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Old 03-10-2017, 08:18 AM   #1
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VFR1200X Owners Thread

As there doesn't seem to be one at this point, here goes. At this point I have to say very quick, nice suspension, and hides her weight well. The DCT is a boon for commuting and actually as I get used to it not bad generally! The last "new" bike I bought last 15 years. We shall see how it does.

Mine 2016 VFR1200X DCT.
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The rest will get added as they come in. It might be a couple months since I want to do all the electrical at once. The bars are in the way of the side panels the same as they were on my BMW so I want to take her apart once to fit everything. then I plan on riding the wheels off it.

Photobucket seems Jacked up so for now a link to the virgin pictures on Google. The filters at work block google but not photobucket. Go figure....

https://goo.gl/photos/V3GCbFgX1du9yzaP9
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Far too many 2 strokes....

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Old 03-10-2017, 12:30 PM   #2
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:50 PM   #3
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Wow I guess I'm it. Maybe I should have the thread moved to Red Headed step child forum. Or maybe everyone else is scared to come out of the closet!

Still a piece or two to go then the actual build begins!

I don't care though I'm lovin it.
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Far too many 2 strokes....
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:12 PM   #4
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...still here....
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:38 PM   #5
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Photobucket does not work anymore for me, either. That's why I don't post pics anymore. Rumor is Photobucket has reworked its programming to favor smart phones and such, leaving us retarded people with real computers out in the cold.
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Old 04-06-2017, 06:21 PM   #6
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Well 1k update. Very nice bike definitely feels more like a sport bike than you'd expect. It hoasts the front end pretty easy with the TC turned down. Strangely it feels lighter in every way than the BMW and it's supposed to be nearly 100lbs heavier. Go figure. Everything is starting to break in so it gets more settled every day.

So it's not as plush as the BMW I miss the Ohlins but it feels light and nimble, the GS did not! Traffic wise other than a Vespa I don't see a better bike. Effortless stop and go traffic.

No buffeting on the screen, heat management is pretty good, again better than the BMW or Wee.

The last of the parts will be here this weekend. The all important factory fog light switch is here. So starting this weekend I will start the "build". Then hopefully next weekend do a run to SA.
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Old 04-07-2017, 01:47 AM   #7
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Well I was able to view the pics and blow them up larger too. Very nice looking bike. Enjoy.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:28 PM   #8
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Bike porn. Bags, bars, LED's, so stuff! The lighted switch with the OEM heated grips is just so civilized.



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Far too many 2 strokes....

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Old 04-16-2017, 11:31 PM   #10
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So I've had my 1200x DCT, CT everywhere else, about 6 weeks. Well 2000 miles in and I have to say this is the most versatile bike I've had yet.

I have commuted stop and go for hours now, ridden like a hooligan, and pulled a short road trip. It has done all with aplomb! The DCT takes the chore out of the commute. The engine is a gem, for hooning around, it has the feel of several naked bikes I've had. The loaded up it didn't care if I was doing 70 mph or 90. I actually had to watch my speed.

The stock seat is not bad, not exceptional, but not bad. A stretch every tank was welcome but there was no dread getting back on. Not sure which half of the equation gave in but it worked. Maybe a sheepskin is in order. The air around the screen is smoother than other bikes and multiple screens. Given I live in **** airflow is welcome even this time of year. Average temp was around 78f (24C) this ride. The suspension is bedding in and the spring seems to like a load.

I did a 300 mile trip (one way) to San Antonio to drink beer with a buddy. Got up drove home. Easy! The GS was busy above 80 and the mileage tanked. The Wee was well, a Wee. I'm very impressed with the most do it all bike. I'm thinking maybe a Kaoko will be the last and final mod.

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Old 04-28-2017, 02:00 PM   #11
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Givi skid plate due in next week for an upcoming Big Bend trip. We'll see how it does out there in the heat, sand and rocks. Black Gap first! Well, maybe not first. Lol.
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Old 04-30-2017, 10:18 AM   #12
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Sweet! Looks like mine did!

Let me know about the skid plate. I have considered one but realistically felt it wasn't necessary. Yet
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:40 AM   #13
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10-4. Heading to Big Bend and that header pipe looks expensive.

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Old 06-15-2017, 09:05 AM   #14
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It looked like the VFR did pretty good at big bend. Any recommendations?
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Go! You'll love it.
Give yourself 3-4 days to enjoy it. Check out the towns outside the park to exercise the V4 a little. Don't ride Black Gap. You can see the Ernst Tinaja off Old Ore Rd about 5 miles in from the South entrance. Don't go farther without knobbies. River road is at your own risk. Depends on the maintenance status. Part of it was closed when I was there. Glenn Springs was a fun road on the big X.
Lots of fun. I'm going back this fall for sure.

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Old 06-15-2017, 10:38 AM   #16
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Mule Ears. Hot Springs.Glenn Springs.
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Any engine heat issues with the bike? On my old VFR 800's, the heat coming off those rear header pipes would roast the underside of my right thigh pretty good. On cold days, it was nice. In the summer it could get pretty bad. Still, I LOVED that V4 motor!

These big bikes really need aggressive tires if you are going to ride them on anything other than hard packed dirt/gravel. Even if you just put something like a TKC 80 on the front, it makes a HUGE difference in how the bike handles and the confidence you will have in it going where you want it to go.

Honda has usually been pretty good with their headlights, say as opposed to BMW How are the headlights on these bikes? My old VFRs lit up the road like a light house beacon, curling the hair on road side critters. I miss them when I am out riding my GS. There is a good reason why you see so many GSs with auxiliary lights mounted all over them!
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TM,
I haven't noticed any annoying heat issues. I see a lot of concern from previous F owners. Never had an F model, but plenty of nasty old Harleys and boxers and I don't recall thinking about my leg heating up at anytime on the X.
The Shinko 804/5 combo transformed the bike off road with the only washouts being in deep sand. It does want to push the front in that stuff, of course.
I'd say the headlight is about a 7 out of 10. Ok, but nothing phenomenal. Coming out of the Chihuahuan desert at 11pm had me wishing for some auxiliary back up lighting.
I'm a fickle motorcycle owner like most of us and I can't find much I don't like about the X model. Every time out on it I'm grinning like I was 10 years old again on my '72 TS50.
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That is a serious looking bash plate!

Good to hear the heat is not an issue. It has never been an issue on the three GSs I have owned. There just isn't that much heat coming back off the heads. The VFR heat was mostly only a problem at low speeds when there wasn't good air flow to carry it away because it was right under the seat. GS heads are in front of the legs so no worries at low speeds.

Being that this is a Honda, I would expect it to feel lighter than it is because they are good about mass centralization and low CG.
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The DCT takes the chore out of the commute.
I know you love this. The YCCS trigger shifting on my FJR is like gold when it comes to handling traffic. I'm pretty sure a DCT would be pure platinum. I'd be quite tempted to upgrade if Yamaha would fit a DCT on an FJR.
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