60+ miles on a VFR1200...

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Unleaded, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Interesting review and props on the self-examination of values...hard to look critically and objectively at oneself. Good job on both...
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  2. JerryH

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    Looks aside, and I think it looks far better than the 700X, which I consider to be Honda's ugliest motorcycle to date, possibly excepting the DN-01, I can tell from the bar/seat/peg relationship why the original owner traded it back in on another cruiser. Just looking at it is painful.
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  3. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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    Great review!
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  4. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    They do look much better in real life -- except for that exhaust. No matter how you cut it, that is one goofy looking piece of shit tacked on there. I Have seen several on the road, and a few in the showroom and the exhaust is just stupid -- especially the outlets. It doesn't make any sense.
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  5. Paulvt1

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    I enjoyed mine - but the old school Sports Tourer is a dying breed.
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  6. Unleaded

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    Without question, that's true. But count me among the very few who is sorry that's so.

    It takes more than a few miles to acclimate to the riding position of the bikes on the sportier end of the ST continuum - and some riders never do. But I've found the easy crouch of bikes such as the K1300S to be supremely comfortable over long distance. It's the only position, in fact, that allows high-speed interstate travel while keeping the wind in my face...the real essence of motorcycle riding, to me. ST types will never be as slab-worthy as a big trailie or a pure tourer, but I like the weighted front end when things tighten up. Doesn't make me faster....I just like it.

    *edit*. The wind is the essence...not the interstate. :lol3
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  7. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    I have never seen the Viffer12 live, but the corporate ads do look odd. I loved my VFR750 and still wonder why I sold it. This review has me curious, if for nothing else, just to see the beast in person...

    Very interesting to find you questioning your point of view. It is good to reboot one's perspective from time to time. So many inmates are true enthusiasts, and you Unleaded, are no exception.
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  8. dwenglis

    dwenglis Been here awhile

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    This post has really rekindled a curiosity and lust for this bike. And the prices available are nothing less then shockingly low.
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  9. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    Terrific review! :clap :thumb
    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.
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  10. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    And....there is ZERO engine heat. None.

    I traded a GS for one because I thought it was sharp and I was tired of the tractor motor in the GS and I don't like the fatal flaw of BMW's clutches.

    I traded a K1200RS for the GS. The Honda is the same type but a Helofalot faster. I miss the electronic cruise control. The Honda is ride by wire, how hard would electronic cruise control be?

    I think the lack of fuel economy is due to the drive by wire fueling for throttle response. I bet if they took some of that away the economy would improve.

    I haven't ridden it much. I have a couple of others that are much more comfortable so I ride them. But I've added a Throttlemeister and it's better.

    It's a very good motorcycle but incomplete.
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  11. chazbird

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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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  12. Unleaded

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    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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  13. Unleaded

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    As an update...brought this bike home today to stay.:thumb: I liked it well enough to actually pay money for it.:deal

    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.:lol3

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

    From the ride home today:

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  14. RobbieAG

    RobbieAG Been here awhile

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    Congrats, it's a beautiful bike! :clap :thumb:rayof
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  15. cls

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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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  16. 10/10ths

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    I love that bike. Love the styling, too.

    Good on ya!


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

    Cheer.
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  17. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Beautiful bike. A big congrats to you:clap

    I too am interested in some frequent feedback on mpg and range in general.:deal
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  18. sweetwater

    sweetwater Been here awhile

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    Also interested in the long term...I feel certain the bike won't disappoint. Congrats!
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  19. GrahamD

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    Class!!

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

    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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  20. hankgs

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    Nice. Enjoy the ride, it is a head turner for sure.
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