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July 11th, 2009, 03:39 PM
honda's new V4, VFR, XX blackbird, varadero, pan european, replacement.

1200cc V4.
In R model VFR & XX replacement. Sports tourer
In X model Varadero replacement. enduro (BMW GS competition)
In T model pan replacement. Full tourer

Possible spec from Patent drawings;
. variable cylinder management (shuts valves making it run on 2, 3, or 4 cylinders)
. Twin clutch gear-box - semi auto. (very quick gear change)
. VVT from current VFR


spotted testing in arizona (i think) last week by an american reporter.

Variable cylinder management

Pan drawings.

July 11th, 2009, 04:42 PM
Good lord, they're still making the bodywork ugly... ;DOH

Interesting the "safety gear" that guy in the picture is wearing... :rolleyes:

July 11th, 2009, 10:13 PM
Even though the bodywork is ugly I find myself liking this bike. It certainly is a deviation from the norm with its powerplant in V configuration at 1200cc (woot!) and a shaft drive! If you have never driven a shafty bike you cannot understand just how nice they are. My first bike was shaft driven. Funny how the article compares the bodywork to the Fireblades... I don't see the resemblance.

July 12th, 2009, 01:59 AM
Well mcn recon the bodywork will change yet, it was testing for slow speed running in hot conditions in arizona (AKA hell) lol :Laughs

yeah the shaft drive you can't beat that, so my dad says.
maintanence free apart from oil changes, no adjusting the chain, minimal power loss.

July 12th, 2009, 03:36 AM
I haven't tried riding a shaft drive bike yet, but I'm told that the rear end tends to ride up when you put on throttle, and to sink down when you back off, and this makes for difficult riding under extreme conditions, like on a track.

But that's just hearsay, no personal experience.

Gotta love the sound of those V4s.

September 22nd, 2009, 11:34 AM
Update !


February 15th, 2010, 06:51 AM
hey guy's this bike is finally in the showrooms :D

heres some pics for all you pic whores :Laughs :V

Hopefully this summer or after all the snow has cleared lol, I might take a ride up to the dealership with my dad to take a test ride :EG

February 15th, 2010, 07:41 AM
Shaft drives have come a long ways. I've ridden a couple of late model shafties and the rear end didn't come up on them (shadow and marauder). My old XS1100 would do it, but it was an 80 model. They did still have that "clunk" when you shift gears.

the wonky900
February 15th, 2010, 12:33 PM
I dig the wheels, in my opinion the only thing good looking about it. However thats my opinion and we all know the whole Aholes and opinions sane.:Laughs

February 15th, 2010, 03:20 PM
That thing's pretty cool, actually. Looks like Honda is trying to look like a BMW, though... :rolleyes: The headlight isn't too fugly, which is nice. Throw that headlight on the 1000RR and I wouldn't hate them so much... :V

February 16th, 2010, 04:02 AM
The photo's dont really do it justice to be honest.

The tank is quite high and short, the fairings are layered something you cant really see in the pics.
Im actually a fan of that new headlight, I think it looks really cool and modern looking.

I do think it looks a bit bulky at the front, but I cant wait for my test ride :V
Dont worry I will do another write up about it then :)

February 26th, 2010, 06:45 PM
I am the biggest honda fan...why don't they stop pissin in the wind and build the V5 sportbike we've all been PATIENTLY waiting for since Jesus was born?!! remember the NSR prototype w/ the oval cylinders?!! C'MON HONDA!! GET IT DONE ALREADY! THE CANYONS ARE CALLING ME!!

February 26th, 2010, 07:32 PM
I remember seeing those NR 750's up at Newcombs Ranch in the early 90's.

April 19th, 2010, 06:14 AM
The local Honda dealer got a VFR-1200 delivered. I saw it in person last Thursday. It definitely looks better in person than it does in print. Unfortunately, it still looks awkward. Better body work and a less ugly exhaust would make this a great bike.

The local dealer's bike had been damaged in shipping (broken body work and a bent fork). To save money, Honda now uses LTL carriers instead of motorcycle specific carriers. Colorado dealers received 3 of the new VFRs last week. All 3 were damaged in shipping.