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Old 12-10-2012, 04:54 PM   #31
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Nice review. While I've yet to see one up close I think the VFR1200 looks "interesting", if not good looking. I am perhaps going out on a limb here and say it may well be a future classic, or classic cult bike. Compare it with the newer Ninja 1000 sport tour: That's a blocky mish mash with no originality (true, it is a less expensive bike). Or, a FJR1300, which looks much too busy. At least Honda tried something new, something that's not a DN-01, and I think they largely succeeded. Too bad I can't afford one, even a marked down one. OK, maybe I could, but the upkeep might be another matter.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:25 PM   #32
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Terrific review!
I keep trying to like the bike and I keep coming up short in that regard.
But this review really did a nice job of summing up so many factors that have made the VFR1200 such a controversial bike.
Appreciate the kind words. I understand entirely how easy it is to have a problem liking this motorcycle. But I truly hope some will take the opportunity for a test ride, if offered. I'm no Honda salesman all of a sudden...couldn't care less what people ride. But even if one has zero interest in the thing, I found the test ride to be an eye-opener as to how the expectations as a result of the words of the press, amplified by internet hysteria - mostly at the hands of people who haven't even been in proximity to the bike - can be responsible for riders missing out on some truly capable machinery - whatever the bike or the brand.

Luck was responsible for me not falling into the same trap this time. Thankful for that.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:31 PM   #33
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As an update...brought this bike home today to stay.: I liked it well enough to actually pay money for it.

I had some fantastic rides on some great bikes in my search - the Guzzi Griso was one of the best. In the end, though, smooth big power and handling is where it's at for me at this stage.

I'm truly blessed to be back on two wheels far sooner than I had feared. I know this bike's styling is much hated - particularly among the K/S set. But after two test rides and several other trips to the dealer to mull it over, I've come to really like it. Better bike than the K1300S? Of course not. Everyone who knows me personally knows the big K to me was the finest motorcycle I've ever owned. But it really is a fantastic bike. And at 8 grand, this was truly a no-brainer for me.


Save the puke icons for a few days if you can, and just let me have the new bike moment.

If you can't, that's OK too. I'm stoked.

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:45 PM   #34
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Congrats, it's a beautiful bike!
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:20 PM   #35
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Very classy ride. I'd be interested in a follow-up on "average" fuel consumption, if you're willing.

Thanks.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:58 PM   #36
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Congrats!!!

I love that bike. Love the styling, too.

Good on ya!


Keep us updated. Really want to know the range per tank you get.

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Old 12-11-2012, 06:13 PM   #37
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Beautiful bike. A big congrats to you

I too am interested in some frequent feedback on mpg and range in general.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:47 PM   #38
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Also interested in the long term...I feel certain the bike won't disappoint. Congrats!
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:15 PM   #39
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Class!!

Beautiful and going by the lack of sales dare I say "exotic".

Now go and change the thread title to "60+ miles on a VFR1200..."

Should I start a polish thread? That paint deserves to be looked after.

P.S. Borders look cool on photos.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:41 PM   #40
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Nice. Enjoy the ride, it is a head turner for sure.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:47 PM   #41
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Thanks very much for the kind words and congrats, gents!

I'll definitely post some follow-up about the good and the bad of the bike as I accumulate some numbers on the odo. And the fuel range. That's something I'm very curious about as well.

I will say that I exchanged a few PMs with a guy on a VFR board who has racked up pretty big miles on the thing. In his experience, the mileage increased decently enough after the first 10,000 that he now gets 200 miles out of a tank regularly, and 185 when he's been doing some scratching.

We'll see if that was an isolated or exaggerated incident in approximately 8000 miles, but I think High_Side acknowledged the same thing earlier in the thread.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #42
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Beautiful and going by the lack of sales dare I say "exotic".
That's how I see it too.

Doesn't matter why it's rare. It's just rare.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:19 PM   #43
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Hell of a deal!

So you pick up a 2010 VFR1200 w/less than 3k miles for $8k. You suck!!! Beautiful bike. I've ridden a 2000 and a 2007 Anniversary. Liked them both. Would love to score a ride on one of these. I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I've admired the lines on this bike since it came out. Guess I'm weird in that regard. I think Honda is way ahead of the 8 ball in design on this one. Probably overpriced it new but if one can score a like new preowned for 8, that would be the way to go! I hear the power is pretty intoxicating. Something about those Honda V4's that suck you in.

Will be following this closely to get more of your follow up discussion on how the bike grows on you. Congrats on a beautiful bike. Enjoy the hell out of it!
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:58 AM   #44
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Congrats on the new bike! It's a gorgeous and capable machine. I love the front end, it looks purpose built and unique. Plus for the price you paid on that, you got one HELL of a lot of bike for entry level bike money.

Enjoy it!
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:06 AM   #45
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Pay no mind to the haters. This is a bike that will be looked back on in a decade as a classic that was underappreciated and misunderstood.

At 8 grand you stole it.

Check my blog for mod ideas:

http://vfr1200fa.blogspot.com

I've also posted a youtube video on how to remove the fairings. It's in there somewhere.
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