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Saturday, June 27, 2009

2010 Honda VFR1200: Spy Photos

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Here's all the leaked shots of the 2010 Honda VFR1200, initially obtained by MCN. Since there's been a lot of speculation about this bike and these shots are fairly low-res (click to enlarge them), we understand that many of you are skeptical, but check out the 2010 Honda VFR1200 spy photos for definitive proof that this exists. Expect Honda to officially launch the bike this fall, with sales following early in 2010.

MCN goes on to report that the new VFR uses Honda's Variable Cylinder Management system, which can shut down the fuel supply to some of the cylinders under low engine load conditions, such as cruising at a steady speed on the highway. We've used that technology in cars like the 2009 Honda Pilot and there found it to be virtually undetectable in action, but have saw real improvements in fuel economy. It's thought that the VFR system will shut down the rear bank of cylinders, effectively turning it into a 600cc parallel-twin to save fuel.

Speaking in 2007, Honda President Takeo Fukui said such an engine could improve fuel efficiency in a motorcycle by 30%.

That's not to say that this isn't a performance bike, just that it offers the best of bother worlds; fuel economy and performance. MCN, which has seen leaked specifications, says to expect close to 200bhp, making this a rival for bikes like the Suzuki Hayabusa, but here with shaft drive and a fairly upright riding position.

Source: MCN - hellforleathermagazine