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Honda Unveils the New VFR1200 Motorcycle for 2010

Honda's finally unveiled some info on its new 2010 VFR1200 sport tourer. And while it's a striking design, with some interesting new technology, it's missing some of the features talked up in pre-launch media hype.

The bike has an all-new engine, which has some clever packaging. The rear cylinder bank on the V-four motor is made up of the two inner cylinders, making it narrower than the front bank, which houses the two outer cylinders. This allows the rider to sit further forward, straddling the back of the engine with their knees. The motor itself is a 1,237cc 76° V-four design, with 12:1 compression ratio, 16 valves, and three cams. The rear head uses a space-saving SOHC design borrowed from the firm's offroad machinery. Final drive is by shaft, with six gears and a slipper clutch.

There's no sign yet though of the much-heralded dual-clutch gearbox system, nor a 'variable capacity' setup where some cylinders are 'switched off' to save fuel while cruising. Some observers say these systems will appear on more expensive versions of the VFR1200 which may appear next year.


Honda VFR1200F Technical Specification

Engine
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke UNICAM 76° V-4 engine
Displacement 1.237 cc
Bore Stroke 81 60 mm
Compression Ratio 12 : 1
Max. Power Output ED: 127 kW / 10.000 min-1 (95/1/EC)
F: 83 kW / 9.500 min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque ED: 129 Nm / 8.750 min-1 (95/1/EC)
F: 115 Nm / 4000 min-1 (95/1/EC)
Idling Speed 1.050 - 1.250 min-1
Oil Capacity 4 litres

Fuel System
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Aircleaner Oil-permeated, viscous-type paper filter
Fuel Tank Capacity 18,5 litres

Electrical System
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing 6,4° -10,4° BTDC (idle speed)
Sparkplug Type IMR9E-9HES (NGK); VUH27ES (DENSO)
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V - 11,6 Ah (YTZ14)
ACG Output 560 W
Headlights 2 x H7 (2x 55 W)
Tail-light 21 / 5 W dual-light

Drive Train
Clutch Wet, multiplate slipper type
Clutch Operation Hydraulic
Transmission Type Constant mesh 6-speed
Primary Reduction 1,738 (73/42)

Gear Ratios
1. 2,6000 (39/15)
2. 1,7368 (33/19)
3. 1,3636 (30/22)
4. 1,1600 (29/25)
5. 1,0322 (32/31)
6. 0,9393 (31/33)
Final Reduction 2,6990
Final Drive Shaft

Frame
Type Diamond; aluminium twin-spar

Chassis
Dimensions (LWH) 2.244 886 1.222 mm
Wheelbase 1.545 mm
Caster Angle 25° 5'
Trail 101,5 mm
Turning Radius 3.2 m
Seat Height 815 mm
Ground Clearance 130 mm
Kerb Weight 267 kg
Maximum permissible mass: 463 kg

Suspension
Type Front 43 mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload adjustment, 120 mm axle travel
Rear Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and
stepless rebound damping adjustment, 130 mm axle travel

Wheels
Type Front 5-spoke hollow gravity die cast aluminium
Rear 7-spoke gravity die cast aluminium
Rim Size Front: 17M/C x MT3.50
Rear: 17M/C x MT6.00
Tyre Size Front 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear 190/55 ZR17M/C (75W)
Tyre Pressure Front 250 kPa
Rear 290 kPa

Brakes
Type Front 320 mm dual floating hydraulic disc with two 6-piston calipers, ABS and sintered metal pads
Rear 276 mm hydraulic disc with 6-piston caliper, ABS and sintered metal pads

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Added: Oct-8-2009 
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