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VFR1200F - just don't call it ugly!

The Internet is being a little unkind to the new VFR1200 design, or so some really influential designers think. MCN is reporting that rival designers are coming to the defence of the new VFR 1200 design.

Guzzi V12 LM designer Pierre Terblanche feels that people on the web have gone too far and he's declared the web as “the worst thing to ever happen to bike design.”

Design critic Stephen Bayley has also been quoted as saying “It may be a shock now, but in future all bikes will ­become more visually sophisticated. The VFR1200 is the future now.”

A bit of commentary from me now... I personally ride a VFR 800 and love the looks of that bike. I have always liked it and it looks good from every angle to me. It's a classic style that really holds up well in my opinion.

I'm certainly not against change and haven't seen the new VFR in person yet but I don't know why so many people don't like the look of it. I quite like the styling. Honda pushed the envelope with this one. They couldn't just come out and build a bigger version of the VFR 800. If they did there'd be a ton of people criticizing them for not having the guts to do something different. So it's damned if you do and damned if you don't.

There's just one thing I'm not terribly fond of with the new VFR 1200 and that is its price tag - CDN $18,299 + tax; the automatic version pricing is "to be determined" (expect it to fetch a premium over the $18,299 though).

Leftover VFR 800's are going for less than $8,000 in the US right now. You could get yourself several bikes and have some change leftover for the price of a new VFR1200!

Credit to MCN for the designer quotes.


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