2014 Honda VFR800F Interceptor First Look Review- Photos- Specifications

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Honda Interceptor

REVEALED: 2014 Honda Interceptor! The V-4-powered VFR800F rejoins Honda’s US lineup.

Big News from Big Red: After a four-year hiatus, Honda’s VFR800F Interceptor—the legendary V-4-powered sportbike that captured multiple Cycle World Ten Best awards and routinely won us over with its impeccable balance—returns to the U.S. market for 2014, going on sale on in May, priced at $12,499. A Deluxe model will also be available, priced at $13,499. Two colors are offered: Red and Pearl White.

As the bikes revealed today by American Honda show, the new 2014 Interceptor is equipped with a new fork and swingarm, plus a front-mounted radiator, side exhaust, and adjustable seat. The Deluxe model adds ABS, traction control, and grip heaters, plus self-canceling turn signals and a center stand.

Honda says the new Interceptor, whose global introduction occurred at the EICMA show in Milan last fall, weighs nearly 30 pounds less than the previous model, and its 782cc V-4 has been tuned for better low- and midrange torque. Further, addressing complaints we had back in the day, the VTEC variable-valve transition on the liquid-cooled 90-degree engine has been smoothed.

Peak horsepower of 104 arrives at 10,250 rpm, said the Honda press release at EICMA, with 55 pound-feet of torque available at 8,500 rpm. The Interceptor’s VTEC V-4 uses only two valves per cylinder at low engine speeds and four at higher revs.

Honda Interceptor

Although the aluminum twin-spar frame remains unchanged, the 2014 Interceptor boasts a lighter subframe and a new single-sided aluminum swingarm that’s complemented by a 43mm telescopic fork offering stepless spring preload adjustment and 4.3 inches of travel. The fork lowers now accept radial-mount four-piston calipers, and the Interceptor’s wheels, made of die-cast aluminum, are fitted with floating 310mm discs up front and a single 256mm rotor out back.

With its mixture of soft curves and sharp angles, the new Interceptor pays visual homage to VFR history, as does its X-shaped headlight, which now features LEDs—a first for Honda. Other modern touches include the Deluxe model’s self-canceling turn indicators that employ wheel-speed data, not a timer. And all 2014 Interceptors are fitted with a new dash that features a digital tach, an analog speedo, a gear indicator, and a fuel-consumption gauge.

With regard to economy, Honda said at EICMA that the new 2014 Interceptor—which weighs a claimed 529 pounds and has a 5.2-gallon fuel tank and a six-speed gearbox—has a range in excess of 200 miles. That’s good to learn, because we expect a color-matched top box and panniers to be among the Honda Genuine Accessories, and possibly even a quickshifter like that available in Europe.

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