Honda VTR1000F

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Honda VTR1000F
Honda Firestorm VTR 1000 F.jpg
Also calledSuperHawk, Firestorm
ClassSport bike
Engine996 cc (60.8 cu in) l/c 90° V-twin
Bore / stroke98.0 mm × 66.0 mm (3.86 in × 2.60 in)
Compression ratio9.4:1
Top speed155 mph (249 km/h)[1]
Power103 hp (77 kW) (rear wheel)[1]
Torque64.9 lb⋅ft (88.0 N⋅m) (rear wheel)[2]
Ignition typeComputer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission6-speed, chain drive
SuspensionFront: 41mm H.M.A.S. cartridge-type fork with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping, 109mm axle travel
Rear: Pro-Link with preload and rebound damping-adjustable gas-charged H.M.A.S. damper, 124mm axle travel
BrakesFront: Dual 296 mm discs, 4-piston Nissin calipers
Rear: Single 220 mm disc, single-piston caliper
TiresFront: 120/70-ZR17 (58W) (Radial)
Rear: 180/55-ZR17 (73W) (Radial)
Wheelbase1,430 mm (56 in)
Seat height810 mm (32 in)
Weight426 lb (193 kg).[3] (dry)
472 lb (214 kg)[2] (wet)

The Honda VTR1000F (frame designation "SC36") was a 90° V-twin sport bike produced by Honda from 1997 to 2005. Known worldwide as the Firestorm, in the USA it was marketed as the SuperHawk.


The VTR1000F was introduced in 1997 using an all new 90-degree V-twin engine and a HMAS (Honda Multi-Action System) fork and shock. The bike also ushered in several new design concepts for Honda such as the semi-pivotless frame, where the engine is a stressed member with the swingarm bolted directly to it. Other innovations were side radiators, single-casting engine case, connecting rods with cap screws instead of nuts, and 38 mm intake valves, the largest Honda has ever used on a production motor at that time.[4] It had the largest carburetors ever put on a production motorcycle (48 mm).[4] In order to overcome response irregularities typical for larger V-twin engines, Honda figured out different camshaft profiles and intake manifold dimensions for the two cylinders, and the power control of the engine was praised in motorbike surveys.[5] Cycle World list a quarter-mile time and speed of 11.03-second/124.26-mph.

Model history[edit]

In 1999, the VTR1000F featured new silver wheels.[6]

From model year 2001, Honda introduced a number of upgrades. These included increasing the tank from 16 liters (4.23 US gallons) to 19 liters (5.02 US gallons), internal modifications to the front forks, black wheels, smaller indicators, and a less extreme riding position (thanks to mildly raked clip-on bars). A new LCD dash display comprised fuel level, engine temperature, dual trip mileometers, odometer and clock. A Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) immobiliser also became standard. The US model "Superhawk" never received the larger tank, instead retaining the original 16 liter (4.2 US gallons).[6]

In 2005, the VTR1000F was discontinued.[6]

Honda VTR1000F-Lazareth Dokujya a one off custom creation from French motorcycle builder Lazareth
VTR1000F pre 01 dash
Honda VTR1000F with aftermarket lower fairing


  1. ^ a b "Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk – Best Used Bikes". Cycle World. June 10, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Performance Index '10" (PDF), Motorcycle Consumer News, Bowtie Magazines, 2010, retrieved 2016-09-15
  3. ^ Edge, Dirck (March 10, 2004). "2004 Honda Super Hawk: MD Ride Review". Motorcycle Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Fortune, Tom (March 29, 1998). "Honda VTR1000F Super Hawk". Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Schröter, Matthias. "Comparison test Aprilia SL 1000 Falco, Ducati ST 4s, Honda VTR 1000 F, Voxan Café racer". MOTORRAD. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Honda VTR1000F Firestorm (1997–2005)", Motorcycle News, 8 March 2012

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