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.