2015 Honda Interceptor
Like a bike that just can’t seem to escape the demands of the consumer, the Honda VFR800F Interceptor, or as its more simply known, the Interceptor, just can’t go quietly into the night. Once decommissioned in 2010, the Interceptor has since made a valiant return after its supposed successor, the VFR1200, didn’t capture the hearts and imaginations of consumers the way Honda would’ve wanted.
So Honda did what it needed to do; it brought back the Interceptor to appease its clients, and here we are. The bike looks like it never really left, having picked up where it left of to carry Honda’s V-4 engine mantle well into the future.
You could even say that the Interceptor is better than it’s ever been, presented as a refined middleweight sports tourer that perfectly encapsulates the true identity of Honda’s renowned acclaim in the segment.
So if you’re wondering why the Interceptor was axed in the first place, don’t spend too much time on it. The important thing to remember is that it’s back, better than ever before.
Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Interceptor.
2015 Honda Interceptor
Engine:liquid-cooled 90° V-4
Energy:Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
The Honda Interceptor has always prided itself on its smooth design. As a sports tourer with a lot of history attached to it, designing the Interceptor to look the part was important in respecting its history.
That’s why it looks the way it does. It’s smooth to the point of sexy, featuring a front section that seamlessly blends into the front fairing, creating a singular panel that drives home the bike’s sporty appeal.
The Interceptor is a smooth-looking bike. But it’s also impressively functional. It’s got a compact, state-of-the-art LED lighting system that was used on the bike’s headlight, taillight, and turn signals, imbibing a the crisp and clear characteristics of the bike.
Try to get comfortable on the Interceptor’s seats and you’ll be treated to a number of tech innovations, all of which are within reach of your arms. From the grip heaters to the adjustable seat height - from 38 inches to 31 inches - the Interceptor was ergonomically designed to put the customer’s needs and preferences as high priorities.
Once you’re comfortably settled in, you’ll notice the digital instrument panel in front. The panel includes a host of useful and handy tools that riders can take full advantage of, including a digital speedometer, analog tachometer, gear-position indicator, miles-per-gallon readout, ambient air temperature gauge, and a clock because riders might also need to know what it is.
|Seat Height||31.0 inches to 31.8 inches|
|Curb Weight||529 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and a full tank of fuel-ready to ride)|
You can always count on the Honda Interceptor to feature the very best of Honda’s chassis technology. In this case, the sports bike was given a twins-part aluminum chassis that not only provides a feeling of lightweight flexibility, but it’s also strong enough to handle even the roughest of road conditions. That’s a recipe only a few bikes can boast of; the Interceptor is one of them.
Move past the chassis and Honda’s likely to tout the bike’s new front-mounted radiator, which was moved from the fairing sides to the front of the engine in an attempt to cut the wight of the Interceptor’s middle cowl area. The result is a bike that runs tighter and faster in corners. Seems like a fair deal, right?
Speaking of the Interceptor’s front end, Honda also placed new radial-mounted front brakes on the bike, ensuring that the rider gets the added benefit of getting better brakes. You never know when you’re going to need these bad boys, especially when you get a little carried away on the bike. These anti-lock brakes serve as perfect complements to the bike’s triple-disc brake system on the Deluxe Model.
|Front Suspension||43mm with spring-preload adjustability; 4.3 inches travel|
|Rear Suspension||Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link® single spring-preload and rebound damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel|
|Front Brake||Dual full-floating 310 mm discs with four-piston calipers|
|Rear Brake||Single 256 mm disc|
|Front Tire||120/70ZR-17 radial|
|Rear Tire||180/55ZR-17 radial|
|Trail||95mm (3.74 inches)|
The Honda Interceptor is married to its 782 cc V-4 VTEC engine…and that’s a beautiful thing. With the two working together side-by-side, the Interceptor gets to prowl any road surface it wants without having to worry about making a fool of itself. Simply put, the V-4 VTEC is attached to the Interceptor from the very beginning, becoming in a lot of ways interlinked with one another.
You can’t mention one without mentioning the other. That’s the relationship between the Interceptor and the V-4 VTEC engine. The fuel-injected engine not only gives the Interceptor the proper horses to prowl the streets, but does so while also providing plenty of low-end torque and high-revving power.
The bike’s power, which as of this time has yet to be revealed, utilizes a close-ratio six-speed transmission to send power to its wheels.
|Engine Type||liquid-cooled 90° V-4|
|Bore and Stroke||72mm x 48mm|
|Induction||PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 36mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition||Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping and electronic advance|
|Valve Train||VTEC DOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Final Drive||#525 O-ring chain|
|Fuel Capacity||5.2 gallons|
|Emissions||Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards.|
The Honda Interceptor is a popular bike among sports tourer lovers. It also comes with a nice chunk of change of around $12,499. The price does come with a one-year, transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty with extended coverage available through Honda’s Protection Plan.
“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.” ----- Total Motorcycle