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Honda VTR1000F
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Super Hawk
Production 97-05
Engine 1000cc
Sparkplug DPR9EIX-9 '97-05
Battery YTX12-BS '97-05
Front Tire 120/70-17 '97-05
Rear Tire 180/55-17 '97-05
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The Honda VTR1000F is a motorcycle produced by Honda from 1997 to 2005.

History

In 1997 Honda began producing a street-oriented 996cc twin cylinder motorcycle using a historically important name: Superhawk. The previous (60's) Superhawk was a parallel twin motorcycle that Robert M. Pirsig rode in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". The original Superhawk was a huge commercial success, hence the name being recycled.

Outside the United States the motorcycle was named the "Firestorm" . The new Superhawk was introduced after the Ducati 916 made V-twin sportbikes popular again. The new Superhawk uses an all new 90 degree V-twin. The bike introduced several new design concepts such as the "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. The "Pivotless frame" meant that engine was a stressed member with the swingarm bolted directly to the engine. The bike was released in 1997 as an early release 1998 model year. One motorcycle magazine suggested (circa 2000) that this bike was the fastest 0-60 mph production bike at the time. A racing version of the bike was expected from Honda. In 2000 Honda introduced the RVT1000R (RC51) known outside the United States as the VTR1000SP, though the bike had only four engine parts in common with the modern Superhawk. The RC51 was an entirely new V-twin racing platform that won the World Superbike championship its first year racing with Colin Edwards and the Castrol team.

For the model year 2001, Honda introduced a number of improvements. These included a larger 19 liter tank (the original was 16 liters), internal modifications to the front forks, an improved riding position thanks to less steeply raked clip-on bars and an LCD display for elements such as fuel level, engine temperature, trip meter, odometer and clock. A HISS immobilizer also became standard at this time.

Early models suffered from premature failure of the cush drive, probably due to the high impulses of power produced by the big V-twin engine, but Honda soon rectified this with improved material. Another weak point of the motorcycle is cam chain tensioner (CCT) failure. This type of failure rarely results in engine damage and simply requires the CCT to be replaced. Of the two tensioners, the front is more likely to fail and it is, unfortunately, the more awkward of the two to replace. Replacement is comfortably within the capabilities of a competent home mechanic, but the valve timing must also be checked after CCT failure.

1998


The VTR1000F'98 Super Hawk was sold in 1998 in one color: Italian Red. This was a new V-twin sport model with a new engine: 996cc 90° V-twin. The serial number began JH2SC360*WM000001.

1999

1999 Honda VTR1000 Superhawk in Yellow
1999 Honda VTR1000 Superhawk in Yellow
1999 Honda VTR1000 Superhawk in Yellow
1999 Honda SuperHawk (VTR1000F) in Black
1999 Honda SuperHawk (VTR1000F) in Black
1999 Honda SuperHawk (VTR1000F) in Black
1999 Honda SuperHawk (VTR1000F) in Black
1999 Honda SuperHawk (VTR1000F) in Black
1999 Honda Super Hawk 998 (VTR1000F) in Black
1999 Honda Super Hawk 998 (VTR1000F) in Black


2000

2000 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Yellow
2000 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Yellow
2000 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Yellow
2000 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Yellow
2000 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Yellow
2000 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Yellow
2000 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Yellow


2002

2002 Honda Superhawk 996 (VTR1000F) in Red


2003

2003 Honda VTR1000F
2003 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Blue
2003 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Blue
2003 Honda Superhawk (VTR1000F) in Blue



2003 VTR1000F'03 Super Hawk

  • Available color: Candy Blue
  • Engine: 996cc DOHC liquid-cooled 90° V-twin
  • Bore and stroke: 98.0 x 66.0 mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.4:1
  • Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
  • Final drive: O-ring chain
  • Front suspension: 41mm HMAS™ cartridge fork with spring-preload and rebound- damping adjustability
  • Rear suspension: Pro-Link HMAS™ single-shock with spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustability
  • Front brake: Dual full-floating discs with four-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: Single-disc with single-piston caliper
  • Front tire 120/70ZR-17 radial
  • Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial
  • Wheelbase: 1430mm (56.3 in.)
  • Seat height: 810mm (31.9 in.)
  • Dry weight: 194 kg (427 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 16 liters

2004

2004 Honda VTR1000F



2004 Super Hawk 1000cc

  • Engine Type: 996cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 98.0mm x 66.0mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Carburetion: Two 48.0mm slanted flat-slide CV
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain
  • Front Suspension: 41.0mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
  • Rear Suspension: Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustability; 4.9-inch travel
  • Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 296.0mm discs with four-piston calipers
  • Rear Brake: Single 220.0mm disc with single-piston caliper
  • Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
  • Rear Tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial
  • Rake: 24.9 degrees
  • Trail: 97.0mm (3.8 inches)
  • Wheelbase: 56.3 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.9 inches
  • Dry Weight: 426.0 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gallons, including 0.7-gallon reserve
  • Emissions: California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Model ID: VTR1000F
  • Warranty: 1 year

2005

2005 Honda VTR1000F



2005 Super Hawk 1000cc

  • Engine Type: 996cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 98.0mm x 66.0mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Carburetion: Two 48.0mm slanted flat-slide CV
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic advance
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: O-ring-sealed chain
  • Front Suspension: 41.0mm HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
  • Rear Suspension: Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring-preload and rebound-damping adjustability; 4.9-inch travel
  • Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 296.0mm discs with four-piston calipers
  • Rear Brake: Single 220.0mm disc with single-piston caliper
  • Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
  • Rear Tire: 180/55ZR-17 radial
  • Rake: 24.9 degrees
  • Trail: 97.0mm (3.8 inches)
  • Wheelbase: 56.3 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.9 inches
  • Dry Weight: 426 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gallons, including 0.7-gallon reserve
  • Emissions: California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.
  • Available Colors: Titanium
  • Model ID: VTR1000F
  • Warranty: 1 year


See Also

Honda
Motorcycles: CB series | CBF series | CM/CMX series | CX Series | CBR series | NSR series | CR series | Pacific Coast | XR/XL series | Bros/HawkGT | VF/VFR series | VT series | VTX series | ST series | Valkyrie series | GL series| NR series
Mopeds and light motorcycles: Ape models | Cub series | CT series | ST series/Dax | S series |Wave series | Z series