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Terry
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This is the VFR's stablemate, a 1997 VTR that was bought in untidy but sound condition. Now has reworked forks, CBR954 brake callipers, an Ohlins shock, manual CCT's, gutted stock pipes for the proper soundtrack and all LED lighting. Not as comfy as the VFR, but loads of torquey fun to ride.

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Honda's VTR1000F is my 2nd favourite bike. I've switched back and forth between VFR 750/800 and VTR1000F several times since 1993. Always felt that a VFR with the engine of a VTR would make a great sport tourer. It sure worked for Ducati.

 

Still miss my '05 VTR:

 

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5 hours ago, Skids said:

What's the difference between the VTR1000 and the SP1/2? I'm still toying with purchasing an SP2. Cheers.

 

There is actually not much in common between a VTR and an SP1 . 

SP1 has shorter stroke, fuel injection, gear driven cams, UD forks, different swing arm and rear suspension, different frame, much better brakes, and the list goes on. 

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17 hours ago, Lorne said:

Honda's VTR1000F is my 2nd favourite bike. I've switched back and forth between VFR 750/800 and VTR1000F several times since 1993. Always felt that a VFR with the engine of a VTR would make a great sport tourer. It sure worked for Ducati.

 Yes I'm half tempted to modify the VTR ergonomics so that it is similar to the VFR, the pegs especially seem crazy-high. Strangely however I don't find the VTR to be uncomfortable over a tank of fuel, I think the wind protection is probably better/smoother and the engine is certainly a peach when cruising.

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1 hour ago, VFROZ said:

 

There is actually not much in common between a VTR and an SP1 . 

SP1 has shorter stroke, fuel injection, gear driven cams, UD forks, different swing arm and rear suspension, different frame, much better brakes, and the list goes on. 

I like the idea of owning an RC51 at some point (it has all that HRC goodness baked in!), but it looks like even more of a rack to ride than my VTR. I'll go out on a limb and suggest that the VTR is probably the better road bike however.

 

Seems like a shame that Honda did not do more with the VTR engine and update the bike at some point, as it really is a good basic machine. The engine did get used in the Varaduro (I think that is correct) with FI added, but the basic VTR got little more than a bigger fuel tank, different bars and digital instruments in around 2000 and that was it. They do have a bad reputation for loosing camchain tension suddenly and with bad results for the valves and pistons, hence those in the know fit manual tensioners. 

 

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10 hours ago, VFROZ said:

 

There is actually not much in common between a VTR and an SP1 . 

SP1 has shorter stroke, fuel injection, gear driven cams, UD forks, different swing arm and rear suspension, different frame, much better brakes, and the list goes on. 

 

That's what I was after, thank you. I know nothing about either really so such big differences, apart from the obvious visual ones, make decision making easier.

 

Cheers.

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