Check out photos of the Honda VFR Interceptor in action in the 2014 Honda VFR Interceptor First Ride photo gallery. Read the full review in the 2014 Honda VFR Interceptor First Ride.
- First and foremost, Big Red built this new Interceptor for its VFR faithful, who have been waiting a long time for an update.
- I found the VFR’s two-finger actuation and fine-tune modulation at the lever preferable than the all-or-nothing bite delivered by some top-shelf brakes.
- The seat felt great and the footpeg position, while somewhat cramped, was not insufferable.
- The 2014 Interceptor remains powered by a 782cc V-Four, but engineers have elongated intake funnels and tweaked the cam timing, engine mapping and fuel delivery to improve bottom-end power.
- Riding position was definitely sporty, and the forward lean puts pressure on the wrists, affecting all-day comfort.
- The base model VFR Interceptor sports a $12,499 MSRP. The Deluxe version costs an extra grand and includes a host of options as standard kit, including: ABS, traction control, heated grips and self-cancelling turn signals.
- Braking power improves with the addition of dual radial-mount four-piston calipers up front, and dual-caliper setup in the rear.
- Honda reps stated this new VFR could appeal to riders wanting to move up from the also new-for-2014 CBR650F, or the CB500 units.
- A 43mm Showa fork and single rear shock are adjustable for preload, with the shock offering rebound adjustment as well.
- I think the VFR loyalists will appreciate the refinements made for 2014.
- I spent the majority of my time aboard the standard spec VFR and found the base setup more than acceptable for a sporting pace on some of California’s most famous backroads, including Palomar Mountain.
- Honda ditched the dual undertail exhaust of previous VFR800s for a single right-side canister.
- The LED headlight it a new aesthetic feature which draws attention.
- New bodywork adds to the VFR Interceptor's sleeker look.
- Behind the controls Honda has given the VFR’s instrument console a solid redo.
- The VFR Interceptor changes direction with minimal effort but remains planted and stable through the corner.
- Revisions like a new stacked radiator and narrower subframe make the VFR Interceptor narrower than before.
- Not too twitchy, not too heavy, splitting the difference between a 600 supersport and sport-touring mount.