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.