As hard as it was on the bright, shiny day we got our 2010 Honda VFR1200F testbike to not ride off into the warmth and welcome of the open road, we felt obligated to take the time to roll the spanking-new red machine up on the Cycle World Dynojet rear-wheel dyno.
There were definitely some questions about what kind of power the 1237cc V-Four might make under the harsh fluorescent lights of CW's hydrocarbon hut. Associate Editor Blake Conner came back from the Japanese press launch—held mostly at the Twin Ring Motegi racetrack—impressed with the refinement of power delivery that he felt might be masking the true amount of juice this thing produces.
That refinement of delivery was indeed a little deceiving. The VFR1200 cranked out an impressive 145.1 hp at 10,100 rpm and 80.6 ft.-lb. of torque at 9100 revs. How is it on the road? The all-new Honda is refined and fast. Check out the video to get a taste of what its MotoGP-inspired engine sounds like. Trust me when I tell you it's way better accelerating out of a second-gear corner in the real world.
2010 VFR1200F Dyno Run