NEW HONDA TOURER: Honda Motor Europe has announced the launch of its 2015 VFR 800X motorcycle - but will SA get it too? Image: Honda
LONDON, England - Honda Motor Europe has announced the launch of its 2015 VFR 800X motorcycle with a number of changes and new features to confirm its position "as a premium sports tourer".
Honda Motorcycles SA could not yet confirm whether the machines would be made available here.
The 2015 VFR 800X, Honda says, benefits from revisions to its 800cc V4 engine for more top-end power and mid-range torque, sharper looks all round, longer-travel suspension and new wheels and brakes.
Other standard gear includes selectable torque control, anti-lock brakes, diode lights, self-cancelling indicators and heatable handlebar grips.
The 2015 machine, the bikemaker says, "combines Honda’s unique 800cc V4 with an upright, street-orientated riding position for maximum touring comfort but with the phenomenal performance of its twin brother, the VFR 800F".
The 800X, it added, pushed the concept forward for a stronger all-round sporty ride and sharper, modern styling.
The heart of the machine remains its VTEC-equipped 90° V4 DOHC quad-valve engine which promises 78kW at 10 250rpm.
The aluminium twin-beam frame has a lighter sub-frame and new aluminium swing arm – "another VFR signature piece", Honda says. The suspension has longer travel: 25mm in its two-piece telescopic forks and 23mm in the rear shock
ABS works on the front 17" hollow-cast aluminium wheel through dual 310mm discs gripped by radial-mount four-piston callipers. Tyres are sporty street-size 120 front and 180 rear for optimal on-road performance.
'DESIGNED FOR HARD RIDING'
The rider now also benefits from the same kind of selectable torque control (S-TCS) as fitted to the Honda Crosstourer. Two levels of S-TCS are available (plus 'off') to sense imminent loss of rear-wheel traction and seamlessly reduce torque to regain adhesion.
"The VFR 800X is a true VFR – a motorcycle designed for hard riding fun," Honda says, "but with style, comfort and practicality. Accordingly, the seat has two height options."
The 2015 VFR800X will be showcased at the UK's Motorcycle Live from November 22-30 2014 and in UK showrooms from early December 2014.
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