2014 Honda Interceptor: Revised VFR800 Comes To America

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2014 Honda Interceptor

2014 Honda Interceptor
2014 Honda Interceptor left side profile.
2014 Honda Interceptor
What do you think of the Interceptor’s “magnesium” colored wheels and engine covers paired with the silver frame?
2014 Honda Interceptor
Yes, Virginia, there is a standard centerstand.
2014 Honda Interceptor
The Interceptor should be perfect, whether its highway or backroad.
2014 Honda Interceptor
The cockpit is straight off the old bike. That’s not bad thing, its digital speedo/analog tach were ahead of their time.
  • CaptainPlatypus

    The CBR650F is also apparently coming to the US, which, at least to me, is a lot more interesting.

    • Daniel

      I think you mean the CB650F…but I’ll let it go…this time.

      • Justin McClintock

        This website calls it a CBR.

        • Daniel

          I’m aware of the model they posted….but I was insinuating that I only care about the naked version…haha

          • Justin McClintock

            Ah, I gotcha. I didn’t realize that was the nomenclature for the naked model. My bad.

      • CaptainPlatypus

        I love the way the naked looks, but actually riding a bike without a windscreen as a lifestyle choice isn’t something I can get behind. Function over form, sometimes.

        • Daniel

          I ride a naked everyday….I guess I must have made the wrong “lifestyle choice.”

          • hunkyleepickle

            Short of a huge Goldwing windscreen, i notice very little difference in wind from my street triple to the myriad of sport/sport touring bikes out there, and i’ve ridden a lot of them

          • CaptainPlatypus

            Not wrong! Just not for me. :)

  • Daniel

    Honda bringing something desirable to the states? Does. Not. Compute.

  • Joe

    Exciting, but does this seem expensive? $13,500 with ABS, traction control? Maybe I’m just getting old, but I would have guessed $10,500.

    • Stuki

      If the lure of big margins are what it takes for Honda to bring “speculative” models to the US, bring it on. In my experience, VFR shoppers are in general pretty much the BMW demographic. And for most people who shop with their head rather than heart (or other part of their anatomy), this thing probably makes more sense than either a 62 inch wheelbased land missile, or a 160hp naked.

      • Joe

        Good point. F800GT, suck it.

        • runnermatt

          voted for as comment of the week. It isn’t often that comments make me laugh out loud.

        • Kevin

          I own a 2007 VFR, and I test rode the F800GT. The GT feels lighter on its feet at slow speeds, has a more upright riding position and you can get factory hard bags that clip on nicely, but no way would I trade my VFR for one. I just can’t abide with that passionless, vibe-y engine. The VFR motor is a real gem, a pleasure to control.

      • Adam E.

        In fairness, the V-4 character goes a long way towards the “heart” of that “head or heart” dichotomy. I got very much hooked on it the first time I rode a VFR, and I’ve owned two in the past four years.

    • Luke Applegate

      Like the FZ1 for $10,800?

      • Jeremy

        I own an 2006 FZ1 and the VFR engine is much more engaging. It also has a sportier riding position. You can interpret that to be a positive or negative, for me it was a positive.

  • Stuki

    Sweet. Given the general lack of bikes in this size and category, it ought to sell well. While perhaps further adding to the sales woes of more focused port bikes, amongst the most affluent group of bike buyers; who no longer have Gixxer flexibility.

  • BenVC

    $12.5k is not affordable.

    • Scott Otte

      $13.5k to add on ABS and TC which on this kind of bike I would expect to be standard. (oh and heated grips..meh)
      I was really hoping that this would be something I could be interested in.

    • Justin McClintock

      Given the intended mission of the bike and its direct competitors, it’s not bad. I mean, what really fits in the same market? Maybe the Triumph Sprint GT? It’s about the same price. BMW F800GT is also in the same ballpark.

      • Rameses the 2nd

        How about 2014 Ninja 1000?

        • Mark D

          No VTEC, arguably better looking (if less conservative), cheaper, lighter, better integrated luggage.

      • Nathan Haley

        As the devil’s advocate – the V4 is something special and if you’re a huge V4 fan, you’ll probably pay $12.5k for your sport tourer for that reason alone.

        Additionally – sport touring ain’t cheap because it’s all about the details – things like ergos, adjustability, all-day comfort, etc. People willing to spend $12k are probably willing to spend $500 for a tiny unchangeable detail that we can’t see until we ride it. As an example – I know people who paid thousands more for Triumph Explorer 1200s just because the 800s dumped heat onto their right leg leg and/or they didn’t like the design of the rear footpegs from a crash-resistance standpoint. And that’s stuff you won’t see in the announcement!

        • Stuki

          Also, the VFR is the quintessential “been there (big power, tiny weight) done that (repliracers to Multistradas)” bike. Particularly in the US, where it was never the “default choice” for a big bike, like it used to be in Europe. Instead, in the US, plonking down literbike money for one, was generally done by people who had enough experience to reach the conclusion that the bike had just the the right Goldilocks combination of ergos, power, handling, range, comfort, interesting tech and subjective sensations, to make it the bike to settle down with, once all the various more immediately impressive imposters had been tried, and found wanting. Much like Wes in the road to Panigale article hints the Daytona 675 and RC390 (presumably) may be for more diehard sport riders.

          As such, it was never really designed to win paper wars; but rather to represent what the various “large project leaders” and other senior decision makers at Honda, after many years’ involvement with motorcycles, wanted in their own personal bike.

          • Gonfern

            Right on. As soon as there is an RC390 (or something like it) in my garage just for trackdays and canyon bombing, The Street triple will be replaced with one of these for cruising the Blueridge for days at a time. I haven’t laid down the money for an adventure or sport tourer yet because I havent found anything that 1. Fits my budget (sorry multistrada) 2. all day comfy and 3 (and most important) wont leave me missing my Streety when the wifey gets off the back and the road get twisty. This is definitely my Goldilocks bike for sure.

        • Ser Samsquamsh

          Exactly. The Bimmer is a nice bike but the twin is not a nice engine and the instrumentation is really ugly. My local Honda shop is also 100 times better. Looks like I can finally replace my 2000 VFR.

    • Joshua Winn

      You’re right, it’s just too much. F800GT is 600 bucks cheaper, comes with ABS standard, convenient belt drive, greater gas mileage, and is likely easier to work on. The GT has 15 less horsepower but 8 pounds more torque and is 50 pounds lighter. It’s a winner – on paper. I still wouldn’t buy either because I’m poor and frugal.

      • Sentinel

        And the F800 also comes with a terrible reliability record, intrusive engine vibs at speed, and terrible BMW customer service; no thanks! I’ll take the Honda please!

        • Joshua Winn

          I can’t speak on the GT reliability, but the vibes thing is completely subjective, and in my experience the BMW service has been excellent in the past when dealing with warranty work. Routine maintenance cost can be more prohibitive on BMWs though if you are too lazy or “busy” to learn how to do it yourself.

          The F800 is still a winner on paper.

          • appliance5000

            The f800st is the largest bike I’ve ever ridden but it’s such a snooze I was very happy to hand it back. How all the joy can be drained out of an 800 twin is a marvel of German engineering.

            • Joshua Winn

              To be clear, I’m not saying that the f800 delivers the best experience, what I am saying is that looking between the spec sheets, the f800 is convincing. Like Nathan Haley above says, it’s the details that make or break the bike, which are often just personal preferences.

              • Sentinel

                Key word is “paper”… real world; not even close…

                • Joshua Winn

                  Exactly, it’s subjective. That’s why I stressed “paper.”

        • appliance5000

          So true – The interesting thing about Honda is that they use engineers to design and test their machines – it seems bmw and some others use the owners.

    • Thomas Whitener

      It will be when I buy a used one in two years.

  • Nick

    they don’t still have gear driven cams do they? I rode with a guy on a mid 80s VFR – that sound is probably one of the sexiest ever. Like a 70s F1 car or something.

    • Charles Quinn

      Not any more, unfortunately.

    • NOCHnoch

      My 98 VFR does…and yes, it sounds amazing.

  • deuce_sluice

    Okay, now give us a V4 adventure-standard that isn’t a total heavy pig and we’ll be set.

    • roma258

      Pretty sure they have one in Yurp. Need to invest a little bit in this platform, this is so warmed over, it’s kinda sad.

      • Lourens Smak

        The VFR800X… (“crossrunner”) we have that one in Europe, but I’ve never seen one in real life.
        It’s not really an adventure bike though,,, it’s pretty weird. (probably why it doesn’t sell much, and why the “normal” VFR returns)

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePbmMJhuQ7w

        • roma258

          Yup that’s the one. Bit of an odd bird, but that guy really put it through its paces. Gotta say, it looked pretty planted.

  • Justin McClintock

    This is bound to make some people happy. Seems that everybody out there who’s ever had a VFR has been begging for them to bring it back.

    • ThEGr33k

      Yea, we did, but we wanted a 1000 with gear driven cams, no bloody VTEC, a single sided wheel where you could remove the wheel without having to remove the exhaust, better MPG…USD forks to some degree. Instead we got a rehash of the worst VFR so far, the 6th gen. Shocking!

  • Speedo007

    Looks like a bike from 10 years ago. The old VFR still looks better by today’s standards. Great bike on paper, but just looks like no passion at all went into it. boring…..zzzzzz

  • Mark Vizcarra

    You’re joking right? No one will by this piece of trash for that price, especially the power it puts out. Prove me wrong

    • hunkyleepickle

      i suspect Honda will prove you wrong, in about 16-24 months friend. Stand by to eat crow.

    • enzomedici

      I realize it is supposed to be a sports tourer, but for that price you can get a Tuono, Monster 1200 or a BMW S1000R and tour on any of them by just putting on a slightly taller shield.

  • nomad2495

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees
    12.5k isn’t bad for such a complete bike

    • the antagonist

      Yeah, but at that price it should come with ABS and TC standard though.

      • appliance5000

        Well another way to look at it is – abs and TC are standard but if you want a stripper model they’ll sell you one as a low cost option.

  • Jeremy

    I’ve ridden the previously available US version and it was a wonderful bike. But can someone explain to me why this bike is so heavy? Sub-450lbs would be incredible and probably unobtainable, but sub-480lbs would be great still.

    • Stuki

      It’s an old, complex motor. V4s are already heavier than inlines, and this one is built for big mileage sport touring, not lightest possible weight. Ditto for the rest of the bike. In it’s main market, Europe, it is, or at least was, very commonly used two up with lots of luggage. Hence, overbuilt subframe for what most Americans would use it for. Then there’s the single sided swingarm, which is heavier than an equivalent double sided unit. It’s main competition was high tech 1000+cc Euro twins, like the R1100s and Ducati S4. Not cutting edge repliracers. But the old one was still sweet, and this one has lost big weight by going t a low mount exhaust rather than the undertails. Hence, should be even sweeter.

      • Piglet2010

        The engine in the VFR1200F (aka Shamu) is actually physically smaller than the VFR800 engine.

      • Jeremy

        Thanks for the explanation. That makes sense and is in line with what I was guessing. Great bike still.

  • kevin

    I own a 2008 VFR… and as much as i like the styling on this new bike, honda hasnt given us much reason to upgrade have they? It seems pretty lazy of them to not have at least massaged another ten or fifteen horsepower out of the motor..

    • tarun

      I’d actually they rather knocked off a ton more weight. Having gone from a VFR to a Multistrada 1200 felt like a revelation because it just felt a lot lighter (although the power is nice)

      MTS1200 dry weight is 420lb.

      • kevin

        Good point and i agree. More power or significantly less weight would make this much more appealing. As it is, I’ll put aftermarket exhaust on my ’08 and spend some time in the gym to make up the measly 20 some pound savings of the new bike lol

        • Sloan Essman

          Just bringing the exhaust cans off the tail to mount it lower and decreasing the muffler mass should make this VFR seem even lighter than the last model. I’ve held the muffler system off my 06 VFR in my hands and the thing weighs a ton. I also have full luggage on mine and even just removing the empty side cases changes the nimbleness significantly so 20 pounds and lowering the CG should be quite noticeable.

      • Kevin

        I own both bikes, and the Multi carries its weight higher and thus feels heavier to me at a stop. And more than once I’ve had to get off and pull the bike back on a slight incline or on gravel because I couldn’t get enough of my foot down to pedal backwards.

        There’s no denying the Multi has way more power but I actually prefer riding the VFR and the Multi is up for sale. To each his own.

      • Sloan Essman

        I think the weight is ok for the bike’s intended use. I ride an SV650 and and 06 VFR800 and while the SV is more nimble, Give me the VFR for covering miles and dealing with wind and turbulence.

  • Cody

    Yes! …and no way I can afford that!

    • Kevin

      My 2007 VFR has ABS. It’s not worth trading in my old one for the new model. If Honda wanted the VFR user base to upgrade I think they’ve probably come up a bit short. That said I would take one of these over the competition, including the Ninja, because that V4 is one sweet package. Love love love it.

  • Nathan

    If I were to buy a new bike I want sport styling but comfortable ergo’s. I’ve always kinda leaned towards the VFR’s but not sure if I would enjoy it. I commute 55 miles all highway one way. Round trip 110-120 miles. I love riding the roads in the mountains also. Anyone have an idea on what would be practical if I were to try to pick an all around bike for what I’m looking for? Wes, anyone?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      V-Strom 650.

    • Dave Mason

      Kawasaki Versys 650.

    • hunkyleepickle

      Triumph Tiger 800….if you’ve got the coin:)

      • Sentinel

        You win!

    • Kirk Roy

      I’ve been using an 08 cbr1krr with helibars and an 09 versys for what sounds like the same commute. As a short guy (5’7″) with a relatively short torso I think the cbr is quite comfortable with the helibars on there. I also get a couple mpg better with it than the versys… ;)

      • Nathan

        I’m 6′ with long legs. The only company I can find making risers for an F4i is Genmar, but I did send HeliBar an email so let’s hope they contact me back. Maybe a different model would fit. I really don’t want to give up my F4i but I can do two days of that commute before my back hurts and my knees creak. I showed my wife all the different bike suggestions I received and she told me to find a closer job….

        • Piglet2010

          I hated riding the F4i in traffic/around town since it was hard to do over the shoulder checks and being that far leaned forward bothered my neck unless I was going over 60 mph.

        • Kirk Roy

          I thought I had replied to this yesterday but now I don’t see it… If you can handle handlebars Spiegler sells the LSL kit for the F4i.

        • HammerheadFistpunch

          What’s wrong with Genmars? Not enough lift? That was the first thing I did to my F4i. Second was to get a Corbin saddle. Cost was around $100
          LSL bar kit would be super sweet if you wanted to take it a step further & don’t mind the extra $$

      • Mark D

        Interesting, better MPGs from a 1,000cc sportbike engine versus (no pun intended) a 650 twin?

        • Kirk Roy

          I currently have a barn door windshield on the versys for winter and it has a pair of 42L panniers but I still expected it to beat the cbr when ridden the same as I ride the cbr for commuting (short shifting, mostly droning along with other traffic, etc).

  • Arin Macchione

    Well guys we’ve designed this beautiful wheel and single sided swingarm, time to mount up the thermos we need to stop people from looking at it. Gary dump your chai out and bring that thing over here, it’s your turn.

    • hunkyleepickle

      Thank you. I’ve never been so happy and so sad at the same time. People fawn over SS swing arms on ducatis all day long, and on the old VFR……so lets just pretend it doesn’t exist and hide it with that hideous silencer. At least give me a cbr1000 esque exhaust for crying out loud!

      • Piglet2010

        The muffler looks to be placed to allow the use of hard bags – this is a sport-tourer and not a race replica or hooligan bike.

        • Arin Macchione

          My sprint ST had a SS swingarm, hardbags, and one of the best looking undertail exhausts around. My hyperstrada has a SS swingarm, hard(ish) bags, and a side mount exhaust that doesn’t obscure any of the single sided splendor. Honda be lazy.

      • ThEGr33k

        On top of the looks, the damned convenience of a SS wheel (being able to take it off easily and hassle free) is gone because you have to remove and exhaust too!? This is the only thing I don’t like about my 5th gen and I had hoped Honda would have learn’t, people have mentioned this enough on the internet so that they couldn’t have missed it if they researched when VFR users thought!? Honda really has missed the target for me… My 5th gen will be staying with me!

  • NOCHnoch

    And yet my fifth gen VFR makes 110hp, has that beautiful gear driven cam sound, and no silly VTec.
    What’s that? It came with loads of extras and cost under $2500? Yes, it did.

    • John

      Ummm, 4th generation, perhaps?

      • NOCHnoch

        What about it?

        • John

          Apologies, I thought that was when VTEC started, but I’m wrong.

    • ThEGr33k

      Yep, same here! The only complaint with my 5th gen is that the exhaust comes out the wrong side (WHY HONDA WHY), would be nice to be able to remove the bloody wheel without having to take the exhaust off!?

      • NOCHnoch

        That’s why God gave us high-mount exhausts.

  • hunkyleepickle

    Little pricey with all the bits, but happy to see it back. But for crying out loud Honda, what in the name of all things holy did you do to the exhaust/swingarm setup!!!$>@#$ I assume thats just the gawd awful can from the Honda 500 line?? Give me a break.

    • Jack Meoph

      Not only that, but it looks like you might have to remove the thing to get the wheel off!!! no love……..

  • Doug Erickson

    why get this over the lighter, faster, vtec-free ninja 1000…?

    • John

      V4 and SSS coolness.

    • Sentinel

      Because It will have better build quality, will handle better, and won’t have that terrible and pervasive engine buzz being transmitted from every part of the bike into every part of your body.

  • Jack Meoph

    wow, it’s back. I need more monies…………….

  • Larry

    So…is shamu beached then? For good? Did it sell anywhere? And what’s the vtec issue, exactly?

    • Joshua Winn

      Yeah, what is the VTec issue?

      • Piglet2010

        Honda builds a motorcycle with a flat torque curve, and people deride the engine as lacking character.

        Honda builds a motorcycle with a high rpm “hit”, and the same people deride the engine for not having a flat torque curve.

        Guess they just hate Honda.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/JakeManD Jacob D

    I’m glad it’s back. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to test ride it this coming summer….

  • John

    Shaft drive and saddlebags at this price would help A LOT. Because, though I like it, the Tiger 800 seems like a better value.

  • Jim Yocius

    pull the Vtec, give it cbr body work single exhaust can and a longer swing arm,… oh ya! and drop the price by 2 grand and then you will give your customers what they have been screaming for since the original and for most, unobtainable, Rc 30 came out!

  • Jim Yocius

    Honda just doesn’t care what their customers want.

  • Ulysses Araujo

    If the V-TEC has the same upgrades found in the Crossrunner (same platform) the kick-in is said to be much more progressive.

  • ThinkingInImages

    Bravo, Honda. There’s been too many years of cruisers and “experiments”.

    • Piglet2010

      So do you ride a Fury, Rune, DN-01, or all three?

  • Stephen Sykes

    The bit about moving the radiator to the front is interesting. 5th Gen’s often have cooling issues due to the side mounts, so any improvement is welcome there. But putting the radiator up front, where on the older models there is very little room, suggests they may have to stretch out the distance from the front wheel to the front valve cover. Either the engine is moving back or the steering head is moving forwards, either way I hope they didn’t mess up the balance and handling.

    • Stephen Sykes

      Following up: rake, trail, and wheelbase are the same from the 6th gen. So now I’m wondering if they had to move the engine back and shorten the swingarm to get that radiator up front. That would tie in with the redesigned swingarm. Remember the swingarm pivots in the engine cases on this bike, so if the engine moved then something had to give somewhere.

  • Kegan Connick

    So is this VTEC different than the ’02-’08 models? Because “…the valve duration and lift is altered…” isn’t how the 6th gen VTEC worked. On those bikes, the motor simply switched from 2V/cylinder to 4V.

  • John

    One of the nice things about this bike though, is the relatively low seat height. At 31″, that’s a big deal for some of us. 1″ can make the difference between comfortable stops and uncomfortable ones. The bummer is that bikes keep going up and up in price, but wages are not. Still, I see the appeal for the total competence factor, I sure miss the engine in my Sabre. Too bad my budget is more like 1990s VFR or Sprint than 2014 VFR. I hope someone buys a lot though. I know it’s too much to expect shaft drive, higher bars and bags, but……c’mon Honda, embrace it. Sport touring. That’s what the VFR does.

  • Send Margaritas

    I like Hondas. However, I don’t think this bike can compete with other sport touring bikes. Even the DLX looks lame compared to an FJR.

    • Stuki

      Much as the Porsche 911 is about the same price as the BMW M6; yet they both somehow manage to coexist…….

  • Piglet2010

    I will wait until this paint scheme comes back to consider buying one.

    http://www.raptorsandrockets.com/images/Honda/07_VFR800_TriColor_r.jpg

  • Deeds

    That’s the best dash I’ve seen on any bike.

  • ih8momjokes1 .

    they will be selling like hot cakes! Does anyone know if the insurance costs are the same as the supersports and liter bikes?

  • n00b

    I like it but DAT PRICE??!

  • Thomas Weirs

    I agree…too much for too little…which is a Honda Trademark. By the time you get the Deluxe, add (guessing) another $1000 for hard bags and brackets why not get a FJR 1300, Kawasaki Concours or Moto Gozzi Norge for the same price. The 800cc sport tourer seems like such an empty niche right now…I would love to see Triumph build a sport tourer around the Tiger 800 motor/tranny for us guys that don’t like the straight up riding position or the looks (my girlfriend hates the looks) of adventure bikes

  • josh

    Just put tall bars on my r1, the bike i bought to replace my 02 vfr. With rear sets, a corbin seat and adjustable clip on bars, the r1 is just as comfortable while being a better bike. I am a big guy, and the amount of work you need to do to a vfr to make it work, is the same amount of work you would do to a r1 to make it comfy, but you end up with much nicer suspension components and brakes on a much lighter bike. The only clear win for the vfr is the headlights, and i solved that by (properly) installing hid’s. I even have a large rear hard case, replacing my passenger seat. It cost 60 dollars, including a replacement passenger seat for those days when I want to take the gf out on a ride. Sure the vfr has nicer looking integrated bags available, but they cost as much as a decent scooter.