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Written on: 03/12/2013 by Clunderthoud (1 review written)
I'm going through my midlife crisis and a Ducati has been on my bucket list for many years. My trusted bike mechanic responded with "How much you got?" Then I discovered this little known gem of a bike, the VTR1000 Super Duper Hawk. I have been riding bikes for almost 40 years but this is my first sportbike since my 1983 Kawasaki GPz 750, last ridden in 1986. Wow oh wow oh me oh my..what a bike! The power is brutal and right now. The handling is sweet and precise. The sound with a pair of… Read Full Review
Written on: 05/03/2013 by miztaziggy (3 reviews written)
I went from an R1 to a VTR and I must say, the drop in power wasnt as noticeable as I thought it would be. Good points: - Lovely deep rumble from the engine - Lots of low down power - Great value bike - second hand prices are low and you get a lot of bike for your money - Relatively comfortable compared to the out and out sports bikes Bad points: - Suspension is a bit squishy - Looks are a little dated now - CCT (Cam chain tensioner) failure if left standard parts can cause engine failure… Read Full Review
Written on: 22/09/2010
I,ve ridden m/c's most of my life in the 70's cb750,500 Kwaka Z1, Ducati 860 GTS and was out of the scene for a few years,got back into riding on Hyosung GTR 650 an underated m/c but needed something more ala the VTR,damn it was just pure awesomeness the ride the noise the vibe I just love it,read a mixed re-view on a local m/c mag, said its style was outdated! come on mate get real aye. Have stand cans with guts out of them omg awesome sound,great sport cruiser, viva la vtr, why isnt there a… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/09/2010
Have an fy version VTR 1000 Firestorm 2001 registered in the fastest colour (red) I have ridden big bandits, cb1300 etc and fancied a change from the screaming fours which to be honest I got bored with but at the time I didnt know why. I had to get rid of the cb1300 quickly as it had a bent frame and wasnt gonna pass its MOT so with 2.5k in hand I found a VTR on eblag which looked a minter. Never having ridden a v2 before I got on for the test ride and was shocked by the size of the bike which… Read Full Review
Written on: 15/08/2010
Having bought it from new over 13 yrs ago and having used it daily as my main work (I was a mobile auto electrician), and social transport, I can certainly vouch for how good this bike is. It has been used in ALL weathers and has been nothing but 100% reliable.
Year after year I look to see what other bikes are about and what I would REALLY change my Firstorm for, and I can't !!
I love the torque, handling, balance and reliabilty. Mix it all up for something that has lived outside for all of… Read Full Review
Written on: 06/08/2010
The VTR 1000 firestorm was my first 1000cc bike and I love it my last bike on the road was a TDR 250 stroker and the firestorm is as much fun without the reliabilty isues you get with a 2 stroke cheap to insure as well!… Read Full Review
Written on: 11/06/2010 by silvery 86 (1 review written)
having been out of riding for 9 years i seen a firestorm for sale took it for test and was sold on it.. having never ridin a v twin i was amazed at the engine braking it was awsome in wet weather being able to use the engine instead of brakes all the time handles very well. only prob i have is theres a slight chug at 5500 revs im not sure if this is usual in v twins also cutting out at idle but only occasional if anyone has similar probs please let me know the outcome.. azpart from this… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/05/2010
1st bike having not ridden for 12 years and found this to be a superb return to motoring. Torque and engine braking made it a doddle to return to biking and have had no problems with it. Would highly recommend it… Read Full Review
Written on: 07/05/2010
Purchased Firestorm on Christmas Eve 1997 had it delivered first week in 1998
sold it through temporary ill health in late 2007 having owned many super bikes including an R1 and a Fire blade the Firestorm is a perfect all rounder only draw back is the 15 Litre fuel tank but i could easily live with that… Read Full Review
Written on: 16/03/2010
I have had the bike for around a year, have had many bikes including CBR6,GSXR750,GSXF(Awful) and SV650. The firestorm was a snip at £1300. I spent 400 quid at the local Honda garage replacing the cam chain tensioners and service. I have added Viper carbon cans,swingarm and all fairing. The bike sounds and looks amazing,I get fantastic comments whereever I go on bike and it's a pleasure to ride. Fuel, Yes agree with everyone but for the fun I would pay it every time. V-Twins are more fun and… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/03/2010 by rrobh1 (1 review written)
In 5 years of ownership i've done 20,000 miles on my Firestorm. It's standard apar from the typical mods (road legal cans, heated grips, rear hugger).
The handling isn't as razer sharp as the likes of sportier in line 4 cyl sports bikes, Blades, R1s etc. but I've fitted a rear shock spacer to change the angle of the steering and bringing it more upright which has made an improvement and can be accelerated harder without risk of wheelies.
Have been touring with guys on R1s and Blades and… Read Full Review
Written on: 30/01/2010
Great bike. Mine is a yellow 1998 VTR1000F Firestorm (Canada). User-friendly. V-twin torque. Wheelies easily. Lovely V-twin exhaust sound especially with aftermarket exhaust. Good handling. Superb all-rounder. Only negatives in my mind are small fuel tank, average brakes, average suspension...the fuel range (160-210 km before low fuel light comes on) is not that hard to live with and the last two issues I have addressed with stainless steel brake lines and performance brake pads, internal fork… Read Full Review
Written on: 27/01/2010
This is the third Firestorm ive owned. Great bikes.Very under rated.Small upgrades vastly improve handling if your looking for R1 Or Blade type performance.My only complaint, like many is the tank size but you get used to the frequent stops for fuel !… Read Full Review
Written on: 24/11/2009
had mine 7 years only problem was a leaky oil switch which was fixed under warranty superb bike it gives you confidence and a grin as wide as your helmet not as fast as todays top 4s but pleasure to ride comfortable and cheap love could never get rid of it… Read Full Review
Written on: 26/10/2009
I bought my orange Firestorm in Sept for £1500 with 29k on the clock. After a little bit of TLC and removing the add ons the previous owner thought looked good, the bike looks fantastic. I had a ZZr600 before which was quicker but not as much fun to ride as the VTR. It handles really well and has given me alot more confidance to lob it around corners etc. Power on it is superb and like everyone says - sounds excellent. The only down side is the fuel consumption but who cares and the build… Read Full Review
Written on: 20/09/2009
The Honda Firestorm is a very relaxing and easy bike to ride quickly. An inexpeienced rider will probably be quicker on it compared to a blade or R1 just because it is so easy to ride.
+ lower insurance group than other big 1000cc bikes but with same torque making it a very useable road bike.
- small tank, quite thirsty on fuel.
Summary: Had mine for 9 years and still no plans to replace. Recommend to anybody unless you have track day experience and ability to ride sports bikes to their limit… Read Full Review
Written on: 09/09/2009
What can I say! I passed my test May 08 on an Honda CBF500, went out and without really riding it, bought a Suzuki GSX! DOH, rode hard and uncomfortable and never got to grips with that lying forward position being almost 6'tall.I never got on with my Suzuki so it has sat in the garage for a year whilst I thought about selling it.
Which brings me to the here and now! I sold my Honda08 plate to a guy who shipped it to Malta and whilst I knew this was going ahead,I got to scouring the net for my… Read Full Review