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

Summary:

A Beautiful Disposabike

Faults:

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

Summary:

Good buy and reliable, but uncomfortable

Faults:

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