VTR1000F Maintenance Schedule

From the Honda Service Manual;

I: Inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate or replace if necessary
C: Clean
R: Replace
A: Adjust
L: Lubricate

Distance or time, which ever comes first; 1,000 km or one month
i.e. if you do 6 months before you get to 6,000 km then do the 6,000 km service at 6 months

  Item Note 1,000km 6,000 12,000 18,000 24,000 30,000 36,000
* Fuel line       I   I   I
* Throttle operation       I   I   I
* Carburetor choke       I   I   I
* Air cleaner Note 2       R     R
  Spark plug       I   R   I
* Valve clearance           I    
  Engine oil   R   R   R   R
  Engine oil filter   R   R   R   R
* Carburetor synchronization   I   I   I   I
* Engine idle speed   I I I I I I I
  Radiator coolant Note 3     I   I   R
* Cooling system       I   I   I
* Secondary air supply system Note 4     I   I   I
  Drive chain Every 1000km I, L              
  Drive chain slider       I   I   I
  Brake fluid Note 3   I I R I I R
  Brake pad wear     I I I I I I
  Brake system   I   I   I   I
* Brake light switch       I   I   I
* Headlight aim       I   I   I
  Clutch system       I   I   I
  Clutch fluid Note 3   I I R I I R
  Side stand       I   I   I
* Suspension       I   I   I
* Nuts, bolts, fasteners   I   I   I   I
** Wheels/tires       I   I   I
** Steering head bearings   I   I   I   I
  Item Note 1,000km 6,000 12,000 18,000 24,000 30,000 36,000

* Should be serviced by your authorized Honda dealer, unless the owner has proper tools and service data and is mechanically qualified
** In the interests of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your authorized Honda dealer

1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
2. Service more frequently when riding in usually wet or dusty areas
3. Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill
4. SW, AR and IIG type only (not Australia)

The following is my opinion only;

- Use mineral oil at first then change to full synthetic at 6000 km (not before)
- Change the oil and filter every 6000 km
- Get your Honda dealer to do the 1000, 6000 and 12000 km services then get the dealer to just do the 24000, 36000 services etc
- Do the intermediate services (18000, 30000 etc) yourself
Above assumes you can change the oil and filter, change air filter, bleed brake fluid, check brake pad thicknesses, check chain and sprocket wear.
Not a big job; get someone to show you the first time if you are new then you should be able to do it yourself next time.