Motorcycle Racing News 2012 Honda VFR 1200 F | Preview

2012 Honda VFR 1200 F | Preview

2012 Honda Motorcycle

In 2010, Honda redesigned the Honda VFR, bringing previous-800cc era up to 1200cc, the new model titled the VFR1200F.

The machine was totally revamped using concepts from MotoGP and other cutting-edge motorcycle enviroments, from different fairings to a tweaked chassis to the power-hungry satisfying 1237cc V4.

Besides the major revisions, Honda also offered the option of an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission. This transmission provided the rider either a fully automatic mode, or the ability to switch the gears using a paddle shifter on the left control.

The bike was immediately praised, and nothing changed on it for 2011. In fact, Honda didn’t even offer a 2011 Honda VFR1200F stateside.

But for 2012, the VFR1200F returns with a hosts of upgrades. The new Honda VFR 1200 F now features the additional of traction control that can be turned off by the rider, a second-generation automatic Dual Clutch Transmission, more low-end torque, increased fuel efficiency and a redesigned seat for added comfort.

Honda says the “Honda Traction Control system helps the rear wheel put power down to the ground effectively and efficiently by automatically limiting wheelspin,” and the updated Dual Clutch Transmission now “intelligently optimizes shift points relative to the rider’s throttle inputs for more user-friendly operation.”

The V4, which features the uni-cam valve train that allows the engine to remain narrow between the riders leg, was revamped for more low-end torque between 2000 and 4000 rpm.

As for styling, the 2012 Honda VFR 1200 F retains the layered fairing system, which looks like two fairings and utilize now fasteners on the outside. The gas tank looks the same, but its capacity was increased to five gallons for more fuel mileage.

But there was some change to the instrumentation. The Honda VFR1200F now features “a large, sporty” analogue tachometer and a digital speedometer that are surrounded by LCD readouts, which include instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption and remaining range. The display also includes a clock, ambient temperature display, Traction Control System activation (On/Off) and ABS indicator.

Other improvements on the 2012 Honda VFR1200F include a redesigned seat for both rider and passenger comfort, and a new color, Candy Blue, which is the only offering for 2012.

Since Honda revamped the VFR in 2010, the bike has received much praise from motorcycle industry and riders alike. And with the revamped 2012 model, it looks as if Honda is hoping to bring in another year of praise for its famed VFR, a machine that’s been in exsistence in various forms since 1983.

Following are the specs, color options, MSRP and Honda Geniune Accessories available for the 2012 Honda VFR 1200 F.

2012 Honda VFR 1200 F Specs:


  • Type: 1237cc liquid-cooled 76° 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 with two automatic modes and manual mode (VFR1200F Dual Clutch Transmission)
  • Final Drive: Shaft


  • Front: 43mm cartridge fork with spring preload adjustability and rebound damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
  • Rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single gas-charged shock with remote spring preload adjustability and rebound damping adjustability; 5.1 inches travel


  • Front: Dual full-floating 320mm discs with CBS six-piston calipers with ABS
  • Rear: Single 276mm disc with CBS two-piston caliper with ABS


  • Front: 120/70ZR17 radial
  • Rear: 190/55ZR17 radial


  • Wheelbase: 60.8 inches
  • Rake (Caster angle): 25.5°
  • Trail: 101.0mm (4.0 inches)
  • Seat Height: 31.9 inches
  • Curb Weights: TBD

Fuel Capacity:

  • 5.0 gallons

2012 Honda VFR 1200 F Color Options/MSRP:

  • Candy Blue / NA
  • Candy Blue (DCT) / NA

Honda Genuine Accessories Available:

  • 29-Liter Pannier Kit, 31-Liter Top Box with quick-detach mounting system, Nylon Inner Bags, 7-liter Tank Bag, Sporty three-position adjustable Add-On Screen that integrates with standard windscreen to extend wind protection, Heated Grips, Replacement Lower Seat with narrow profile, which provides easier reach to the ground for shorter riders while maintaining the bike’s carefully designed ergonomics, Rear Tire Hugger, Centerstand, Wind Deflector Set


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.

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