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