Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51) For Sale

Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51)
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Current Prices: £10,350–£5,900

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

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.

Did You Know?

It's called the RVT1000R in the USA.

Review In A Few

What's Good?

  • Power, handling, 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

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2000 £7,350 £5,900 £5,150 26,100
2001 £7,900 £6,350 £5,550 25,300
2002 £8,400 £6,750 £5,900 24,500
2003 £8,850 £7,100 £6,200 23,600
2004 £9,250 £7,400 £6,500 22,600
2005 £9,600 £7,700 £6,750 21,600
2006 £9,900 £7,950 £6,950 20,400
2007 £10,150 £8,100 £7,100 19,200
2008 £10,350 £8,250 £7,250 18,000

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Popularity & How Many Left

Year On The Road Off The Road Total For Sale
2000 217 592 809 73 / month
2001 143 387 530 230 / month
2002 68 185 253 180 / month
2003 17 49 66 Rarely
2004 8 10 18 8 / month
2005 - 4 4 45 / month
2006 1 1 2 Rarely
2007 - - - 30 / month
2008 - 1 1 Rarely

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