EICMA 2013: 2014 Honda VFR800F

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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.

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22910_VFR800FSuspending 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.

22907_VFR800FA 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.

Specifications

ENGINE
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
FUEL SYSTEM
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 21.5L
Fuel Consumption 17.8km/l  (WMTC mode)
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Starter Electric
Battery Capacity 12V/11AH
ACG Output 420W
DRIVETRAIN
Clutch Type Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Transmission Type 6-speed
Final Drive O-ring sealed chain
FRAME
Type Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar
CHASSIS
Dimensions (L´W´H) 2,134 x748 x1,203mm
Wheelbase 1,460mm
Caster Angle 25° 30′
Trail 95mm
Seat Height 789mm / 809mm
Ground Clearance 126mm
Kerb Weight 239kg
SUSPENSION
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
WHEELS
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)
BRAKES
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
Security System TBC
Headlight LED (Hi-2 / Low-2), with extension
Taillight LED x 9 (tail), LED x 9 (stop)
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