Model Overview

Complete Model Details & Photos Below

Updated: Dec. 2002
The 2002 Interceptor may not look all that different, but rest assured it's an all new motorcycle. A new VTEC engine retaining the same 781ccs, a new reinforced chassis for carrying optional hard luggage and more. Honda provided us with a closer look, though we weren't able to ride the bike.
Interesting Model Information: MSRP $9,999 / $10,999 ABS - US
- ABS and non-ABS models available
- One model with catalyzer for 50 states
- Cleanest running Honda MC to date
- 5.8 US Gallon tank, up from 5.5
- Features coil on plug cap ignition
- Same rim and tires size as 800
- Final drive lowered 43/17 to 43/16
- Linked brakes recalibrated for less rear brake power
- Retains a center stand
- Increased radiator volume, new fan
- Stiffer fork springs used
- Front: slower compression, same rebound damping
- Rear: slower compression, slower rebound
- Injectors with 12 nozzles rather than 4
- Unchanged brake sizes
- 4 bulb headlight, 2 for low beam, all four for high
- Bright H-7 bulbs
- 43mm forks, up from 41mm
- Same seating, leg position as VFR800
- Windshield height increased 50mm
- Slightly modified weight bias (49F/51R)
- Optional 35 liter hard side bags
- Optional 45 liter top trunk
- Black center fairing lower won't show peeling paint
- Optional tall windshield will be available
- .7 inch longer wheelbase, 57.4 inch
- ABS model with remote preload adjustment knob
- Chain driven cams replace gear driven cams
- Same valve size with more overlap

The Interceptor/VFR has always been a showcase bike for Honda technology. This doesn't change with the 2002 Interceptor. Ignition coils are placed on the plug caps for greater efficiencies, an anti-lock brake model has been added, and the engine features Variable Timing Exhaust Valves (VTEC) as successfully used in many of the companies automobiles. This provides more efficient running at low and mid-range RPM levels, as well as greater performance above 7,000 RPM where the two additional valves per cylinder kick in.

The VFR 800 could certainly use a boost in the low to mid-range level, and this is just what Honda is giving us. In addition, the cooling system on the 800 is questionable at best, the new Interceptor has a larger radiator, a new fan and larger oil cooler.

We can't wait to ride the new 2002 Interceptor!

The all-new 2002 Interceptor sets a new standard for sportbikes, featuring a powerful VTEC™ engine.

New for 2002



Additional Features

2002 - Interceptor Specifications

Model: VFR800FI / VFR800FI ABS
Engine Type: 781cc liquid-cooled 90° V-4
Bore and Stroke: 72mm x 48mm
Compression Ratio: 11.6:1
Valve Train: VTEC DOHC; four valves per cylinder
Carburetion: PGM-FI with automatic enricher circuit
Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping and electronic advance
Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain
Suspension Front: 43mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring preload adjustability; 4.3 inches travel
Suspension Rear: Pro Arm single-side swingarm with Pro-Link single HMAS gas-charged shock with seven-position spring preload and rebound damping adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with LBS three-piston calipers
Brakes Rear: Single 256mm disc with LBS three-piston caliper Optional ABS
Tires Front: 120/70 ZR-17 radial
Tires Rear: 180/55ZR-17 radial
Wheelbase: 57.4 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 25.5°
Trail: 95mm (3.74 inches)
Seat Height: 31.7 inches
Claimed Dry Weight: 490 / 499 pounds (VFR800FI ABS)
Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve
Color: Red
Suggested Retail Price: N/A
Meets 2008 CARB emissions standards.

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