2014 Honda VFR800F First Look

November 8, 2013
Byron Wilson
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Honda debuted an updated VFR800F during the 2013 EICMA show in Italy. The middleweight sport-tourer gets a number engine and chassis upgrades for 2014.

Honda improves low- and mid-range power from the liquid-cooled 782cc V-Four by optimizing cam timing and valve overlap in the VTEC engine . The mill now produces a claimed 104.5 horsepower at 10,250 rpm and 55.4 lb-ft of torque at 8500 rpm. Big Red worked to improve the VTEC’s valve timing as it transitions from low to high rpm too and now claims improvements in linear power delivery as a result. The PGM-FI fuel injection system, with 36mm throttle bodies, was revamped according to the new engine settings. Honda also includes its Traction Control System as standard equipment, adding TCS controls to the left handlebar and stating the system will “cover a wide variety of riding conditions and situations.”

Bumps are soaked up by a Honda Multi-Action System gas-charged rear shock built in to the new aluminum  single-sided swing arm.
The 2014 VFR800F sports an updated dash with loads of information.
(Above) Bumps are soaked up by a Honda Multi-Action System gas-charged rear shock built in to the new aluminum, single-sided swing arm. (Below) The 2014 VFR800F sports an updated dash with loads of information.

The diamond, triple-box aluminum twin-spar frame is unchanged, but Honda added an updated die-cast aluminum subframe that cuts weight by 6.6 pounds. Further weight reduction is achieved by the new single exhaust system, which saves 15.4 pounds from the previous dual-pipe version.

The aluminum, single-sided swingarm is new for 2014 and features Honda’s Pro-Link rear suspension. Bumps are soaked-up by a Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) gas-charged rear shock that has remote spring preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment. A new 43mm HMAS telescopic fork with stepless spring preload adjustment takes care of suspension out front.

Braking duties up front are handled by radial-mount, four-piston calipers that grip dual 310mm floating discs. Rear braking comes by-way of a two-piston caliper biting a 256mm disc.

The VFR800F features updated LED headlights and taillights. Turn signals are integrated into the rearview mirrors, a styling cue taken from the VFR1200F. Honda also includes a self-cancelling indicator system on the 2014 VFR800F that compares front and rear wheel speed difference to determine when to cancel the lights.

The dash was reworked and includes information such as gear indicator, ambient temperature gauge, fuel consumption and an indicator for the standard five-stage heated grips. Bodywork was updated to embody “a more contemporary outline” and the mid-section of the mount was slimmed to give the VFR800F a more compact feel. Seat height is also adjustable to ensure a comfortable riding position.

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