£10,499 | 105bhp@10,250rpm | 55lb-ft@8,500rpm | Liquid-cooled DOHC 90° V4
It’s estimated that more than 75,000 VFRs are actively ridden in Europe alone. Honda’s sixth generation of the popular sports-tourer is likely to see that figure rise again… For 2014, the VFR800’s been given a thorough working over, with a strong emphasis on improving the bike’s sporting credentials, whilst maintaining its commendable touring abilities.
The project took around two years to complete and it’s essential to point out that aside from the engine and frame, pretty much every other component on the bike is new. The styling is the biggest giveaway of advancement, sporting an edgier and, importantly, narrower profile. The designers wanted to enhance the bike’s aerodynamics and to do so they opted to reduce the bike’s width. The side mounted radiators of old have been lost in favour of two vertically stacked rads, just forward of the front cylinders. This has made a huge difference to the bike’s image, which is also bolstered by a new headlamp, multi-spoke ‘Fine Die Cast’ aluminium rims, and a much more aggressivly styled Pro-arm swingarm.
But perhaps the biggest change to the aesthetics is the loss of the under-seat exhaust system. The latest VFR opts for a simple side-mounted can, which has saved a total of 5kg. Similarly, a replacement aluminium subframe has relieved an additional 2kg from the rear of the bike, enhancing the weight distribution in the process. Other significant changes include a new dash, new forks, the addition of traction control and a height adjustable rider’s seat – 789mm to 809mm.