I've owned an Aprilia Mana for nearly 5 years and clocked up 61,000 kms mostly commuting daily and some weekend rides. Looked at various bikes in the past 3 years but kept coming back to keeping the Mana due to it suitability to riding in daily traffic (CVT auto). Was very impressed when I saw the VFR 1200 in both forms, road and off road, and then my local Honda dealer offered a special price on a demo VFR1200X DCT with only 80 kms on the clock. After much reading on the forum and the great response it was getting, I arranged a test ride. Couldn't believe how big the bike was compared to the Mana when I first saw it. A couple of minutes into the test ride, I could see why you all rave about it.
What I liked: Smoothness of the motor and ride. More power than I need. Tracks so well on the road. Extremely comfortable.
My major concerns: Fuel economy and how the bike will perform as a commuter in heavy traffic.
I understand the fuel economy will improve with time and is dependent on how you twist the throttle.
So, after further discussions and thinking overnight on the deal, I called the dealer and said that I thought the crosstourer was more suited to the open road and I might be happier staying with the Mana around town. So, no deal at this time. Different story maybe if I was touring more on weekends.
Two days have gone by and I haven't stopped thinking about that damn bike. The smoothness and power of the motor, great handling and comfort. So today I've called to ask and yes the demo is still available so I'm going back tomorrow for another test ride.
Is anyone else using their crosstourer as a commuter? How is it in traffic? I found that the transmission was not sure which gear to be in in auto mode (D) in extra slow traffic. I thought maybe that manual mode in first gear might be a better option. Your ideas are welcome.
I also noticed that a slow speed the fuel consumption was very high (around 10km/l). Is this normal or does this improve? Seems that rolling along at 4 km/h used more fuel that at 60km/h in 6th gear.
Anyway, I think I want this bike. I've loved my time with my Mana and find it hard to let it go.
Any info to help my decision either way would be useful.