As required by the homologation guidelines, the road bike that hit Honda dealership showrooms was almost indistinguishable from its racing counterparts. The V4 engine produced 86 horsepower, good for a standing quarter-mile time of 11.4 seconds. It will be a disgrace to solely drive this bike in a straight line, although, as a result of it additionally featured a totally adjustable Showa suspension with a beefy 39mm anti-dive entrance fork supporting a radically small 16-inch entrance wheel for enhanced cornering.
One last racy characteristic was the Interceptor’s “slipper clutch” which partially disengaged the engine beneath heavy braking to stop wheel hop — a primary ever for a manufacturing motorbike. At first, Honda solely meant to provide sufficient VF750F Interceptors to qualify for racing, however the bike turned out to be a runaway gross sales success. This, despite a comparatively excessive worth due partly to tariffs on large-displacement imported bikes that have been meant to guard American producer Harley-Davidson.
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