Honda Unveils 'Futuristic' 2010 VFR1200F

Publish Date: 
Oct 8, 2009

AMERICAN HONDA today released information on the much-anticipated 2010 VFR1200F. Calling it a “futuristic sport motorcycle,” the company revealed that an option will be an automatic transmission with a manual mode.

The model will hit showrooms in the spring. Retail pricing has not yet been determined.

Features listed in a Honda press release:

  • Honda MotoGP engine technology and architecture;
  • a light-and-compact 1237cc liquid-cooled 76-degree V-4 that pumps out “amazing levels of power”;
  • throttle by wire;
  • a lightweight-and-compact Unicam valvetrain allowing for significantly smaller cylinder heads;
  • an optional Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission with manual mode and automatic mode with two D/S modes and paddle-style shifters;
  • a slipper clutch in the manual-shift VFR1200F;
  • GP technology layer-concept aero fairing for better air management and futuristic style; and
  • a next-generation shaft drive system with offset pivot point and sliding constant-velocity joint for “a new level of shaft-drive performance and control.”


  • Model: VFR1200F / VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission
  • Engine Type: 1237cc liquid-cooled 76-degree V-4
  • Bore and Stroke: 81mm x 60mm
  • 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)/Six-speed automatic with two modes and manual mode (VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission)
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Suspension: Front: 43mm cartridge fork with spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel. Rear: Pro Arm single-side swing arm with Pro-Link single gas-charged shock with remote spring preload adjustability and rebound damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel
  • Brakes: Front: Dual full-floating 320mm discs with CBS six-piston calipers with ABS. Rear: Single 276mm disc with CBS two-piston caliper with ABS
  • Tires: Front: 120/70 ZR17 radial. Rear: 190/55 ZR17 radial
  • Wheelbase: 60.8 inches (1545mm)
  • Rake (Caster angle): 25°30’
  • Trail: 101.0mm (4.0 inches)
  • Seat Height: 32.1 inches (815mm)
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.9 gallons
  • Color: Red
  • Curb Weight: 591 lbs. (VFR1200F)/613 pounds (VFR1200F with Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission)

“This is one of the most exciting motorcycles in Honda’s history,” Honda’s Bill Savino stated. “The VFR1200F establishes a whole new definition of performance motorcycling, one that taps into Honda’s rich V-4 VFR heritage and extends it into the future of Honda motorcycling. The new technology within this motorcycle is flat-out amazing, and it all works together in a manner that takes the VFR1200F strides forward in how a high-end machine looks, works and feels.”