The ‘DCT’ part of the Honda VFR1200F stands for ‘Ducal Clutch Transmission’ and although this bike shares a lot of similarities with the earlier VFR1200F it is this new clutchless, semi-automatic transmission system which really rockets the VFR1200F DCT into a league of its own.
The engine remains much the same as the original VFR1200F so you can expect the even and flexible power of a Honda V4 motor. Where is differs however is in the transmission. With the VFR1200F DCT you get two full automatic modes and a clutchless manual option which is operated via a tiptronic push button. This style of transmission is something entirely new in the world of biking and does take some getting used to but once you have the hang of it you will find the whole thing works seamlessly to produce a beautifully smooth ride.
The VFR1200F DCT is heavier than its predecessor by an extra 10kg and so long as you don’t expect this bike to handle like a sports bike then you will no doubt be impressed with its ability to take corners. This is a great bike for touring, with a comfortable riding position and plenty of grunt when required. It is also revolutionary in terms of its transmission and for that reason comes with a high price tag. This is something you would have to weigh up when considering what you want from your bike; if it is to ride something utterly ground-breaking then the VFR1200F DCT might just be the bike you need.
|Engine||Liquid cooled, 16v, 4V, shaft drive|
|Average fuel consumption||42mpg|
|Submitted by:||Andy Machin||Review Date: May 2017||Comfort|
|Build Quality & Reliability|
|Running Cost||Bigger fuel tank|
|Pros Comments||A great bike for touring, comfortable and well balanced, bags of power when needed, slightly heavier that my previous motor, which was a Burgman 400.|
|Cons Comments||Bigger fuel tank|