Honda unveiled its new CRF450 Rally which will be available Oct. 13 at the 2013 Morocco Rally. The CRF450 Rally will then become available to other rally racing teams for 2014. The Japanese manufacturer returned to the Dakar Rally earlier this year, with HRC racers on a prototype of the CRF450 Rally based on the […]
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)|