The Interceptor, though, held on to devotees; riders who demanded performance but were unwilling to give up comfort to get it. The Interceptor line, in the last 25 or so years, has been Honda's premiere showcase; sometimes for desirable technology like the single-sided Pro Arm swingarm, sometimes for less-than-desirable tricks like V-TEC variable valve timing.
In talking about the new VFR1200F, Honda's been careful to position it as a new thing, “its own thing.” They've been careful to say that it's not a one-for-one replacement for the Interceptor.
But it is. That was obvious when the new VFR1200F was revealed in a conference room at Honda's Torrance, California HQ. After an appropriate amount of ooh-ing and ahh-ing by the assembled journalists, the curtains were opened and the new bike was wheeled out into a courtyard where it was placed at the head of a line-up of... all the old Interceptors (plus a few other notable V-bikes, including an NR750!)
Such was the anticipation of this bike that when it was first wheeled out, the journos – who normally descend on new metal like vultures on a fresh carcass – formed a circle about
Yet at the same time, the first look was also tinged with a little disappointment, if only because this new platform will “soon” be available with optional dual-clutch technology. That was the bike I thought I was coming to see; it will give riders the option of servo-assisted paddle shifters or even a fully automatic six-speed tranny.