Honda VTR1000 SP1 Review

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Honda VTR1000 SP1

She handles and turns well, has loads of torque, pulls easily in any gear and inspires confidence to have fun on the twisties.

- Rating: 8 / 10
Power, handling, looks, iconic
×Low speed fuelling, heavy

What Is It?

The Honda VTR1000 SP1 is dedicated sports bike which replaced the RVF750R RC45 sports bike.

Engine: 999 cc V-Twin, 134 bhp

Economy: 30 mpg

Range: 120 miles

Seat Height: 813 mm

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What Is It Like?

Honda VTR1000 SP1

Honda VTR 1000 / SP1 / RC51 (2001)

Having brought what is a dream bike I’m in love with it. Yes it has a few quirks and the fuel injection at low speed is bit lumpy (despite having a power commander on), it’s heavy and awkward to manoeuvre but that's about it.

When riding normally and progressing a bit she’s a lovely machine. She handles and turns well, has loads of torque so pulls easily in any gear and inspires confidence to have fun on the twisty roads.

The whine from gear driven cams and growl of the carbon cans is enough to bring a grin to your face not to mention aesthetically she’s a beautiful bike to look at.

I brought mine blind from Jem Speed in Leeds where I fell in love with her before she arrived and once I’d fitted new tyres I was even happier with her.

I’ve read other reviews by professional testers who say it’s good but not brilliant. Yes I could be inclined to agree with them but there’s something about an SP1 / 2 that has owners addicted and in love with their machines!

- Richard S, 2019

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Price Guide

Year
Dealer
Private
Part Ex
Mileage
2000
£7,550
£6,050
£5,300
26,500
2001
£7,800
£6,250
£5,450
26,200
2002
£8,050
£6,450
£5,650
25,700
2003
£8,300
£6,650
£5,800
25,100
2004
£8,550
£6,850
£6,000
24,400
2005
£8,850
£7,050
£6,200
23,600
2006
£9,100
£7,300
£6,400
22,600
2007
£9,400
£7,500
£6,600
21,500
2008
£9,650
£7,750
£6,800
20,300

Year shows signs of appreciation

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The Second Opinion

Do you own this bike? We are after anything good, bad, unexpected or that you have changed plus anything that a prospective new owner might find interesting or useful.