Aftercare & Services
The V4 engine configuration is a special one for Honda, going back nearly 40 years. A complex, yet compact unit, it has a unique power delivery and a soul all its own. Honda’s current RC213V MotoGP machine uses a V4, as does the flagship sport-touring VFR1200F. It’s a powerplant woven tightly into Honda’s engineering DNA.
And nowhere has the V4 engine been more at home than in the legendary VFR800F series – a truly all-round motorcycle that’s always done sport as well as it tours, and all areas in between, with or without a pillion. It has inspired huge loyalty among owners over the last two decades and it’s estimated there are still 75,000 VFRs in regular use across Europe.
The legion of VFR800F fans know exactly what they like about their bike, what they’d like more – and less – of in a new model. With such an important model Honda has listened intently to customers’ views; in essence they want a high-quality motorcycle with strong low and mid-range torque, light and slim but just as capable and adaptable, with a return to the evocative look and feel of VFRs of the past.
The VFR800F’s 782cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4-VTEC engine has received significant development for 2014 – 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.
VTEC valve timing operates one pair of inlet/exhaust valves per cylinder at low rpm, and then switches to four as revs rise, with a seamless transition between the two. Combined with the uprated torque, the change resulted in a remarkably linear power delivery and effortless overtaking at highway speeds.
Bore and stroke is 72mm x 48mm, with compression ratio of 11.8:1. The PGM-FI fuel injection – with 36mm throttle bodies – was remapped to suit the engine’s new performance parameters, and fuel economy is 19.4km/l (WMTC).
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 engine is EURO4 compliant. The allowable limits for exhaust tailpipe pollutants such as carbon monoxide, hyrdrocarbons and nitrous oxide specified by EURO4 are approximately half of those for EURO3.
The diamond triple-box section aluminium twin-spar frame was unchanged for 2017; a revised die-cast aluminium subframe saved significant weight compared to the previous model. In total, kerb weight was reduced by 7kg to 242kg. Rake is set at 25°30’ with trail of 95mm and 1,460mm wheelbase.
The fork lowers were redesigned in two pieces to accept radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. New Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminium wheels employed dual 310mm floating discs up front and a 256mm disc at the rear. The front rim is a 17M/C x MT3.50, the rear a 17M/C x MT5.50 with 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W) and 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W) tyres. 2-channel ABS provides consistent and safe all-weather stopping control.
‘Elegant Sport’ is the essence of the VFR800F and its stunning bodywork not only provides a contemporary outline, with a mixture of sharp angles and soft curves, it pays respect to design elements from the VFR’s history – details like the small air intake duct on the fairing’s flank.
The VFR-signature ‘X’ headlight shape was updated for 2014 to feature LED lights – a first for Honda. Positional lights were 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. With fuel economy of 19.4km/l (WMTC), the 21.5-litre fuel tank offers a 350km plus cruising range.
At 500mm the width around the middle cowl was reduced by 40mm giving the VFR800F a slim and compact feel. The seat is height adjustable (789mm or 809mm) using the tool provided and a handlebar height spacer, adding 15mm is available as a Honda Genuine Accessory.
Honda Genuine Accessories include a shift assist system. Designed to bolt on and plug straight in it provides race-style split-second upshifts with no need to use the clutch.
A rear hugger protects the shock and Pro-Link suspension from water and the colour-matched 45L top box and panniers accept the wave ignition key. Other Honda Genuine Accessories for the VFR800F include:
Digital Silver Metallic
To ride the VFR800F, you will need an A licence.
With an A licence you can ride unrestricted motorcycles in size and power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW.
To take the direct access route, you must at least be 24 years old. If you decide the progressive access route, you must have held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years. The minimum age for this route is 21 or over.
All information on the licence required to ride the bikes are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. We endeavour to maintain accurate information, however cannot guarantee the details to be accurate all the time due to legislation changes. Cox Motor Group and North West Honda accepts no liability for any misrepresentation and recommends that the individual dealer be contacted to confirm the licence required to ride the bike.
|Bore × Stroke (mm)||72 x 48 mm|
|Carburation||PGM-FI electronic fuel injection|
|Compression Ratio||11.8 : 1|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||782|
|Engine Type (cm³)||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC 90° V4|
|Max. Power Output||77.9 kW/10250 rpm|
|Max. Torque||75.1 Nm/8500 rpm|
|Oil Capacity (Litres)||3.8L|
|Clutch||Wet, multiplate with coil springs|
|Final Drive||O-ring sealed chain|
|Battery Capacity (VAh)||12V-11AH|
|Caster Angle||25° 30'|
|Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)||2134 x 748 x 1203|
|Frame type||Diamond; triple-box-section aluminium twin-spar|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)||21.5 litres|
|Fuel Consumption||19.4km/l (WMTC mode)|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||126|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||242|
|Seat Height (mm)||Adjustable from 789mm to 809mm|
|Trail (mm)||95 mm|
|ABS System||2 channel|
|Brakes Front||310 x 4.5 mm dual floating hydraulic disc with radial fit 4-piston calipers and sintered metal pads|
|Brakes Rear||256 x 6 mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads|
|Suspension Front||43 mm HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload and ten DF adjustment, 108 mm axle travel|
|Suspension Rear||Pro-Link with gas-charged HMAS damper, 7-step (stepless remote-controlled hydraulic) preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 120 mm axle travel|
|Tyre Size Front||120 / 70 - ZR17 M/C (58 W)|
|Tyre Size Rear||180 / 55 - ZR17 M/C (73 W)|
|Wheels Front||17M/C x MT3.5 10-spoke diecast aluminium|
|Wheels Rear||17M/C x MT5.5 10-spoke diecast aluminium|
|Headlights||LED (Hi-2 / Low-2), with extension|
|Instruments||Digital speedo, analogue tachometer, fuel meter / fuel consumption / water temp. / gear-position / ambient temperature / clock|
|Tail Light||LED x 9 (tail), LED x 9 (stop)|