Barnes meets France….or Alf England International to the rescue!!

Well, I have owned a stunning Yamaha MT10SP for 2 years and wow, what an amazing bike she turned out to be. I have owned several R1s over the years including a track R1 but this was a totally new experience. With an R1 you are seated with alot of your weight on your wrists and things only become comfortable at high motorway speeds whereas the MT10 shares a detuned version of the same engine but with a sit up and beg riding position. And “only” 160 bhp!

So in my wisdom I decided that she was too young and fast for me and it was time to switch her for a slightly more “sensible” bike. I had always fancied the Honda VFR1200F which was ahead of its time and had never been a commercial success for Honda as it was very expensive as well as flawed. They made this VFR from 2009 to 2017 and so I started searching for a second generation bike when some of these flaws had been corrected, fuel tank up to 19 litres from only 15.

Martin found me a 2013 bike in manual form (cos DCT was an option) with only 30k kms on the clock and in good and original condition. Also she had received the big expensive service where the valves are checked. The next question was how to get the Honda and return the Yamaha and here Brian the Barnes donned his Superman kit and offered to meet me in France and swap over, which we did. Alf England International to the rescue!!!

So I left Amalfi and slept at Orte and then Chamonix heading to Troyes and Barnes left Bedrock and through the Channel Tunnel. He had great weather whereas I had a full day of terrible rain all the way through France and we arrived at the excellent Brit Hotel only about 15 minutes apart!

My impression of the VFR1200??? Next post coming up soon!!

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