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« on: August 23, 2011, 06:38:42 PM »

Need a change so I am selling the 600RR and a used RC51 has caught my eye.  Any current/former owners want to chime in on the good and bad of the RC?  What if I want to go on a long trip?  Is it even possible to use the passenger seat?  Long-term reliability issues?  Can you see where you are going if you put a tankbag on it?
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 07:08:51 PM »

Great bike with no real issues but you fitting on the bike comfortably can be a real issue.. I ordered a 2000 when they first came out sight unseen (dealers were each only getting two in my area) Nice bike but at 6'2", 200lbs it killed me to ride it even to work (only 18 miles). Really cramped ergos even compared to the  98 CBR 900rr I also had at the time which I rode on a 10 day trip with friends and didn't suffer too much. Ive thought of buying another and making a naked bike out of it just because I like the motor so much...To bad Honda didn't use this motor for more than just the RC as its powerful and with the gear driven cams sounds great.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2011, 07:11:10 PM »

Sorry, I tried to come up with a reason to convince you against this and failed.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2011, 07:17:05 PM »

It's ugly and slow and it will make everyone hate you.






















Yeah. Sorry. I can't think of any good reasons either.
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2011, 07:26:56 PM »

I wonder how its ergos compare to the 600RR?  At 5'11" I am okay on the 600 - just the wrists get tired after a while.  You sit more on the 600 though where it sounds like you sit in the RC51 (at least from the reviews I can find).
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2011, 07:34:30 PM »

Dropped almost 20k on a brand new Multistrada, what can I possibly say to you  Bigsmile
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011, 07:40:29 PM »


I wonder how its ergos compare to the 600RR?  At 5'11" I am okay on the 600 - just the wrists get tired after a while.  You sit more on the 600 though where it sounds like you sit in the RC51 (at least from the reviews I can find).


This site is the best way I know of to compare ergonomics, and both bikes are available.

http://cycle-ergo.com/
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2011, 07:44:38 PM »

That site was very helpful - thanks Grainbelt...
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 07:47:08 PM »

Depreciation on ten year old bikes is enough that a Duc 999s wouldn't be that much more scratch.  Best I got.
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2011, 07:50:57 PM »


Depreciation on ten year old bikes is enough that a Duc 999s wouldn't be that much more scratch.  Best I got.


I'd take the RC-51 myself. Honda reliability with less maintenance. And the sound  Inlove
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2011, 08:50:09 PM »




I'd take the RC-51 myself. Honda reliability with less maintenance. And the sound  Inlove


+1 as the RC-51 is a great bike to own.  Thumbsup
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2011, 09:11:35 PM »

Does it come with a spare RR & stator Bigok
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2011, 09:14:56 PM »


Does it come with a spare RR & stator Bigok


11 years going strong on the original RR and stator.
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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2011, 09:19:46 PM »




11 years going strong on the original RR and stator.


The point is to talk the OP out of it, but alas some never understand  
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2011, 09:24:44 PM »


Sorry, I tried to come up with a reason to convince you against this and failed.

I'm a Ducati guy and I still can't think of a reason to talk him out of the RC-51......I'd like to have one, too.
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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2011, 09:28:43 PM »




The point is to talk the OP out of it, but alas some never understand  


No the point is he wants the bike so he needs push.
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« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2011, 09:34:33 PM »

160 miles per tank, maximum. That alone eliminates it for serious Sport Touring. I almost bought one last summer. Good deal but couldn't justify selling the VFR. I've ridden several friends RC's on SMR's but I just can't see doing a trip on one.
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« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2011, 09:36:53 PM »


160 miles per tank, maximum. That alone eliminates it for serious Sport Touring.



Bah, can add a small tour tank over the back seat .. since it's useless for a passenger anyway  Lol
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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2011, 09:42:07 PM »

It's an ass-killing bike for distance, but god damn is it a fun bike when you're where you want to be.

Of everything I've ever ridden, the RC has most perfect power band I've ever experienced it has no holes or wonky spots from 0 to fun. I absolutely LOVE that engine, and damn it sounds great with a good pipe.
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2011, 10:16:15 PM »

OK, we as a group really suck at talking people out of bikes.
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2011, 10:22:22 PM »

So here is what I got so far:

1. Fuel range
2. Uncomfortable (but not more than the RR)
3. Back seat is useless

That is not enough to talk me out of it.  The one I'm looking at might be gone by the weekend though.
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« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2011, 11:01:49 PM »


So here is what I got so far:

1. Fuel range
2. Uncomfortable (but not more than the RR)
3. Back seat is useless

That is not enough to talk me out of it.  The one I'm looking at might be gone by the weekend though.


Get it.  I rode one and they are awsome.  
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« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2011, 11:13:46 PM »

Very cool bike.  The comfort and tank range are the two biggest issues once you find the right one, I'd just say that you should take time finding the 'right bike' to buy.  There are a TON of these that have changed hands a bunch of times.  Take time to find one with few/single owners that is in good shape.
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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2011, 11:14:50 PM »

Honda?  Better add a clutch basket and a few rear tires to the shopping list along with the stator and RR.   Lol


It's definitely high on the list of bikes I'd buy if I wanted would buy a sport bike... based on not shopping around, and just recalling the local CL selection, they seem to be pretty expensive as they hold their value better than your usual run of the mill 4-banger, not that it's a bad thing in the long run.

The only negatives are that they're not in production and were never made in huge numbers for when it comes to aftermarket goodies, and she runs 50 lbs heavier than the latest and greatest liter class sportbike.  I've never ridden one, but I hear she feels like it.

I say go for it.
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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2011, 11:23:15 PM »

Here, try this:

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/9629/imgp0071q.jpg



Any help? No? Well sorry, I guess you'll have to buy it then.
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« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2011, 02:36:20 PM »

I had an '04 and it was a nice handling little bike and the sound with Sato's was great, with a Corbin comfort wasn't that bad, range did suck but the reason I upgraded to a CBR1000RR was the fact of how slow it was. The novelty will wear off, get a literbike if you're in the market for a sportbike.
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2011, 03:38:42 PM »

I have ridden both and IMO it is considerably less comfortable than the RR. Also, handling is ultra-piggy compared to pretty much every other sport bike since, and the passenger seat is useless. If you ever decide to track it, it will work OK with select suspension and geometry upgrades/changes, but if you're a true Fast Guy® it will be your limiting factor...very difficult to get it to hook up driving out of corners and finish corners at the same time. The later model swing arm helps, but isn't a panacea.

Reliability is stone-axe comparable, the motor is super sweet sounding and feeling. IMO this is one of the great motors ever in a motorcycle.

verdict: great to look at and listen to. Riding? Not so much...
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« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2011, 04:25:13 PM »

I don't know why everyone is talking about the RR/stator being a problem.  Is this a RC51 thread or a CB 750 thread?

The passenger seat is not useless (unfortunately), my girlfriend absolutely loved riding on the back of the RC.  We never did any longer trips, only an hour or so at a time.  But, the RC is a hare, not a tortoise.  

It takes a lot to get it sorted out.  Needs regeared, pipes, power commander, steering damper, and (IMO) clip ons helped a ton.  The stock bars have way too much pullback for my liking.  

Once you get it all sorted out, I have nothing bad to say about the bike.  I hope I can re-buy one 20 years from now.
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« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2011, 07:17:07 PM »

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c316/Wolverines97/DSC03372-1.jpg

Get it!! If you have the chance to own one take it. You might not own it for long but at least you won't have regrets. A buddy had one for a while and we switched it up alot. One hell of ride. The v-twin is smooth and pulls like a freight train. He was only good for about a hundred miles or so before he needed a break. The bike, when he got it was well used. He at one point had a wire scuff right under the tank causing a blown fuse. Awesome bike but NOT a long haul machine. His wife HATED riding 2-up.
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get a literbike if you're in the market for a sportbike.

Um, @ 999cc's the RC is a literbike  



And to the 160 miles per tank comment, if you can ride it 160 without wanting to stop  Bigok
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« Reply #29 on: August 24, 2011, 08:22:37 PM »

I've had mine 10 years, 30 something k miles.Mostly multi day rides and a few track days. Only changes from stock are gearing, a better seat, slip-ons, and a slipper clutch. Comfortable enough (at 5'7", 150) for 500 mile days with a bit of a stretch at each gas stop.I guess i'm not fast enough to notice it's limitations at the track - it is still much better than I am. They are a hell of a bargain if you find a good one.
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« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2011, 01:25:37 PM »

Parts availability?
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« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2011, 05:52:26 PM »

Thanks for all the good points, but the one I was looking at sold to somebody else (<2000 miles, completely stock 2002 model).  None of the others I am finding have the mileage/price/modifications that make me want to open up the checkbook yet.  I'm gonna keep looking though.
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« Reply #32 on: August 25, 2011, 06:11:13 PM »


Um, @ 999cc's the RC is a literbike  


Nope, it's 1cc short of being a liter bike.
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Nope, it's 1cc short of being a liter bike.


9cc more, and it could be a '70s rock band.    Wink
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Get it!! If you have the chance to own one take it. You might not own it for long but at least you won't have regrets. A buddy had one for a while and we switched it up alot. One hell of ride. The v-twin is smooth and pulls like a freight train. He was only good for about a hundred miles or so before he needed a break. The bike, when he got it was well used. He at one point had a wire scuff right under the tank causing a blown fuse. Awesome bike but NOT a long haul machine. His wife HATED riding 2-up.
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Um, @ 999cc's the RC is a literbike  



And to the 160 miles per tank comment, if you can ride it 160 without wanting to stop  Bigok


Get with the times fucktard, the 51 is not a literbike, fucking idiot...
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Wow. That was a bit much.  Twofinger
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« Reply #36 on: August 25, 2011, 08:38:11 PM »

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Wow. That was a bit much.  Twofinger


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« Reply #38 on: August 25, 2011, 08:43:37 PM »

I agree with MGoBlue, it's a litrebike at 999cc's. He didn't need a comment bomb dropped on him.

Is it a CURRENT 4-cylinder litrebike? Duh, no. If it was, it wouldn't be an RC51, it would be a CBR1000RR.

And I've ridden two of them before, they are wonderful bikes with MUCH more character than any inline-4, although the R-1 with the crossplane crank is better than the rest of the inlines.  

The torque the RC51 packs is much more useful on the street, and they sound way better to boot.


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+1, Guess "St for Me" had a bad day (First week in high school is such a big change for some)


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Listen here fucktard, I mean thanks man  Bigsmile
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« Reply #42 on: August 25, 2011, 09:04:33 PM »


160 miles per tank, maximum. That alone eliminates it for serious Sport Touring.


So are you also saying that the VFR1200 is eliminated for serious sport touring?
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« Reply #43 on: August 25, 2011, 09:08:31 PM »

I really tried, but I can think of no reason why you shouldn't buy one. All those pics people keep posting aren't helping me either....  

Sounds great - check
Fast - check
Awesome motor - check
Reliable - check
Insurance? - Ok here's one for the negative column, although they're old enough that rates might not be too terrible.
Touring ability - You already know it's pretty bad here, but you don't buy an RC51 for a round-the-world trip.
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So are you also saying that the VFR1200 is eliminated for serious sport touring?


Does it really have that low a cruising range?  EEK!

In that case, it's certainly off my list.
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« Reply #45 on: August 25, 2011, 09:29:52 PM »




Does it really have that low a cruising range?  EEK!

In that case, it's certainly off my list.


Some tests have shown so.
I get 250 miles out of a tank on my Duc St4s.  Sure some people say you need to get off the bike at 150 so it's not a big deal, but the difference is being to get off the bike wherever 150 miles happens to be as opposed to having to find a gas station.

Back on topic - from what owners have told me the stock RC has rocks for shocks and is not exactly a dainty handler due to the weight and riding position.
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Some tests have shown so.
I get 250 miles out of a tank on my Duc St4s.  Sure some people say you need to get off the bike at 150 so it's not a big deal, but the difference is being to get off the bike wherever 150 miles happens to be as opposed to having to find a gas station.

Back on topic - from what owners have told me the stock RC has rocks for shocks and is not exactly a dainty handler due to the weight and riding position.


Speaking as someone who has not run out of gas between gas stations, but who has come upon others who have done so, cruising range is important to me.

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Back on topic - from what owners have told me the stock RC has rocks for shocks and is not exactly a dainty handler due to the weight and riding position.


If you are dainty rider I am sure the bike will handle in a dainty manner.
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« Reply #48 on: August 25, 2011, 10:27:48 PM »

Forgot to add another reason not to buy one:

In the event of catastrophic engine failure, you  have a 4" piston pointed right at your nuts  EEK!
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« Reply #49 on: August 25, 2011, 10:39:27 PM »


Some tests have shown so.
I get 250 miles out of a tank on my Duc St4s.  Sure some people say you need to get off the bike at 150 so it's not a big deal, but the difference is being to get off the bike wherever 150 miles happens to be as opposed to having to find a gas station.



I get 450 out of my tanks  Lol - but yeah, the real advantage is you don't need to worry about where you are going to get gas at 150-200 miles.
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So are you also saying that the VFR1200 is eliminated for serious sport touring?


For me it would be.  Cool
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« Reply #51 on: August 26, 2011, 09:06:49 AM »

Uh, there kinda ugly Lolhttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/summerfall06072.jpg But seriously, at 6'1 215lbs. It's a lil tight. I added Heli bars to mine witch helped immensely. Comfortable enough for me to do a couple day tour on but for the long hauls I take my 06 GSXR 1000.
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« Reply #52 on: August 26, 2011, 11:07:08 AM »



    Damn  Twofinger    now I want a RC51 too  Inlove

     
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« Reply #53 on: August 28, 2011, 01:20:52 AM »


Bah, can add a small tour tank over the back seat .. since it's useless for a passenger anyway  Lol


Or you could get one of those oversized composite tanks and carry more fuel up front.

Justin is correct though, no adult is going to do very well back there as a passenger.
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I'm amazed some of you people even leave the city limits  Confused

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« Reply #55 on: August 28, 2011, 12:35:22 PM »


Uh, there kinda ugly Lolhttp://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Hinterlan/summerfall06072.jpg But seriously, at 6'1 215lbs. It's a lil tight. I added Heli bars to mine witch helped immensely. Comfortable enough for me to do a couple day tour on but for the long hauls I take my 06 GSXR 1000.


That says it all right there.  Lol

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« Reply #56 on: August 28, 2011, 02:35:48 PM »


I'm amazed some of you people even leave the city limits  Confused



 Lol I was thinking the same thing!
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I'm amazed some of you people even leave the city limits  Confused



Strangely enough, I hear that from students of mine fairly often: they've never left the county in which they were born.

Conversely, they have never entered a city before.

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I'm amazed some of you people even leave the city limits  Confused

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A member here did a saddle sore on one that was effectively stock.
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I'm amazed some of you people even leave the city limits  Confused

Ted Simon went round the world with a 3 gallon tank on his Triumph Tiger  Twofinger


But Ted's bike got 70mpg.

That's a nice 210 mile range.

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But Ted's bike got 70mpg.

That's a nice 210 mile range.

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« Reply #61 on: August 29, 2011, 11:50:33 PM »

THIS should do it. You certainly would NOT want this in your garage:

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« Reply #62 on: August 30, 2011, 02:09:17 AM »

Coolest bike ever.  I owed a 2004 for about 1.5 years.

Downsides:
Heavy for a sportbike
You'll be lucky to get 120 miles to a tank (I know someone said 160... don't even THINK about it)
You'll sink more money into that bike than any other bike... because it begs to be customized
it's a torture rack... way worse than any RR, R1, GSXR, ZX (and I owned a 929, 954, R1, GSXRk5, ZX10R)

Upsides:
It's special.  Period.
Coolest sound EVAR!1!11!!!1
You'll sink more money into that bike than any other bike... because it deserves to be customized
You'll forget how f'in much it hurts to ride because it's just so GREAT.

Buy one.

Don't tour on it.

I forgot to mention it will cook you, hottest bike I ever owned (in more ways than one)
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« Reply #63 on: August 30, 2011, 05:41:32 AM »

OK, this will be my last attempt to dissuade you from buying one:

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n263/stephen1980_2006/JoeyDunlopStatue.jpg


Did it work? No? Dayum.
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« Reply #64 on: September 09, 2011, 06:42:10 PM »

Nevermind about the 51...bought this instead

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v25/white99gt/DSC00488.jpg

Have a CBR600RR for sale if anyone wants it...
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« Reply #65 on: September 09, 2011, 07:05:44 PM »

Oh dayum  EEK!. Luv those colors!!  Bigok Too bad it's not a twin.  
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« Reply #66 on: September 09, 2011, 07:19:13 PM »

Fast, handles well, exhaust sounds like everyone else's bike.

Does this mean we convinced you NOT to buy one?  Headscratch
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« Reply #67 on: September 09, 2011, 07:35:26 PM »

Nice!

laptimer, aftermarket case covers, steering damper, after market rear-sets. after market exhaust, (suspension maybe?)

Let me guess... Only ridden by a little old lady to church on Sundays.  Cool  Lol
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« Reply #68 on: September 09, 2011, 07:37:21 PM »

Yes, you convinced me not to buy one.

Actually, the sweet deal I found on an RC51 sold to somebody else and a blue/yellow CBR was another bike on the want list and I found a good deal for it.
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« Reply #69 on: September 09, 2011, 07:38:16 PM »

As long as she went to church at Road Atlanta or Barber....
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« Reply #70 on: September 09, 2011, 07:39:33 PM »

Aww...you chickened out.  The RC51 is a true race bike.  Above 80mph it turns into a manageable and effective missile.  Below that it's like a dorky 13 year old at a middle school dance, with the voice of Satan.  All around solid bike, which is also a downfall for street use because the chassis is beefy and stiff.  Squeeze the tank with your knees and twist the throttle and you can ride all day.  It's a bike that begs to be ridden correctly and aggressively.  Squids need not apply.  If you don't do what you're supposed to it will let you know.

I have a 1000RR race bike and I couldn't imagine riding it on the street and maintain a valid driver's license or my life.  It's a bit softer and more forgiving than the RC ('03 for 2 years, mostly track bike) but there is no way you could come close to using half the power on tap.  If you have a responsible and mature right wrist you may have found a very good supersport bike tourer.  Very neutral and easy to ride below 1/4 throttle.  The 600rr feels like a tiny, underpowered kids bike in comparison.  Easy to ride though.

Do you do any trackdays RRdvark?

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« Reply #71 on: September 09, 2011, 07:50:07 PM »

Did some WERA racing back in the day, but no track days.  Thought about it and have an older GSXR600 in the garage I bought just for that purpose, but doubt it will happen (that GSX-R is for sale now too).  Getting an XR100 ready for some flat track racing instead.  Cheaper and less chance of hurting myself.

The 1000RR will stay on the street just like my 600 did.  At 41, I think I can control my wrist enough to keep my license but that thing wheelies awfully easy...
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« Reply #72 on: September 13, 2011, 01:05:30 PM »

This should have been posted on the ducati forum.   Twofinger

I will own one some day...seems like a really good deal never flew infront of me when i had the spare cash.  The sound is amazing.  I'm no stunter but will pull the occasional small wheelie....these bike rock at wheelies.  They have TQ out the wazzoo.

Personally, i will always have an I4 screamer that can wind out to the moon.  But the RC would be a great second bike for me.  Well, in my case, 4th bike.  Smile
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I will own one some day...seems like a really good deal never flew infront of me when i had the spare cash.  The sound is amazing.  I'm no stunter but will pull the occasional small wheelie....these bike rock at wheelies.  They have TQ out the wazzoo.

Personally, i will always have an I4 screamer that can wind out to the moon.  But the RC would be a great second bike for me.  Well, in my case, 4th bike.  Smile


It is worth the addition as the bike is just fun to ride. Smile
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« Reply #74 on: October 29, 2011, 11:06:38 AM »

bit of a thread bump here.  I picked up a pristine '02 RC51 a few weeks ago:

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I've not had it on track yet but can already tell that's where it belongs.  I've done a few quicker paced rides with friends and it does feel at home above 80mph.  As far as some basic touring there is some light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm 34, 6ft and 200lbs and I'm getting to the point where the novelty of a supersport on the street wears off pretty quick.  However, I've put on some Buell lowering pegs, Apex adjustable clipons w/ Manic Salamander bar ends, Tech Spec tank grips, and a Sargent seat (none are pictured).  It's actually not that bad compared to my '07 R1 that had similar mods.  In fact I just completed a 7 hour leaf tour of NC and VA the other day.  I was pretty beat at the end of the day but not too terrible.  I am surprised at how quickly I was getting the monkey butt even w/ the Sargent.  I'm doing a trade for a Corbin so we'll see how much of a difference there is.  The stock seat was like sitting on a metal pipe - no thanks for the street!  I think combined with a taller screen this bike will do just fine until track season rolls around again.

The gas mileage does suck though.  I've got Sato slipons (instant chubby) combined w/ a PCIII and I"m getting 34ish mpg if I ride like a grandpa or <29mpg if I gas it all.  That equates to 120-100 miles per tank with premium.  Not that great and worse than the R1.

All that said the bike is overall awesome and I'm glad I got it.  It has always been one of my "bucket list" bikes so I think I'll enjoy it for a while.
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« Reply #75 on: October 30, 2011, 09:59:12 PM »


 track season


I'll listening for you at a track nearby.  Who do you ride with?

I miss my RC terribly on the track.  If I could get rid of this stupid little kid's bike 600 I have an opportunity to get a hooked up RC for the track.
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I'll listening for you at a track nearby.  Who do you ride with?


Mostly Nesba, but I've done days with BostonMoto (when they did VIR) and Team Promotion.  I might do a few days with STT if I make it to Barber and US Desmo.
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« Reply #77 on: February 13, 2012, 07:30:09 PM »

I love mine. I think everyone has covered the "cons". But I don't see fuel range as an issue, most of the time you are wanting to get off at around 150miles anyways, to piss, or drink, or snap a photo if you are on trips with friends. I did 2500 miles in 7 days and I'm 5'7" on a good day with a 27" inseam. The bike is "ok" comfort wise for me, but if my tank bag isn't all the way forward i can have trouble turning. Also, your legs are tucked up pretty tight, so sometimes when riding long distances my hips can cramp. Since the riding stance is pretty aggressive and im short, my wrists sometimes have problems (granted i have carpel tunnel) but some people have issues since the downward angel of the clipons are more aggressive then other bikes. With all that said, the RC51 with a pipe and power commander is the most fun bike i've ever ridden. It sounds like an angry pissed off V8, and the pull of the TWIN is STOP linear all the way to redline. The BIGGEST draw back is the insurance is STUPID expensive here in michigan. I have NO POINTS and no accidents on my record and the cheapest rate i can get is $1400/year and thats with a paid in full discount. This is the main reason im considering selling mine. But if you have the coin its probably the most fun bike out there, and yes you can tour on it. Pics below....


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« Reply #78 on: February 13, 2012, 11:18:24 PM »


I love mine. I think everyone has covered the "cons". But I don't see fuel range as an issue, most of the time you are wanting to get off at around 150miles anyways, to piss, or drink, or snap a photo if you are on trips with friends. I did 2500 miles in 7 days and I'm 5'7" on a good day with a 27" inseam. The bike is "ok" comfort wise for me, but if my tank bag isn't all the way forward i can have trouble turning. Also, your legs are tucked up pretty tight, so sometimes when riding long distances my hips can cramp. Since the riding stance is pretty aggressive and im short, my wrists sometimes have problems (granted i have carpel tunnel) but some people have issues since the downward angel of the clipons are more aggressive then other bikes. With all that said, the RC51 with a pipe and power commander is the most fun bike i've ever ridden. It sounds like an angry pissed off V8, and the pull of the TWIN is STOP linear all the way to redline. The BIGGEST draw back is the insurance is STUPID expensive here in michigan. I have NO POINTS and no accidents on my record and the cheapest rate i can get is $1400/year and thats with a paid in full discount. This is the main reason im considering selling mine. But if you have the coin its probably the most fun bike out there, and yes you can tour on it. Pics below....


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« Reply #79 on: February 14, 2012, 07:12:52 PM »

crap, after reading all these posts and seeing the pics of RC-51's now I want one..
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« Reply #80 on: February 18, 2012, 04:28:59 PM »


The bike is "ok" comfort wise for me, but if my tank bag isn't all the way forward i can have trouble turning. Also, your legs are tucked up pretty tight, so sometimes when riding long distances my hips can cramp. Since the riding stance is pretty aggressive and im short, my wrists sometimes have problems (granted i have carpel tunnel) but some people have issues since the downward angel of the clipons are more aggressive then other bikes.


I have to agree but for some reason the rider position of the RC51 has gotten more comfortable for me over time. When I first started riding the bike it felt cramped but now I can go for hours with no issues. This bike is a keeper for sure.  Smile
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« Reply #81 on: February 21, 2012, 03:18:36 PM »

I recently followed a friend while riding his Aprilia Mille Colin Edwards edition and him on my RC.

He said it's just as comfortable as his Futura.  Since my last post I've added a Corbin seat, Zero Gravity ST screen and a GPS ram mount on the fairing stay.  I think this is about as close to sport-touring that any RC should get!

I'll be taking a lot of this stuff off though in anticipation of our 1st TD on April 7th though.  I've got a set of used bodywork ready to go on next.
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