Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51) Motorbikes For Sale

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Honda VTR1000 (SP1 SP2 RC51)
Current Prices: £11,350–£6,500
Insurance Costs: 10 of 10
Real World Review

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.

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)

Fuel Consumption / Gas Mileage: 30 mpg, 9.4 l/100km, 10.6 km/l (poor)

Range: 120 miles, 193 km (average)

Fuel Capacity: 18.0 litres, 4.8 US 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

Road Tax (VED): £96 / Year (very high)

Road tax and VED guide

Model History & 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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Price Guide

Year
Dealer
Private
Part Ex
Mileage
2008
£11,350
£9,100
£7,950
19,400
2007
£10,650
£8,500
£7,450
20,600
2006
£10,000
£8,000
£7,000
21,600
2005
£9,450
£7,550
£6,600
22,500
2004
£9,000
£7,200
£6,300
23,300
2003
£8,600
£6,900
£6,000
24,000
2002
£8,300
£6,650
£5,800
24,600
2001
£8,100
£6,500
£5,650
25,200
2000
£8,150
£6,550
£5,700
25,600

Year shows signs of appreciation

Dealer: The typical price paid at a dealer after haggling.
Private: The typical private sale value of a bike in good condition.
Part Ex: The typical price offered by a bike buying service or dealer in part exchange.
Regional variations have been averaged out and we work out the price guide in-house.

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Popularity & How Many Left

Year
On Road
Off Road
Total
For Sale
2008
6
17
23
1 / month
2007
-
-
-
6 / month
2006
-
2
2
Rarely
2005
-
4
4
23 / month
2004
7
10
17
Rarely
2003
16
52
68
36 / month
2002
62
192
254
37 / month
2001
146
382
528
82 / month
2000
188
612
800
94 / month

Source: DVLA

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