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2010 Honda VFR 1200 exposed!

Yesterday, MCN claimed to have scooped the industry and come out with the first photo's of Honda's new V4 bike, the VFR1200. Photo's and details are all rumor at this point and Honda hasn't commented specifically about the new VFR yet. Honda have have indicated a new V4 bike is on the way though.

The MCN photo's were from a black and white image and colored in. Shortly after the MCN photo's were released, automotive website, LeftLane News got their hands on some spy shots of said VFR12000 in hot weather testing. The pictures they released are the clearest pictures to date, are of a running machine, and dare we say it - look pretty legitimate! Can it be finally true - a new VFR!? The photo's were shot by shot by Brenda Priddy and Co.

They look clear and legit - there's even some Honda lubricants and cans visible in the trailer that the test riders scuttled the bike into when the spy photographer was discovered.

We spoke to Honda Canada on Wednesday and their office was all abuzz with the MCN news. They didn't comment on it though.

Now for further speculation, it's reported that the VFR1200 might make near 200hp at the crank, might feature cylinder deactivation (turning it into a parallel twin when peak power isn't required). With those horsepower numbers it'll easily compete with larger rivals such as the BMW K1300S, Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX-14.

The photo's clearly show a CBR1100XX Blackbird influence. Shaft-driven powertrain is a departure from the chain driven current generation VFR but speaks to the sport-touring market being targeted with this machine.

Being a VFR800 owner I can't wait to see this one in the flesh - better yet, throw a leg over and test one!

Photo courtesy LeftLane News


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