|Front Tire||120/80-16 '83-84|
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First introduced in 1983 the Interceptor VF750F was a model which had no direct competitor, although it was derived from the VF750S Sabre (introduced a year earlier) it radically departed from the tradition of simply putting different fairings and handlebars on the sport models. It is often called the Interceptor V45, as in 45 cubic inches. Honda drove the new standard of separating sport and standard models. Cycle World Magazine named it motorcycle of the year and had a project Interceptor VF750F that they chromed and put on the cover. Honda also produced the VF700F to meet the 1980s motorcycle tariff. This bike was replaced by the Honda VFR750 in 1986.
It was the first sportbike born with racing DNA. Seventeen years ago, you either rode an Interceptor® or you were way behind. There were two kinds of sportbike riders in 1983. Those who owned a VF750 Interceptor, and those who lusted after one. Armed with newly developed Honda Grand Prix technology, such as a track-inspired fairing, 16-inch front wheel, rectangular-section perimeter frame, single-shock rear suspension and anti-dive front suspension, the Interceptor was a back-road rapier among pocket knives.
Power was cutting edge. As the first liquid-cooled engine in any sportbike, the Interceptor's 90-degree V-four spun out an amazing 86 horsepower, making the bike quicker in the quarter mile and faster on top than its peers. In a top-gear roll-on, the Interceptor flat crushed them, and, in so doing, exploded the notion that high-performance sportbikes had to have narrow powerbands crowded close to the redline. Those triple-disc brakes were regarded as the best brakes on any mass-produced street bike. When the pavement turned twisty, nothing else measured up. And if you felt like crossing a time zone or two, the Interceptor was versatile, smooth and comfortable enough for the job.
Still, its toughest job was racing. New AMA rules required that Superbikes be built from street-going 750s, so Honda's radical Interceptor arrived with the heart and bones of a champion. Losing 70 pounds and gaining over 40 horses in race trim, the new V-4 was equally omnipotent on the track. In 1983, its rookie year as an AMA Superbike, the VF750F won eight of 14 Nationals, and would begin a legacy of Honda V-4 dominance unequaled in AMA Superbike racing.
That original Interceptor, through its racing and sales success, proved that Honda's integrated design approach worked as well on the track as it did on the street. Fast, agile, comfortable, perfectly balanced, the Interceptor began a Honda design philosophy that created a line of sportbikes with tremendous performance and street civility, a line leading straight to the aluminum-frame, fuel-injected 800 Interceptor in Honda's 2000 lineup.
Even if you weren't old enough or lucky enough to experience the Interceptor in 1983, the magic lives on in Honda's sportbike line, and it's better than ever.
The VF750F'83 V45 Interceptor was sold in 1983 and was available in one of two color schemes: Pearl Shell White with Candy Aleutian Blue or Pearl Shell White with Candy Bourgogne Red. The stripes on the blue bike were blue and the "V45" decal was red; but on the red bike the stripes were red and the "V45" decal was black. 5-speed transmission and chain drive.
- Engine: High-performance, 748cc, 45 cu. in. DOHC, 4-valve, liquid cooled, V-4
- Power: 86 horsepower
- Drive: Chain
- Cooling: Liquid-cooling system using two radiators
- Frame: Race-designed rectangular section
- Suspension: Air-adjustable Pro-Link™ rear suspension with adjustable rebound damping
- Brakes: TRAC™ anti-dive control system
- Wheels: Special ComCast™ alloy
- Wheelbase: 1496mm (58.9 in.)
- Seat height: 820mm (32.3 in.)
- Fuel capacity: 22 liters (5.8 gal.)
- The serial number began JH2RC150*DM000001.
The VF750F'84 750 Interceptor was sold in 1984 and was available in one of two color schemes: Pearl Shell White with Candy Aleutian Blue or Pearl Shell White with Candy Bourgogne Red. The stripes on the blue bike are red while they are black on the red bike. The "750" decal was white with a black outline.
- Engine: Liquid-cooled, 90° V4, 16-valve, DOHC
- Bore & Stroke: 70 x 48.6 mm
- Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
- Clutch: Hydraulic one-way limited-slip clutch
- Transmission: 5-speed
- Drive: Chain
- Frame: Rectangular section
- Front Brakes: Dual Disc, Dual Piston Caliper
- Rear Brakes: Dual Piston Caliper Disc
- Front Suspension: Air-assisted Telescopic Fork with TRAC™ Anti-dive
- Rear Suspension: Pro-Link™ Single Shock
- Front Tire size: 120/80-16
- Rear Tire size: 130/80-18
- Wheelbase: 1495 mm (58.8 in.)
- Seat Height: 820 mm (32.3 in)
- Dry Weight: 221 kg (487.1 lb)
- Fuel Capacity: 22 liters (4.8 Imp. Gal.) (5.7 US Gal.)
- The serial number began JH2RC150*EM100006.
Apparently they made a 1985 VF750F even though it's not listed in the Honda Model Identification guide.
- Cook, Marc (2005). Suzuki GSX-R "A legacy of Perfomance". David Bull Publishing. pp. 31-32. ISBN 189361851X.
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