Honda VTR1000F Reviews from United States of America

1998 Honda VTR1000F

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance51000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Sportster XL 883C


A Beautiful Disposabike


Compression lost in both cylinders @ 47,000 miles, despite oil changes every 3K with Honda SP4 synthetic oil and adult-ridden. The cylinders were basically worn egg-shaped--electroplated bores drilled directly into the (aluminum) top half of the crankcase. (Disposa-bike.)

Despite meticulous maintenance, it was burning nearly a quart of oil every 3,000 miles toward the end.

Cam-chain tensioners needed replacement at ~30,000 miles.

Regulator/rectifier toasted @~30,000 miles.

Hydraulic clutch with slave cylinder mounted on the engine cooked the DOT4 to a dark color and had to be flushed at least every other oil change.

Even with braided stainless-steel brake lines, these brakes were weak. But using the engine-braking helps here.

General Comments:

Fun, bike, fast bike, BEAUTIFUL bike, but ultimately flawed.

This bike is very noisy, due to a cam chain on each side of the bike, with absolutely no noise-dampening material in the crankcase, nor fairing.

A wheelie-machine due to the rearward weight distribution, but it also handles pretty funky (some say poorly) compared with typical I-4 bike.

Terrible mileage, even if you go by the optimistic tripmeter/odometer.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th March, 2008

1998 Honda VTR1000F

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 0 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Vulcan 750


Good buy and reliable, but uncomfortable


My starter is going bad and will need to be replaced.

General Comments:

This motorcycle is quick and handles well.

However the seat and stance are very uncomfortable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2006

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews