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Old 08-21-2009, 09:14 AM   #21
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of course he needs to go 186
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rc51 will cook your . Literally. They are twice as worse if you deal with any traffic jams. Busa doesn't get hot, even in traffic. Busa is comfy, rc is not. Busa gets good fuel mileage(45), rc gets terrible(25). Rc has great brakes and a wonderful transmission, busa doesn't. Busa can handle slow speeds(traffic) rc cannot. I have had both bikes. Pm me if you got any other question X.
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of course he needs to go 186
Only 186?


Limiters suck, that is all.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:17 AM   #24
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60 bucks to schnitz racing will cure the limiter.
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No need.. mine doesn't have a speed limiter anyhow.
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Busa for commuting, but if you want a unique bike the RC is of course the pure winner there.

If you're sitting in traffic much, I'd get the Busa. If you're not, can't go wrong with the RC because it's unique, performs well at the track (once you get the suspension dialed in), and has a bullet-proof engine.

I'd get the RC no matter what, but that's just me.
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IMO. The real deciding factor is the traffic. The rc will hit 250+ on a moderatly warm day if stuck in a traffic jam. That puts it into limp mode and that is no fun. That even happened to me cruising the seawall once. They run that hot. They won't run cool unless you are running 50 mph+. Putting around town, stop light to stop light will be warm to say the least.
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Too bad you weren't looking a few months ago. If my memory serves me right, Texas Yamaha on Nasa Rd 1 sold an RC51 for $5000. It was really nice too. I got a good look at it, but I'm not REAL sure I'm right on the price. I remember thinking it was pretty cheap for that bike though. The RC51 is an absolutely COOL bike, but it WAS built to be an affordable factory racer, therefore it probably wasn't real comfortable to commute on. The first year it was sold (1999?) it was $9999. It was produced to be an affordable alternative to the RC45 which was, I believe, around $25,000 at the time. I would LOVE to have one, but to commute, I'd take the Busa.
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rc51 will cook your . Literally. They are twice as worse if you deal with any traffic jams. Busa doesn't get hot, even in traffic. Busa is comfy, rc is not. Busa gets good fuel mileage(45), rc gets terrible(25). Rc has great brakes and a wonderful transmission, busa doesn't. Busa can handle slow speeds(traffic) rc cannot. I have had both bikes. Pm me if you got any other question X.

What he said.

Plus you can throw some saddlebags on the busa and ride up to Alaska if you ever feel the urge.

I'm a diehard RC lover, but does'nt sound like it's gonna fit the bill for ya.
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they dont make a corbin seat oor gel insert for the RC51? thats sad

They do but people will short legs will hate it on an rc. Makes it hard to stand it up with the bucket seat. Ps x. Busas can turn matter when any says. Also a rc carries all it's weight kinda high. A busa carries it's weight low so it is very managable. Plus a rc isn't much lighter than a busa. They are both very heavy
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They do but people will short legs will hate it on an rc. Makes it hard to stand it up with the bucket seat. Ps x. Busas can turn matter when any says. Also a rc carries all it's weight kinda high. A busa carries it's weight low so it is very managable. Plus a rc isn't much lighter than a busa. They are both very heavy
RC lists at like 440lbs, dry. Busa at like 480, dry.
But those are manufacturers numbers, so who knows how accurate they are.
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another point of concern for the RC, my wife might commute 1-2x w/ a bike and 'busa would be better for that.
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IMO. The real deciding factor is the traffic. The rc will hit 250+ on a moderatly warm day if stuck in a traffic jam. That puts it into limp mode and that is no fun. That even happened to me cruising the seawall once. They run that hot. They won't run cool unless you are running 50 mph+. Putting around town, stop light to stop light will be warm to say the least.
250 224 is the highest I've seen on mine. It was a few weeks ago sitting in traffic on 45 when it was like 100 or whatever outside.
If the gas tank is on the empty side, it will heat up fast and start cooking but if it's full it takes a lot longer.

I commute about 40 miles one way everyday on mine and I love it.
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