Honda VF500F

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Honda VF500
Honda VF500F.JPG
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Interceptor
Production 1984-1986
Predecessor None
Successor CBR600F "Hurricane"
Class Sport touring bike
Engine 498 cc Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC V4, Bore and Stroke: 60.0 x 44.0 mm 2.36 x 1.73 in[1]
Power 68 HP @ 11,500 rpm
Torque 4.2 kg*m (30.4 lb-ft) @ 10,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed chain drive
Suspension F: Female slider telescopic forks 37mm R: single mono-spring/damper swingarm, 4 position adjustable rebound, air pressure preload
Brakes F: (two) solid disc 255mm diameter 2 piston sliding caliper R: solid disc 255mm 2 piston sliding caliper
Tires F: 100/90-16 R: 110/90-18
Wheelbase 1420 mm (55.9 in)
Weight 184 kg (406 lb) (dry)
201 kg (443 lb) (wet)
VF500F Interceptor, a.k.a. "Babyceptor" or "miniceptor," with custom paint job (subtle reversal of red & blue).

The Honda VF500F (badged as "Interceptor" for the US and Canada market) is a 498 cc displacement sport motorcycle manufactured from 1984 to 1986.[2] It is widely regarded as one of the finest handling motorcycles of the 1980s.[3]

It was part of Honda's family of first generation V4 engine motorcycles (Interceptor - VF400F VF500F VF700F VF750F VF1000F). The VF500F was derived from the Japanese market VF400F (400 cc engine). It is not simply an overbored and/or overstroked version of the VF400F.

VF500F V4 motor

The engine as well as the cycle are entirely specific, with very few common parts. The Honda VF500 engine was also used almost entirely unchanged in the Magna V30 standard motorcycle during the same two years.

The VF500F was produced for the North American and European markets. The European market version also had a VF500F2 model which utilized a full fairing, whereas the VF500F had an upper half fairing with a lower cowl in front of the motor.

The VF500F utilized a skeleton square tubular steel frame with conventional forks and a rear mono-spring/damper suspension using a cast aluminum swingarm. It used a 16-inch front wheel with a 100/90-16 tire for reduced rotational inertia to make steering easier. The rear wheel is 18-inch with a 110/90-18 tire.

It was replaced by the CBR600F "Hurricane" motorcycle in 1987.


  1. ^ "1984-1986 VF500F". 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Honda VFR History: Part II – Special Feature". 23 March 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Honda VF500 Magna V30, VF500 Interceptor". 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.