The Honda VTR1000 Firestorm or Superhawk was a brilliant all rounder bike produced by Honda 1997 to 2005. Firestorm was made in response to Ducati’s legendary 916 V-twin and lead the Japanese onslaught on V-twin arena.
Introduced in 1997, Firestorm was powered by an all new 90-degree V-twin engine producing 110bhp with 71 lbft of torque. The V-twin offers smooth power delivery, and plenty of low to mid-range grunt.
The bike allowed Honda the opportunity to take advantage of World Superbike rules allowing twins to run to a capacity of 1000cc. In 2000 it released the RC51 (SP-1), powered by the VTR’s 998cc, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine and with it, taking the World Superbike Championship with Colin Edwards riding for the Castrol team.
The bike handles lightly, turning well into corners and with a comfortable riding position even with riding pillion.
Braking is provided by twin 296mm discs with Nissin four-piston calipers up front and a 220mm single hydraulic disc with a single-piston caliper at the rear.
The Firestorm only received one major update in 2001 by adding a larger fuel tank to hold 19 litres against its original 16 litre capacity. Also included fork improvements and an LCD display.
– Engine: Liquid-cooled, 8v, DOHC, V-twin
– Power: 110bhp (80.2kW) @ 9000rpm
– Torque: 71.5lb-ft (97Nm) @ 7000rpm
– Transmission: 6 speed
– Frame: Aluminium twin spar
– Front Suspension: 41mm conventional forks
– Rear Suspension: Monoshock
– Average fuel consumption: 28mpg