Honda VFR1200F

2010-2011 | 160bhp | 95ftlb | 276kg | 165mph

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Why you want one

The V4 pow­er­train is di­vine, the han­dling de­cent (if a lit­tle heavy); com­fort is to­tal and the build and fin­ish is pure class. And, if you’re feel­ing bold, the semi-au­to­matic DCT ver­sion is im­pres­sive, too. £6000 will eas­ily get you a sub-20,000-miler with hard lug­gage and more. Bar­gain.

In all hon­esty, the VFR1200 is a very good mo­tor­cy­cle, de­spite it not quite living up to the hype when it was launched in 2010. How­ever, with used prices of early mod­els more de­flated than you’d normally ex­pect of a classy, range-top­ping Honda, this ma­chine rep­re­sents a truly great tour­ing bar­gain as well.

Apart from over-hyp­ing the VFR, Honda’s mis­take was three-fold. Firstly, the bike’s styling was just too wacky to have a broad ap­peal. Se­condly, it lacked the elec­tronic gad­gets Honda tried their hard­est to es­chew but which by then had be­come ex­pected on classy sports-tour­ers. And thirdly, it had a cou­ple of other mi­nor flaws – for ex­am­ple, a slightly small tank and being a bit of a weight problem.

What to look for

“They suf­fer bind­ing brakes, but it’s an easy fix – they just need clean­ing and greas­ing. The shock’s re­mote preload ad­juster seizes up, so en­sure it turns smoothly. The right-hand seat panel is prone to crack­ing – A lot have been mod­i­fied. Also, it had a re­call for the drive­shaft. If one’s ap­proach­ing, say, 20,000 miles get it checked. Other than that, there’s no dra­mas at all.” Scott Bul­let, Work­shop Man­ager at Doble Honda

It might not set the world alight, but the V4 mo­tor is a peach

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