1989 versus 1990 VTR's

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1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby gmonsen » Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:01 am

I was wondering what differences there are between the 1989 and 1990 VTR's other than the front wheel and brake and cosmetics? I just bought a 1989 in excellent condition and also bought some bodywork off a 2,000 mile 1990 (since I haven't been able to get used to the pastel colors on the 1989). I'm also thinking of getting the rear seat cowl from AirTech and painting it to match the 1990 color scheme. How does the internal brake compare with the standard external disc? Are there any other mechanical differences? I haven't found anything on these in any of my Honda books.

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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby ExTex77 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:27 am

The 1990 has a different drive chain size also... a bit more standard.
The 89's front brake works well for street use, but makes it harder remove the wheel.
Also fewer choices in pad makers and material.

Most owners would opt for the 90 model, but are happy with the 89, unless they plan to do track work.

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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby gmonsen » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:58 am

ExTex... Gottcha. Any benefit to my getting the 1990 chain for normal street driving? I have 7 other Hondas and a few other bikes and ride them all on back roads every day. No pushing or track days. Do you know what tires work on the 89 and where I get them?

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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby ExTex77 » Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:46 pm

The std. chain on the 1989 model works fine. Sprockets are a bit harder to find, but available.
The 1990 front sprocket will NOT fit on the 1989 motor.

1989 Front tire: 100/90-16 is std. I have used a 120/80-16 but had to raise the fender 1/2"
Rear Tire: 120/80-17 is std. I think a 130/80-17 would work well.

I prefer Bridgestone tires and Motorcycle-superstore.com is noted for fresh tires.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11047154/d/bridgestone-street-bike-tires

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11047154/d/bridgestone-street-bike-tires?N=4294963522+4294963677+4294963680&source=tire-picker

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11047154/d/bridgestone-street-bike-tires?N=4294963721+4294963540+4294963679&source=tire-picker

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11047154/d/bridgestone-street-bike-tires?N=4294963515+4294963721+4294963679&source=tire-picker

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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby spotthedogg » Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:17 pm

The '90 has 17" front wheel, wider rear wheel, and different swingarm spacing as well
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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby gmonsen » Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:10 am

I really appreciate the replies. I think the only things I'm going to do are to swap out the pastel bodywork for the 1990 bodywork, while keeping the original bodywork stored. I've had a VFR700 and VFR750 and loved the motors. Now that I'm older, I don't like the heavier bikes so much and those carried their weight high. I'm expecting delivery of my VTR this Friday and just hope the weather is good enough to get some riding in before it snows.
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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby ExTex77 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:07 am

Sounds like a good plan.
Note that it is easy to take the panels to an auto body shop and get them painted and clear coated.
That is how I got my Red/White & Blue paint work. Also got the front wheel painted.

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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby gmonsen » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:25 am

Yes. I am not sure I can find the upper fairings in pristine condition and so I may have to paint the uppers from the 1989 bodywork. I'd rather not, but that may be my only choice.

By the way, my sister in law lives in Hot Springs and grandparents lived in Gurdon...

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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby ExTex77 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:42 am

Hot Springs is a great area to ride in. I'm 70 miles east of there in the timber land.
Too easy for me to get lost in HS.

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Re: 1989 versus 1990 VTR's

Postby spotthedogg » Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:29 am

ExTex77 wrote:The std. chain on the 1989 model works fine. Sprockets are a bit harder to find, but available.
The 1990 front sprocket will NOT fit on the 1989 motor.

1989 Front tire: 100/90-16 is std. I have used a 120/80-16 but had to raise the fender 1/2"
Rear Tire: 120/80-17 is std. I think a 130/80-17 would work well.

I prefer Bridgestone tires and Motorcycle-superstore.com is noted for fresh tires.
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11047154/d/bridgestone-street-bike-tires

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11047154/d/bridgestone-street-bike-tires?N=4294963522+4294963677+4294963680&source=tire-picker

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11047154/d/bridgestone-street-bike-tires?N=4294963721+4294963540+4294963679&source=tire-picker

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/11047154/d/bridgestone-street-bike-tires?N=4294963515+4294963721+4294963679&source=tire-picker

Have fun. Ride Safely.


Without confirming I thought only 1988 models had the 520 chain and '89-'90 were 428
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