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Old 02-28-2008, 09:25 AM   #1
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:29 AM   #2
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Prolly not much wrong with it. rc51's are getting harder to sell. at this point in time a new 600 will run as fast around the track as the rc will.
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I've looked at the ad several times but the stock suspension was a turn off and a grumpy bald dude mentioned that these do not crash well.
If i'm not mistaken he has already lowered the price to high 4's or low 5's fyi.

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Yeah, what the good witchdoctor said.

There's likely nothing wrong with the bike, they're good bikes and are fun/ easy to ride.

Nobody races these any more, parts are not as easy to find, and they really don't have the power of the newer bikes to be competitive price wise or performance wise.

Personally, I like them a lot, but they are too expensive for what they are. RC51s have a cult type following like the first gen VFRs, and the owners are very proud of them.
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Prolly not much wrong with it. rc51's are getting harder to sell. at this point in time a new 600 will run as fast around the track as the rc will.
But the 600's don't sound as cool.
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I'm considering it for track days only. Then I could quit worrying about crashing the daytona. Not competetive is OK, neither am I. Doesn't crash well seems to fit too, I don't crash well either at my advanced age. I'm sure Patrick can take care of the suspension for me. This is sounding better all the time. Yes, the price has been lowered. I probably better go take a look.
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I know the guy selling that bike. I ride w/ him frequently. He just told me yesterday that he has it tenatively sold to a guy in Dallas. AFIK he is trailering it up there today for the guy to give it a final once over, and if all is fine w/ the buyer, it will be sold.

Do you want me to let you know if it is still available?

As far as the RC51 goes for a trackbike, it's a blast. If you want to race (competitively), it is not the best choice. If you want the most affordable bike to track, it's not the best choice. If you want to get the most treadlife from your tires, it's not the best choice. However, heavyweight twins have a certain X factor that cannot be described. The RC51 would be a good choice for just a fun, all-around track bike because, of the heavyweight twins (Ducati 996/998/999/1098, Aprilia Mille, Suzuki TL & Honda RC51), the RC51 is the most affordable of those to track. And she's dead reliable. Parts are not too rare (yet).
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Do you want me to let you know if it is still available?

I just sent out an email to him before I saw your response. Looks like once again, I'm a day late and a dollar short.
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....of the heavyweight twins (Ducati 996/998/999/1098, Aprilia Mille, Suzuki TL & Honda RC51), the RC51 is the most affordable of those to track. And she's dead reliable. Parts are not too rare (yet).
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+1 to DH's post. If you like that type of bike (liter sized twins), I would strongly suggest the SV1000 to you.
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+1 to DH's post. If you like that type of bike (liter sized twins), I would strongly suggest the SV1000 to you.
I like the twins but haven't seen many for sale. I really want to find something reasonably priced that is already set up for the track. That way I can spend money on trackdays rather than plastics, rear sets, sliders, yadda yadda yadda.
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I like the twins but haven't seen many for sale. I really want to find something reasonably priced that is already set up for the track. That way I can spend money on trackdays rather than plastics, rear sets, sliders, yadda yadda yadda.
Keep on eye on the Speedzilla classifieds. Speedzilla is the highest traffic RC-51 site on the net.
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Also, not sure how much you now about RC51s, but 2002 & up are mechanically identical. So keep that in mind in your search. The only differences were paint scheme. The 00 & 01s are still very good bikes. The "updates" done to the RC51 in 2002 were mostly to make it a better "street" bike. The 02 & up models have a tad more top end HP (2 or 3) but the 00 & 01s have slightly better mid-range. Rear swingarm is different on 02 & ups as well. You might run across a 00 or 01 w/ an 02 & up swingarm conversion as it is a pretty popular mod.

Let me know if you have any other questions about year model differences.

Also one more thing to know iis many guys will refer to 00 & 01 RCs as an "SP1" and 02 & up RCs as an "SP2". These are European terms, but make for easy identification between the 2 groups.
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I like the twins but haven't seen many for sale. I really want to find something reasonably priced that is already set up for the track. That way I can spend money on trackdays rather than plastics, rear sets, sliders, yadda yadda yadda.
Then I would be remiss if I didn't steer you toward the potent track steed of the SV650.

Coincidentally, I have a friend that is thinking of selling his '05 SV with under 5k miles, 3 track days, Ohlins shock, Race Tech front end, never crashed, Vortex rearsets, Vortex clipons, and Vortex fairing stay, + all the stock stuff (lights, fairings, etc) that is in "as new" shape for ~$5k!

Anyway, there are LOTS of good former race bikes out there to choose from. You can't go wrong with a '01-03 GSXR 600/ 750, and they're very plentiful and easy to find parts for. You can steal one of those bikes for (usually) under $3k.
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Also, not sure how much you now about RC51s, but 2002 & up are mechanically identical. So keep that in mind in your search. The only differences were paint scheme. The 00 & 01s are still very good bikes. The "updates" done to the RC51 in 2002 were mostly to make it a better "street" bike. The 02 & up models have a tad more top end HP (2 or 3) but the 00 & 01s have slightly better mid-range. Rear swingarm is different on 02 & ups as well. You might run across a 00 or 01 w/ an 02 & up swingarm conversion as it is a pretty popular mod.

Let me know if you have any other questions about year model differences.

Also one more thing to know iis many guys will refer to 00 & 01 RCs as an "SP1" and 02 & up RCs as an "SP2". These are European terms, but make for easy identification between the 2 groups.
Thanks for the info. Most of what I know is from reading about them. The thing I like most is they sound like a Duc but have Honda reliability and operating costs.
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just know that you will eat through tires like no tomorrow on a rc, it gets poor fuel mileage and is slightly top heavy. They are VERY stable to ride and crash well IF you have sliders on them. They have wonderful brakes from the factory and only get better if upgraded and like mentioned before are dead reliable.
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Then I would be remiss if I didn't steer you toward the potent track steed of the SV650.

Coincidentally, I have a friend that is thinking of selling his '05 SV with under 5k miles, 3 track days, Ohlins shock, Race Tech front end, never crashed, Vortex rearsets, Vortex clipons, and Vortex fairing stay, + all the stock stuff (lights, fairings, etc) that is in "as new" shape for ~$5k!

Anyway, there are LOTS of good former race bikes out there to choose from. You can't go wrong with a '01-03 GSXR 600/ 750, and they're very plentiful and easy to find parts for. You can steal one of those bikes for (usually) under $3k.
Thanks Tom. I really appreciate the advice of one who has been there and done that. I have considered the SV650 but my honest concern is that after stepping down from the ZX-14 to the 675, another step down to the 650 twin might be a disappointment. I suppose I should ride one before making conclusions. I have a buddy who might be willing to make that happen. He bought one for his son and it is track ready. He has offered his ZX10 to me before so I imagine I could get a session on the 650.
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Thanks for the info. Most of what I know is from reading about them. The thing I like most is they sound like a Duc but have Honda reliability and operating costs.
So does the SV. My favorite moments have been on track with my $3k SV, passing a Ducati 748/9... good times...

Being a 60* V, with an aftermarket carbon fiber exhaust, it's hard to tell the difference in the sound of the Ducati, SV or Aprilia.
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are you worried about top end or corner speed? cuz SVs have all your previous bikes beat in corner speed. try it you'll like it!


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