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2017 Honda VFR1200X
2017 Honda VFR1200X

2017 Honda VFR1200X
2017 Honda VFR1200X

2017 Honda VFR1200X
2017 Honda VFR1200X

2017 Honda VFR1200X Review

2017 Honda VFR1200X on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Explore Your World…

Honda’s largest-displacement adventure-touring model, the VFR1200X has a powerful-but-smooth 1,237cc engine that draws from 30 years of Honda V4 technology. The bike is well suited to customers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort during long days (or weeks) of two-wheel exploration, often riding two-up, and is available with either a standard gearbox or Honda’s industry-exclusive six-speed, automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).

You know where adventures start? From right where you’re standing—or more likely, sitting. Sure, some folks jet over to Everest or Antarctica for the weekend. But the real adventurers know that you can find excitement right in your own backyard—or a backyard one or two states over. Especially if you’re on a motorcycle. And especially if that bike happens to be a Honda VFR1200X.

The VFR1200X is built for people who know adventure isn’t someplace you go, it’s what you do getting there. It’s an excellent machine for exploring the world around you, and doing it in comfort, confidence, and style. Sporty, athletic, nimble enough for around-town cruising or tight winding back roads, it’s also big enough to reel in those highway miles, and see the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Alamo all in the same trip.

And the VFR1200X is loaded with features too—the most important being its 1237cc V4 engine and choice of six-speed transmissions. Best of all, we’re offering a ton of accessories, so you can fine-tune it to how you want to ride.

Where will a 2017 Honda VFR1200X take you? Wherever adventure calls.

V4 Power

The VFR1200X’s V4 isn’t just another engine—it’s a spectacular example of motorcycling’s best. Case in point: the two rear cylinders are closer together than the front two, making the engine narrower where your legs are. Smart engineering!

Two Transmission Choices

Take your pick between a conventional six-speed manual transmission or our third-generation automatic DCT: six speeds, push-button shifting, your choice of shift modes.

Shaft Final Drive

Clean, efficient, proven, low-maintenance. Shaft final drive is the perfect choice on a top-of-the-line machine like the VFR1200X.

One-Hand Adjustable Windscreen

One size doesn’t fit all—and neither does one windscreen. Adjusting the VFR1200X’s windscreen only takes one hand and a couple of seconds.

Selectable Shift Modes

When you choose the Automatic DCT model, you can scroll between standard “D” mode, three sport modes, and even the option to “manually” shift up or down with the handlebar-mounted buttons.


Options & Pricing

The VFR1200X is loaded with features, but perhaps the most impressive is the option to choose between a conventional 6-speed manual transmission or our latest, third-generation Honda Automatic DCT transmission. With the DCT, you upshift or downshift with a pair of handlebar-mounted buttons, or you can let the gearbox shift for itself.


Features & Options
•1237cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V4 engine
•43mm Inverted Fork
•Pro-Link Rear Suspension


Features & Options
•1237cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V4 engine
•43mm Inverted Fork
•Pro-Link Rear Suspension
•Honda Automatic DCT transmission


2017 Honda VFR1200X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Clever engine design

The VFR1200X’s 1,237 cc 16-valve Unicam V-4 engine is a spectacular example of Honda’s best engineering. Case in point: the two rear cylinders are closer together than the front two, making the engine narrower where your legs are. Clever.

Brimming with torque

The engine makes big power everywhere but is especially strong at lower revs, making the VFR1200X as well suited to exploring off the beaten track as it is navigating through the city or cruising the open road.

Choose your transmission

Choose between a conventional six-speed manual transmission or Honda’s third-generation automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission. With DCT, you upshift or downshift with a pair of paddle-style buttons, or you can let the gearbox shift automatically in either standard mode or one of three selectable sport modes.

Selectable Torque Control

Honda’s Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) is designed to help the rider adapt to multiple traction conditions. With the push of a button, the VFR1200X’s HSTC lets you choose from three levels of engine torque. The system can also be turned off if you prefer. It’s available on both manual-transmission and DCT versions of the VFR1200X.

Rugged shaft drive

Tough, durable, quiet, clean, and low-maintenance, the VFR1200X’s shaft final drive is the perfect choice for a bike designed to cover serious distances in all types of conditions.

Impressive handling

Sporty, athletic, nimble enough for around-town cruising or tight winding back roads, the VFR1200X is also stable and roomy enough to eat up long highway miles in comfort.

Light and strong frame

The VFR1200X’s twin-spar aluminum frame members were carefully engineered to be as light as possible while also providing the sturdiness required to handle all kinds of riding on all kinds of roads.

Beautiful spoke wheels

The VFR1200X’s 17-inch rear and a 19-inch front spoke wheels are built to handle the rigours of gnarly pavement or dirt/gravel roads.

Easy suspension adjustment

The inverted 43 mm KYB fork is adjustable for spring preload as well as rebound damping, while the KYB shock in the Pro-Link rear suspension is adjustable for rebound damping and features a convenient no-tool preload adjuster that lets you easily fine-tune the ride for varying loads.

Available ABS power and control

Large 310 mm twin front brake discs and single 276 mm rear disc provide plenty of fade-free stopping power. Honda’s Combined Braking System with ABS helps to enhance stopping power and control on all types of road surfaces.

Single-sided swingarm

The single-sided swingarm houses the shaft final drive and also makes rear-wheel removal a snap.

Comfortable ergonomics

An upright riding position with adjustable tube-type handlebar and spacious seat help to keep you comfortable even on cross-province or cross-country rides.

Adjustable windscreen

The VFR1200X’s protective windscreen easily adjusts over a range of 76 mm (3 inches) using just one hand.

Extra protection

Standard hand guards provide added protection against wayward stones or inclement weather.

Handy power outlet

Need to charge your phone, or run a GPS or another electrical accessory? The VFR1200X’s handy accessory outlet makes it easy.

Quality accessories

A wide selection of Honda accessories lets you personalize your VFR1200X exactly how you want it.




2017 Honda VFR1200X www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

•Fuel-injected, liquid-cooled four-stroke 1,237cc V4 has rear cylinders closer together than front two, so it’s narrow between the rider’s legs.
•Engine has a broad spread of power with a manageable delivery.
•Available in versions with conventional or third-generation automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).
•DCT has automatic shifting mode, manual mode and three sport modes; rider can select between fully automatic shifting or manually changing gears via paddle-style buttons.
•Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) adjusts torque level based on rider preference; rider can choose between three levels of wheel-spin intervention, or turn HSSTC off completely.

•Combined anti-lock braking (ABS) provides smooth, confident stopping power.
•Durable, quiet, low-maintenance shaft drive runs through the single-sided aluminum swingarm housing, making for easy rear-wheel removal.
•Inverted KYB 43mm fork is adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping, so it can be tuned for conditions or rider preference.
•KYB shock allows rebound-damping adjustment, and preload can be adjusted via an easily accessible remote dial, allowing adaptation to varying loads (i.e., cargo or passenger).
•One-hand-adjustable windscreen has three inches of adjustment from high to low, allowing rider to quickly and easily change it for ideal wind protection depending on conditions.
•Handguards are standard, and heated hand grips are available as an accessory, enabling warm hands in cool conditions.
•An accessory socket can run a GPS, charge a phone or run other electrical accessories.
•Spoke design 19 inch front and 17 inch rear wheels are ready to handle rough pavement or dirt/gravel roads.
•Meets current EPA and CARB standards
•California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment



2017 Honda VFR1200X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $15999 USD

Engine Type 1237cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke Unicam 16-valve 76° V4
Bore And Stroke 81 x 60
Induction PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Ignition Electric
Compression Ratio 12:1
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Enclosed Shaft
Front Suspension 43mm inverted telescopic forks with hydraulic damping, preload and rebound
damping adjustment
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® with gas-charged damper, preload and stepless rebound damping
Front Brake Dual 310mm discs, Combined ABS
Rear Brake Single 276mm disc, Combined ABS
Front Tire 110/80-R19
Rear Tire 150/70-R17
Rake 28.0°
Trail 107mm
Wheelbase 62.8 inches
Seat Height 33.5 inches
Fuel Capacity 5.68 gallons
Model ID VFR1200X
Available Colors Candy Red
Emissions Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards.
One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.



2017 Honda VFR1200X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type
Liquid-cooled 76-degree V-4
1,237 cc
Bore & Stroke
81 mm x 60 mm
Compression Ratio
Valve Train
Unicam, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel Delivery
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Standard: Six-speed or option of six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) with manual shift mode and four automatic shift modes
Final Drive
Chassis & Suspension
Front Suspension
43 mm inverted telescopic fork with spring preload and rebound damping adjustments; 145 mm (5.7 in.) travel
Rear Suspension
Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment; 146 mm (5.7 in.) travel
Additional Information
Front: 110/80-R19 Rear: 150/70-R17
Front: 310 mm dual discs with three-piston calipers Rear: single 276 mm disc with twin-piston caliper (Combined Braking System with ABS)
Seat Height
850 mm (33.5 in.)
1,595 mm (62.8 in.)
Curb Weight
Standard: 277 kg (611 lbs.) DCT: 287 kg (633 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Fuel Capacity
21.5 litres
Candy Red
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus


2017 Honda VFR1200X – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £12499 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Bore × Stroke (mm) 81 x 60mm
Carburation PGM FI electronic fuel injection
Compression Ratio 12.1
Engine Displacement (cc) 1237
Engine Type (cm³) Liquid-cooled 4-stroke Unicam 16-valve 76 degree V4
Max. Power Output 95kW @ 7750rpm
Max. Torque 126Nm @ 6500rpm
Starter Electric


Brakes Front Dual 310mm discs
Brakes Rear Single 276mm disc
Suspension Front 43mm inverted telescopic forks with hydraulic damping, preload and rebound damping adjustment
Suspension Rear Pro-Link with gas-charged damper, preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment
Tyres Front 110/80-R19
Tyres Rear 150/70-R17
Wheels Front Tube less spoked
Wheels Rear Tube less spoked

Dimensions and Weights

Battery Capacity (VAh) 12V-11.2AH
Caster Angle 28°
Frame type Diamond; aluminium twin-spar
Fuel Consumption 16.7km/L
Ground Clearance (mm) 180mm
Kerb Weight (kg) 287kg
Seat Height (mm) 850mm
Trail (mm) 107mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1595mm


Clutch Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch
Final Drive Enclosed shaft
Transmission Type 6-speed

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