I would love to know why this bike is marketed as 'RTV' in USA/Canada and 'VTR' in UK.
Any clues from yourself or guru Ian?
I will add that I had a 1999 for a short while. If a nice SP-1 or 2 found its way into my sight, I could be tempted.
Man that bronze looks sharp. You painted and not powder coated correct? how well does that hold up?
I think it had something to do with the VTR1000F Superhawk and trying to set the RC51 apart (since in reality they're not very similar). Also, i believe the RVT stands for racing v-twin. There's one of these available in buffalo for 3K with some dents in the tank. I've trying very hard not to buy it.
Thanks for the above.
The 'RVT' makes sense, as does (I suppose) V-Twin Racing in our side of the world.
Sometimes you just have to run with the bargains - you'll never lose!! 3K in UK terms makes it a good buy.
SWEET LOOKING WHEELS CHUCK!!!!!!!
Honda is weird like that. Nigel your old VTR in that photo is just that, an SC36 VTR1000F Firestorm, which is a US SC36 VTR1000F, not an RC51 (RVT) 1000R (not trying to talk piss
as you would say, just don't know if you knew that) They are 2 different beasts all together. Your FireStorm is our Superhawk. Similar V-Twin motors, but that's about it. Our RVT1000R is the RC51, and not that I know more than the next guy, I think the letter designations aren't necessarily in reference to anything other than the RC is their homologated "race bike designation" ie RC30, RC45, RC51, RCV. The RVT kind of follows suit to the RC45 and RC30 which were RVF's. My opinion there is the R is the race designation, and VF/VT for VFour and VTwin. I don't think there is anything else into it.
I can't explain why the UK RC51 had VTR on the bodywork, maybe just to differentiate the UK versus US models? Probably a question that can't be answered lol
To all: If I'm off, please feel free to correct my thoughts. I don't like to be inaccurate