Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51) For Sale

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Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51)
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Insurance Costs: 10 of 10
Current Prices: £10,900–£6,150

What Is It?

The Honda VTR1000 SP1 and SP2 are dedicated sports bikes which replaced the RVF750R RC45. They are powered by a Euro 1 compliant liquid cooled 999 cc 90° V-Twin four stroke engine, producing 134.1 bhp at 9,500 rpm and maximum torque at 8,000 rpm.

Features include:

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

Honda's superbike departed from the RC45's V4 engine in order to better compete with Ducati and had a more aggressive riding position, with a number of Magnesium bits to reduce weight.

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 was eventually replaced by the CBR1000RR. The 6-spoke 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
Did You Know?

It's called the RVT1000R in the USA.

Updates

2001: Fork now gold.

2002: SP2 introduces a new press-forged longer swingarm, more rigid frame / engine interface, improved fuel injection with 12 jet injectors for more power, 30 mm 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 199 kg to 194 kg.

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

2005: Frame and front fender now black.

Review In A Few

What's Good?

  • Handling
  • Power
  • Looks
  • Iconic

Any Downsides?

  • Low speed fuelling
  • Heavy

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Specs

Capacity: 999 cc (high)

Power: 134 bhp / 100 kW (high)

Red Line: 10,000 rpm (average)

Top Speed: 155 mph / 249 km/h (very high)

Economy: 30 mpg / 9.4 L/100km (poor)

Range: 120 miles / 193 km (average)

Fuel Capacity: 18.0 litres / 4.0 gallons (high)

Seat Height: 813 mm / 32.0 inches (average)

Wet Weight: 223 kg / 492 pounds (heavy)

Dry Weight: 199 kg / 439 pounds

Power to Weight: 0.601 bhp/kg / 0.448 kW/kg

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Price Guide

Year
Dealer
Private
Part Ex
Mileage
2000
£7,650
£6,150
£5,350
26,500
2001
£7,850
£6,300
£5,500
26,000
2002
£8,100
£6,500
£5,700
25,500
2003
£8,400
£6,750
£5,900
24,800
2004
£8,800
£7,050
£6,150
24,000
2005
£9,250
£7,400
£6,450
23,200
2006
£9,700
£7,800
£6,800
22,200
2007
£10,250
£8,200
£7,200
21,100
2008
£10,900
£8,700
£7,650
19,800

Year shows signs of appreciation

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Popularity & How Many Left

Year
On Road
Off Road
Total
For Sale
2000
217
592
809
53 / month
2001
143
387
530
140 / month
2002
68
185
253
86 / month
2003
17
49
66
Rarely
2004
8
10
18
39 / month
2005
-
4
4
Rarely
2006
1
1
2
Rarely
2007
-
-
-
Rarely
2008
-
1
1
Rarely

Source: DVLA