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New VFR1200F is in!

We got the new VFR1200F in yesterday. Looks really nice. Very nice paint. I like it better in person than I thought I would from the pictures. Very comfortable riding position. Leaned over but not as far as a CBR. Haven't ridden it though. Don't know if the boss will let us. We got the manual transmission version.




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Very sweet. I'm very happy with my 5th generation 800 vfr though. I really don't see the need for the extra 400cc except to compare penis lengths with BMW and FJ owners. The "little" 800 has plenty of steam to get the job done. The only real problem with the 800's IMHO was not enough charging capacity so as to facilitate heated vests and hand grips.

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Beautiful bike, hideous muffler, what were they thinking?


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Beautiful bike, hideous muffler, what were they thinking?
They weren't! I'd still like to put it through the paces.

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Ask your boss put 5,000 delicate miles on it then I will ride it to Cali.
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Hmmm.... Honda telling a story about what this bike is all about - comming on a set of Bridgestone BT021, would be nice of them to put a set of BT023 (BT021 nextgen.) on such a nice and pricy bike tough.
Look's nice - hope you can grab a trip around the block - the long way around is understood

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Do they list an goodies to go with the bike? Bags, etc.?

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Do they list an goodies to go with the bike? Bags, etc.?
Just dropped in for a sec, thought I might add something of value.

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VFR1200F Accessories

Low, Narrow Seat 08R50-MGE-100D $249.95

Color-Matched Rear Trunk 08L55-MGE-110 $599.95

Heated Grips 08T50-MGE-100 $349.95

Centerstand 08M50-MGE-100 $249.95

Tank Bag 08L56-MGE-100 $149.95

Saddlebag Liner Set 08L56-MGE-100B $129.95

12V Accessory Socket 08V70-MGE-100 $99.95

Rear Carrier 08L42-MGE-100 $399.95

Windscreen Deflector 08R80-MGE-100 $249.95

Color-Matched Saddlebags 08L51-MGE-110 $1,399.95

Accessory Wire Harness 08A30-MGE-100 $19.95

Rear Trunk Liner 08L56-MGE-100A $94.95

Wind Deflector Set 08R81-MGE-100 $267.66

Rear Tire Hugger 08F63-MGE-100 $129.95

Rear Trunk Pad 08F75-MGE-100 $99.95
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Dose your boss allow test rides for customers ? Our Honda dealer says it's the last thing done before your final signature ONLY. No tire kickers, No test rides if your not buying.

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That does look pretty freakin nice. Need it to be less than half that price before I could even consider it, tho. How many years of depreciation do you figure that'll take? Sigh.

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Sorry but I think it's fugly!

Why do Honda and the others think most new bikes should look like a Transformer these days?!

Are they aimin' for the young 'uns or what?

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Sorry but I think it's fugly!

Why do Honda and the others think most new bikes should look like a Transformer these days?!

Are they aimin' for the young 'uns or what?
A lot of manufacturers make things that are designed to attract younger buyers (while forgetting, percentage wise, it is mostly the older guys who have the money for the new toys like this).

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I generally agree with you two. Can't even explain why I like the looks of this one -- but I do. I also like those quarter mile and 0-60 times that I saw in Cycle World, dang it.

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Dose your boss allow test rides for customers ? Our Honda dealer says it's the last thing done before your final signature ONLY. No tire kickers, No test rides if your not buying.
Yes he does but it's the same deal. NO tire kickers. You have to be SERIOUS about buying and sit down with him and do the numbers first. He figures if you're not comfortable with the price then why ride? He doesn't want unnecessary miles put on a bike just so someone can get their jollies, you know? Plus it's not fair to the person that does buy it if it's got a lot of test ride miles on it.

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I generally agree with you two. Can't even explain why I like the looks of this one -- but I do. I also like those quarter mile and 0-60 times that I saw in Cycle World, dang it.
I really want to see one in person. For example, I didn't like the looks of the Z1000 in pictures, but like it in person. I like the looks of the VFR in pictures, so I want to confirm that in person. And, I never consider stock exhaust when thinking about looks (given it is so easy to replace).

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One of the benefits of being "old" I guess - seems test rides are only as far away as asking for the key.....

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Looks like they were going for futuristic and took a wrong turn....

I hope this is not a sign of things to come.

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Looks like they were going for futuristic and took a wrong turn....

I hope this is not a sign of things to come.
I remember saying the same thing when "cruisers" we replacing "standards".

And again when - well, never minds, I'm a 25%'er (on a good day)

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I remember saying the same thing when "cruisers" we replacing "standards".

And again when - well, never minds, I'm a 25%'er (on a good day)
yeah. I guess I will be in that 25 with you . I love my 919 standard.

I'm not sure about the percentages of general public vs riders though. I get a lot of comments from women how beautiful they think my bike is.

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It looks a lot better when there's a rider in to give some proper scale.

On it's own it looks like a whale, but suddenly it "transforms" into a normal sized bike with a person in the shot.

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Stopped in at the local dealership, the VFR1200 exceeded my expectation by a lot.

It looks really good in person, at 6'4" I actually fit on it, nicely.

Seriously considered putting in on the card......

If I, could I scrape up that much cash?????

The only things I probably change are the exhaust and to lower the footpegs an inch or two.

If you have a Honda dealership close by, go check this bike out.

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Saw one at dealer today. I like the looks except that pipe. The price is way more than I would pay for the bike. Other established bikes out there for less. I guess it'll be a few years for a used one or something else. $16,000 is excessive for this.

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The connie and fjr are in the same price range,so no I dont think its that crazy, but still I would never spend that much on any bike, especially when I can only ride 4-5 months out of the year

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I can't say whether or not I like the looks yet but for a sport tourer, a range of 150 miles is a joke!

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Sorry but I think it's fugly!

Why do Honda and the others think most new bikes should look like a Transformer these days?!

Are they aimin' for the young 'uns or what?
Bike styling has to evolve like anything else, IMO. Saying that, Honda styling has raised a few eyebrows and "what were they thinking" comments recently.

The biggest critisism of this bike in Australasia seems to be its tank size, something like 15L I think.

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Sorry but I think it's fugly!

Why do Honda and the others think most new bikes should look like a Transformer these days?!

Are they aimin' for the young 'uns or what?
They sure didn't have this "young 'un's" tastes in mind then, or my wallet for that matter. IMO it's overpriced and ugly as sin. Perhaps they were goin' for a mid-life-crisis cure?

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For not much more than that I bought a sporty two-seater and it doesn't weigh much more.

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Bike, bags, trunk, liner, rack = 20,000? wait.....what ?

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The biggest critisism of this bike in Australasia seems to be its tank size, something like 15L I think.
15 liters - that converts to 3.96 gallons.

Surprising, considering it resembles a sunburned camel on wheels!


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+1! The reality is sales are going to be so miserable, then that the Honda bean counters will prevent us from having a light/900cc sweet-spot mini-STs that are already enjoyed in Europe!

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It looks a lot better when there's a rider in to give some proper scale.

On it's own it looks like a whale, but suddenly it "transforms" into a normal sized bike with a person in the shot.
Here's a shot of me on the bike. For reference I'm 5'9" and 180 lbs. And yes, I know my eyes are shut! I'm visualizing riding along a nice curvy stretch of road, LOL!!
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Wow, it doesn't look half as big with a person on it, thats amazing


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I love everything about it...other than the fuel capacity and price. I'm not too concerned about the weight. In fact my style of riding is rewarded with a slightly heavier platform that doesn't get pushed around as readily by wind and truck blast (I commute and travel long distances on the slab in order to get to the nice roads in Western WI or anywhere south of Indiana. I'm confident that most of that weight would disappear behind it once on the road. I don't spend much time doing slow U-turns in parking lots.

I worked one over pretty well at the show this Feb in Chicago. The seat was mega comfy and the posture felt "all day" to me as long as a nice wind blast took up some of the weight of my torso<<< big assumption there.

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It looks as though the tank is faired right into the front fairings? Am I missing a seam, or is that some sort of cover?
Looks like it would be fun to play with though.

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If a lot of BMW's and Harley's are 20K+, what is wrong with this bike being 16-19K??? I don't think it will sell well at this price, but all things considered it isn't all that out of line to me.

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The local shop will have the demos out May 7th, both the regular and dual clutch flavors. As long as no one else wrecks them before then of course (it's known as "Come Slide With Us up here).

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It looks as though the tank is faired right into the front fairings? Am I missing a seam, or is that some sort of cover?
Looks like it would be fun to play with though.
The front fairing flows into a cover that goes over the tank. All the red bodywork you see is "plastic", the black part is the metal tank. It is covered by the bodywork. They probably could have made the tank larger if they didn't have the upper part of the cover and just flowed it into the front fairing. Here's a couple fuzzy close up pics to help show this.
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Thank you Gary. Fuzzy shots indeed, but quite good enough to show it. Interesting.

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