2016 Honda® VFR 1200X, What the hell is this thing anyway? We were all so caffeinated about the new Africa Twin that when Honda offered up the new VFR1200X for us to ride around upon, I had almost forgotten about it. Known as the Crosstourer since 2012 across the pond, here it is now in the U.S., available in six-speed manual form like our tester, or with Honda’s excellent DCT automatic transmission for only On paper, it all looks pretty cool. In person, it looks rather large. Honda says this is its “range-topping Adventure Touring bike,” unique in the class by having a V-Four engine. The seat’s 33.5 inches off the deck, meaning my 30-inch legs can just touch toes on both sides, and Honda’s claimed curb weight of 608 pounds is backed up by the official MO scales, which say 612 with a full complement of fluids including 5.68 gallons of fuel. (Honda says the DCT version is 23 pounds heavier than our bike.)
Just as we discovered in the aforementioned Epic Sport Adventure comparison, these bikes work better than you might expect on dirt roads, a theme that the new X carries on quite well. The transition from 150-horsepower sport-tourer to 108-hp Adventure Tourer is due mostly to different camshaft specs and ECU settings for the 1237cc Unicam V-Four, but also to exhaust header diameters shrinking from 38mm all the way down to 28mm. The X uses the same 44mm throttle bodies and 12:1 compression ratio of the F. The overall effect is that the X just doesn’t feel as free-revving as the F, but it does run more smoothly and happily down low.
This one’s ride-by-wire (the VFR1200F was Honda’s first r-b-w bike), and Honda’s tuned the X so that you get power the instant you crack the throttle. Response is immediate and a bit abrupt; new Euro 4 emissions conformity probably doesn’t help. It feels like “A” mode on bikes that offer different ride modes, but on the X there’s no B or C. I actually got used to the immediate power delivery after riding the bike a while, but it was a trait Duke and Troy both mentioned first after riding the X for the first time.
- Condition Used
- Year 2016
- Make Honda®
- Model VFR 1200X
- Category Sportbike
- Type Motorcycle
- Location Prince George, VA
- Mileage 6,519
- Stock Number U000137
- Primary Color BLK
- Price $12,499
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