2008 Honda VFR Interceptor First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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2008 Honda VFR Interceptor Ride

The 2008 Honda may not have undergone any major but it still carries all the trademark from its racing roots.

Few on the calendar instill the kind of and loathing-not to mention paranoia-in the conscience as that of April That’s right, tax day. The is so foreboding it has the ability to rouse in even the most honest, law citizen. Like many of the tax paying individuals I approach the day it approaches me) with a kind of dread.

The last several late at night on the 14th, as I through the requisite pile of a freelance moto-journalist acquires the year, I promised to get my taxes early the following year. promise was repeatedly broken subsequent season. That is, this year.

With diligence I managed to dive the daunting task ahead of This was achieved by making a with myself; that if I get my taxes filed early, I reward myself with hooky on April 15th, tax and spend the day on a motorcycle. In the end, I peace with what I the good ole USA government, wrote out a and sent the forms to Sacramento.

The morning of the 15th, a Tuesday, with a kind of lumbering Instead of the usual dark and ominous silence, birds chirping and there was a scent of mowed grass in the air. I maybe I’d dreamt the of being done with it but quickly realized it was true. I was

April 15th would be my

A hot cup of coffee in the quaint village of after a good ride add up to the of a perfect day.

Coffee and were enjoyed with a normally given over to Then I suited up. The day would be with the new 2008 Honda VFR To stretch the legs of the sport-touring — as well as indulge unexpected mid-week freedom I decided to take a dash up the roads to Ojai, California, for the beautiful extravagance of a coffee in the village.

As I headed out of town I that Kinko’s was a beehive of Disheveled citizens-with blood eyes, wired from a consuming coffee-morbidly and numbly copies of their returns. The turned green and I dropped the on the VFR to start my day of hooky.

As a sport-touring mount Honda’s VFR is a player that can give liter sportbikes a run for their (Just watch Freddie uses a VFR as a teaching platform-put one its paces at his riding school). The has a rich racing pedigree Honda continues to evolve, very incrementally. The VFR has merely refined over the past years with no dramatic

That said, it remains a machine that provides desiring performance and comfort a stylish, practical, and thoroughly alternative.

The ’08 Interceptor a fuel-injected, VTEC V-4 engine, an chassis, ABS and an all-new color

The Interceptor is equipped with 781cc liquid-cooled 90-degree engine. The V-4 powerplant has 4-valves per but only operates on two-valves intake, one exhaust) per cylinder at low then transitions to operating on all at 6500 rpm and above.

The theory and behind the V-TEC engine is to the Interceptor with the benefits of torque and fuel economy of a engine at lower revs, the more efficient flow and power a 4-valve head at higher revs. The engineering has an F-1 feel to it, augmented by a powerfully growl that really on top end. The VFR was put on the dyno at Peak Motorcycles in Simi Valley to get a horsepower rating.

Just before tagging the Honda hit a respectable 107 horsepower at rpm. Maximum torque was 59.49 ft lbs at 7750 rpm.

The is impressive, but it comes at a cost. is slight flat spot and surge when the motor from 2 to 4-valves. Honda has this for 2008, smoothing out the significantly.

On the plus side, the pulls strong off idle and at traffic-friendly applications. Once the configuration starts pumping, the can really scream. The F-1 techno runs through the entire drive train.

Transmission and deliver seamless shifts, accented by the responsive motor.

The qualities of the VFR at low rpm complemented the stop and go as I departed town, sharing the streets with morning A short jaunt on the freeway was with aplomb, the 6-speed transmission providing a decent between gears. Breaking off the freeway the Interceptor lapped up the two-lane roads that through the mountains to Ojai, off the machine’s racing roots.

Its 5.8-gallon tank gives the Interceptor good range. on the optional hard saddlebags and got a solid sport-touring package.

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A wheelbase gives the VFR a quick, response on turn-in with mid-corner stability. Fully the VFR tips the scales at 554 pounds, the bias distributed 288 lbs on the rear and 266 (48%) on the front. This when multiplied by inertia, to some front tire although truth be told, was after some very riding with aggressive

The Interceptor I was riding was equipped ABS, with the front and brakes linked (which applies some front when the rear pedal is The only critique I have of the ABS — which I always for touring for unpredictable weather and roads — is that heavy braking the feel of the brake is inconsistent.

This is due to the ABS trying to regulate pressure and speed, misinterpreting the aggressive as wheel spin. It’s common with ABS systems again, this is somewhat of an criticism as this only when flogging the Interceptor aggressively. The brakes consist of 296mm rotors mated to calipers on the front, with a 256mm disc on the rear.

The VFR is definitely more of a sport that has been adapted for with a slightly relaxed position and optional hard to earn it a sport touring Although more comfortable most sport machines, the is going to feel cramped for riders on long hauls. flying distance junkies be better suited to Honda’s

Further proving this Honda’s website places the in the sport category as opposed to the section. The VFR has a 5.8 gallon capacity tank, which is going to (depending on riding habits) a in excess of 200 miles between stops.

The Interceptor is the type of that looks smokin’ hot when it’s sitting

The Interceptor possesses aggressive with attractively wedged and an angular windscreen that sufficiently at freeway speeds. A swingarm and dual under-seat contribute to the VFR’s high-end presence. What the Honda VFR offers is a machine with the and good looks of a sportbike, with more practical for weekend jaunts.

Naturally, the whole package is with Honda’s phenomenal and stellar fit and finish. Available in one a classy, striking Metallic

After my day of hooky, roosting the back roads of Ojai, I back home, getting town as stragglers were trying to get their tax returns before 5 p.m. Unlike the rush, this year for me, 15th, had delivered one of those days of pointless wandering a inspires. I wonder if I could the VFR Interceptor off next year as for well-being?

2008 VFR Interceptor ABS $11,799 (standard $10,799)

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