Good news folks, the legendary Honda VFR 800 is returning to US and Canadian shores after a nearly five-year hiatus. If you were disappointed when Honda didn’t confirm the VFR 800 for North America back in November at EICMA, take heart, it’s on its way.
Since 1998, the Honda VFR 800 has combined the seductive power delivery of a V4 with subdued styling, comfy ergos, all-day practicality and bulletproof Honda reliability.
Sure, it doesn’t have the sex appeal of a Ducati 1199 Panigale or the rough-and-tumble attitude of a KTM 1190 Adventure, but what it does have is probably the best blend of comfort, performance and practicality for riders who consider a motorcycle to be their primarily form of transportation.
Things have not been all roses and honey for the Interceptor over the years, however. The 2002-onward generation gained a little in weight, incorporated Honda’s infamous VTEC system, and generally lost a bit of the cult-classic character that defines the pre-2002 generation bikes with their non-variable valving and linear torque delivery.
Thus, to this day the 2001 and earlier bikes seem to hold their value, while the VTEC generation bikes tend to be better bargains.
The 2014 Honda Interceptor borrows the VTEC from the previous generation and adds a few new features such as adjustable seat height, radially mounted front brakes, LED lighting and more.
The Deluxe model is the one to look at with its added features such as ABS, Traction Control, grip heaters, self-canceling signals, and adjustable front forks.
Prices will be in the $12,499-13,499 range depending on which model you go for. For the $1000 more Big Red wants for the Honda Interceptor Deluxe, it seems like a no-brainer. Expect to see it in showrooms in May.
Source: American Honda