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Honda VTR 1000 F

Race-shop revisions make the a much-improved streetbike for 2002

the multimillion-dollar factory riders it seems they get. And if any of changes happen to benefit riders, well fine—but almost an accident. So it is for 2002: A of tweaks have arrived to the ’02 RC51 more on the track, but the trickle-down effect is the bike is now much improved for plebes.

For ’02, Honda to tweak the engine a bit, put the bike on a part-by-part diet and revise the suspension, chassis and Down in the engine room, the bodies have been from 54mm to 62mm, and the two feeding each combustion now sport 12 laser-drilled jets, than the four little hoses of the previous bike, for a spray. The injection and ignition were tweaked, also, in throttle response that’s as and creamy as a nougat filling. tell Nicky; he’s got a tooth.) The new motor feels in terms of power output; claims a two-horsepower increase for 128 hp at the the low-rev snatchiness is nowhere to be

The engine is warmed over, but as Doug Toland said at the All of the ‘magic’ of this bike is in the The new Pro Frame looks similar to year’s and has the same amount of but weighs 260 grams less and is linear in its absorption of stress in part to the new stamped engine (previous units were Also new is a steering-damper boss up by the head, but on the stock geometry be hard pressed to make bike shake its head on the or track.

Even though the steering-head has been reduced one degree to degrees—the steepest of any Honda—the feels planted at all speeds, at 130 mph through Willow Springs’ Turn Eight. There you tucked behind the splendid new that’s 1.2 inches taller last year’s, sensing no from either end of the bike. Of the new swingarm (890 grams is 16mm longer and aids the effort.

Right above that new swingarm is a revised shock grams lighter). It’s repositioned to allow room for exhaust systems, but also had its ratio tweaked (4 percent on the bottom, 5 percent softer on even though spring are the same. Nine percent compression damping has been along with 11 percent rebound.

Up front similar have been applied. The (145 grams lighter) is now 9 softer on compression, up 16 percent on with the same spring Fork travel has also increased from 4.7 to 5.1 inches. changes make the bike plush and controllable—a far cry from the feel of the previous bike.

The is simply awesome now, up midcorner ripples yet never out of line or doing anything

Honda VTR 1000 F
Honda VTR 1000 F

Steering effort is drastically on the new bike. The RC51 is no 954 in terms of but the new bike turns in with an and precision that’s head and above the old bike. Pick line, shove the bar and you’re The previous unit’s brakes fine, but the new four-piston jobbies are better. The old brakes were progressive—once activated you only had to your finger a smidge to the bike.

The new brakes are totally and require more lever providing better feel, modulation and more feedback.

of feedback, the RC51 comes in a new flavor of Dunlop rubber D208. The 208s are quite for a street tire, which them to heat up quickly and down GP-like grip. from both the front and was excellent, with excellent stability and precise steering at and low speeds.

Our only complaint (and we some folks at American marketing department will us up on this) is that the bike exactly the same as last Europe gets a bitchin’ but we get the same paint job as before. If you go out and buy the new with all the … updates, you people to know, but it’s impossible to tell the two bikes from a distance.

Paint job aside, the changes to the RC51 for ’02 signify a Bunyan-size step forward. Oh, did we the ’02 RC51 is the same as last year?

Honda VTR 1000 F
Honda VTR 1000 F
Honda VTR 1000 F
Honda VTR 1000 F
Honda VTR 1000 F
Honda VTR 1000 F
Honda VTR 1000 F


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