2014..... the re-release of the 800

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  1. RVFR

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    Do they offer test rides? you should take one for a spin.

    The dealer here said today they are a good week away here. from that I'm taking one out. ;) over all it's not to bad from what I've seen, less the price. All though up close and personal will tell a different story no doubt .... the exhaust for now I can live with knowing aftermarket can't be to far out, STAINTUNE! you listening. Still miss that gear whine. come on now, that's the true sound of a VFR. With that said, I found this interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSz4XOnRRBw
     
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    Nope nope nope. Weight savings comes from the single exhaust and the aluminum subframe, not the radiator. From what I've heard the radiator consists of twin vertically oriented radiators mounted up front.


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    So one above the cylinder head and one below it? I can't really tell what's going on in the pic.


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    Man, those rads would get pretty beat up with the roads I ride on. On my bike the lower part where the two side fairings come together got sand blasted down to just plastic in less than 10k miles.
     
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    They do yeah and I think the red one outisde is their demo bike so I might try and get a ride. Shame I dont have a helmet cam otherwise I'd do a proper test ride review
     
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    spotted in the wild in Luxembourg IMG_2526.jpg IMG_2527.jpg IMG_2528.jpg IMG_2529.jpg
     
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    I like it more the longer I look at it the more I like it. I would take red or blue. I was going to bitch about the guy riding so slow, but then at about 0:48 it sounds like he scraped the hard bits for a sec. Prob would need pipe and seat and suspension for me, but pretty much the rest I can live with, and have a late model bike instead of trying to convince everyone how good my old 98 is.
     
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    It looks like the upper one is an oil cooler, much like the one our 6th gens.
     
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    Still love it.

    But it looks like honda will continue to keep the aftermarket seat suppliers gainfully employed
     
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    It is and its much bigger than the standard one for the vtec
     
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    It won't be just seat manufacturers who will be pleased with the new model. That lower radiator is going to get a load of road shrapnel - so I bet it won't be long before R&G start offering a protective screen - like the one I fitted on the Street Triple which has the same very exposed radiator. As for fitting a bigger oil cooler I think you should claim consultancy fees Tink.

    Yes these bikes are out in the wild in Europe. I spotted one of the new VFRs in a gaggle of bikes heading up the valley yesterday, I only realised it was the new shape VFR as it passed me by, when I spotted the mirror mounted indicators and the VFR logo. Sounded very sweet.


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    The first exhaust manufacturer to come out with a high mount is going to make a killing.


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    ^ Yep! especially if whom ever knows the Staintune thinking. On the matter of the radaitor being where it is, Ducati has theirs there too, yes a bit of road whatever get it, but like some have mentioned time for a clever looking screen guard would be the fix if that's a concern.
     
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    If stain tuned jumped on that it would be great, but what we really need is akrapovic to make a full system.


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    Hi all across the pond! Last Wednesday I went on a day's test ride with Motorcycle News, a weekly bike paper here in UK who wanted existing VFR owners for a comparison test with the new bike. It was a good day out, we met at Bauer's offices (the publisher) in Peterborough, a 750 (4th gen to you lot), 800Fi (5th gen), two VTECs (6th gen) and the new one. After coffee, paperwork and a fuel fill-up we went and did a photoshoot in an underpass out of the rain (!), rode out into the country to do some more shots of all of us going round the same bend different ways on our own bikes and then rode off for lunch. After lunch more of the same, bike swapping, more rides to different photo locations and more going up and down the same bit of road. We each had about 30-45 minutes on the new bike, my session was the final bend photoshoot and then the ride back to the office for more coffee, debrief and final brainstorm.

    My impression - the new bike is very impressive, still feeling very much familiar VFR but noticeably lighter and better handling than my VTEC, the motor is revvier and the finish and quality is superb. The can is, as has been pointed out before, fugly "looks like it was stolen off a maxi-scooter" but has a nice raspy edge when you wind it on. On B roads in the wet I didn't get anywhere near the VTEC transition point but the rider who tried it on the A1 said it wasn't an issue (and I never find it a lurch on my 05 VTEC anyway). The riding position seemed to me more upright with the slightly higher bars but at the same time slightly more cramped as seat and footrests are closer together due to the same footrest position but a lower seat. I could get both feet down flat which I can't quite on my VTEC.

    Thinking about it afterward I now realise we were very much focused on the bike Honda had produced, rather than what might have been. Yes, I prefer the 800Fi gear cam engine to the VTEC engine but I think everything else about my 6th gen is better (and I've owned both). Honda have developed what they had (again) rather than producing something entirely new. It makes me wonder who will shell out £10.5k for one, I think existing VFR owners would be the most likely but existing VFR owners by definition already have a VFR and as the bike seems to me very much an evolution with a lot of small improvements over the VTEC but not a quantum leap forward that makes it less likely at the same time, if that makes any sense. It didn't make me think "this is brilliant, I must have one" but I'd certainly get one if I were in the position of looking for a new bike.

    Anyway, huge thanks to Phil at MCN for the coffee, photos (how else can you get pro pics of yourself on your bike?), insight into what goes into the production of a weekly and a chance to ride the new VFR800. We should be in next week's issue, meanwhile here's just a couple from my day, taken by Simon for MCN...


    Oh, and by the way, Honda's list of accessories to be available for the VFR includes an Akrapovic can, it was on the bike with the seat cowl in the original launch pictures. :smile-new:


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    This would be a better retro look :)

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    Ah thts why mcn were looking for vfr owners. Regretting not putting my name forward now
     
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    Alas, we will not see another machine like that in our lifetime :potstir:
     
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