Honda VFR 1200F.By Barry Winfield
Honda’s new VFR 1200F offers an automated dual-clutch gearbox that either shifts on its own or by a driver-operated handlebar switch. It’s coupled to a compact 127-kW 1,2-litre V4. Upshifts are nearly seamless, and the computer executes perfect, revmatched downshifts. With antilock brakes, the VFR is one of the easiest bikes to seriously blur the scenery. Plus, there’s a concerted mechanical sense to the bike, lending excellent levels of refinement. The only downside is the stiff price tag.