2010 VFR1200, CBR1000RR size comparison: Shamu's not that big

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Like us, we bet your first reaction when you saw the 2010 Honda VFR1200 spy shots was, “Holy crap, that thing’s huge!” But the Japanese test rider on it is seriously tiny, making the bike look much bigger than it actually is. To help better ascertain Shamu’s actual size, we’ve set it against the 2009 Honda CBR1000RR, using the 17″ front wheel as a measuring stick. While it should be noted that each picture was taken using a slightly different lens and angle, skewing the effect a bit, we’re still able to get a pretty decent estimation. Next to the CBR, it looks like Shamu is only a baby Orca.

The CBR1000RR measures 2,080mm stem to stern, has a 1,410mm wheelbase
and an 820mm high seat. It looks like the 2010 VFR1200 is quite a bit
longer, about the same height (although the screen is much higher and the riding position is more upright) and has a slightly lower, but much larger
seat. We’re going to hazard a guess that the VFR skews much more
towards the comfy hyper sports end of the market, with rivals like the
BMW K1300S, Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX-14 than it does the full-on
tourer. Will it be able to capture the hearts and soothe the achy
joints of VFR enthusiasts the world over? We’ll have to wait until its
fall unveiling to find out.

Make sure you check out the 2010 Honda VFR1200 official photos and 2010 Honda VFR1200 spy shots for full details.

  • monkeyfumi

    Still ugly though.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Don’t talk like that, you’ll hurt Shamu’s feelings.

  • http://matthewabate.wordpress.com Matthew

    The thing I’m most interested in is what will BMW do to the F800ST after they see this (and it’s hopefully pending smaller capacity brother)?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Does a 1200cc hyper tourer really impact an 800cc parallel-twin?

  • Isaac

    That big is still BIG and ugly however I am sure a joy to ride.

  • geonerd

    Frontal comparison?

    • Isaac

      Due it is pretty wide, trust me! It really does look like a killer whale.

  • Superhawk69

    Ok… so a better, faster VFR? Maybe, but not in the way I expected. Maybe they can take the 800 now and shave 100 lbs off of it and we will be good to go. Don’t want a 1200 that weighs 200 more than a sport bike.


  • nick r

    Oh wait, uh, this is ugly?
    Has anyone actually seen the Yamaha FJR 13- BMW makes more svelte models!
    And for crap’s sake the Kwak Concours 14! I dont even know what to say, it is the most retarded looking motorcycle since the mid 90′s Katana! With competition like this, it looks great!

  • Mike

    In short, the new VFR is too big to be a middleweight sports-tourer. It is now a full-on tourer. You say it yourself:

    “It looks like the 2010 VFR1200 is quite a bit LONGER, about the same height (although the screen is much HIGHER and the riding position is more upright) and has a slightly lower, but much LARGER seat.

    I hasten to add that, despite the V-4 engine that should be significantly more compact than an inline-4 engine, the new VFR looks very wide.

    With such a tremendous increase in wheelbase over the current Interceptor and CBR, the new VFR risks losing its (former) best-in-class manoevreability and handling. No reviewer – not one – ever claimed that the liter-bike sports tourers were better than the VFR800 in the twisties. The best reviews of those big heavy bikes could only say how surprised the riders were that they handled as well as they did, and then they immediately changed the subject to power. The VFR used to be a scalpel that made precision riding a joy. Now it looks like the new VFR will be just another Interstate sports tourer. Word to Honda: DOWNSIZE!