|Reflecting the growing popularity of the adventure-touring segment, American Honda has announced that the VFR1200X is coming to the U.S. as the 2016 model year.|
The bike is already popular in Europe but it has never been made available to the American public until now, where the VFR1200X receives important updates for 2016, joining the previously announced brand-new 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin in Honda’s comprehensive adventure line-up.
In addition, Honda has announced that both the NC700X and CB500X motorcycles receive revised appearance and new styling for 2016, and that the U.S. debut for all four 2016 Honda adventure models will be at the November 20-22 International Motorcycle Shows stop in Long Beach, California while the rest of the world will be depending on their respective distributors.
“We’re very excited to offer such a well-rounded offering of adventure-touring models in the U.S. for 2016. The introduction of the VFR1200X to North America follows on the incredible reception of the Africa Twin. With the NC700X and CB500X also set to get important updates for 2016, Honda has a model to suit the needs of any adventure-touring enthusiast,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda.
Now the largest-displacement Honda adventure-touring model, the powerful yet smooth VFR1200X is brand-new for the U.S. market. Well suited to customers who don’t want to sacrifice comfort during long days of two-wheel exploration, often riding two-up, the VFR1200X is powered by a 1,237cc V4 engine and is available with a standard gearbox or Honda’s industry-exclusive six-speed, fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which has been refined and updated with additional modes; both versions feature Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), combined ABS brakes and shaft drive.
The 19- and 17-inch wheels offer capable road-going performance, while the inverted 43mm fork and single-sided swingarm incorporate modern suspension technologies.
Other features of the VFR1200X include a one-hand-adjustable windscreen, handguards and an accessory socket to charge smart phones. An extensive line of Honda Genuine Accessories is offered, including products for storage, rider comfort and customization.
Text and images: Philip Chong/American Honda