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Old 02-25-2010, 02:13 PM   #46
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I agree this thread needs more pics. Here is my 2000 Sp-1
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:33 PM   #47
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OMG I love the RC51....
see- that's not so hard!!
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Old 02-25-2010, 03:43 PM   #48
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Nice pic there. Did anyone compete in Rothman's garb? Looks good.
There will always be some great racing memories from the RC51 era.



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Old 02-25-2010, 04:56 PM   #49
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I had an RC51....IMHO if someone were considering buying one I would advise them against it..Yes it has its fine points but those points are more about the novelty of the bike more than something you would want to ride...Like someone already said you don't really buy an RC51 for outright performance (although it will out perform some bikes)..It's that it's unique, has an extremely sturdy build quality, and the looks and that's about it...I liked the RC51 but after a couple of months I wished I had gotten something else...It was extremely uncomfortable (30 minutes to cramped back, neck wrists, numb crotch), feels heavy sitting on it, and feels heavy at speed...The RC is heavy steering and really has to be muscled to get it to lean into corners and even changing lanes on the highway requires you put quite a bit of effort to lean into the lane..That said once you get it leaned it's extremely stable but that's it...It's definitely not a bike for around town riding...While fast for a Vtwin it felt slow...The Inline 4's from 00' on will have better outright performance and be better around town as well...Also basic maintenance is more difficult than other bikes...
When comparing bikes that are in the sport category, say an 03' RC51 to an 03' GSXR 750, the GSXR would be much lighter, faster, comfortable, quicker handling, lower priced, and easier to work on...Compared to 1000cc sportbike engine performance is not even close...
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:42 PM   #50
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No Rothmans RC51. Tobacco sponsors pulled long ago. Ya know certain bikes appeal to certain people. I like the RC51 just like I have a certain love for the F4 Phantom. Mine was a basket case but it ran perfect and had a straight frame. Bodywork.......not so pretty. Perfect excuse to buy an air compressor, paint gun and violla.
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:50 PM   #51
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what people bring up about the sp1/2 being down on power to the inline 4s is factual, but people considering the RC51 are most likely not looking for another cookie cutter inline 4, they are searching for the soul of a v twin and the rc51 when considered against its class of bikes (the 996,TLR and early model Mille) was very competitive. If you are looking for a fun v twin with decent power and rock solid reliability the RC51 is a great ride, I rode mine for anywhere up to 400 mile day rides and commuted 40 miles a day on it in the days I rode it, I also owned a 99 K1200RS and an 99 BMW Z3 coupe (later changed for a 00 M coupe )back then (2003-2005) so I split my daily ride/drive between them and loved the trip to work and back every day!!!





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Old 02-25-2010, 07:02 PM   #52
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A friend had a '00 SP1. It was the coolest bike out at the time. He put 24,000 miles on it in the four years he had it. He'd tour on the thing, it would numb my fingers within 20 miles but it was very cool. It's on my short list.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:05 PM   #53
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From a modern performance stance the RC51 is completely irrelevant. If someone is interested out of nostalgia, wants a Honda twin, loves the look, gear drive whatever then I could understand why they'd be looking for one.
You could have just cut to this point and saved us a lot of reading.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:27 PM   #54
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The biggest problem with the RVTs (and Super Hawks) is that they guzzle gas like it's going out of style.
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and the name of course. There's no such thing as an RC51.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:18 AM   #55
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Old pic, bike has been significantly updated since (with Ohlins front & rear, BSTs, Galfers front & rear, Sato rearsets and frame sliders, Moriwaki shark gills, PCIII, etc.):

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Old 03-06-2010, 08:04 AM   #56
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Tasty!

I just bought a similar '04 RC51 and she is in transit to me as I type this.

Looking forward to discovering how much of a pig these are.

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Old 05-27-2010, 05:04 AM   #57
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Riding my new RC51 and other deep thoughts..

I made the right choice. What a wonderful machine. The bike has Sato high rise titanium cans and sounds brutal, raw, and raises the hairs on the back of your neck like a top fuel dragster.

I'm 42 years old and wanted a pure sport bike for Sunday morning head clearing.

I could have bought a new, leftover CBR1000RR for the same money I put into this bike. I'm glad I didn't.

The RC51 has character, is rather rare, and in my Nicky Hayden edition, is a little bit special. Joey Dunlop isn't sitting on a CBR in his statue on the Isle of Man.

The bike goes exactly where I want her to go and holds her line.

Folks, pick up one of these, and let's keep these bikes around. Don't let them fade away.

Enjoy.

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Old 05-27-2010, 01:34 PM   #58
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Mine Was a tribute to Colin at Laguna Seca!

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Old 05-28-2010, 02:49 AM   #59
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Bought one as well recently. Mine is a 2006 model with the best looking graphics (all black ). Really dig the Bimotaboy's colors as well. RC51 / VTR 1000 SP2 has been my favourite since the original release. SP1 is cool too but with improved swingarm and other updates the SP2 is better for my taste. As these were and are pretttty rare in Finland, I never managed to find a good one and had to go for some others (Gixxers etc.). Finally after moving to Germany, I found a perfect one locally and pulled the trigger instantly.

I remember as a kid we were once at a WRC event in Finland with our 125 2-smokes. One guy pulled over to a special stage with a brand new SP2. As cool as it was to witness WRC cars to move the dirt, I was drooling the SP2 the whole time we spent at the stage. Also the epic stuff from a certain Texan on a certain racing series didn't help to control the feeling.

I like the riding position. Seat is bit hard but with leathers it feels good for the job. Brakes are good even in today's world and the sound of the v-twin friggin' owns Everytime I pull up at a gas station or a rest area, there is always the random gixerblader1 guy checking out the bike. Also a lot of guys riding bikes from Bologna are interested in the SP2

Mine has BOS carbon cans, other than that bone stock. Let's see if have to swap the original exhausts on as the noise rules are somewhat strict over here. First thing to do is to get some more sporty tires, maybe the new Diablo Rosso Corsas as the 1st owner (an older gentleman) had put some touring rubber on it.






Will add some better pics once the weather gets fine. Also the noob sensors were removed from the foot pegs after day 1
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:21 AM   #60
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Updated photo...

Here she is with the Ohlins forks and shock installed. Took her for a four hour ride through the only twisty roads near me. Wow.

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