Motorcycle Racing News Honda VFR1200F Dual Clutch Intro | Video

Honda VFR1200F Dual Clutch Intro | Video

Honda DCT Launch

The VFR1200F includes Honda MotoGP engine technology and innovation; a 1237cc liquid-cooled 76-degree V-4, Throttle-By-Wire, Unicam valvetrain, Honda slipper clutch, GP technology layer-concept aero fairing, and shaft drive system with offset pivot point.

Also, the Honda VFR 1200 F can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox or with the option of the Honda Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), the world’s first fully automatic motorcycle dual clutch transmission for large-displacement sport bikes.

This new DCT transmission offers riders the enjoyment of full sport riding capabilities along with easy operation, while also delivering fuel efficiency equal to or better than a conventional manual transmission.

To respond to rider demands throughout a broad range of conditions and situations, the transmission offers three operating modes: two full-auto modes (D-mode for regular operation and S-mode for sporty riding), and a six-speed gear-select mode for full rider control via a paddle-shifter-type setup that delivers the same shifting response as a manual transmission.

In keeping with sportbike abilities, the conventional manual-shift VFR1200F comes equipped with a slipper clutch mechanism.

This system acts like other Honda slipper clutch systems to moderate the effect of deceleration torque (or "back torque") on the rear wheel during aggressive corner entries with heavy engine braking, allowing engine braking to slow the bike without causing the rear tire to chatter.

It’s a simple way to lend the assistance of a slipper clutch to sport motorcycle riders with a minimum of weight and complexity.

The Honda VFR1200F incorporates four dampers within the engine and drivetrain to smooth power delivery: a clutch damper, final damper, cam damper and tornado damper all work in concert to create smooth power delivery without losing that connected feel between throttle and contact patch.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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