10. Honda VFR1200F, 2010-current


Like all professionals, we motojournalists have our categories into which things must fit: Sportbike, cruiser, sport-tourer, etc. When a motorcycle doesn’t really slot into one of them, we get confused, frightened, and lash out. Honda has a history of building things that don’t fit the mold. Sometimes they really do lose their way and build things like the DN-01 and NM-4 (which came close to making sense until they filled all its large storage compartments with small storage compartments). The Pacific Coast still gets laughed at; I’d still like to have one.

Anyway, the VFR1200F was too sporty to be a sport-tourer and too toury to be the new VFR1000RR everybody’d been (and still are) pining for – and $15K seemed like a lot of money at the time. Heck, Honda still wants to sell you a new VFR1200F for $15,999 ($17,499 for the DCT version). But you don’t have to look hard to find a lightly broken-in one for around $7K. That’s a price point which makes much more sense for a bike with a creamy-smooth 1237cc, 142-hp-at-the-road, ride-by-wire V-Four with shaft drive, and that could be custom-tailored into a helluva great commuter/sport-tourer/whatever-you-need-it-to-be motorcycle with just a couple of well-chosen upgrades, which the guy you’re taking advantage of may have already done. Beat him up more if he hasn’t had the driveshaft issue fixed yet! Eat the rich!

2010 Honda VFR1200F Review – First Ride

2010 BMW K1300S vs Honda VFR1200F Shootout

2010 Oddball Sport-Touring Shootout: Ducati Multistrada vs Honda VFR1200F vs Kawasaki Z1000

Bonus footage: Orthodontists are practically giving their older VFR800s away these days for <$3k to make room for a new Africa Twin. An all-time great bike.