Honda VTR 1000 SP2 Review

2002 Honda VTR 1000 SP2 from Hong Kong

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired3500 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres


A classic HRC Honda


Fork seal.

Clutch slave cylinder.

General Comments:

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

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 1 review