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Old 02-11-2010, 08:00 PM   #1
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Rc51

Could it be that the Honda RC51 is a diamond hiding in the rough? I don't hear any excitement ever brewing around this discontinued model. I realize there are lighter, faster, better handling bikes out there.
However, the RC51 has an absolute jewel of an engine, WSBK pedigree, healthy aftermarket support, good looks, and glorious gear driven V-twin sound!
What gives? How come no one wants one?
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:11 PM   #2
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People do want 'em. A good friend of mine swears by them, and having sold his years ago, is on the lookout for another.

They have a cult-ish following, sound great and deliver gobs of torque. What's not to like? Plus, they're made by Honda to last another hundred years.
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:15 PM   #3
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I want one just for the symphony. The 12 000 mile valve adjustment interval is appealing as well.
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Old 02-11-2010, 08:31 PM   #4
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You're just in the wrong neighborhood. Go to Speedzilla:

www.speedzilla.com/forums

Scroll down the homepage and you'll find where all the RC51-heads hang out. They also have portions of their board for Ducati, MV, and GSX-Rs. But their main strength is the RC51.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #5
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I really liked riding my buddy's and was always surprised they didn't go over bigger than what they did.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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They need a slipper clutch! Other than that , I liked mine.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:04 PM   #7
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I bought one of the first RC51s in the states back in the spring of 2000. It really was a Superbike with lights in that anything under 80 mph was just too slow. Rode it to work once in the city limits and the experience sucked. Almost got tagged with felony evasion on it. "Sorry officer I did NOT see you. You're driving an unmarked car. How was I supposed to know you were chasing me when you couldn't see me? It's a new bike and I'm not used to all the extra horsepower." However, after I converted it to a trackday bike, it really clicked for me. Being able to ride it in its native environment was great fun. If you're looking, I suggest a second generation model (2003 and later)with the updated wheels and suspension tweaks. Sato cans and a Powercommander let it breathe properly.
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:32 AM   #8
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Oh, and talk to Dan Kyle - he likely knows more about the RC51 than anyone:

http://www.kyleusa.com/

The SP1 ran from 2000-01; the improved SP2 came out in 2002, and ran through 2006.
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:37 AM   #9
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I had an '02. Only bike I regret selling. I commuted on it. Not ideal for the task at hand, which was part of the fun. Get the suspension set up by a guru.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:59 PM   #10
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I've looked at them many tmes, one of these days I'll actually buy one. I think.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:06 PM   #11
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i thought about setting one up for touring and road trips, but remember reading something about them getting HORRIFIC mileage. like in the 20's

i got to ride a friend's at a local trackday, super stable, very nice.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:16 PM   #12
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In my experience it's getting more and more difficult to find a stock bike. Not that I would keep it stock but the mods would be limited to setting up the suspension for me, and a nice set of pipes and PC to let the music out.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:19 PM   #13
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I have one on my "to buy" list. I remember standing at a gas station beside the highway and I heard the most glorious sound I have ever heard on a motorcycle as an RC51 with aftermarket pipes droned on by with a deep Vtwin sound...marvelous!
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:02 PM   #14
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I really really wanted one.

Then I rode an SP1.

I didn't want one anymore.
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:15 PM   #15
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I PICKED ONE UP IN NOV 2006 AND ITS BEEN A GREAT BIKE , IT HAD 11.000 MILES ON IT AND NOW HAS 35.000 AND STILL GOING REAL STRONG... THE MILEAGE I GET IS 45 MPG AND A GREAT EXHAUST SOUND
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