Honda VTR1000 SP1 Review

Honda VTR1000 SP1

Power, handling, looks, iconic
×Low speed fuelling, heavy
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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 £8,850 £7,100 £6,200 26,800
2001 £8,600 £6,850 £6,000 26,200
2002 £8,600 £6,900 £6,000 25,600
2003 £8,750 £7,000 £6,150 24,800
2004 £9,100 £7,300 £6,400 23,900
2005 £9,600 £7,700 £6,750 23,000
2006 £10,250 £8,200 £7,200 21,900
2007 £11,100 £8,900 £7,750 20,700
2008 £12,050 £9,650 £8,450 19,400

Year shows signs of appreciation

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