Pages: 1 [2] 3  All   Go Down
Print

Topic: So, I guess I'm a VFR guy, now...  (Read 7074 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Mastros2
*

Reputation 68
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '09, 10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Triumph Street Triple R
GPS: Central NJ
Miles Typed: 4146

My Photo Gallery


My daddy loves cookies




Ignore
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2012, 02:27:11 PM »

Congrats on the new bike!
Logged

mastros2.wordpress.com
DaleFranks
Motorcycle Afficionado
*

Reputation 4
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '08
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: 2010 Honda VFR1200F
GPS: Escondido, CA
Miles Typed: 471

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2012, 10:40:21 PM »


 NeedPics


OK.





Logged

Dale
Dale's NEW, IMPROVED Motorcycle Blog
Facebook Profile I cried because I could not wheelie, until I m
DaleFranks
Motorcycle Afficionado
*

Reputation 4
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '08
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: 2010 Honda VFR1200F
GPS: Escondido, CA
Miles Typed: 471

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2012, 11:10:16 PM »

Here's a short walkaround video I made.

Logged

Dale
Dale's NEW, IMPROVED Motorcycle Blog
Facebook Profile I cried because I could not wheelie, until I m
Dan K
*

Reputation 108
Offline Offline

Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: '06 Triumph Sprint ST w/ ABS! '03 Aprilia Tuono
GPS: North of Chicago (flat lands w/no twisties)
Miles Typed: 3833

My Photo Gallery


I'm only here to help. Really.




Ignore
« Reply #23 on: February 26, 2012, 11:23:31 PM »

the automatic kind of defeats the whole purpose of the big tach being front and center...unless you can still shift like paddle shifting?

Nice bike.  I really want to take one for a ride.

-Dan
Logged

Sometimes the only answer is defenestration. - Dan K

airstash.com - check it out!
viffergyrl
*

Reputation 27
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 99 Honda VFR 800 2001 Ducati ST4
GPS: 1 hour northwest of LA-LA Land....
Miles Typed: 1086

My Photo Gallery


Road Witch




Ignore
« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2012, 11:57:17 PM »


the automatic kind of defeats the whole purpose of the big tach being front and center...unless you can still shift like paddle shifting?

Nice bike.  I really want to take one for a ride.

-Dan


Yes - in the video Dale shows you the upshift and downshift buttons on the left handlebar.
Logged

Don't argue with an idiot; people might not be able to tell the difference - Anonymous

1999 Honda VFR 800 (the Vixen) 2001 Ducati ST4 (Stanley)
MisterSmooth
Hallie and Harper's Dad
*

Reputation 24
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '07, '08, '09
Years Supported: '11, '12, '13
Motorcycles: Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport, 2013 Aprilia RSV4, 2006 Vespa LX150 (hers)
GPS: Seattle
Miles Typed: 2515

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2012, 01:46:08 AM »


the automatic kind of defeats the whole purpose of the big tach being front and center...unless you can still shift like paddle shifting?

-Dan



Yeah, you can.  Exactly like a paddle shifter.   Thumbsup  Not having a clutch does seem kinda odd at first.  Still, I bet riding this bike with a sporting intent and using the paddle shifter as it's meant to be used is a blast!   Banana  Shoot, I'd love to give it a try.  And I bet anyone who has tried paddle shifters on a sports car would agree, it's pretty sweet.


Congratulations on the new bike, Dale.  The fit and finish on these VFR's is second to none.  And what a screamin' deal!


Hey, after you've had it for a while, post up your impressions.  It would be interesting to hear from someone who actually owns one.  For instance, spec sheet readers have been critical about the "small" tank size.  Is it really an issue?  I bet that it isn't, at least in the US where gas is relatively easy to find.


Did you get the matching hard luggage?


Logged

I found out that people really do say "Oh shit" right before they die.  -Major 662

I hear that running is good for you, but the ice cubes keep falling out of my glass.
Bryan217
*

Reputation 3
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 07 Honda VFR w/ABS
GPS: Northford, CT
Miles Typed: 686

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #26 on: February 27, 2012, 12:13:04 PM »

Congrats on the new bike. As others have said, head over to vfrdiscussion.com if you haven't already.

When it first came out, I didn't like the new VFR. But it has grown on me. I love Honda's V4. The new VFR will definitely be on my short list when it comes time to replace my VFR800.

I'm not an automatic guy, but I've got no problems with those that like them. And I've heard that the one on the new VFR is very nice indeed.

Enjoy
Logged
staedtler
*

Reputation 6
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 996R (track)
GPS: Austin, TX
Miles Typed: 795

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2012, 02:23:36 PM »

 Thumbsup  Beerchug

cool, so... in manual, you can upshift while just leaving the throttle full open right?.. if you downshift twice or agresively, the computer keeps the rear wheel from hopping and getting all jumpy? or does that thing has some kind of slipper clutch?
i bet itll take some getting used to, my wife's car has those paddle shifts on it...u need to be very f..kn agressive to really enjoy the car on manual mode, can't drive like that on the freeways though, the nurburgring? yeah
I'm asking cause the prices are quite tempting lately.. i've been eyeball'n those for a while now (i wish i could get a test ride though) did you try yours bef buying?


« Last Edit: February 27, 2012, 02:30:19 PM by staedtler » Logged
DaleFranks
Motorcycle Afficionado
*

Reputation 4
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '08
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: 2010 Honda VFR1200F
GPS: Escondido, CA
Miles Typed: 471

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2012, 08:35:16 PM »


 Thumbsup  Beerchug

cool, so... in manual, you can upshift while just leaving the throttle full open right?..


Yes. You can barely even tell the thing is shifting. You just hear two clicks and the clutches engage/disengage. Really smooth.


 if you downshift twice or agresively, the computer keeps the rear wheel from hopping and getting all jumpy? or does that thing has some kind of slipper clutch?


I dunno. I'll try that after the break-in period.

What I can say, after gambling with the weather and losing today, is that it seems pretty steady in extremely wet conditions.
Logged

Dale
Dale's NEW, IMPROVED Motorcycle Blog
Facebook Profile I cried because I could not wheelie, until I m
coho
Just here for the pie.
*

Reputation 23
Online Online

Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: BMW R1100RT Yamaha StFU200 ("the dumbbike")
GPS: is for people who can't read maps
Miles Typed: 2660

My Photo Gallery


I see what you did there.




Ignore
« Reply #29 on: February 28, 2012, 02:47:03 AM »

Sweet bike, Dale.  Bigok Congratulations.





I dunno. I'll try that after the break-in period.


Sig worthy.  Thumbsup
Logged

"You guys crack me up.  Like you have never done something crazy to get a girl to put her boobs on you."  -wibornz

"My anecdotal evidence can beat up your anecdotal evidence."
Giaka
UFO Identifier
*

Reputation -349
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '09, '10
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: Versys Adventure
GPS: So Cal
Miles Typed: 5294

My Photo Gallery


LOL




Ignore
« Reply #30 on: February 28, 2012, 12:08:38 PM »


Yes, it's an "automatic".

But so was the FJR he traded in for it.  


50% of the bikes available for us to purchase will be automatic by the year 2025.  From the reviews I have read I would have no problem riding a Dual Clutch VFR. No problem at all...........

Oh and big Congrats to the OP. Nice bike!!!
« Last Edit: February 28, 2012, 12:13:08 PM by Giaka » Logged

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
                                      - William Shakespeare
ZenMoto
a.k.a. The Bikeslut.
*

Reputation 6
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 2010 Honda VFR1200F | 2005 KTM 950 Adventure | 2001 Honda XR650R | 1977 Honda CR250 Elsinore
GPS: Moorpark, CA
Miles Typed: 32

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #31 on: February 28, 2012, 05:48:06 PM »

Screaming deal on a DCT, congrats!  ...and another "Dale" on a VFR1200, what's not to like?

Check out my 1 year report: http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,69769.0.html as there is some stuff in there you might find handy (and other stuff that won't apply to the DCT).

Mainly, you'll want to ditch those OEM tires ASAP; I've really taken a liking to the Michelin Pilot Road 3s.

Protect the black section of your tank, as it rashes really easily; I used a kit from http://thetankslapper.biz that is fantastic!

Look into whatever type of grips you find comfortable; the OEM grips are flat and hard.  I prefer the ribbed BMW grips, as they wear forever, and are very comfortable.

There's a bunch of stuff that may or may not bother you, but in the end, you got a great deal on a fantastic bike; once you can open her up a bit, I think you'll have a hard time wiping the grin off your face!  Smile

...soon your biggest issue with the bike will be this "problem":



lol

-Dale
Logged

"If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new."  -Voltaire
X1Glider
Soil Sampler
*

Reputation 9
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 2013 Christini 450E - 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - 2000 HD FXDX - 1999 Buell X1
GPS: Tomball, TX
Miles Typed: 520

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #32 on: February 28, 2012, 06:10:13 PM »

Congrats on the new bike.  See, some of us don't have to like the new VFR DCT to still be able to congratulate you. Bigsmile

Glad you got a screaming deal on it.  You'll need about $1400 of that saved cash to buy the hard cases and mounts.  Another $1000 for the top case and rack, but I see you already have something.
Logged

2013 Christini 450E - 2011 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 - 2000 HD FXDX - 1999 Buell X1
leanin
*

Reputation 0
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: VFR1200, CBR1000RR, MV Agusta Brutale
Miles Typed: 15

My Photo Gallery




Ignore
« Reply #33 on: February 28, 2012, 06:17:00 PM »


You'll need about $1400 of that saved cash to buy the hard cases and mounts.  Another $1000 for the top case and rack, but I see you already have something.

That is retail.  Shop around and you can get the OEM saddlebags for $950 delivered.  
Logged
DaleFranks
Motorcycle Afficionado
*

Reputation 4
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '08
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: 2010 Honda VFR1200F
GPS: Escondido, CA
Miles Typed: 471

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2012, 09:23:05 PM »

My new VFR is now customized!

Logged

Dale
Dale's NEW, IMPROVED Motorcycle Blog
Facebook Profile I cried because I could not wheelie, until I m
DaleFranks
Motorcycle Afficionado
*

Reputation 4
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '08
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: 2010 Honda VFR1200F
GPS: Escondido, CA
Miles Typed: 471

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2012, 10:05:05 PM »

I've gotten a chance to ride the bike a bit more over the last few days--including very very very wet and cold conditions. I've got some observations on how the DCT works on the street, what happens when downshifting aggressive and more, all of which can be found here: http://dalefranks.com/cycles/index.php/2012/02/getting-used-to-her/
Logged

Dale
Dale's NEW, IMPROVED Motorcycle Blog
Facebook Profile I cried because I could not wheelie, until I m
DaleFranks
Motorcycle Afficionado
*

Reputation 4
Offline Offline

Years Contributed: '08
Years Supported: '11
Motorcycles: 2010 Honda VFR1200F
GPS: Escondido, CA
Miles Typed: 471

My Photo Gallery



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #36 on: February 29, 2012, 01:24:27 AM »

Screaming deal on a DCT, congrats!  ...and another "Dale" on a VFR1200, what's not to like?

Check out my 1 year report: http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,69769.0.html as there is some stuff in there you might find handy (and other stuff that won't apply to the DCT).


Sadly, the Bazazz Z-Bomb won't work on the DCT model.

Mainly, you'll want to ditch those OEM tires ASAP; I've really taken a liking to the Michelin Pilot Road 3s.


Agreed. I only used the PR on my FJR.

Protect the black section of your tank, as it rashes really easily.


Yes, I've noticed this already. I'll get a tank protector tomorrow.
Logged

Dale
Dale's NEW, IMPROVED Motorcycle Blog
Facebook Profile I cried because I could not wheelie, until I m
Will_Munny
*

Reputation 1
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: Hondas
Miles Typed: 90

My Photo Gallery


He shoulda armed himself




Ignore
« Reply #37 on: March 01, 2012, 12:52:23 PM »

Congrats on picking up the finest sport-touring bike money can buy. Great deal too. Funny that a bike built specifically for "sport touring" draws so much ire on a website called "sport-touring". Whatever.... you'll love it, as anyone else who has ridden one does.

Lots of info in my blog:

vfr1200fa.blogspot.com
Logged
atadaskew
*

Reputation 155
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: A Vethpa and thome other thcooter
GPS: Venice Beach, California.
Miles Typed: 11824

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2012, 02:06:41 PM »


Congrats on picking up the finest sport-touring bike money can buy.


It's a nice bike, but that's a bold statement..
Logged

I'm hip about time, I just gotta go.
Croak
*

Reputation 17
Offline Offline

Motorcycles: 03 Aprilia Tuono, '13 Kymco Agility City 200i
GPS: Is-Swieqi/San Ġiljan, Malta
Miles Typed: 1527

My Photo Gallery





Ignore
« Reply #39 on: March 01, 2012, 03:36:44 PM »




It's a nice bike, but that's a bold statement..


Yeah.  Should be more like: "Finest current-model sport-touring bike from Honda money can buy, at least until the CrossTourer is released in North America."

That said, it's a technological marvel and that motor sure is a hoot.
Logged
Pages: 1 [2] 3  All   Go Up
Print
Jump to:  



ST.N

Copyright © 2001 - 2013 Sport-Touring.Net.
All rights reserved.

SimplePortal 2.3.1 © 2008-2009, SimplePortal