HONDA VFR800 VTEC

Universally considered one of Honda's most illustrious race-bred sport bikes, the VFR is also arguably one of the best all-around street bikes ever built. Featuring a fuel-injected, VTEC-equipped V-4 motor, aluminium chassis, comfortable, all-day ergonomics and confidence-enspirering handling. This is a machine, though born of the race track, whose razor-sharp performance is equally at home on any paved surface. But, despite its unimpeachable credentials and racing pedigree, directly derived from the RC30 and RC45 World Superbike racers, Honda has always presented its high-tech V4 street bikes as all-rounders, sport bikes, tourers and commuters all rolled into one sophisticated, incredibly complex, technological motorcycle.

Check these place names, a few years from now they will all be changed and we won't know where we are

between a rock and a hard place


Fuzz stopped me in Lichtenburg  -  Photos Kenn

mmm... the R93,000 Honda VFR800 and the R260,000 MV Agusta F4 R1000 312

and if you wanna tour... the VFR panniers offer plenty space

 

 

 

ENGINE

 

 
 

Engine Type

781cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V-4

 

Bore and Stroke

72mm x 48mm

 

Compression Ratio

11.6:1

 

Valve Train

VTEC DOHC; four valves per cylinder

 

Carburetion

Programmed Fuel Injection [PGM-FI] with automatic enricher circuit

 

Ignition

Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping and electronic advance

 

Max Power

108 hp 80 kW @ 10,500 rpm

 

Max Torque

80 Nm 59 ft-lbs @ 8750 rpm

 

DRIVE TRAIN

 

 
 

Transmission

Close-ratio six-speed

 

Final Drive

#530 O-ring-sealed chain

 

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES

 

 
 

Front Suspension

43mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload adjustability; 109mm travel

 

Rear Suspension

Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single HMAS gas-charged shock with seven-position spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustability; 120mm travel

 

Front Brakes

Dual full-floating 296mm discs with LBS three-piston calipers

 

Rear Brake

Single 256mm disc with LBS three-piston caliper

 

Front Tire

120/70ZR-17 radial

 

Rear Tire

180/55ZR-17 radial

 

DIMENSIONS

 

 
 

Rake

25.3

 

Trail

100 mm

 

Wheelbase

1460 mm

 

Seat Height

805 mm

 

Dry Weight

213 kg

 

Fuel Capacity

22 litres

 

Price

R93,000.

 

getting off the gas at the end of our 3-kilometer top-end run. Photo Dylan

the best we could manage, two-up, on the 800 Honda.  Photo by Dylan

 

Thanks to Joeline Dobrowski and her team at Honda South Africa for the ride,

I enjoyed the VFR800, it's such a great bike... with sharp looks to match the brilliant performance!