Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51) For Sale

The Honda VTR1000 SP1 and SP2 are dedicated sports bikes and are powered by a 999cc V-Twin engine which puts out 134bhp. They replaced the RVF750R RC45 sports bike.

Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51)

What Is It?

It's powered by a Euro 1 compliant liquid cooled 999cc 90° V-Twin four stroke engine, producing 134.1bhp at 9,500rpm and maximum torque at 8,000rpm. Honda's superbike departed from the RC45's 4 cylinder engine in order to better compete with Ducati and had a more aggressive riding position, with a number of Magnesium bits to reduce weight.

Features include:

  • Aluminium twin spar frame and swingarm
  • Dual 320mm discs up front with Nissin 2 piston calipers
  • 220mm disc at the rear with Nissin single piston caliper
  • Adjustable Showa 43mm upside down fork with 130mm travel
  • Adjustable Showa 40mm rear shock with 120mm travel
  • 2->2 Stainless Steel exhaust system
  • Fuel injection
  • 6 speed gearbox

Unusually the air intake port is right in the nose, passing straight through the steering head to a large port with a low/high-speed valve. Like the VTR1000F Firestorm there are two side mounted radiators visible through the iconic triangular cutouts in the fairing, although in this case they are 20% larger.

The engine is also significantly tweaked from the Firestorm, with larger pistons, smaller stroke and higher compression; basically more power at higher revs. It was Honda's last gear driven cam race bike and eventually replaced by the CBR1000RR for racing.

The 6-spoke cast Aluminium 17" wheels take a 120/70 tyre at the front and 190/50 at the rear.

  • 2000: "Winning Red"
  • 2001: Red, silver
  • 2002-2003: White/black
  • 2004-2005: Black/silver
  • 2006-2008: Black/grey

2001: Fork now gold

2002: Honda's updated SP2 introduced a new press-forged longer swingarm, more rigid frame/engine interface, improved fuel injection with 12 jet injectors for more power, 30mm taller screen for better protection, better looking indicators, new exhaust system, new 5-spoke wheel design and radiator fans both sides. Dry weight down from 199kg to 194kg.

2004: New fuel injection and exhaust for Euro 2 compliance. Adjustable clutch lever.

2005: Frame and front fender now black.

Did You Know?

It's called the RVT1000R in the USA

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2000 £7,200 £5,750 £5,050 26,800
2001 £7,700 £6,200 £5,400 26,100
2002 £8,200 £6,550 £5,750 25,300
2003 £8,650 £6,900 £6,050 24,400
2004 £9,000 £7,200 £6,300 23,400
2005 £9,300 £7,450 £6,500 22,300
2006 £9,550 £7,650 £6,700 21,200
2007 £9,750 £7,800 £6,800 19,900
2008 £9,850 £7,900 £6,900 18,600

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