This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VFR800F Interceptor and Interceptor Deluxe, known as the 8th Gen VFR, made between 2014 and 2016 (with model years up to 2017).
The Honda VFR800 (Interceptor) is a sport touring motorcycle made by Honda since 1998, evolving from the earlier VFR750F.
The VFR has gone through many generations of evolution since its first launch in the ’80s. The most recent were:
- Gen 5: 1998-2002 VFR800Fi, fuel injection, gear driven cams and no VTEC
- Gen 6: 2003-2009 VFR800F, chain-driven cams and VTEC
- Gen 7: 2010-2017 VFR1200F, a much bigger and heavier sport touring hyperbike
- Gen 8: Traction control, refined fuelling, and the much better value Deluxe model.
The Deluxe model in the US came with heated grips, a centre stand, and some other stuff. In most markets, only the Deluxe model was sold (and wasn’t given that name, it was just called the VFR800).
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Honda VFR800F Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda VFR800F Interceptor.
The components of the VFR800 are not difficult to service, but they’re a bit hard to get to. That’s the joy (and curse) of a V4 engine behind bodywork!
Honda’s recommended difficulty levels per the manual:
- X: Intermediate. Honda says “we recommend service by your Honda dealer, unless you have the necessary tools and are mechanically skilled. Procedures are provided in the Service Manual (see the official Honda VFR800 8th Gen Service Manual).
- XX: Technical. “In the interest of safety, have your motorcycle serviced by your dealer.”
- I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
- L: lubricate
- R: replace
|Items||Dif.||x 1K mi||0.6||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|Emissions-Related Items||x 1K km||1||6||12||19.18||24||30||36|
* Inspect at 16k mi (25K km)
* Replace at 32K mi (50K km)
* Replace every 12 months regardless
|Engine Oil Filter||R||R||R||R|
|Engine Idle Speed||X||I||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Secondary Air Supply System||X||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System*3||X||I||I|
* Clean/Lube every 800 km (500 mi)
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||X||I||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||XX||I||I||I||I|
- 1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
- 2. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
- 3. 50 STATE type (meets California).
- 4 : Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer intervals, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda VFR800F Interceptor
The Honda manual specifies the following tyre sizes, and comes fitted with this brand tyre as standard. It also recommends the following tyre pressures.
|Front||120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)||DUNLOP D222 K||250 kPa (2,50 kgf/cm2) 36 psi|
|Rear||180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)||BRIDGESTONE T30R G||290 kPa (2,90 kgf/cm2) 42 psi|
About the Honda VFR800F Interceptor
The Honda VFR800F is the last in a line of V4 sports/sport touring bikes that have reached cult status.
From the outset, the VFR was designed to be a sport bike, but it evolved into a sport touring bike, catering to the needs of people who bought it. So it’s a bike that performs as well in the curves as it does on the open road.
The Honda VFR800’s 782cc V-4 VTEC engine gives lots of low-end torque before VTEC kicks in, with a nasty V4 howl that few other motorcycles can imitate. It evolves into a roar above the VTEC line, sounding like a screaming superbike.
The VFR800 is loaded with practicality, though. It has an adjustable seat, centrestand (standard in many markets), heated grips, ABS, traction control, and even self-cancelling turn signals that work really well.
The VFR800 continues to look absolutely beautiful, too, with deep paint in the bodywork, finely designed wheels, and a single-sided swing-arm that’s normally seen on high-end sportbikes.
The suspension is great too for a non-superbike. The front forks is a 43 mm Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) telescopic fork. It has stepless spring preload adjustment and 108 mm of wheel travel. The HMAS gas-charged rear shock operates through a Pro-Link suspension linkage with remote spring preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment too.
The VFR-signature ‘X’ headlight shape is updated and now features LED lights – a first for Honda in this generation. Positional lights are integrated with the wing mirrors, just like the VFR1200F. At the rear, the wide, angular tailpiece offers plenty of room for a pillion and features an LED rear light unit with combined indicators for a clean uncluttered look.
Manual for the Honda VFR800F Interceptor
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda VFR800F Interceptor from 2016. It’s the same as for other model years in this generation.
You can download it from here.