Tuesday, October 07, 2008

2009 Honda VFR800 gets C-ABS and... not much else has changed!


No V5 engine, but the VFR800 does get C-ABS anti-lock brakes, and new colours...

Pics: Motoblog

We’d earlier said that Honda are likely to replace the existing VFR800 with a brand-new, V5-powered VFR1000 for 2009. And we were completely wrong! Honda have released pics of the 2009 VFR800, which is still powered by the same VTEC V4 which we all know and love.

However, like the 2009 Fireblade, the VFR800 now comes with C-ABS on the options list, and white is one of the new paint options. The base model costs US$11,000 and you’ll have to pay US$12,000 if you want those anti-lock brakes.

Must admit we’re a bit disappointed that apart from the C-ABS thing, Honda haven’t bothered to update the VFR800 at all. If not the V5 engine, at least sharpened-up styling and USD forks would have helped. And maybe that underseat exhaust system should have made way for a Fireblade-style number…

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Honda CB1000R riding impression...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Considering that this is a V4 engine I find it very unlikely that a 2009 Fireblade type exhaust would be even possible on this bike.

Anonymous said...

u guys actually like the fireblade exhaust?!?!? i think underseat pipes are so much sexier. just look at the Duke 1098 and MV F4 1000

Jason said...

well, there's nothing really 'wrong' with the vfr800, it's still a rocking old bike. it's just that it's begining to look so old, so dated... :-(

Kevin said...

I was so bummed to see Honda's website updated with the 2009 VFR same as last year's. I got the day off for the upcoming Intl Motorcycle Show at the Long Bch Conv Center Dec 7th in anticipation of a V5 VFR1000. I don't have a bike now and want a VFR bad. I'm stuck trying to decide on buying a 2009 or waiting for an updated VFR. I know I could wait and find a good used bike, but haven't seen one I like yet.

Kevin said...

Model ID VFR800A Emissions Meets current California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA standards. Does this mean the VFR is the same for the other 49 states as CA? When I search for a new VFR I keep seeing adds for Honda East Toledo, Ohio $9799 OTD. Has anyone seen any better deals?

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