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2015 Honda Interceptor VFR800F Review
2015 Honda Interceptor VFR800F on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Refinement No Other Bike Can Touch…
With experience comes wisdom. Sure, fluorescent-colored breakfast cereal might be fun when you’re a kid, but as you learn more, you start eating smarter. Same with your motorcycles. Loud, flashy bikes that try to grab your attention with outrageous styling, but do not turn or stop well? Seating positions that would give a chiropractor nightmares? Pass. The experienced rider looks for a machine that works with him or her. That offers plenty of performance, that’s comfortable to ride—even at a brisk pace.
For generations, that’s meant Honda’s Interceptor, a bike that performs as well in the curves as it does on the open road. The Interceptor’s 782cc V-4 VTEC engine with fuel-injection mapping for better low-end torque feel. It includes adjustable seat height to better fit a range of riders, front-mount radiator for a slimmer profile, radial-mount front brakes, and all-side muffler, wheels and Pro-Arm swingarm. There’s even a Deluxe model for 2015 with features like traction control, anti-lock brakes, self-cancelling turn signals, a centerstand and heated grips.
A Showcase Of Our Best Technology
The Interceptor is a groundbreaking machine and always has been. The latest 2015 version offers a stunning number of features like LED headlights, available traction control and our Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS). And the V-4 VTEC engine runs on two valves per cylinder at low engine speeds and four valves per cylinder at higher revs. All are designed to give you one of the most capable machines we’ve ever built.
Options & Pricing
The Interceptor is an awesome bike, a machine that experienced riders have come to appreciate as one of the best on the road. But now the best gets even better with the introduction of our Deluxe. With additional features like traction control, anti-lock brakes, self-cancelling turn signals, a centerstand and heated grips, it takes the 2015 Interceptor to a whole level.
Base MSRP $12,499
•VTEC 782cc liquid-cooled 90º V-4 engine
•Pro Arm single-side swingarm with adjustable Pro-Link® rear suspension
•Adjustable seat height, comfortable rider ergonomics
2015 Honda Interceptor VFR800F www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•The 782 cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4 engine with VTEC received significant development – focused on cam timing and valve duration/overlap – to deliver the required increase in low-to midrange power and torque.
•Completely new are the aluminum single-sided Pro-arm swingarm and 43 mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork. The fork features stepless spring preload adjustment and 108 mm of 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 uncluttered look.
•A compact automotive-style ‘wave’ design key – with internal grooving – reduces the chance of breakage.
An Interceptor VFR800F hallmark since the beginning, the V-4 in our latest model does what Honda V-4s have always done best: provide tons of low-end torque with plenty of high-revving power.
Adjustable Seat Height
The Interceptor VFR800F’s seat adjusts from 31.8 inches to 31.0 inches to help custom-tailor the cockpit to a wider range of riders.
Available on the Interceptor VFR800F Deluxe, traction control pairs with our Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) to give you more confident riding under challenging conditions.
2015 Honda Interceptor VFR800F www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Anti-Lock Braking System
Unfamiliar roads, uneven road surfaces and compromised traction—anti-lock brakes are a great complement to the Interceptor’s triple-disc brake system (Deluxe Model).
Clear, crisp, compact and bright: the latest LED technology lets the Interceptor’s headlight and unique accent lights do more than just light up the night—it gives the bike a strong styling element. The tail light and turn signals are also brilliant, long-lasting LEDs.
By moving the radiators from the fairing sides to in front of the engine, we’ve slimmed down the bike’s middle cowl area, giving it a more sleek style and reducing the width.
The Interceptor’s instruments include a digital speedometer, analog tachometer, gear-position indicator, miles-per-gallon readout, ambient air temperature gauge and a clock.
Cold mornings and cold gloves? Just dial up the Interceptor’s grip heaters and your hands will be happy (Deluxe Model).
Twin-Spar Aluminum Chassis
The foundation for the Interceptor’s stellar, tack-sharp handling, the twin-spar all-aluminum design is light and strong.
VTEC Valve Train
Running on two valves per cylinder at low RPM and four valves per cylinder at higher engine speeds, the Interceptor has tons of torque down low and plenty of horsepower up top—it’s like having two engines in one.
Drawing on 30 years of V-4 technology and racing success, Honda designers gave the Interceptor one of our most advanced streetbike engines ever: a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 782cc V-4 brimming with low-end torque.
Always a technology showcase, the Interceptor’s engine uses digital fuel injection that is specially mapped to work with the VTEC engine two-valve/four-valve operation to increase both low-end torque and high-RPM horsepower.
Honda’s Pro Arm single-sided swingarm is a proven design, and the Interceptor’s swingarm is lighter and mounts the chain and brake disc on one side for easier wheel servicing and tire changes. It looks better too!
Servicing your bike and parking it level—especially with saddlebags—is a snap with this great Interceptor feature (Deluxe Model).
Adjustable Seat Height
Adjustable from 31.8 inches to 31.0 inches, the Interceptor’s seat fits a wider variety of riders.
Stainless Steel Muffler
Streamlined and compact, the muffler offers a significant weight reduction from previous designs.
The Interceptor benefits from Honda’s Traction Control system. If the system believes wheel-spin is imminent, limits rear wheel slippage during hard acceleration or during acceleration on low traction surfaces (Deluxe Model).
Self-Canceling Turn Signals
When you share the road, you always want other riders and drivers to know what your intentions are. So it can be unsettling when you realize you left your turn signal blinking long after the turn. The Interceptor is equipped with turn signals that automatically turn off after they detect that you’ve completed a turn (Deluxe Model).
LED Tail Light
Bright, clear and long lasting, an LED tail light is the way to go with a bike as modern as the Interceptor.
The 782 cc, liquid-cooled 16-valve DOHC 90° V4 engine with VTEC received significant development – focused on cam timing and valve duration/overlap – to deliver the required increase in low-to midrange power and torque..
VTEC valve timing still operates one pair of inlet/exhaust valves per cylinder at low rpm, and then switches to four as revs rise but the transition is now seamless. Combined with the uprated torque, the effect is remarkably linear power delivery and effortless overtaking at highway speeds..
PGM-FI fuel injection – with 36mm throttle bodies – has been remapped to suit the engine’s new performance parameters, and improved fuel economy means you can keep going for up to 350 km per tank..
Honda’s Traction Control System (TCS) is fitted as standard equipment. It’s operated from the left handlebar and provides additional security in a wide variety of riding conditions and situations..
The diamond triple-box section aluminum twin-spar frame is mated to a revised die-cast aluminum sub-frame that is 3kg lighter than the previous model. In total, curb weight is reduced by 10 kg to 239 kg..
Completely new are the aluminum single-sided Pro-arm swingarm and 43 mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork. The fork features stepless spring preload adjustment and 108 mm of 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 two-piece fork lowers have been redesigned to accept radial-mount four-piston brake calipers. New Fine Die-Cast (FDC) hollow aluminum wheels employ dual 310 mm floating discs up front and a 256 mm disc at the rear. 2-channel ABS provides consistent and safe all-weather stopping control..
‘Elegant Sport’ is the essence of the VFR800F and its stunning new bodywork not only provides a contemporary outline, with a mixture of sharp angles and soft curves it also pays respect to design elements from the VFR’s history – including details like the small air intake duct on the fairing’s flank..
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 uncluttered look..
Width around the middle cowl has been reduced by 40 mm giving the VFR800F a slim and compact feel. The seat is height adjustable (789 mm or 809 mm) using the tool provided and a handlebar height spacer, adding 15 mm of lift is available as a Honda Genuine Accessory..
The VFR800F’s self-cancelling indicator system is unique to Honda. Rather than using a simple timer it compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the turn 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..
A compact automotive-style ‘wave’ design key – with internal grooving – reduces the chance of breakage..
2015 Honda Interceptor VFR800F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $12499 USD
782cc liquid-cooled 90° V-4
Bore And Stroke
72mm x 48mm
PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 36mm throttle bodies
Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping and electronic advance
VTEC DOHC; four valves per cylinder
#525 O-ring chain
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
43mm with spring-preload adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link® single spring-preload and rebound damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Dual full-floating 310 mm discs with four-piston calipers
Single 256 mm disc
95mm (3.74 inches)
31.0 inches to 31.8 inches
529 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)
Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards.
Red, Pearl White
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan
2015 Honda Interceptor VFR800F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Liquid-cooled 90-degree V-4
Bore & Stroke
72 mm x 48 mm
Chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
43 mm HMAS cartridge fork with stepless spring preload adjustability; 108 mm (4.2 in.) travel
Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 120 mm (4.7 in.) travel
120/70ZR – 17 front; 180/55ZR – 17 rear
Front dual 310 mm floating discs with radial four-piston caliper; rear 256 mm disc with dual-piston caliper.
789/809 mm adjustable (31/31.9 in.)
1,460 mm (57.5 in.)
239 kg (526.8 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Victory Red, Pearl Glare White
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2015 Honda Interceptor VFR800F – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road).
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.