The Honda that’s an automatic choice – The Scotsman

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The Honda that’s an automatic

IN HONDA#8217;S box of acronyms #8220;DCT#8221; for Dual Clutch Transmission, means that it#8217;s like the ones you get in a lot of cars days. It might go against the for many bikers but sales of two-wheelers are booming.

Bikes with DCT can be used in a relaxed auto mode, or used as a with button-operated gearshifts, on this fine VFR1200FD.

You the bike as normal and select a mode (auto or manual) a button on the right handlebar, simply twisting the throttle and away. In full auto a choice between “D” for Drive and “S” for where Sport holds on to gear for longer and changes closer to the redline for a more ride. You can feel the gears through the ratios as the auto works its magic, a lot like an car.

Alternatively you can choose manual, a button next to the natural position of your left finger to select first and up and down the box when you feel it, with that and a second perfectly sited for your You don’t need to shut the to shift gear, which is a feature. The DCT system is very to use and produces much smoother changes than any manual box so is for preventing riders and pillions helmets.

If you’re feeling lazy the will automatically change the gears for you when the revs too low, even in manual

The bike itself is comfortable for the – and passenger – with only weight placed on the rider’s and with plenty of room for parties to move around. The are great so it’s quiet at with hardly any buffeting, but it you have to keep an eye on the speedo or you may creep into licence-troubling A 1,237cc bike may not be the obvious for battling through heavy but with DCT it makes things so easier, so it can do the urban scratching well enough despite its

This VFR excels in stop-start On an ordinary bike you soon to feel the effects of using the continuously, and going up and down the can be a pain. Using the VFR takes that inconvenience and improves fuel economy massively.

You can very easily on this it’s smooth and stable at the speeds, which makes it in town. It feels great on the road, too, with power coming from the V4 engine, loads of torque, handling and stupendous brakes.

Naturally the VFR comes equipped Honda’s now brilliantly-executed combined ABS system. It’s so unobtrusive it barely needs mentioning; causing unexpected bike but always lurking in the background – with the traction control – to help you out of trouble should the arise.

The VFR1200 is a sports rather than an out-and-out bike, so don’t expect it to quite like a Fireblade, it will still go around very well. It’s of an everyday bike that can a bit of luggage in its optional top box and panniers and with a few days away if the takes you.

The luggage systems are expensive as are the heated grips
that were to our test bike, but they’re having for all-seasons
riders. If you’re used, be sure to buy one with and you’ll save a fortune.

a quarter of all big VFR sales include DCT despite the tech adding to the price of the bike. But the conclusion I after a few days’ touring Ireland is that it’s well spent.


ENGINE 1,237cc, liquid four-….

POWER 170bhp @

TORQUE 95lb.ft @ 8,750rpm

Six-speed dual clutch gearbox


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