Honda VTR1000F (Firestorm, Superhawk)

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Honda VTR1000 SP-2

The Honda VTR1000F sports bike model was introduced in 1997 for the markets of Japan, Australia and Europe. The model also had the prefix "Firestorm", but in the North American market it was called differently - "Superhawk".

The VTR1000 was driven by Honda's desire to create a full-fledged sports bike that matches European motorcycle concepts and ideas - in particular, the flagship models of Ducati and Moto Guzzi. The engine from VT1100 was used as a prototype engine in the early stages of development (1986), but the project was subsequently frozen. They returned to it only in 1994, seriously revising the configuration of everything - from design, chassis to engine.

The model was based on a 2-cylinder V-shaped liquid-cooled engine, with a volume of about 1000 cm³, producing up to 110 hp. power and up to 97 Nm of torque. This motor was subsequently used on the model - Honda varadero 1000.

In 2000, the VTR1000 line was replenished with a new modification, called - Honda VTR1000 SP-1 . In the North American market, the model was sold under the name - Honda RVT1000R . Also known as RC51 . The modification was a replica of a racing motorcycle homologated for public roads. This version was not available in Japan, but was sold only in export markets - Europe, North America, Australia.

The modification of the Honda VTR1000 SP-1 was very different from the basic version of the VTR1000F - a new appearance, fully adjustable suspensions, electronic fuel injection instead of carburetors, an increased diameter of the front brake discs, a different engine configuration - improved performance, timing drive with gears (instead of a chain on the VTR1000F), modified gear ratios in the checkpoint.

In 2002, the modification receives some changes and changes its name - Honda VTR1000 SP-2. The changes affected the injection system (increased throttle valves, the engine is equipped with two nozzles per cylinder), suspension and frame configuration, cooling system, overall dimensions, weight and ergonomics.

2006 was the last year of production of the model, after which it finally left the conveyor and did not receive further development. In recent years (since 2004), the VTR1000F was not sold in Japan, but was only available in export versions.

The main competitors of the Honda VTR1000F in the class:


Honda VTR1000F Firestorm (Superhawk)
Honda VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2
Honda VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2


Specifications Honda VTR 1000:

ModelHonda VTR1000F

Honda VTR1000 (SP-1, SP-2, RVT1000R)

Motorcycle typesport
Release year1997-2006
Framealuminum diagonal
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume995.7 cm³ - VTR1000F

999.0 cm³ - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Bore / stroke98.0 x 66.0mm - VTR1000F

100.0 x 63.6 mm - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Compression ratio9.4: 1 - VTR1000F

10.8: 1 - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Number of valves per cylinderDOHC chain drive, 4 valves per cylinder - VTR1000F

DOHC gear drive, 4 valves per cylinder - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 2x Keihin CV 48mm - VTR1000F

Injector: PGM-Fi, 54mm - VTR1000 SP-1

Dual Nozzle Injector: PGM-Fi 62mm - VTR1000 SP-2

Ignition typeDC-CDI - VTR1000F

Digital Transistor - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Maximum power110.0 h.p. (81.0 kW) at 9000 rpm - max. power VTR1000F

93.0 h.p. at 8500 rpm - VTR1000F (Japan)

136.0 h.p. (100.0 kW) at 9500 rpm - max. power VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Maximum torque97 Nm (9.9 kg * m) at 7000 rpm - max. moment VTR1000F

105 Nm (10.7 kg * m) at 8000 rpm - max. torque VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Drive typechain
Front tire size120/70 ZR17 (58W)
Rear tire size180/55 ZR17 (73W) - VTR1000F

190/50 ZR17 (73W) - VTR1000 SP-1 /SP-2

Front brakes2 discs, 296mm, 4-piston calipers - VTR1000F

2 discs, 320 mm, 4-piston calipers - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Rear brakes1 disc, 220 mm, 1-piston caliper
Front suspension41mm HMAS Telescopic Fork (preload and rebound damping adjustment), 109mm travel - VTR1000F

43mm HMAS inverted fork (fully adjustable), 130mm travel - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Rear suspensionPendulum (Pro-Link) with monoshock (adjustable preload and rebound damping), stroke - 124 mm - VTR1000F

Pendulum (Pro-Link) with monoshock (fully adjustable), stroke - 120 mm - VTR1000 SP-1

Pendulum (Pro-Link) with monoshock (fully adjustable), stroke - 126 mm - VTR1000 SP-2

Motorcycle length2050 mm - VTR1000F

2060 mm - VTR1000 SP-1

2040 mm - VTR1000 SP-2

Motorcycle width710 mm - VTR1000F

725 mm - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Motorcycle height1155 mm - VTR1000F

1120 mm - VTR1000 SP-1

1145 mm - VTR1000 SP-2

Wheelbase1430 mm - VTR1000F

1410 mm - VTR1000 SP-1

1420 mm - VTR1000 SP-2

Saddle height810 mm - VTR1000F

815 mm - VTR1000 SP-1

825 mm - VTR1000 SP-2

Minimum ground clearance135 mm - VTR1000F, SP-1

130 mm - VTR1000 SP-2

Acceleration to 100 km / h3.3 sec. - VTR1000F

3.2 sec. - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Maximum speed241 km / h - VTR1000F

264 km / h - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2

Fuel tank capacity16.0 L - VTR1000F (1997-2000), Superhawk

18.0 L - VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2, VTR1000F (2000-2006, Japanese versions)

19.0 L - VTR1000F (2000-2006, except Japanese versions)

Motorcycle weight (curb)214 kg - VTR1000F

223 kg - VTR1000 SP-1

219 kg - VTR1000 SP-2

Fuel consumption

The officially declared fuel consumption is 7.6 liters for the Honda VTR1000F and 8.4 liters for the Honda VTR1000 SP-1 / SP-2. The exact value depends on the riding style.