These patent drawings have been published on the Internet several times since MCN first displayed them in July, 2009. There was some thought that the bike depicted, a more upright, touring oriented version of the VFR1200F, would debut in late 2009 as a 2010 model. Of course, this never happened.
The Spanish magazine Solo Moto has just published a story in which they contend this bike will debut this Fall at one of the European shows and replace the ST1300 in Honda’s line-up. According to Solo Moto, the bike could be available in multiple versions, including with or without the dual clutch automatic transmission featured on the VFR, as well as versions with or without saddle bags.
Since the current ST1300 is getting a bit long-in-the-tooth, this story makes sense, and the new model would address the concerns we expressed in our VFR1200F review regarding the somewhat confused nature of the current bike’s ergonomics. Of course, all of the current electronic assist mechanisms available in this class of motorcycle (such as traction control, cruise control, ABS, combined braking, adjustable fuel maps, and adjustable windshield) would be no surprise if found on this new Honda.