2014 Honda VFR800F

The trusty-old VFR800 is re-born, 10kg lighter and now features traction control, adjustable seat height, self-cancelling indicators and a single exhaust

Posted: 4 November 2013
by Visordown News

HONDA launched the new VFR800F today at the Milan motorcycle show.

The new bike supercedes the current VFR800 and Honda say they’ve developed it with a close eye on feedback from owners of the current VFR800.

The frame remains unchanged but the new aluminium subframe is 3kg lighter. The aluminium single-sided Pro-Arm swingarm is new, as is the 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) which features 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 front brakes are now radially mounted and the VFR800F features twin floating 310mm discs. The bodywork is all-new and the front headlight is now LED. Honda claim the 21.5L fuel tank offers a 215 mile plus cruising range. The underseat exhausts have gone, now replaced with a single conventional exhaust.

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.

A new dashboard houses a digital speedometer/tachometer plus gear position indicator,ambient temperature gauge, fuel consumption informationand clock. There’s also an indicator for the 5-stage heated grips, which are fitted as standard

There’s also a shift-assist (quickshifter) on the accessories list.

The VFR800F will be available in the following colour options: Pearl Glare White, Darkness Black Metallic, Victory Red

You’ll be able to see this bike at the NEC Motorcycle Live 23rd Nov – 1st Dec.

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Fair play to Honda for bringing out or at least updating a Sports Touring model when every other manufacturer has left this sector for dead. I love the combination they are great fun. Can't wait to see if BMW replace the K1300s model with a new model or just go the same route as the other manufacturers, Sports or Adventure bike.

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 18:15

I'd say it looks like Chinese vfr but that would be a insult... To Chinese bike manufactures, makes me want to go buy a old one.

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 18:58

Wow. What a boring bike... I'm sure it's good, but it's not very exciting...

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 19:00

Peter 1050, from what I have read on the BMW forums the K1300s is going to be discounted in favour for a s1000rr naked version. It’s the word on the K forums is BMW thinking is if you want a tourer get the 1600 if you want a sports bike get the S1000rr in my mind MADNES!

So the VFR800 is looking a good all rounder.

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 19:39

what a shame I think my next step would be K1300s as I don't yet want to go to a bus on wheels or one of those adventure bikes. I still enjoy tearing up some Tarmac after travelling 200 odd miles to get there. Oh well maybe a secondhand K1300s eh.

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 19:53

Im glad its not just me,most of my bikes have been sports tourers and i love em,The hgv size mock off roaders dont do it for me likewise barge like tourers,i have tried a speed triple but the windblast on a long run did for me so ive got a sprint st 1050 at the moment ,cant understand why triumph dropped it from the range,Lets hope the Adventure bike thing is a passing fad and the manufacturers start building sports tourers again,ducati st 1200 ?

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 20:41

Integrated luggage? Gear-driven cams? VTEC? Let's see just how closely they were listening to current owners...

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 21:47

Would be nice to see Honda Canada bring this across the pond. With Honda looking to expand their range across the displacement spectrum, the VFR 1200 is more bike than some sport touring riders want. This looks good. I wonder if there has been any update to the engine and what type of power it's putting out.

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 22:15

If no gear-driven cams - I'm not interested. This bike needs more character and needs to lose even more weight.

Posted: 04/11/2013 at 22:58

I've got very fond memories of my '99 VFR800 way back when I had good knees so it's nice to see Honda continuing this model. That said, the bland exterior is an insult to the VFR lineage. As someone else says, it looks like a Chinese knock off. Surely Honda could have put more effort into its appearance...

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 11:20

I kinda like it. Now this may sound strange but it looks like the bastard love child between the VFR1200 and wait... the Ducati Panigale. Yes, look.
Smoothed out less angular fairing where the leading edge of the radiator vent duct is the profile edge of the side fairing.
Mock dual headlights that house an integrated LED light.
A swoopy, attractive single sided swing, arm.

No, no one will mistake this for an Italian bike but I do see some similar styling cues. I've never owned a VFR but admired them and have taken a few for brief rides. The best one was a pre Vtec with Ohlins front and back tuned to handle and and aftermarket pipe and filter to let it breathe. It wasn't lithe but it carved corners like a scythe and sounded like a crate V8. I can see the end of my supersport days coming but will always want something that handles the twisties with poise. This may be the ticket for those of us who eventually give up sport bikes but aren't all in for the "adventure/touring" segment.

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 21:50

@kneedown, I totally agree! Sports tourers offer the best all-round compromise, and for me compromise doesn't mean bland. I like to be able to ride a few hundred miles in a day on holiday with full panniers, then have fun in the twisties when I get there. As Ducati have decided that they aren't interested in the touring market (but now offer touring versions of most of their range) I have recently bought another Ducati ST2 which I expect will keep me grinning for a good few years yet. I hope Ducati wake up, smell the coffee and make that ST1200, it would be so easy using the Multistrada as a basis but the MTS with panniers is not what I am looking for!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 22:44

Looks great, if you want aggressive... buy a Fireblade.

Screwed up with the front lens though. Looks like it had its nose flatted in the pub one drunken night.

No comment on the powerplant? Surely they've done a major re-vamp?
Especially when Yama's chucking out something like the MT-09's powerplant.

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 23:17

I've owned 3 vfr800's here in oz and love them for there all round abilities. Had sports bikes before but they are too focused and uncomfortable to go any distance on. Currently have a vfr800 2001, last of the proper vfr's with gear driven cams. Have ohlins suspension and some engine work and it's a fine old stead but I've always thought they could do with another 20-30hp and more torque and they would then be my absolute perfect bike. Honda hasn't listened to the people as it still has the stupid vtec system, doesn't have any real power gains and looks boring. At least they have fitted delinked decent brakes to it. Sorry honda but you could of done soo much more with it. The 1998-2001 vfr is still the one to have.

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 00:49

I reckon with a tail tidy, seat cowl, high level pipe etc. it could look quite good, and you could lose a little more weight. The front might not be too bad in the flesh.. But what are those plasticky bits under the seat and tank? I've had a 99 vfr for nine years, but I'm seriously thinking about this. Is vtec THAT much worse? Really?

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 01:13

I love it , no more stupid underseat exhausts , less weight , netter brakes , nice refined looks a classy machine like the old VFR 750s

definitely on my shopping list

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 19:05

At last, a new bike that I would seriously consider buying. Centre stand, decent size fuel tank, fairing, enough power to be fun, light enough for manoeuvering around the garage etc. looks like the perfect all rounder. So glad the underseat exhausts have gone and hopefully its now got some decent midrange. The only thing that still might put me off is expensive servicing.There should be more bikes like this, can't understand the current obsession with adventure bikes and sports nakeds.

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 08:43

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