First Look: 2012 Honda Motorcycles

By Brandon Turkus

November 09, 2011

Honda has added five new models to its 2012 motorcycle roster, including a trio of sport bikes and two scooters. In the sport bike range, the new VFR1200F boasts a 1237cc V-4, traction control, and a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The more sport oriented CB1000R doesn’t go quite as extreme as the manic CBR1000RR, but it still boasts a 999cc four-cylinder engine, and plenty of performance for a naked bike. You can snag the new CB1000R in March of 2012.
For beginners, Honda is jumping into the 250cc sport bike game with the CBR250R. Its 249cc engine will deliver 77 miles per gallon, while still offering ABS and a light body. If you are looking to get into sport bikes for the first time this is probably a good place to start.
If full-tilt motorcycles aren’t your thing, Honda is adding a pair of scooters for 2012, although you could make the argument that the Silver Wing is a bit more motorcycle, thanks to its 582cc engine. The Silver Wing also makes use of an automatic transmission, delivering a comfortable ride for all skill levels. Towards the bottom of the range is awesome looking Ruckus. With a unique design and a thrifty 49cc engine/automatic transmission combo, the Ruckus looks to deliver some seriously affordable mobility.
Please scroll down for the official press release from Honda.
Honda Announces More New-Model Releases For 2012
Torrance, CA: Honda adds five additional street models to its 2012 model year lineup. Previous announcements regarding 2012 models have well illustrated the variety and popularity within Honda's lineup with perennial favorites such as the iconic touring Gold Wing®, CRF450R motocross machine, the custom Fury® and the incredibly well-liked FourTrax® Foreman® ATVs. This addition includes the versatile CB1000R, instant-hit CBR250R, Silver Wing® scooter and the edgy Ruckus®, along with the cutting-edge VFR1200F that receives an infusion of impressive new technology for 2012.
"This release for 2012 models continues Honda's great selection of motorcycles and ATVs for the upcoming season," said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "This is a great time for riding enthusiasts to visit their local Honda dealership and see firsthand the many options they can choose from within the Honda lineup. We're offering an incredibly wide variety of class-leading machines, which makes for a really fun buying experience."
More detailed information and images of Honda's model line can be found on or see your local Honda powersports dealer.
- VFR1200F
The VFR1200F introduced a whole new generation of Honda V-4 heritage and VFR® tradition. Bristling with advanced technology imported from the MotoGP world and other cutting-edge environments, the VFR1200F embodies a futuristic sport motorcycle created for the sheer joy of riding. Now the 2012 VFR1200F pushes those technological boundaries even further, thanks to the addition of traction control and automatic dual-clutch transmission, plus more low-end torque, a larger fuel tank and a redesigned seat for added style and comfort. Availability: TBD
- CB1000R
It's been called a street fighter, a naked bike, a supersport bike in undercover clothing and more. But regardless of what you call the CB1000R, it definitely embodies the classic Honda formula for high performance in an unfaired four-cylinder bike. Boasting clean, essentials-only styling, a fuel-injected four-cylinder 998cc powerplant tuned for loads of right-now power, single-sided swingarm with single-shock rear suspension, plus a wealth of street-worthy features that give it its own unique identity, the CB1000R stands tall as a high-performance motorcycle with an enduring design. Availability: March 2012
- CBR250R
The CBR250R brings motorcyclists an innovative approach to riding, one that's both appealing and fun. Beginners and experienced hands alike will recognize the economy and extreme versatility of this sporty little ride. Equipped with an extremely efficient 249cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine featuring a sophisticated four-valve DOHC cylinder head, engine counterbalancer and PGM-FI fuel injection, plus the option of ABS and more, this dependable lightweight delivers nimble handling, a broad spread of easily accessible power, and 77 MPG, all in one. Put it to work for your daily commute, quick trips around town or weekend back-road explorations; the CBR250R does it all while delivering as much fun per mile as anything around, all at a price that just about anyone can afford. Availability: February 2012
- Silver Wing
The Silver Wing expands the notion of what a scooter can achieve thanks to the unique pairing of a sophisticated liquid-cooled fuel-injected four-stroke 582cc twin-cylinder engine along with a fully automatic transmission. That adds up to true street-riding credentials along with easy operation, a combination that can take adventuresome riders as far as the open road beckons. In short, the Silver Wing started a riding revolution, one that continues to this day. Availability: February 2012
- Ruckus
What could be cooler than an economical scooter? How about one with an extra dose of attitude. The Ruckus is Honda's bare-knuckle scooter that sets a new standard for cool. The thrifty 49cc engine gets you where you need to go and hardly uses any gas doing it, while the V-matic® automatic transmission and electric starter makes operation easy. And best of all the Ruckus is built tough so it can handle all the bumps and dings that modern life dishes out—all while carrying off a cool and unique style of its own. Availability: February 2012
About Honda
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and MUVs in the U.S. American Honda's Motorcycle Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to