2016 Honda VFR1200X - New Adventure Model

Recently, Honda unveiled the hotly anticipated Africa Twin launching itself into the modern adventure bike market. But, much to our surprise, Big Red wasn’t done there. By introducing the 2016 VFR1200X, a 1237cc, V-4 powered machine, it looks as if Honda wants to directly challenge the likes of BMW, KTM, and Triumph for adventure bike supremacy, though we don’t have a MSRP yet.

Some features of the 1200 include a single-sided swing arm that houses the bike’s shaft drive system, and a 43mm inverted fork takes care of the front. There is an accessories outlet to charge a phone or run a GPS unit, Selectable Torque Control to fine-tune the bikes power deliver for the different riding conditions, and the choice of manual, six-speed transmission or Honda’s Automatic DCT transmission. Even with the DCT, you have the option of shifting with handlebar-mounted toggles.

Honda has also made some changes its two smaller adventure-ish motorcycles, the NC700X and the CB500X. Both of these bikes will have new styling for 2016 as well as taller windscreen and some performance upgrades for each model.

The VFR1200X won’t be available until May 2016, so don’t hold your breath for the first test, but as soon as we get one under our collective butts, you’ll know all about it.

The new VFR1200X is powered by a 1237cc, V-Four engine.Photo courtesy of Honda
The wheels have spokes rather than being cast.Photo courtesy of Honda
There are many electronic controls that are becoming standard on large adventure bikes.Photo courtesy of Honda
This bike comes with two options for the transmission; standard six-speed or Automatic DCT.Photo courtesy of Honda
The KYB shock features tool-less preload adjustment.Photo courtesy of Honda
Wind protection is a must. The windscreen is one-hand adjustable.Photo courtesy of Honda
Handguards are a nice touch to give this big machine a little more off-road cred.Photo courtesy of Honda