Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), the 100% owned 2-wheeler subsidiary of the Honda Motor Company Japan launched the long awaited new Sport Touring motorcycle, the VFR1200F, on Aug. 10th, 2010.
Mr. Shinji Aoyama (President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd) says: “VFR1200F is a combination of sports and touring capabilities to premium Indian customers who are actively on a look out for brands that have a high ‘FUN’ quotient.”
“This fun bike is manufactured at the Honda’s most advanced facility & mother plant of global motorcycles – The Kumamoto factory Japan. VFR1200F is a concept driven by extensive customer needs & adoption of state-of-the-art technologies.”
A truly international design team on the VFR1200F aimed at creating an exciting sports bike with long distance touring capabilities. There starting point according to Honda: “imagine deciding, impulsively, to ride 300 km, devouring highways and twisty canyon roads, just to enjoy lunch at a perfect location and then head back home.”
With this inspiration came forward the first sketches of this dream fun bike. Many a refinement and passionate exchanges later, VFR1200F translated from a dreamy sketch to its fascinating self that made a big splash in the more mature USA and European motorcycle markets.
The Indian market will now get to experience the VFR 1237cc fuel injected, liquid cooled, compact V4 engine. Famous for its unique pulse feel, the V4 engine offers manageability, strong torque delivery and produces more than 90% of its maximum torque (129Nm/8,750 rpm) at 4000 rpm.
The Honda VFR1200F is a bike of many technological firsts. Successor to the legendary VFR800 and Honda’s CBR1100XX Super Blackbird in India, this is the first motorcycle with Honda’s revolutionary Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology.
The radical engineering of the remarkably narrow cylinder heads and cylinder spacing lend more mass centralization and rider comfort; while the ergonomically designed layered fairing technology claims to provide extra stability to VFR1200F.
The unique throttle-by-wire system in this motorcycle ensures outstanding response & seamless acceleration across the engine’s rev range.
While aiding control under intense de-acceleration is the slipper clutch, which allows the rider to stay firmly in place. The radical combination of CBS with ABS, link the benefits of ABS with the measured application of front brakes when the rear brake lever is used.
This truely international motorcycle platform utilizes the UNICAM single overhead camshaft cylinder head design and the sealed crankcase system from the world-class Honda CRF motocrossers. Never before used on a road bike, these technologies provide excellent throttle response and improved fuel consumption.
The 2010 Honda VFR1200F makes its stylish Indian debut in the same two stunning hues- Candy Prominence Red and Seal Silver Metallic. The showroom price in Delhi for the VFR1200F is 1,750,000 Rupees or an estimated $37,600.00 USD.