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The Honda VTR1000F, frame designation 'SC36', was a V-twin sport bike manufactured by Honda. Known in the U.S. as the SuperHawk, outside the U.S. it is marketed as the Firestorm.
The VTR1000F was introduced in 1997 using an all new 90-degree V-twin engine. And a H.M.A.S Honda Multi-Action System fork and shock. The bike also ushered in several new design concepts such as the semi-pivotless frame, where the engine is a stressed member with the swingarm bolted directly to it. Other innovations were side radiators, single-casting engine case, connecting rods with cap screws instead of nuts, and intake valves (38 mm) the largest Honda has ever used on a production motor. The largest carburetors ever put on a production motorcycle (48 mm). In order to overcome response irregularities typical for larger V2 engines, Honda figured out different camshaft profiles and intake manifold dimensions for the two cylinders; and the power control of the engine was praised in motorbike surveys.
In 1999, the VTR1000F received new, silver wheels.
From model year 2001, Honda introduced a number of improvements. These included increasing the tank from 16 liters (4.23 US gallons) to 19 liters (5.02 US gallons), internal modifications to the front forks, black wheels, smaller indicators, an improved riding position thanks to less steeply raked clip-on bars and an LCD display for fuel level, engine temperature, dual trip meters, odometer and clock. A Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) immobiliser also became standard. The US market (Superhawk), never received the larger tank, but retained the original 16 liter (4.2 US gallons).Cycle World list a quarter-mile time and speed of 11.03-second/124.26-mph.
In 2005, the VTR1000F was discontinued.