CBR650F & Interceptor Join 2014 Honda Lineup

February 4, 2014
Bart Madson
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American Honda has added another slew of models to its 2014 lineup. Big Red introduces a pair of sportbikes, the all-new CBR650F and the returning VFR800 Interceptor. Honda also announced a Deluxe version of its retro-styled CB1100. The most surprising addition, however, is a production trials bike with a limited run of the Montesa-branded Cota 4RT.


Honda CBR650F

The new CB 650 model family made its debut at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan. Sourcing a liquid-cooled Inline Four, the new engine platform featured a fully-faired CBR650F and naked standard CB650F. Both were initially designated for the European market, but now naked-averse American riders will have the sporty CBR650 available this summer for $8499 – with optional ABS pushing MSRP to $8999.

Honda claims 85.8 horsepower and 46.4 lb-ft torque from the 16-valve DOHC 649cc Inline Four. It sources a six-speed transmission, and hidden beneath the bodywork is a distinctive four-into-1 exhaust (a striking design feature on the naked CB650F).

The CBR chassis is comprised of a twin-spar steel frame, with suspension a 41mm fork and preload-adjustable single shock rear. Braking up front is handled by dual 320mm rotors pinched by two-piston calipers, with a 240mm disc and single-piston caliper out back. Curb weight is claimed at 461 pounds with the 4.5 gallon fuel load factored. 


Honda Interceptor

Also making its debut at EICMA was Honda’s revamped Interceptor. The previous generation, also known as the VFR800, transitioned out of the American Honda lineup following the 2009 model year, but now returns to American shores claiming more engine potency, lighter weight and traction control as a standard feature.

Honda promises 104.5 horsepower and 55.4 lb-ft torque from the Interceptor’s 782cc V-Four. The VTEC valvetrain continues to transition between two valves per cylinder at low rpm to four per cylinder at high engine speeds. But changes in cam timing and engine mapping claim improved power delivery, with Honda’s PFM-FI fuel injection settings altered to mesh with the engine revisions.

The new VFR800 sheds 6.6 pounds from its new aluminum subframe. A single-pipe exhaust drops a further 15 pounds from the older version. The 2014 model’s single-sided swingarm is also redesigned and connects to the HMAS gas-charged rear shock, adjustable for preload and rebound. An HMAS 43mm fork up front offers preload adjustment. Brakes are upgraded to radial-mount monobloc calipers up front. Modernizing touches for the VFR include new bodywork and digital instrument display, as well as the addition of an LED headlight and taillight.

Two versions of the revised VFR will be available starting in May. The standard version retails for $12,499. A Deluxe model starts at $13,499 and features the standard traction control, along with ABS, grip heaters, self-canceling turn signals and a centerstand. 

2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe

The retro-styled CB1100 was new for the 2013 model-year and marked Honda’s revival of a standard aesthetic made popular by the ubiquitous CB750 Four. Technologically speaking however, the CB1100 benefits from modern performance amenities and in 2014 Honda adds even more.

The 2014 Honda CB1100 Deluxe comes equipped with an ABS system, a larger fuel tank (up half-a-gallon over the standard version), a four-into-two exhaust system and new styling touches. The transmission has been upgraded as well, now coming in a six-speed version. Instrumentation upgrades include a miles-per-gallon indicator, trip computer and gear position indicator.

(Note: There is an ABS option available on the 2013 CB1100, though without all the other bells and whistles included on the Deluxe.)

The CB1100 Deluxe edition will only be available in Candy Red and is listed with an MSRP of $11,899. The standard 2014 CB1100 lists at $10,399.


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