2013 Honda VFR1200F Review

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2013 Honda VFR1200F
2013 Honda VFR1200F

2013 Honda VFR1200F Review

2013 Honda VFR1200F

The Bike of Tomorrow-Today…

The VFR1200F embodies a futuristic sport motorcycle created for the sheer joy of riding. Packed with loads of advanced technology developed for the world of MotoGP racing and created with Honda-style innovation, the VFR1200F has written a whole new chapter in the lore of Honda V-4 machines. Innovations such as Traction Control and an optional second-generation Dual Clutch Transmission make this bike the standard-bearer for forward-thinking technology in motorcycles. Yet at the same time, there are still plenty of qualities such as an impressively strong engine, excellent rider accommodations and surprising fuel economy that make the VFR1200F the perfect ride, here and now.

Where do you even start with a machine like Honda’s revolutionary VFR1200F? Here’s a machine that showcases innovation and technology like a motorcycle transported from the future. Start with its super-compact Unicam® design 1237cc V4 engine, fueled by Honda’s first-ever Throttle By Wire system. Traction Control? You bet. And together with Honda’s Combined Braking with standard ABS, that makes the VFR one of our most impressive machines when it comes to dealing with challenging traction under acceleration or braking.

But perhaps most striking is the VFR’s Honda Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission: Six speeds, two clutches, and your choice of changing gears with a pair of F1-style paddle shifters or letting the bike shift itself. And there’s also a second version of the VFR1200F equipped with a conventional six-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch.

Warp Drive.

One of the most advanced streetbike powerplants ever, the VFR1200F’s 1237cc Unicam®-head V4 is state-of-the-engine-art from top to bottom end.

Dual-Clutch Transmission.

Shift gears, on the fly, 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).

Performance Art.

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.


2013 Honda VFR1200F Key Features

As if the VFR1200F weren’t trick enough in its standard, manual six-speed form, this standard-setting machine also comes equipped with one of the most advanced and Formula 1-esque features to ever grace a Honda motorcycle: DCT, a.k.a. Dual-Clutch Transmission. Opt for push-button six-speed “paddle-style” shifting, or go totally automatic (yep, twist the throttle and the transmission will shift itself up and down through its gears). Better still, you can choose from two modes in Automatic: “D” for regular cruising, or “S” for a sportier pace.

New for 2013

– Available in Metallic Black.

Additional Features

– Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Honda Genuine Accessories†

– 29L Saddlebag Kit, 31L Top Box with quick-detach mounting system, Nylon Inner Bags, 7L Tank Bag, Sporty three-position adjustable Add-On Screen that integrates with standard windscreen to extend wind protection, Heated Grips, Replacement Lower Seat with narrow profile which provides easier reach to the ground for shorter riders while maintaining the bike’s carefully designed ergonomics, Rear Tire Hugger, Centerstand, Wind Deflector Set

† WARRANTY: Because we’re so confident in the quality of each of our Honda Genuine Accessories, we’re pleased to offer one of the best warranties in the industry. One-year warranty begins on the day accessories are purchased by the customer.


2013 Honda VFR1200F Features and Benefits

Trip Computer

In addition to an already full-featured LCD/analog instrument package, we’ve added a trip computer that adds current MPG, average MPG, and miles-to-empty information.

Layered Concept Fairing

The VFR’s unique bodywork fuses both the cowl and fairings together to create a single smooth, unified, aerodynamic surface. Also, note what you don’t see: no visible fasteners break up the fairing’s lines. This design also routes appropriate airflow in separate paths for both engine cooling and rider comfort.

Throttle By Wire

The VFR1200F features Honda’s Throttle-By-Wire system to ensure outstanding response and seamless acceleration across the engine’s rev range. The Throttle-By-Wire system incorporates an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to process information from the rider throttle control input and throttle valve position to return accurate throttle response.

Differential Cylinder Bank Layout

Compact engine size was critical, so our engineers placed the VFR powerplant’s V4 rear cylinders side by side but close together, while the front cylinders are more widely spaced. This makes the engine narrower near the rider’s feet and allows the entire chassis and seating area to feature a distinctly narrowed profile.

Combined Braking System w/ ABS

The VFR’s Combined Braking System (CBS) with ABS melds the benefits of Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) with the measured application of front brakes when the rear brake lever is used. During front brake lever activation, all the right-side caliper pistons are applied, along with four of the pistons on the left side. When the rear brake is applied, the other two left-side pistons are actuated. To maintain equal braking force when using just the front brake, the right-side pistons are slightly smaller than the left-side pistons.

1237cc V4 Engine

Drawing on 30 years of V4 technology and racing success, Honda designers gave the VFR1200F what is surely the most advanced streetbike engine yet: a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 1237cc, 76-degree, V4 brimming with low-end torque. Overall, it’s more compact than the engine from the 781cc Interceptor.

Slipper Clutch

We told you the VFR’s parts manifest reads almost like that of a factory road racer. Example: A trick slipper clutch mechanism that moderates the effect of deceleration torque on the rear wheel, allowing engine braking to slow the bike without causing the rear tire to chatter.

Dual-Clutch Transmission

Available as an option to the standard six-speed manual model, our dual-clutch, automatic transmission allows push-button six-speed “paddle” shifting. You can also choose from two “automatic” modes (D-mode for regular operation and S-mode for sporty riding), and let the transmission shift for you.

Comfortable Seating

The seat for 2013—a supportive, vacuum-molded dual-seat design—offers increased comfort for both the rider and passenger. 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. And your passenger also gets easy-reach grab handles and comfortable footrests.

Low-Centerline Driveshaft

Take a close look at the VFR1200F and you’ll see that the driveshaft joins the transmission far below the swingarm pivot (with most shaft-driven bikes the pivot is on the same plane). The result? The VFR1200F delivers a more neutral handling platform under both acceleration and deceleration. You get the best of both worlds: The virtually maintenance-free aspects of shaft final drive and the superior handling character that only a chain-drive system has previously been able to offer.

Exhaust System

Take a look at the VFR1200F’s exhaust system. Notice the two outlets in the silencer? The lower one is always open, while the upper outlet only opens at higher engine and vehicle speeds. That lets our engineers fine-tune the exhaust back pressure for optimal performance and sound. It’s a great example of how technology can take something as simple as a muffler and use it to improve your riding experience.

Combined Braking System w/ ABS

The VFR’s Combined Braking System (CBS) with ABS melds the benefits of Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) with the measured application of front brakes when the rear brake lever is used. During front brake lever activation, all the right-side caliper pistons are applied, along with four of the pistons on the left side. When the rear brake is applied, the other two left-side pistons are actuated. To maintain equal braking force when using just the front brake, the right-side pistons are slightly smaller than the left-side pistons.

Traction Control

VFR1200F also benefits from Honda’s Traction Control system. If the system believes wheel-spin is imminent, engine power is momentarily reduced, maintaining traction. Together with the VFR1200F’s C-ABS Combined Antilock Braking System, Traction Control adds to your security and peace of mind, even in difficult riding conditions.



2013 Honda VFR1200F – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $15,999 USD

Model: VFR1200F

Engine Type: 1237cc liquid-cooled 76° V-4

Bore and Stroke: 81.0mm x 60.0mm

Compression ratio: 12.0:1

Valve Train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder

Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 44mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors

Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance

Transmission: Six-speed (VFR1200F)

Final Drive: Shaft

Front: 43mm inverted cartridge fork with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Rear: Pro Arm single-sided swingarm with
Pro-Link® single gas-charged shock with remote spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel

Front: Dual full-floating 320mm discs with CBS six-piston calipers with ABS
Rear: Single 276mm disc with CBS twin-piston caliper with ABS

Front: 120/70ZR17 radial
Rear: 190/55ZR17 radial

Wheelbase: 60.8 inches

Rake (Caster angle): 25.3°

Trail: 101.0mm (4.0 inches)

Seat Height: 32.1 inches

Fuel Capacity: 5.02 gallons

Estimated Fuel Economy**: 35 MPG (VFR1200F)

Color: Metallic Black

Curb Weight*: 591 pounds (VFR1200F)

*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel-ready to ride.

**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.

Meets current CARB and EPA standards.

Specifications subject to change.



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