2002 Honda VTR 1000 SP2 from Hong Kong
A classic HRC Honda
Clutch slave cylinder.
My SP2 is a great machine.
Although it lacks the out and out power of the more recent litre class superbikes, it still has enough to put a big smile on your face on a Sunday ride out.
In the last 10 years it has been very reliable, with only a gradual failure of the clutch slave cylinder to let it down.
Fork seal was my fault... ahem...
Hong Kong heat and climate eats batteries, and it needs one every 2 years or so, cos the trip meter starts to reset to zero on its own when it is starting to run out of oomph.
The handling is good, but again not quite up to the standard of the more modern 1000cc bikes.
The Honda finish has lasted well, and it still looks new when cleaned.
The tank has some rust inside, which has been there since I got it, but has never given a performance problem.
The original gearing was high, so a 2 tooth increase in rear sprocket gave a big improvement when setting off and slow cornering in 1st gear. Top speed took a hit, but not a problem on the road.
I treated the rear end to an aftermarket undertray with recessed LED lights to improve the lines. This looks great, but the quality is NOT Honda, and it has suffered from stone chips and occasionally comes loose.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd August, 2013