Honda VTR1000F

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Honda VTR1000F
Honda Firestorm VTR 1000 F.jpg
Manufacturer Honda
Also called SuperHawk, Firestorm
Class Sport bike
Engine 996 cc (60.8 cu in) l/c 90° V-twin
Bore / stroke 98.0 mm × 66.0 mm (3.86 in × 2.60 in)
Compression ratio 9.4:1
Top speed 155mph
Power 81 kW (109 hp) @ 9,000 rpm (claimed)
Torque 96 N·m (71 lbf·ft) @ 7,000 rpm (claimed)
Ignition type Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission 6-speed, chain drive
Suspension Front: 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
Brakes Front: Dual 296 mm discs, 4-piston Nissin calipers
Rear: Single 220 mm disc, single-piston caliper
Tires Front: 120/70-ZR17 (58W) (Radial)
Rear: 180/55-ZR17 (73W) (Radial)
Wheelbase 1,430 mm (56 in)
Seat height 810 mm (32 in) (claimed)
Weight 192 kg (423 lb) (claimed) (dry)

The Honda VTR1000F, frame designation 'SC36', was a V-twin sport bike manufactured by Honda. Known in the U.S. as the SuperHawk, outside the U.S. it is marketed as the Firestorm.


The VTR1000F was introduced in 1997 using an all new 90-degree V-twin engine. The bike also ushered in several new design concepts such as the semi-pivotless frame, side radiators, single-casting engine case, connecting rods with cap screws instead of nuts, and the largest carburetors Honda ever put on a motorcycle (48 mm). Semi-pivotless frame meant that engine was a stressed member with the swingarm bolted directly to the engine.

Model History[edit]

In 1999, the VTR1000F received new, silver wheels.[1]

From model year 2001, Honda introduced a number of improvements. 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, an improved riding position thanks to less steeply raked clip-on bars and an LCD display for fuel level, engine temperature, dual trip meters, odometer and clock. A Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) immobiliser also became standard. The US market (Superhawk), never received the larger tank, but retained the original 16 liter (4.2 US gallons).[1]

In 2005, the VTR1000F was discontinued.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Honda VTR1000F Firestorm (1997-2005)", Motorcycle News, 8 March 2012 

External links[edit]

  • [1] review of the 2004 SuperHawk