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Honda VTR1000F Firestorm (SuperHawk) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Honda VTR1000F Firestorm Superhawk

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VTR1000F Firestorm.

The Honda VTR1000F (designation “SC36”) was a 90 degree V-twin sport bike produced by Honda from 1997 to 2005. Known worldwide as the Firestorm, in the USA it was marketed as the SuperHawk.

It was the street-going sibling to the fire-breathing Honda RC51 that was intended to beat Ducati at their own game.

The Firestorm was made between 1997-2005, with no major revisions in that time. But they didn’t need to revise it. There were so many innovations in the Firestorm that they had an excellent base to keep making just as they made it the first time.

Honda VTR1000F Firestorm Stock Image
A custom-painted VTR1000F in Australia

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Honda VTR1000F Firestorm Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda VTR1000F Firestorm.

Honda’s indicated difficulty levels:

  • * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual.
  • ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: clean
  • A: adjust
  • L: lubricate
  • R: replace
Itemsx 1000 km161218243036
x 1000 mi0.64812162024
*Fuel LineIII
*Throttle OperationIII
*Carburetor ChokeIII
*Air CleanerNOTE (2)RR
Spark PlugsIRI
*Valve ClearanceI
Engine OilRRRR
Engine Oil FilterRRRR
*Carburetor SyncronizationIIII
*Engine Idle SpeedIIIIIII
Radiator CoolantNOTE (3)IIR
*Cooling SystemIII
*Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
Drive ChainEvery 1K Km/
600 mi
Drive Chain SliderIII
Brake FluidNOTE (3)IIRIIR
Brake Pad WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIIII
*Brake Light SwitchIII
*Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIII
Clutch FluidNOTE (3)IIRIIR
Side StandIII
*Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIIII
**Steering Head BearingsIIII
Honda VTR1000F Firestorm/SuperHawk maintenance schedule


  • 1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • 2. Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • 3. Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda VTR1000F Firestorm

Honda VTR1000F ships with these tyre sizes and brands, and recommends these tyre pressures.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)DUNLOP 204FK
250 kPa (2,50 kgf/cm2) 36 psi
Rear180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)DUNLOP 204K
290 kPa (2,90 kgf/cm2) 42 psi
Tyres and tyre pressures for the Honda VTR100F/Firestorm/SuperHawk

About the Honda VTR1000F Firestorm

The VTR1000F was introduced in 1997 using an all new 90-degree V-twin engine and a HMAS (Honda Multi-Action System) fork and shock.

The bike brought a few new design concepts for Honda 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 38 mm intake valves, the largest Honda had ever used on a production motor at that time.

The Honda VTR1000F had the largest carburetors ever put on a production motorcycle (48 mm). In order to overcome response irregularities typical for larger V-twin 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. Cycle World list a quarter-mile time and speed of 11.03-second/124.26-mph.

The Firestorm’s base specs are

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

Manual for the Honda VTR1000F Firestorm

Honda VTR1000F Firestorm Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda VTR1000F Firestorm.

You can download it from here.

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