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Honda VFR1200F Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Honda VFR1200F Side view - sunset

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VFR1200F.

The Honda VFR1200F is the 7th generation Honda sport touring motorcycle from the VF and VFR line motorcycles powered by a transverse mounted V4 engine.

The VFR1200F was a huge departure from the VFR800F, though, and many consider it to be a different line of motorcycles. A few distinct changes were

  • A 1,237cc V4 engine — Much larger than the 782cc V4 in the VFR800 series
  • Optional DCT (dual clutch transmission) — Automatic transmission, with paddle-style shifters
  • Longer, bigger, heavier, (faster)
  • A shaft drive rather than the chain drive.

The VFR1200F has been discontinued, but many other motorcycles have been offered with DCT, including the 2018+ Gold Wing.

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Honda VFR1200F Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda VFR1200F.

Difficulty levels according to the Honda manual for the VFR1200F:

  • X: Intermediate. We recommend service by your Honda dealer, unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled. Procedures are provided in an official Honda Service Manual
  • XX: Technical. In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle serviced by your dealer.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • R: replace

Notes (*):

  • At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • Air filter: Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • Brake fluid/Coolant: Take care as Honda says “Replacement requires mechanical skill”.
  • Some items below are (as noted) specific to the DCT models, and some to the manual (non-DCT) models.
ItemsDif.x 1000 km112243648
x 1000 mile0.68162432Annual Check (Every 1 Year)Regular ReplacePre-ride Check
Fuel LineXIIIIII
Throttle OperationXIIIIII
Air Cleaner*XII
Spark PlugXIR
Valve ClearanceXII
Engine OilRRRRRRI
Engine Oil FilterRRRRRR
Clutch Oil Filter (DCT)RRR
Radiator Coolant*IIIII3 YearsI
Cooling SystemXIIIII
Secondary Air Supply SystemXIIIII
Final Drive Oil2 Years
Brake Fluid*IIIII2 YearsI
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIIIIIII
Brake Light SwitchXIIIII
Brake Lock Operation (DCT)XIIIIIII
Headlight AimXIIIII
Clutch System (Manual)IIIII
Clutch Fluid*3 (Manual)IIIII2 YearsI
Exhaust Gas Control Actuator CableXXII
Side StandIIIIII
SuspensionXIIIII
Nuts, Bolts, FastenersXIIIIII
Wheels/TiresXXIIIIII
Steering Head BearingsXXIIIIII
Maintenance schedule for the Honda VFR1200F

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda VFR1200F

The manual for the Honda VFR1200F gives these tyre sizes, and says the VFR ships (or shipped) with these tyres. It also specifies the following tyre pressures standard.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)DUNLOP ROADSMART CQ K
BRIDGESTONE BT021F N
250 kPa/ 36 psi
Rear190/55ZR17 M/C (75W)DUNLOP ROADSMART K
BRIDGESTONE BT021R N
290 kPa/ 42 psi
Tyres and tyre pressures

About the Honda VFR1200F

The VFR1200F is a very interesting motorcycle. Honda intended it to be many things, including

  • A replacement for the Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird as a high-speed sports tourer
  • A replacement for the the previous generation VFR800 VTEC as its V4 touring bike
  • Competition with the other high-speed sport bikes of the day, like the Hayabusa and the BMW K1300S

Honda announced their VFR1200F as “a ten in every respect” — high power, with excellent handling, comfort, and looks. In the end it didn’t quite hit the mark for any number of intangible reasons, and it never had a direct replacement.

Honda first announced Honda VFR1200F as a concept bike at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, in 2008. There were many unique design elements, like the X-shaped headlights. Finally, the production VFR1200F was introduced at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

The Honda VFR1200F was an attempt to be simultaneously the most aggressive, refined and comfortable entry in its segment, a bike claimed to adapt to any style of riding or riding situation naturally.

It looked like a Honda from every angle, with large, clean panels, but also had futuristic design elements that Honda likes to drop on many new models (like the Valkryrie, which is adored by many but not really appreciated by traditional cruiser riders).

Just a few of the incredible features and benefits found in the VFR1200F include

  • A light and compact 1237cc liquid-cooled 76-degree V-4 that pumps out amazing levels of power
  • Throttle By Wire for next-generation throttle response
  • The lightweight and compact “Unicam” valvetrain allows for significantly smaller cylinder heads
  • Optional Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission with manual mode and automatic mode with two D/S modes and paddle-style shifters
  • Honda slipper clutch in the manual-shift VFR1200F
  • GP technology layer-concept aero fairing for better air management and futuristic style
  • A next-generation shaft drive system with offset pivot point and sliding constant-velocity joint for a new level of shaft-drive performance and control.

Reviews of the Honda VFR1200F were ultimately mixed. It didn’t necessarily outright fail on any front, it just was a large, heavy, and for many unexciting sports tourer compared to other motorcycles available at the time.

But as with all niche motorcycles – it has its fan base, and it will be a classic at some point.

Manual for the Honda VFR1200F

Honda VFR1200F Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda VFR1200F

You can download it from here.

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