The legendary VFR800F has sharp, contemporary looks, telescopic fork, Pro-arm swingarm, wheels and for 2017 a revised exhaust system and addition of a STD Power socket.
Other features include adjustable seat height, standard-fit Traction Control System, ABS, heated grips and Honda’s unique new self-cancelling indicators. 10kg lighter than the previous model, with the engine re-tuned for greater low and mid-range torque.
Two factors were key drivers for Honda’s engineers in updating the VFR800F – firstly, to retain and expand the essential VFR qualities that inspire so many, and, secondly, to update the new model with modern features and technologies.
The VFR800F’s 782cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine has received significant development – mainly focusing on cam timing and valve duration/overlap – to deliver the required increase in low-to midrange power and torque.
Peak power of 77.9kW is delivered at 10,250rpm, with peak torque of 75.1Nm arriving at 8,500rpm.
Honda’s Traction Control System (TCS) is fitted as standard equipment. It’s operated from the left handlebar and a single mode covers a wide variety of riding conditions and situations.
The diamond triple-box section aluminium twin-spar frame is unchanged; a revised die-cast aluminium subframe is 3kg lighter than the previous model.
In total, kerb weight is reduced by 10kg to 239kg. Rake is set at 25°30’ with trail of 95mm and 1,460mm wheelbase.
Completely new are the aluminium single-sided Pro-arm swingarm and 43mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork. They feature stepless spring preload adjustment and 108mm wheel travel; the HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through a Pro-Link suspension linkage with remote spring preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment.
The VFR-signature ‘X’ headlight shape is updated and now features LED lights – a first for Honda. Positional lights are integrated with the wing mirrors, just like the VFR1200F. At the rear, the wide, angular tailpiece offers plenty of room for a pillion and features an LED rear light unit with combined indicators for a clean look
Unique to Honda is the VFR800F’s self-cancelling indicator system. Rather than using a simple timer it compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the riding situation
A new dashboard houses a digital speedometer/tachometer plus gear position indicator, ambient temperature gauge, fuel consumption information and clock. There’s also an indicator for the 5-stage heated grips, which are fitted as standard
|ENGINE TYPE||782cc Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V-4|
|BORE AND STROKE||72 x 48mm|
|COMPRESSION RATIO||11.8 : 1|
|CARBURATION||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|DIMENSIONS||2,120 x 735 x 1,195mm|
|SEAT HEIGHT||789mm / 809mm|
|FUEL CAPACITY||21.5 litres|
|FRONT||43mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload and ten DF adjustment, 108mm axle travel|
|REAR||Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 120mm axle travel|
|FRONT||310 x 4.5mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston callipers and sintered metal pads, 2 channel ABS|
|REAR||256 x 6mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston calliper and sintered metal pads, 2 channel ABS|