR1200F drew on two threads of Japanese culture through the design process. The Japanese word ‘Ma’ can be described as ‘the space between things’. It is perhaps easiest to understand it in relation to music. If one thinks of the intrinsic importance of a measure of silence or the pause between movements in a classical symphony, and the effect on the performance if someone accidentally applauds or disturbs the silence. That illustrates the importance of ‘Ma’. The other concept ‘tsuya’ describes the shine or vitality of an object, its charm, and the way it attracts and holds the eye. Focusing on tsuya gives a new significance to every line, curve and angle. Both these elements were of paramount importance to the design philosophy. The LED indicators used for the first time on a large capacity Honda motorcycle, ensures optimum visibility.
Form follows function
To a large degree; pure function determined the VFR1200F’s form. Mass centralisation, consummate rider control and aerodynamic efficiency provided the key underlying design criteria and from this starting point the machine’s form evolved. The remarkably narrow cylinder heads and clever cylinder spacing allowed a very narrow waist, effectively lowering the seat height and thus making it easier for the rider to place both feet flat on the ground at rest. This wasp-like waist also gives the rider the feeling of being ‘in’ the bike rather than perched on top – crucial for feedback and control. The fuel tank’s elegant yet complicated contours support and assist the rider to add extra elements of control and heightened levels of feedback whatever the riding situation. The ergonomically styled fairing works in harmony with the fuel tank to provide extra support and efficient weather protection for the rider and pillion. Even the hand controls and switchgear are engineered to ergonomic advantage.
Layered fairing technology
The patented layered fairing design of the VFR1200F is a perfect match of form and function. Designers and engineers worked together to create a uniquely beautiful shape and, at the same time, optimal air flow and heat management. The fairing design incorporates two layers, which harnesses the benefits of flowing air to the machine’s dynamic and mechanical advantage. This has two functions: air entering between the layers and through two oval-shaped spaces in the front of the fairing is channelled in exactly the directions needed to enhance the bike’s stability at higher speeds. Secondly, by effectively increasing the speed of the air by channelling it through smaller apertures before it reaches the radiators, engine cooling is optimised and the hot, exhaust air is channelled away from the rider and passenger. The heat generated by the powerful V4 engine is also channelled away to keep hot air away from the rider.
Attention to detail
A balance of positive and negative surfaces gives the front of the motorcycle a light, open look while also creating a profile that slices through the wind with minimal resistance. A strongly defined X-shape characterises the front of the machine. Concave surfaces direct the eye and air up towards the windscreen, which incorporates another air-directing aperture at its lower edge. Even the edges of the screen have been crafted to enhance stability at speed. The light from the powerful single line-beam headlight streams into two tinted LED-look strips that frame it, increasing the feeling of lightness and space.
The cowl and body are fused together, creating one smooth, unified, aerodynamic surface. The compact rear tapers upwards, emphasising the bike’s lightness and dynamic shape, while the tail-light and rear indicators subtly mimic the frontal design.
The 2012 machine continues to benefit from painting technologies specially developed at the hi-tech Kumamoto factory, focused on creating top-quality colouring with the most uniform coverage. A deep clear-coat finish enhances the bodywork colour, creating a luxurious, high-class shine. The mirror-like surfaces create a sharp, memorable profile that attracts attention even from a distance.
Even stronger midrange performance NEW
The VFR1200F engine was designed to provide its rider with strong power and torque, for a power delivery that is both responsive and exciting. It also delivers the invigorating engine sound and feel that have characterised Honda’s previous V4 machines. The VFR1200F has already established a reputation for delivering both effortless travel and an invigorating riding experience; the V4 engine’s performance has always been most impressive at the engine rpm that matter most, in the low and midrange, making it possible for the rider to simply roll on and off the throttle while powering through bends. For 2012, low-rpm torque has been made stronger still, with increased drive between 2000rpm and 4000rpm to make the bike even more fun to ride.
Improved fuel efficiency NEW
For 2012 the VFR1200F’s advanced PGM-FI fuel injection has been revised to improve fuel efficiency. This, in conjunction with an increase in tank capacity of half a litre to 19 litres, means the VFR1200F can now cover more than 186 miles on a single tank of fuel.
There were several challenges involved in tailoring the strong V4 power for use in an all-round machine that can be used for weekend enjoyment, commuting and long-distance touring. Key elements of the VFR1200F’s power characteristics are its response and strong torque delivery. To allow full enjoyment of the engine’s power while still providing a high level of comfort, vibration needed to be carefully managed.
A unique cylinder layout was developed for this purpose. Instead of the traditional V4 cylinder configuration, with the cylinders evenly spaced front-to-rear, the VFR1200F adopts an ingenious solution in order to centralise mass and at the same time achieve a compact, space-saving solution. The rear cylinders are placed side by side but close together, while the front cylinders are more widely spaced. This layout allows for a slim, compact ‘waist’ that fits comfortably between the rider’s legs. It also supports mass centralisation, thus contributing to the bike’s balanced feel and ease of control. With no right-left couple imbalance, the need for a balancer is eliminated and friction is reduced.
A Phase-shift Crankshaft complements the advantages of the cylinder layout. Operating with a 28° throw, it effectively reduces primary vibration and noise, eliminating the need for a power-sapping balance shaft. The V4 is characterised by very strong low-rpm torque. To allow the rider to comfortably take full advantage of this torque, delivery is smoothed by four drivetrain dampers, which further eliminate uncomfortable vibration and backlash.
The VFR1200F utilises the UNICAM single overhead camshaft cylinder head design from the world-class CRF off-road machines.
The logic was straightforward: in an environment where space, performance and weight are at a premium this technology was perfect for a project where mass centralisation and ergonomics were prime design criteria. Also borrowed from the CRF range and the RC211V MotoGP racer is the sealed crankcase system that reduces the pumping loss created through piston movement, and air density. This system had never been used on a road machine before but the gains for the rider are identical – electrifying throttle response and improved fuel consumption.
A throttle-by-wire system maximises the rider’s feeling of connectivity with the VFR1200F. Providing light, precise fuel metering at all engine parameters, this highly developed system gives the rider heightened levels of control, whatever the situation. To aid control under intense deceleration a slipper clutch is fitted, similar to the system on the CBR1000RR Fireblade. When the rider downshifts early the clutch is designed to slip, thus preventing the rear wheel from inadvertently locking up, allowing the rider to stay firmly in control.
Innovative transmission layout and ground-breaking shaft drive system
A compact transmission layout contributes to high-speed stability with good handling and excellent traction capability. The highly developed shaft drive system features an offset propeller shaft and a pivot that expands vertically as well as a sliding constant velocity joint that takes up any variations in length during the rear wheel’s arc of travel. At the output shaft a clutch damper absorbs backlash effectively. Thanks to the rigidity of the pivot, stability is improved and throttle-to-drive delivery is much more direct.
Unique exhaust and exhilarating sound
Engineers and designers alike focused not only on the engine’s power and delivery, but also on its feel and sound. They chose a configuration which would emulate the briskness of a typical inline-4 engine’s performance but deliver this with the beat and feel that are pure V4. The exhaust layout was made as compact as possible with the assembly of catalyser-containing exhaust pipes placed on one side of the sump and the exhaust pipes of the rear cylinder bank placed on the other side. On the bike’s right flank a triangular-shaped muffler highlights the styling lines of the bodywork.
The combined induction and exhaust notes create a raw, compelling sound that is authentic Honda V4 and distinguishes the VFR1200F from any other motorcycle. At idle it pulses smoothly, hinting at the engine’s huge performance potential. Each twist of the throttle releases a burst of instant V4 aggression that becomes a thrilling howl as it rises quickly through the revs. The sound and beat of this engine contribute to the unique character of the machine and are as essential to the design as the bodywork or riding position.
A key element in the raw emotion of this V4’s sound is the exhaust system. Engineered to provide excellent cornering clearance and minimal intrusion to the rider’s and pillion’s feet position, the high-volume, twin outlet high-chrome muffler produces an unobtrusive but fantastically stirring note. At low revs the noise is off-beat and bass-rich. Further up the rev range, once the servo-operated valve is opened, the noise changes to a truly inspiring, hard-edged V4 growl.
Peerless handling and stability
The VFR1200F frame, suspension and drive components are brought together in a unique configuration that facilitates both sports bike power and smooth stability. Its strong aluminium twin-spar diamond configuration frame is both lightweight and rigid. The swingarm and driveshaft length are optimised without extending the overall length of the motorcycle. The long swingarm contributes to balanced, confident manoeuvring and exceptional high-speed stability.
The swingarm is complemented by a compliant Pro-Link rear shock absorber with adjustable rebound damping. At the front, sturdy upside-down 43mm telescopic forks with adjustable preload provide smooth and assured control. Together, these systems ensure a comfortable ride, even with a pillion and luggage on board, and add to the overall feeling of total control.
High-performance braking systems
The VFR1200F is equipped with Honda’s highly-developed Combined Antilock Braking System. Powerful six-piston calipers for the front and two piston calipers for the rear act on large discs (320mm at the front and 276mm at the rear). The Combined Braking System creates the optimal balance of front and rear braking forces. The addition of a standard-fit compact and lightweight Anti-lock Braking System supports both the motorcycle’s sports riding potential and its touring proficiency.
Comfortable dual-seat seat NEW
For 2012 the seat of the VFR1200F – a supportive, vacuum-moulded dual-seat design – has been re-designed to offer improved seat grip with new stitching and improved quality with a new seat coating finis. It features a flat and expansive seating area, with the space to adopt a range of different seating positions. This improves comfort during long days on the road. For the pillion, easy-reach grab handles and footrests ideally positioned for comfort, help create a reassuring sense of security.
The VFR1200F instrument panel combines sophisticated styling and practicality. Shielded and at the same time displayed by the tilt of the aerodynamic windscreen, its elegant design fully complements the airy and spacious feel at the front. It also adds to the sensation of total rider control. A large, sporty analogue rev counter and a digital speedometer are surrounded by LCD readouts which now include actual, average fuel consumption as well as remaining and range of fuel and Traction Control System activation (On/Off). The display also includes a clock, ambient temperature display, HISS indicator and ABS indicator.
To enhance the touring potential of the VFR1200F, the rear is equipped with integrated luggage mounts. These mounting points are unobtrusively cast into the injection moulded under-seat area and pillion footrest mounts. They allow easy installation and removal of specially designed optional panniers without interrupting the motorcycle’s clean styling.
Ergonomic hand controls
The VFR1200F features a state-of-the-art ergonomic design of the handlebar and switch layout. The designers focussed on meeting the rider’s need to reach controls comfortably and for ease of operation, particularly considering the hand position during cornering.
As a result, the VFR1200F received new handlebar switches and a new layout with reversed horn and indicator controls. The indicator switch shape is designed around natural thumb movement for effortless operation.
The 2012 VFR1200F will be available in four colours (from mid 2012)
– Darkness Black Metallic
– Candy Prominence Red
– Candy Tahitian Blue NEW
– Titanium Blade Metallic NEW
It has been over three decades since Honda marked its return to Grand Prix competition by developing the first Honda engine with a V4 four-stroke configuration. In the intervening time the V4 formula has been tempered in the fires of competition and honed for more power and better delivery. The NR500, RC30, RVF400, NR750, RC45, VFR750 and RC212V are just some of the milestones that mark the V4 story.
The VFR lineage reaches back to the track-dominating RS and RVF750, but the first use of a V4 engine in a road bike was the pioneering VF750. Unveiled in 1982, it combined smooth, effortless performance with a practical, easy-maintenance design. The first VFR750 was launched in 1986 and immediately became the standard by which every all-round sports motorcycle was judged. With a restrained and sophisticated body concealing the finest technology and equipment, it was developed to be instantly ‘right’ for every rider. It was a comfortable and flexible Sport Tourer, with the emphasis placed firmly on ‘Sport’. Since then, Honda has treated the VFR as its flagship for new road-going technologies, which are often developed and tested first in the laboratory of MotoGP.
The VFR800 made its debut in 1998. Based around the engine from the RC45 it stayed true to the concept of taking lessons learned on the racetrack and fine-tuning them for road use. In 2002 it received an upgraded fuel injection system, revolutionary new V-TEC valve control system and revised brake systems including optional ABS. Subsequent updates have revised the power delivery and upgraded the bike’s consistently contemporary styling. The racetrack is still the source and test environment for its technologies, while its all-round usability and ample smoothly delivered power have continued to lead its class.
The 2009 VFR1200F was the product of a truly international design team, one that included three Japanese members, one American and one European. Guided by the infinitely experienced Kishi-san (CBR1100XX Blackbird) and overseen by Yosuke Hasegawa, the team was not only culturally varied but also spanned generations. Their collective goal was to create a sports bike with long-distance capabilities. To foster the right mindset the designers imagined waking up to a perfect day and deciding impulsively to ride devouring large stretches of highway, effortlessly, before carving through twisty canyon roads, just to enjoy lunch in a beautiful location before riding home again.
The VFR1200F designers began sketching their ideas in a remote hotel outside Rome. These sketches took many forms and explored every possibility and, rather than refine these elements into one final design, the team headed back to Tokyo with all their individual drawings.
On the VFR1200F project, designers and engineers worked in parallel, discussing and perfecting their solutions as the clay model and sketches evolved. European designer, Teofilo Plaza, described this six month-long experience as one of the most intense and passionate of his life. Many months of testing and development lay ahead – a period in which designers and engineers continued to work in unison.
The first V4 Concept model was unveiled to a stunned audience at the Intermot show in October 2008. The radically styled show bike perfectly displayed the free thinking that had absorbed the design team from day one of this revolutionary project. At its 2009 launch, while the V4 heritage of the VRF1200F may have been patently obvious, it was evident that this machine far surpassed anything that had gone before.
A wide range of optional equipment has been developed by Honda Access Europe specifically for the VFR1200F. These accessories were designed in line with the new all-round sports bike concept and in every detail, from the choice of materials to integration with the bike’s contours, they complement its styling and performance. They include:
– 29-litre pannier set: Fits motorcycle’s integral pannier attachments with no need for additional stays. Aerodynamically shaped. Coloured to match the motorcycle’s bodywork. Operated with the motorcycle key. Left pannier can hold one full-face helmet.
– 31-litre top box: Features locking, quick-detach mounting system. Lid matches motorcycle’s bodywork. Can hold a full-face helmet as well as other luggage.
– Inner bags for the top box and panniers: Black with zipper and Honda Wing logo. Carrying straps and handles included. Pannier inner bags can be zipped together for easy carrying.
– 7-litre tank bag: Black with embroidered VFR logo. Includes preset for easy installation. Adjustable shoulder strap, carrying handle and rain cover included.
– 3-position adjustable add-on screen: Integrates perfectly with the standard windscreen. Extends wind protection for taller riders. WVTA approved (what does WVTA stand for?)
– Replacement low/narrow seat: Maintains the bike’s ergonomics. Provides easier reach to the ground for shorter riders. 25mm lower than factory standard seat.
– Heated grips: Kit includes integrated controller. Compact for maximum comfort and design integration. 3-step variable heating levels.
– Motorcycle navigation kit: Features unique controller that allows operation without removing hands from the handlebars. Earphone and car kit included. Honda dealers included in POI list.
2012 Honda VFR1200FA – American Specifications
USD MSRP Price – NA USD
Engine Type 1237cc liquid-cooled 76 degrees V-4
Bore And Stroke 81mm x 60mm
Induction Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with automatic enrichment circuit, 44mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors
Ignition Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Valve Train SOHC; four valves per cylinder
Transmission Six speed
Final Drive Shaft
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 43mm cartridge fork with spring-preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single gas-charged shock with remote spring-preload adjustability and rebound-damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel
Front Brake Dual full-floating 320mm discs with CBS six-piston calipers with ABS
Rear Brake Single 276mm disc with CBS two-piston caliper with ABS
Front Tires 120/70 ZR-17 radial
Rear Tires 190/55 ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase 60.8 inches
Seat Height 31.9 inches
Curb Weight tbd
Rake 25.5° (Caster Angle)
Trail 101.0mm (4.0 inches)
Fuel Capacity 5.0 gallons
Emissions Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards.
Available Colors Candy Blue
Model Id VFR1200F
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
2012 Honda VFR1200FA – Canada Specifications
Candian MSRP Price – $17,499 CDN
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 76-degree V-4 with asymmetrical front/rear cylinder layout
Displacement 1,237 cc
Bore & Stroke 81 mm x 60 mm
Compression Ratio 12:1
Valve Train Chain-driven SOHC Unicam, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Final Drive Shaft
Front Suspension 43 mm cartridge fork with spring preload adjustability; 108 mm (4.3 in.) travel
Rear Suspension Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single gas-charged shock with remote spring preload adjustability and rebound damping adjustability; 130 mm (5.1 in.) travel
Tires 120/70ZR – 17 radial front; 190/55ZR – 17 radial rear
Brakes Front dual 320 mm discs with six-piston calipers; rear single 276 mm disc with two-piston caliper. Combined Braking System with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
Ground Clearance n/a
Seat Height 810 mm (31.9 in.)
Wheelbase 1,545 mm (60.8 in.)
Curb Weight 268 kg (591 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Fuel Capacity 18.5 litres
Colour Candy Tahitian Blue
Warranty 1 year, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2012 Honda NC700XA – European Specifications
EU MSRP Price – See dealer for country pricing.
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke UNICAM 76° V-4
Bore x Stroke 81 x 60mm
Compression Ratio 12: 1
Max. Power Output 127kW/10,000min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque 129Nm/8,750min-1 (F-type: 115Nm @ 5,750rpm – 95/1/EC)
Idling Speed 1050-1250min-1
Oil Capacity 4litres
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Aircleaner Oil-permeated, viscous-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 19litres
Fuel Consumption 16km/l (45.2mpg – Tested in D-Mode WMTC mode*)
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing 6.4° ~ 10.4° BTDC (idle speed)
Sparkplug Type IMR9E-9HES (NGK); VUH27ES (DENSO)
Battery Capacity 12V/11.2AH (YTZ14)
ACG Output 570W
Headlight 12V, 55W x 1 (low)/55W x 1 (high)
Clutch Wet, multiplate slipper type
Clutch Operation Hydraulic
Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed
Primary Reduction 1.738 (73/42)
Gear Ratios 1 2.600 (39/15)
2 1.736 (33/19)
3 1.363 (30/22)
4 1.160 (29/25)
5 1.032 (32/31)
6 0.939 (31/33)
Final Reduction 2.699 (37/39 x 19/17 x 28/11)
Final Drive Shaft
Type Diamond; aluminium twin-spar
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,244 x 755 x 1,222mm
Caster Angle 25.5°
Turning Radius 3.45m
Seat Height 815mm
Ground Clearance 128mm
Kerb Weight 267kg
Loaded Weight 463kg
Type Front 43mm cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment, 120mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, 25-step (*stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 130mm axle travel
Type Front 5-spoke hollow gravity die cast aluminium
Rear 7-spoke gravity die cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.5
Rear 17M/C x MT6
Tyre Size Front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 190/55-ZR17M/C (75W)
Tyre Pressure Front 250kPa
Type Front 320mm dual floating hydraulic disc with two 6-piston calipers, C-ABS and sintered metal pads
Rear 276mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper, C-ABS and sintered metal pads
* Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.