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Old 05-18-2015, 10:38 AM   #1
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New VFR800 or VFR1200? The $10K choice.

I've noticed new 800 and 1200 Interceptors are available for under $10K. I'm tired of adventure bikes and looking for another sport tourer. Would those who have owned/ridden both care to comment on the difference.

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Old 05-18-2015, 11:09 AM   #2
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I have ridden the new 800 and the 1200. The 1200 has great power and the option of the DCT transmission which is a unique option. However if I would have to choose between the 2 I would go with the 800.

The Growl that the 800 engine puts out is amazing even with the stock pipe. The 800 has plenty of power and is very comfortable. It is very similar to the 5th gen VFR that I own. As I am sure you are aware the standard Interceptor has $1,500 in bonus bucks right now and many dealers are advertising them at $9,999. The subtle improvements from the previous generations are noticeable such as led turn signals and rear lights, gear indicator, front mount radiator, and useful optional accessories from Honda such as bags and bar risers.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:10 AM   #3
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There's a pretty good thread on the 1200 floating around. Apparently it's one hell of a motorcycle, but it ain't a VFR. Also, crappy fuel mileage.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:05 PM   #4
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New 800 on looks alone.
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Old 05-18-2015, 01:44 PM   #5
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You don't specify if the 1200 is a 2010 model or a 2012 model (which has some enhancements), and if by "new" 800 (Gen 8) do you mean a 2015 or a leftover Gen 6. Important considerations- at $10k, I'm tempted to believe it's a 2010 1200 and a Gen 6 800.

I'd be surprised if a dealer is discounting a Gen 8 for $10k, but I don't really know.


I've owned 5 VFR 750/800 (and 2 VF1000Fs). As much as I like VFRs (and I like them a lot), at the same money I think I'd go for a 2012 1200 with DCT after a test ride.

Make sure you like and will keep the 1200 if decide to get one, because they don't seem to hold value real well.

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Old 05-18-2015, 02:08 PM   #6
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Dealers near me have 800's for $9999 and I know of one new 2010 1200 for $8999.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:50 PM   #7
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Dealers near me have 800's for $9999 and I know of one new 2010 1200 for $8999.
Gen 8 (2015) for $10K?

The 1200 price is in line with what I've seen at many places.
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:59 PM   #8
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The 800's are 2014's
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:42 PM   #9
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I have ridden the new 800 and the 1200. The 1200 has great power and the option of the DCT transmission which is a unique option. However if I would have to choose between the 2 I would go with the 800.

The Growl that the 800 engine puts out is amazing even with the stock pipe. The 800 has plenty of power and is very comfortable. It is very similar to the 5th gen VFR that I own. As I am sure you are aware the standard Interceptor has $1,500 in bonus bucks right now and many dealers are advertising them at $9,999. The subtle improvements from the previous generations are noticeable such as led turn signals and rear lights, gear indicator, front mount radiator, and useful optional accessories from Honda such as bags and bar risers.
I wasnt aware of a $1500 rebate. Its on the 2014 vfr8's ?
Havent seen any at $9999 either.
I assume its not the Deluxe model, but if I understand.....one can be had for $8500 before tax/title?
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Old 05-18-2015, 03:54 PM   #10
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I'd bet that at the $9,999 price point the dealer retains the $1,500 and then adds taxes/fees. Doesn't mean it's a bad deal though. I want a Deluxe in white so bad I can taste it, and if I had the scratch saved up, I'd probably already have one.
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Old 05-18-2015, 04:00 PM   #11
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I'd bet that at the $9,999 price point the dealer retains the $1,500 and then adds taxes/fees. Doesn't mean it's a bad deal though. I want a Deluxe in white so bad I can taste it, and if I had the scratch saved up, I'd probably already have one.
Ah yes, I bet you are right.
The white deeeluxe is my desire also. But my desire to get a great deal is much stronger.
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Old 05-18-2015, 04:13 PM   #12
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Here was my post a few days ago in one of the vfr1200 threads.

I've now got 10k miles on my 2012 VFR1200 that I bought in October. Once I knew it was a keeper I added a Traxxion Dynamics cartridge kit to the front at 8600 miles and last weekend added Ohlins rear shock. I also just picked up a used Corbin seat primarily for the extra comfort it looks like it will give the passenger. I am not sure the honeymoon phase is over at 10k miles to provide subjective thoughts but here are some further impressions.

Really like the way it handles. It's heavy but especially with the upgraded suspension turns in so well and holds its line great. Just solid. Not super fast transitions from side to side for super moto type antics but just great overall handling. Its terrible I restrict to so much commuting. Speaking of commuting, I have the suspension so up pretty plush to make for a smoother ride. Its a very nice ride down the highway. Looking forward to receiving my Atlas throttle lock. I changed my first set of tires at 8600 miles to PR4. Made a nice improvement over OEM but not as dramatic for me as it is for some.

Brakes are awesome.

Hottest temps I have ridden in at this point is mid-90's. Heat management is very good. The best I've experienced on anything bigger than 650cc. I'll have to wait until I see 100+ degrees to draw an absolute conclusion but so far, impressed.

Changing oli requires only removing two fairing screws. For a fully faired bike I'll take that.

Still love the build quality and finish of the bike. I was in a BMW dealership a few weeks ago and nothing on their sales floor could match the Honda in terms of finish and just how well everything was put together.

There are some times when I wish the engine were a little smoother but overall I am very happy with the engine characteristics.

I have Oxford heated grips and they are too hard. Need to look for something that works as well but has softer grips. I wish the tach had some sort of Honda or VFR emblem on it, seems bland.


My first motorcycle with a shaft drive. Loving it.

Its a nice bike to ride in the rain.

Through 43 tanks I am at an avg. mpg of 49.3. That's over the winter only so its starting to creep up now with warmer temps. Av.g distance per tank is 211.1 miles.

I know its not perfect but I struggle to pick out things about the motorcycle I don't like. The bike is such a bargain at new left over or used prices. It seems desperate for me to take it on a long trip which I'll hopefully be able to do soon if my work schedule eventually allows it.


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...hlight=vfr1200

I've had a Gen6 as well. Other than liking the sound of the Gen6 better I'd choose the 1200 all day long. I am not a power junkie but the shaft drive, near equal mpg, and superb fit/finish give the nod to the 1200 for me. Definitely better on the highway as one might expect. Also, I've got no problem with VTEC and really like the pick up in power once it kicks in but, not crazy about the extra complications for valve checks and I put a decent amount of miles on every year so that is another drawback for the 800, for me. I've not ridden the 2014+ 800. I bet its nice and better than the Gen2 but I doubt I'd choose it over the 1200. That's just my opinion. I'm sure its fantastic.
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Old 05-18-2015, 04:32 PM   #13
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New 2014 Gen 8 VFR's are available locally for under $9K, Deluxe models for $10K. 2012/2013 VFR1200's are all over cycletrader for under $10K.

But the point here isn't to debate price, but the relative merits of the 2 bikes. Strengths-weakness's. I've never seen a road test that compares the 2 models.

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I'll add, if a lot of stop/go traffic is involved I'd not choose the VFR1200 unless maybe it was the DCT.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:33 PM   #15
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New 2014 Gen 8 VFR's are available locally for under $9K, Deluxe models for $10K. 2012/2013 VFR1200's are all over cycletrader for under $10K.

But the point here isn't to debate price, but the relative merits of the 2 bikes. Strengths-weakness's. I've never seen a road test that compares the 2 models.

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Where are these 2014 vfr800 prices ??? 'Locally' ?
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