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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2005, 10:23 am Thread Starter
 
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Question Hankering after an RC51

I am a happy KRS rider, but keep hankering after a sport bike partner for the beemer, particularly a twin. This has recently evolved into admiration for the Honda RC51. Does anyone on the forum have one, and if so, is it the torture rack so many have described? It just seems like one of the nicest things Honda has ever made, and it sounds.... well beautiful compared to my box of rocks KRS.

All input welcome..... positive and negative.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2005, 10:54 am
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Rc51

I had the same yearning. I liked everything I read about the RC-51 and it's impossible not to like the way they sound. Especially with aftermarket pipes. What changed my mind was an extended demo ride. It's a little bike. Ergos are tight. My 6'4" frame made it painful. I still like the bike, but can't endure the punishment.

Too tall in Texas.

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Take a look at the Aprilla RSV Factory if you really want to drool.

http://www.aprilia.com/models03/road...lo.phtml?id=54
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Good to know there are Beemer guys on this forum with Honda interests. In the last year, I made 4 bike purchases and one of them does happen to be the Nicky Hayden replica RC51. That was year 2004. I bought the RC but with too much things going on in life, I couldn't make the time to ride the bike. I knew this at time of purchase, so I told the dealer to deliver it in the crate! I think within the next few weekends, I'm gonna bust it outta the crate. Can't hold that urge much longer

Previously I had a chance to ride one on a so called "extended" road test. The '04 RC51 with Erion pipes. All I can say is that was one incredible ride. Beautiful flawless performance. Having owned many Honda's in the years, the product rocks. This bike sounds as good as it performs. Disadvantage may be a bit tiring on the forearms from such a forward lean. Bike handles very well and so easy to ride. Light, yes much lighter than my K12RS. For those short trips, this bike is one fun ride. Nothing to regret.
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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2005, 3:33 pm
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I am a happy KRS rider, but keep hankering after a sport bike partner for the beemer, ...........

All input welcome..... positive and negative.
Do understand your position. I ended up adding a '03 ZX-6R with my '03 KRS (RIP - crushed by a cage). While I enjoyed the 6R, I found that I didn't ride it nearly as much as I thought I would. Here in Arizona, unfortunately, there's about an hour ride before anything gets interesting for a . I compromised after replacing the KRS with a KGT. I replaced the 6R with a Z750S. While not a true sport bike, it flicks close to one and is a bunch more comfortable getting to favorite riding spots.
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Mike,
The RC51 is not painful so long as you're sport riding. Moving around, gunning it, braking...great for about 3 hours. You'll be mentally anguished before physically anguished. If you're touring around, its a very committed position and bike and you will be ready to get off after 90-120 minutes. At least that's how my body takes it. I'm 37, 6'0" 180 and fairly long limbs.

It's very nice to have a true sport bike in the stable with a sport tourer and the RC51 is a great sport bike to ride. The sound is intoxicating and they always get plenty of looks.
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post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old Oct 21st, 2005, 11:41 pm
 
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I have both an RC51 and K1200RS in the garage right now. The RC51 now belongs to my son but was mine first. I put Heli-Bars on the bike and it is quite rideable and have spent many days twoup on it. I have even had my wife on the back on the racetrack. My son it deployed in the Army right now and is planing to sell the RC on his return. We have his power of Atty so if you are close to Southern California, come look at it.

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Glad to hear there are others who appreciate the RC51. I've got an '01 that I excitedly bought new in January of that year, and have spent the years modifying it and spending money on it. The 51 went through some growing pains in the early years, issues with front forks, snatchy fuel injection, non-linear response of the swingarm, and I attempted to fix all those things. I've had Dan Kyle do my forks, an Ohlins rear, PC3r, and I've stripped anything non-essential off if it. Even went to race bodywork which I painted myself in Krylon to look like a Colin Edwards rep. It's been a lot of fun, but the bike rarely is ridden on the street due to the stiff suspension and LOUD 2 into 1 Jardine exhaust. I've found that after all the years of track days with it, it's just not fun to ride on the street anymore because I just can't flog it like it's meant to be flogged. But every now and then I put on the leathers and take it for a rip; it's always a satisfying rush, albeit a short one. It's certainly not the fastest nor does it have the latest techno bits, but it has something a lot of sportbikes don't have - real character.
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Even went to race bodywork which I painted myself in Krylon to look like a Colin Edwards rep. It's been a lot of fun, but the bike rarely is ridden on the street due to the stiff suspension and LOUD 2 into 1 Jardine exhaust.
Love the paint, wheels, etc, etc. Those bikes sound awesome with a nice pipe.
Hard to tell the difference in sound between the RC51 and a Duc. You done good.


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agree, drop dead gorgeous paint job.... I want one....
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post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old Oct 22nd, 2005, 10:51 pm
 
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Cool Rc51...:)

A friend has one.....and it has a very cramped riding position....plenty of power.....especially since he modified the sprockets......and added a power commander.....now it has way too much power....he is constantly changing out his front brakes...and his rear tire.....it has no wind protection...no saddle bags....and no heated grips.....

I constantly have too stop when I ride with him just so he can stretch out his cramped body...and he is only 5'10"......

The bike does have plenty of power.......my friend ended up slamming it into some poor fellows car....the bike slid on its left side carving a nice whole in the side cover of the engine...but not too worry...we googled ebay and found a huge supply of parts from other modded and/or wrecked rc51's.....this bike has way too much power for the street.

I rode it once or twice around my block.....my hips immedialty when into a spasm upon placing my feet up on the pegs...ouch....and the first time I tried to stop this machine I almost flat spotted both tires.....nice....

Anyway I'll keep my K12RS....and maybe get the new K12S to keep it company...
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