The VFR1200X’s 1,237 cc 16-valve Unicam V-4 engine is a spectacular example of Honda’s best engineering. Case in point: the two rear cylinders are closer together than the front two, making the engine narrower where your legs are. Clever.
The engine makes big power everywhere but is especially strong at lower revs, making the VFR1200X as well suited to exploring off the beaten track as it is navigating through the city or cruising the open road.
Tough, durable, quiet, clean, and low-maintenance, the VFR1200X’s shaft final drive is the perfect choice for a bike designed to cover serious distances in all types of conditions.
The VFR1200X’s twin-spar aluminum frame members were carefully engineered to be as light as possible while also providing the sturdiness required to handle all kinds of riding on all kinds of roads.
The VFR1200X’s 17-inch rear and a 19-inch front spoke wheels are built to handle the rigours of gnarly pavement or dirt/gravel roads.
The inverted 43 mm KYB fork is adjustable for spring preload as well as rebound damping, while the KYB shock in the Pro-Link rear suspension is adjustable for rebound damping and features a convenient no-tool preload adjuster that lets you easily fine-tune the ride for varying loads.
Large 310 mm twin front brake discs and single 276 mm rear disc provide plenty of fade-free stopping power. Honda’s Combined Braking System with ABS helps to enhance stopping power and control on all types of road surfaces.
The single-sided swingarm houses the shaft final drive and also makes rear-wheel removal a snap.
Final Drive : Shaft
Six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) with manual shift mode and four automatic shift modes
Honda’s Selectable Torque Control system (HSTC) is designed to help the rider adapt to multiple traction conditions. With the push of a button, the VFR1200X’s HSTC lets you choose from three levels of engine torque. The system can also be turned off if you prefer. It’s available on both manual-transmission and DCT versions of the VFR1200X.
Honda’s third-generation automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission. With DCT, you upshift or downshift with a pair of paddle-style buttons, or you can let the gearbox shift automatically in either standard mode or one of three selectable sport modes.
Sporty, athletic, nimble enough for around-town cruising or tight winding back roads, the VFR1200X is also stable and roomy enough to eat up long highway miles in comfort.