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Honda VTR 1000 SP2 front fork service

Honda VTR 1000 SP2 front fork disassembledI’ve owned my Honda VTR 1000 SP2 for about 11 years now, since 2008. Back in 2010, after a bumpy and extended trip in the Swiss Alps and Italian Dolomites, one of my front forks started leaking a bit. I took out the forks, a race shop serviced them, and that was that: brilliant ride quality. 2 years later though, the left leg started slightly leaking again. Not a lot, but you could see a slight oily film on the inner leg. I brought it away for another service, they checked it and replaced the seals again. Fast forward another 3 years and.. yep.

At that point, I was slightly fed up with spending €150 for a seal service every 2-3 years. And more importantly, taking the forks out of the bike every 2-3 years. I looked up how difficult it was to do a Honda VTR 1000 SP2 front fork service myself. Turns out, there’s a bunch of things you can do wrong and wreck, but it’s not rocket science! Queue a DIY front fork service!

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Honda VTR 1000 SP2 fuel consumption

Honda VTR 1000 SP2 Race Academy 2011I keep track of the fuel consumption of most my vehicles. It’s a habit that I inherited from my dad, and it’s a habit that’s reinforced by a life in IT. Fuel consumption stats give you some insight in how your motor is running, how much a vehicle costs per kilometer, what the impact of fuel types and prices is on range, etc. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I also track my Honda VTR 1000 SP2 fuel consumption. Initially I jotted everything down in an Excel sheet (together with maintenance costs). That’s a bit 90’s style though; and I’ve recently exported everything into It’s a German website that I stumbled onto recently while researching real-world fuel consumption for a future new car. Compared to the manufacturer fuel specs, SpritMonitor offers much more realistic fuel consumption statistics.

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VTR SP / RC51 – Valve Clearance Adjustment

I’ve treated myself to a shiny toy not too long after I started working in IT: a 2004 Honda VTR 1000 SP-2 (branded the RC51 in the US). It’s immense fun to ride and makes all the right noises when you twist your wrist. I’ve spent two summer holidays in the Alps on this bike and another three days on a race track in the south of France. With riding comes maintenance, something I enjoy doing myself. I’ve always had a fascination and curiosity with technology: if it makes a lot of noise, looks pretty and goes fast that’s even better. It’s a chance to get my fingers dirty, learn something new, assure myself it’s done correctly and save some money while I’m at it. A while ago I had to perform a valve clearance adjustment due to hitting the 30k km mark. A job that scares most people right from the start, but actually isn’t that hard if you pay attention. Read on to find out how to do it on a VTR SP-2 / RC51!

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