1992 Honda ST1100 ABS/TCS

2010 Honda VFR1200F/DCT: “A paradigm shift occurred with the introduction of Honda’s VFR1200F, our 2010 MOTY winner. // The VFR’s DNA goes back two decades, to Honda’s earliest V4 racing engines, and continuing through a model line that set new standards for performance, handling and refinement and won countless awards, not to mention a cult following. For 2010, Honda’s clean-sheet design integrated the very best of its MotoGP and MX racing technology to build a much more powerful and fuel-efficient, yet lighter and more compact, V4 engine than its predecessor. But Honda’s trump card is the optional dual-clutch transmission (DCT), a first on a motorcycle. Available on some high-end sports cars, DCTs provide silky smooth, split-second shifts, and Honda’s does so in two automatic modes (Drive or Sport) or manually with a trigger shifter—no clutch lever, no shift lever. All this on a genteel sportbike equipped with shaft drive, ABS, optional hard luggage, and exquisite fit and finish. We based our selection on riding the DCT-equipped VFR at its intro in Japan and our full road test of the standard model, which has a six-speed transmission with slipper clutch.” (Rider, July 2010; photo courtesy Honda)

2009 BMW F800GS
2011 Triumph Tiger 800/XC

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