Bulletins & Advisories 2014 VFR800F

Discussion in 'Sports Tourer' started by Service News, Friday 14th Mar, 2014.

  1. Service News Staff Managed Dealer Information

    When I saw this bike at the 2013 NEC motorcycle show I was just blown away at the near Italian design of the front end.. I was rubbing my eyes just to check it wasn't a duke!
    Anyway this is one bike on my Hot list of "I want one" anyone else on here fancy this bike? :Wub:

    The press release by Honda
    Model updates: The legendary VFR800F is completely updated with sharp, contemporary looks, a brand new telescopic fork, Pro-arm swingarm, wheels and bodywork. Plus adjustable seat height, standard-fit Traction Control System, ABS, heated grips and Honda’s unique new self-cancelling indicators. 7kg lighter than the previous model, with the engine re-tuned for greater low and mid-range torque.


    1 Introduction

    2 Model overview

    3 Key features

    4 Accessories

    5 Technical specifications

    1. Introduction

    The V4 engine configuration is a special one for Honda, going back nearly 40 years. A complex, yet compact unit, it has a unique power delivery and a soul all its own. Honda’s current RC213V MotoGP machine uses a V4, as does the flagship sport-touring VFR1200F. It’s a powerplant woven tightly into Honda’s engineering DNA.And nowhere has the V4 engine been more at home than in the legendary VFR800F series – a truly all-round motorcycle that’s always done sport as well as it tours, and all areas in between, with or without a pillion. It has inspired huge loyalty among owners over the last two decades and it’s estimated there are still 75,000 VFRs in regular use across Europe.

    The legion of VFR800F fans know exactly what they like about their bike and also what they’d like more – and less – of in a new model. With such an important model Honda has listened intently to customers’ views; in essence they want a high-quality motorcycle with strong low and mid-range torque, light and slim but just as capable and adaptable, with a return to the evocative look and feel of VFRs of the past.

    2. Model Overview

    Two factors were key drivers for Honda’s engineers in development of the new VFR800F – firstly, to retain and expand the essential VFR qualities that inspire so many, and, secondly, to update the new model with modern features and technologies.

    Starting with the 782cc V4-VTEC engine, bottom and mid-range power have been boosted, to strike the ideal balance of enjoyable sports riding and easy commuting. The VTEC transition has been softened and the resulting power delivery is smooth, strong and linear. Honda’s TCS (Traction Control System) has also been added.Extensive work has gone into making the new VFR800F lighter than its predecessor, a whole 7kg lighter in fact. A single exhaust muffler has replaced the dual underseat design of the previous model and a host of detail changes save weight.
    A brand new Pro-Arm single-sided swingarm, 43mm telescopic fork, radial-mount four-piston front brake calipers and redesigned wheels hang from the quintessentially VFR twin-spar aluminium beam frame. Seat height is adjustable by 20mm, ABS is fitted as standard and – for the first time – a Honda Genuine Accessories shift assist system is available to bolt straight on.And then there’s the styling. Considerably slimmer in the middle than the outgoing bike the 2014 VFR800F mixes a sleek silhouette with crisp, contemporary angles – and more than an echo of classic VFR design.

    3. Key Features

    3.1 Engine

    The VFR800F’s 782cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine has received significant development – mainly focusing on cam timing and valve duration/overlap – to deliver the required increase in low-to midrange power and torque. Peak power of 77.9kW is delivered at 10,250rpm, with peak torque of 75.1Nm arriving at 8,500rpm.

    VTEC valve timing still operates one pair of inlet/exhaust valves per cylinder at low RPM, and then switches to four as revs rise but the transition is now seamless. Combined with the uprated torque, the effect is a remarkably linear power delivery and effortless overtaking at highway speeds.

    Bore and stroke is 72mm x 48mm, with compression ratio of 11.8:1. The PGM-FI fuel injection – with 36mm throttle bodies – has been remapped to suit the engine’s new performance parameters, and fuel economy is 17.8km/l (WMTC).

    Honda’s Traction Control System (TCS) is fitted as standard equipment. It’s operated from the left handlebar and a single mode covers a wide variety of riding conditions and situations.

    3.2 Chassis

    The diamond triple-box section aluminium twin-spar frame is unchanged; a revised die-cast aluminium subframe is significantly lighter than the previous model. In total, kerb weight is reduced by 7kg to 242kg. Rake is set at 25°30’ with trail of 95mm and 1,460mm wheelbase.

    Completely new are the aluminium single-sided Pro-arm swingarm and 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork. They feature stepless spring preload adjustment and 108mm wheel travel; the HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through a Pro-Link suspension linkage with remote spring preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment.

    The fork lowers have been redesigned in two pieces to accept radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. New Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminium wheels employ dual 310mm floating discs up front and a 256mm disc at the rear. The front rim is a 17M/C x MT3.50, the rear a 17M/C x MT5.50 with 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W) and 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W) tyres. 2-channel ABS provides consistent and safe all-weather stopping control.

    ‘Elegant Sport’ is the essence of the VFR800F and its stunning new bodywork not only provides a contemporary outline, with a mixture of sharp angles and soft curves it pays respect to design elements from the VFR’s history – details like the small air intake duct on the fairing’s flank.

    The VFR-signature ‘X’ 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 for a clean look. With fuel economy of 17.8km/l (WMTC), the 21.5-litre fuel tank offers a 350km plus cruising range.

    At 500mm the width around the middle cowl is reduced by 40mm giving the VFR800F a slim and compact feel. The seat is height adjustable (789mm or 809mm) using the tool provided and a handlebar height spacer, adding 15mm is available as a Honda Genuine Accessory.

    3.3 Equipment

    Unique to Honda is the VFR800F’s self-cancelling indicator system. Rather than using a simple timer it compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation.

    A new dashboard houses a digital speedometer/tachometer plus gear position indicator, ambient temperature gauge, fuel consumption information and clock. There’s also an indicator for the 5-stage heated grips, which are fitted as standard. A compact automotive-style ‘wave’ design key – with internal grooving – reduces the chance of breakage.

    4. Accessories

    For the very first time Honda Genuine Accessories are 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 new rear hugger protects the shock and Pro-Link suspension from water and the colour-matched 45L top box and panniers have been redesigned to accept the wave key. Other Honda Genuine Accessories for the VFR800F include:

    Rear carrier

    Colour-matched top boxes

    Pannier and top box inner bags

    Averto security kit


    5. Technical Specifications

    Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4
    Displacement 782cm3
    Bore ´Stroke 72mm x 48mm
    Compression Ratio 11.8 : 1
    Max. Power Output 77.9kW @ 10,250rpm
    Max. Torque 75.1Nm @ 8,500rpm
    Oil Capacity 3.8L

    Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
    Fuel Tank Capacity21.5L

    Fuel Consumption
    17.8km/l (WMTC mode)

    Starter Electric
    Battery Capacity12V/11AH
    ACG Output 420W


    Clutch Type Wet, multiplate with coil springs
    Transmission Type 6-speed
    Final Drive O-ring sealed chain

    Type Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar

    Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,134 x748 x1,203mm
    Wheelbase 1,460mm
    Caster Angle25° 30'
    Trail 95mm
    Seat Height 789mm / 809mm
    Ground Clearance 126mm
    Kerb Weight 242kg

    Type Front 43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload and ten DF adjustment, 108mm axle travel

    Type Rear
    Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 120mm axle travel

    Type Front
    10-spoke diecast aluminium

    Type Rear
    10-spoke diecast aluminium

    Rim Size Front
    17M/C x MT3.5

    Rim Size Rear
    17M/C x MT5.5

    Tyres Front
    120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
    Tyres Rear
    180/55-ZR17M/C (73W)


    ABS System Type 2 channel ABS
    Type Front
    310 x 4.5mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads
    Type Rear
    256 x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads

    Digital speedo, analogue tachometer, fuel meter / fuel consumption / water temp. / gear-position / ambient temperature / clock

    Security System
    LED (Hi-2 / Low-2), with extension
    LED x 9 (tail), LED x 9 (stop)

    All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.

    # Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
  3. Phil1978 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    United Kingdom Phil Salisbury
    Ooh I like that :Wub: I'll take the white one please:Niceone:
  4. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    White does look tasty with gold wheels.. but sadly looks to much like a rosser sleeper.:nea:
  5. AccordCU2 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom Brum
    For me it looks best in black colour.Really nice.
  6. Phil1978 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    United Kingdom Phil Salisbury
    I'll get some hi-viz to go with it then.
  7. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    cop. always had me suspicion about you :Tea:
  8. steve4536 Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Lovely machine, I'm interested in a test ride but my local dealer can't get his hands on one until about May / June. Quite an expensive bike though.
    I need to change my motorcycle this year, the Hayabusa is getting too much of a handful just lately.....I want to draw my pension :Fear:
  9. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    Busa blimey they are superb just a bit ugly for my liking but EPIC performance bike, a true master class from Suzuki:Hooray:. I do have a soft spot for Suzuki's always loved they way the handle . I too have the same idea of getting a test ride when I get to Padgett's Honda for my first service soon. I will enquire they seem to get preferential treatment to new bikes some how? It is expensive but I can see some great finance deals coming up soon there seem to be some sort magical spark in Honda step these days.

    Just have to keep on applauding what Honda Motorcycle division has done to the line up of new 2014 bikes its verry unlike Honda to make a massive jump like that.. But I aint compalining ! :Happy:
  10. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    Picked up this weeks MCN and next week they have the first ride on the new VFR800F so look out for it next Wednesday.:Happy:
  11. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    The first review of the bike is out and as expected Honda have delivered a masterpiece..http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-2014-Honda-vfr800-review/24774.html

    This IS the place to be if you are a VTEC junkie :vtec:bub bye cars make room for bikes.

    From the article an extract which epitomises engineering excellence

    "Every piece of bodywork fits together with every other piece with other-worldly precision. The gaps between them (“shut lines”, a Honda man informed me at the launch in Alicante), are hair-thin and perfectly uniform."