The Honda VTR1000F Firestorm is one of my favourite classic Honda motorcycles.

Yes, it's the so called "Ducati Killer" VTR1000F SP2 (and, to a slightly lesser extent, SP1) that's the darling of collectors.

But the Firestorm is the one that has a usable riding position, a cooler name, and โ€” in my opinion โ€” the looks.

Custom painted Honda FireStorm (SuperHawk)
Custom and beautiful paintwork

Even in normal trim, the Honda Firestorm is a really beautiful motorbike.

But this one has custom paint that matches the exhaust and rims and is just amazing to look at. And best of all โ€”ย it's for sale! Contact Western Motorcycles in Sydney on 02 4733 1733 for more info.

The Firestorm's specs are

  • A 996cc 90-degree v-twin
  • 104 hp (78 kW) at the rear wheel (a claimed 120 hp/90 kW at the wheel)
  • 65 lb-ft (88 Nm) torque
  • Wet weight of 214 kg (472 lb) - stable at higher ย speeds yet easy to manoeuvre nearer a standstill, too.

Generally, people love their Firestorms โ€” though some make some improvements.

Modified rear shock for Honda VTR1000F Firestorm - Wilbers
Wilbers rear shock

Some Honda VTR1000F Firestorm owners complain of the forks diving too much under heavy braking but. Aside from that, handling is sharp yet forgiving.

The brakes do a good enough job, itโ€™s comfortable enough (somewhere between sporty and relaxed), and there's enough power to get into a lot of trouble.

Titanium exhaust for Honda VTR1000F Firestorm
Custom exhaust

The Firestorm's engine is tuned for low-down torque, which makes it a lot of fun to power out of corners or to thunder through traffic. It has left of a top-end scream than a four cylinder superbike, but that's not what the Firestorm pretends to be.

Cockpit of the Honda VTR100F Firestorm/Superhawk
Cockpit of the Firestorm

Thanks to carburettors, the fuelling works very well โ€” zero jerkiness, very responsive. This comes at somewhat of a cost to economy. Most users report around 6.5L/100 km, whereas most of its brethren in the litre class would do around 5-5.5L.

Custom painted Honda VTR1000F Firestorm Superhawk
Side shot