EICMA 2013: 2014 Honda VFR800F
Gracing the new 2014 VFR800F is traction control, ABS, heated grips, adjustable seat height and self-canceling blinkers. The V-Four-powered machine has been re-tuned for greater low and mid-range torque, and also receives a new telescopic fork, Pro-arm swingarm, wheels, new, slimmer bodywork and styling.
Starting with the 782cc V4-VTEC engine, Honda engineers focused mainly on cam timing and valve duration/overlap to increase low-to midrange power and torque, claiming 104.5 hp @ 10,250 rpm and 55.4 ft-lbs of torque @ 8,500 rpm. Bore and stroke is 72mm x 48mm, with compression ratio of 11.8:1. VTEC valve timing still operates one pair of inlet/exhaust valves per cylinder at low rpm, and then switches to four as revs rise. Honda’s single-mode Traction Control System (TCS) is fitted as standard equipment and is operated from the left handlebar.
Redesigned fork lowers now accept radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. New Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminum wheels employ dual 310mm floating discs up front and a 256mm disc at the rear. Front tire size is 120/70-17 while the rear tire is and 180/55-17. Two-channel ABS is standard.
The VFR’s headlight shape is updated and now features LED lights – a first for Honda. Positional lights are integrated with the wing mirrors, just like the VFR1200F. At the rear, the wide, angular tailpiece offers plenty of room for a pillion and features an LED rear light unit with combined indicators.
The seat is height adjustable from 31.06 inches to 31.85 inches, while a handlebar height spacer, adds 15mm.
Honda Genuine Accessories is offering a shift assist system. Designed to bolt on and plug straight in it provides race-style split-second upshifts with no need to use the clutch – a first for Honda.
Apparently, Honda has no plans to import the new VFR800F stateside.
|Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4
|Bore ´ Stroke
|72mm x 48mm
|11.8 : 1
|Max. Power Output
|77.9kW @ 10,250rpm
|75.1Nm @ 8,500rpm
|PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
|Fuel Tank Capacity
|17.8km/l (WMTC mode)
|Wet, multiplate with coil springs
|O-ring sealed chain
|Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
|2,134 x748 x1,203mm
|789mm / 809mm
|43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload and ten DF adjustment, 108mm axle travel
|Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 120mm axle travel
|10-spoke diecast aluminium
|10-spoke diecast aluminium
|Rim Size Front
|17M/C x MT3.5
|Rim Size Rear
|17M/C x MT5.5
|ABS System Type
|310 x 4.5mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
|256 x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
|Digital speedo, analogue tachometer, fuel meter / fuel consumption / water temp. / gear-position / ambient temperature / clock
|LED (Hi-2 / Low-2), with extension
|LED x 9 (tail), LED x 9 (stop)
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