Following the Valkyrie
, and CBR1000RR SP
, Honda keeps the surprises coming in 2014 with an update to its VRF800F -- a third major evolution for the brand's iconic V4-powered sport bike.
Modern look defines 2014 Honda VFR800F
At first glace, the clean looks suggest a return to a simpler time. In reality, the 2014 Honda VFR800F's lines are much more contemporary, and the machine itself is much narrower in the middle than the outgoing model.
The V-shaped headlight is reminiscent of the CBR600RR, while the exhaust moves from under the seat to the right side to lower the centre of gravity and reduce weight, although it partially hides the new Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminum rear wheel in the process.
The 2014 Honda VFR800F lost 10kg thanks to a smaller exhaust system and lighter rear sub-frame, the latter of which also improves passenger ergonomics. The rider gets a height-adjustable seat, five-level heated grips, a self-cancelling turn signal system, and a new dashboard with a digital speedometer and analog tachometer. The handlebar can be raised 15mm using the available spacer.
VFR800F gets same chassis, upgraded powerplant
Instead of featuring a new upside-down fork, the 2014 Honda VFR800F makes do with a traditional 43mm fork that offers preload adjustment. A few tweaks help accommodate the new 4-piston radial brake callipers with ABS.
The diamond triple-box section aluminum twin-spar frame basically remains unchanged. On the other hand, the V4 engine with VTEC received significant development -- focused on cam timing and valve duration/overlap -- to deliver the required increase in low- to mid-range torque (while top-range torque is reduced). PGM-FI fuel injection was remapped to suit the engine’s new performance characteristics. The end result is 106 hp at 8,500 rpm (250 rpm sooner).
Electronic aids for 2014 Honda VFR800F
The most pleasant surprise on the new 2014 Honda VFR800F is undoubtedly the Honda Traction Control System (TCS), which comes standard. Derived from the CTX1300, it will keep riders safe when shooting out of corners and accelerating on wet pavement.
Ultimately, fans of sporty street bikes can rejoice as the 2014 Honda VFR800F just got better and sleeker, while retaining its nimble chassis and lovely V4.