Honda is bringing back its 50cc Metropolitan scooter for 2013 after a four-year absence from the U.S. market. Previously offered in the U.S. in 2009, the 2013 Honda Metropolitan receives a styling update and Honda‘s PGM-FI fuel injection system replaces the previous model’s 18mm CV carburetor. The engine remains a 49cc liquid-cooled Single though Honda […]
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.
Suspending the VFR is a new aluminum 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.
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.
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 standard, 5-stage heated grips. There’s also a compact automotive-style ‘wave’ design key – with internal grooving .
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.
|Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4|
|Bore ´ Stroke||72mm x 48mm|
|Compression Ratio||11.8 : 1|
|Max. Power Output||77.9kW @ 10,250rpm|
|Max. Torque||75.1Nm @ 8,500rpm|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||21.5L|
|Fuel Consumption||17.8km/l (WMTC mode)|
|Clutch Type||Wet, multiplate with coil springs|
|Final Drive||O-ring sealed chain|
|Type||Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar|
|Dimensions (L´W´H)||2,134 x748 x1,203mm|
|Caster Angle||25° 30′|
|Seat Height||789mm / 809mm|
|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||2channel 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|
|INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS|
|Instruments||Digital speedo, analogue tachometer, fuel meter / fuel consumption / water temp. / gear-position / ambient temperature / clock|
|Headlight||LED (Hi-2 / Low-2), with extension|
|Taillight||LED x 9 (tail), LED x 9 (stop)|