Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51) For Sale
Insurance Costs: 10 of 10
Current Prices: £10,950–£5,850
Power: 134 bhp
Engine: 999 cc, 10,000 rpm red line, 155 mph top speed
Economy: 30 mpg
Range: 120 miles from the 18.0 litre tank
Seat Height: 813 mm
Weight: 223 kg (wet), 199 kg (dry)
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 999cc 90° V-Twin four stroke engine, producing 134.1bhp at 9,500rpm and maximum torque at 8,000rpm.
- 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
- 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, 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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|2000||217||592||809||170 / month|
|2001||143||387||530||240 / month|
|2002||68||185||253||150 / month|
|2004||8||10||18||24 / month|
|2005||-||4||4||49 / month|
|2007||-||-||-||9 / month|
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