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2010-08-28 2010 Honda VFR1200F Sport Bikes View Listings

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This VFR1200FD with the dual clutch transmission is the second Honda that I've owned. My other bike is a 1983 VF750S Sabre which was the very first of the VF line and that I bought new. My new bike is a fitting update to my collection. It is an amazing motorcycle. It is the best handling motorcycle that I've ever ridden and that is after 14 years of riding BMW's. It took me less than 10 minutes to get used to the bike and I forgot about the weight immediately. With the low center of gravity and the beautiful balance, the bike feels very light. The transmission is an absolute revelation with shifts so smooth that I have to keep looking at the digital gear indicator to know what gear I'm in. In the D mode, the shifts are a little early for my preference and you get much less of a feeling for the available performance. In the S mode, the bike comes alive with higher revs before upshifting and when it hits 4000 RPM, it takes off like a rocket and it will hit a 100 in the blink of an eye. The paddle shifters are a lot of fun and upshifts and downshifts are as smooth as silk with no lurches, just like in the automatic mode. You can switch back and forth between the paddles and the automatic modes on the fly and the transmission reacts instantly without missing a beat. As the review title says this bike with this transmission is "in a class by itself". As an all-round package, this bike has it all - great brakes, great performance, great rock-steady handling and great styling. The fairing works perfectly with no heat coming up from the engine and no wind buffeting. The faster you go, the more stable the bike gets. Even at my height I'm almost flat footed with the stock seat but I got the optional narrower seat which is as comfortable as the original seat and gets me flat footed. Over the years I've owned other bikes but I never got rid of my Sabre because it was such a great bike and so far ahead of its time. It has "historic" plates on it now because it is 27 years old. Bbut it is still current with modern motorcycles and my new VFR1200FD starts the cycle all over again.
- Ron Bower, Forked River, New Jersey

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2010-06-15 2010 Honda VFR1200F Sport Bikes View Listings

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To start, I am beyond satisfied with the new Viffer. This is my first bike after about a five-year hiatus from two wheels. My last bike was a CBR600, so I was itching to mount another sport bike. However, I've gotten married within those five years, so I was also in need of a more passenger-friendly bike. I was originally considering the ST1300, but once the Viffer popped up on my radar, it wouldn't leave. Now, I'm sure I wouldn't have been disappointed with the ST, as long as I had made sure I didn't test ride the VFR. Riding comfort is decent: far more comfortable than the CBR, but you're still in a "sporting" position, vs. a touring position. I will be addressing this (see upgrades). I can easily place both feet flat on the ground, so reach is not at all an issue. I don't think I'll ever reach the performance level this bike is capable of when it comes to cornering, at least not on public roads. We'll see about some track time. Acceleration is outstanding and breathtaking. I love the responsiveness, though the power band does require some getting used to. Once that learning curve is over, this bike feels so tossable. It does NOT feel like a 600 lb. machine. I do want to mention the exhaust note, because I believe that is a major feature of this bike. Anything below 6000 rpm is fairly subdued, but enjoyable. It makes this growling/groaning sound. However, at the magic 6000 rpm mark, the exhaust valve opens and the sound changes dramatically. This is the best description I can come up with: imagine if Johnny Cash were capable of screaming like Zach de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine; it gives me the goosies! The VFR will definitely satisfy any sport bike enthuiast looking for something with decent touring capability. But don't be mistaken, if you're going to call the VFR1200F a SPORT-touring model, the major emphasis is on the word "Sport." I've been averaging between 39 and 41 mpg, so I'm definitely happy with the gas mileage. I did the initial engine and final drive oil change myself, and this was a breeze to do. The oil filter is very well placed and very easy to get to. I can see myself happy with this bike for the remainder of its useful life.
- Bobby Eccleston, Herdnon, Virginia

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2010-05-31 2010 Honda VFR1200F Sport Bikes View Listings

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The new VFR is awsome, big improvement over the 800. Very comfortable, smooth, and fast. Tons of torque. The stock seat is great. Wish the bags were available. If I had to gripe I would like the on off throttle to be a little smoother. 200 mile tank range for me unlike the 150 for magazine test guys. Buy one, I no longer miss my 1200GS!
- J, Austin, Texas

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