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Old 02-28-2008, 10:52 AM   #21
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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.
I hear ya, I saw your list of bikes in your profile and 'figgerd you might balk at the 650. The SV1000 is basically the same as the 650, just with more bawls!
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:52 AM   #22
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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.
Please explain the tire thing. Why does it go thru tires so fast as compared to other bikes? I had that problem on my ZX-14 but it was due to hp and my heavy handed riding. The RC51 doesn't have that kind of hp.
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Please explain the tire thing. Why does it go thru tires so fast as compared to other bikes? I had that problem on my ZX-14 but it was due to hp and my heavy handed riding. The RC51 doesn't have that kind of hp.
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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!


i just want an RC cuz it's a cam driven V, like the VFR

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No concern on top end. The ZX-14 gave me enough top end thrills to last a lifetime. I definitely need to get my corner speed up but I also get a kick out of the acceleration between corners.

Frankly, I kinda enjoy being different. Hence, the Triumph and looking at RC51's when everyone else is drooling over the new inline 4's.
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Please explain the tire thing. Why does it go thru tires so fast as compared to other bikes? I had that problem on my ZX-14 but it was due to hp and my heavy handed riding. The RC51 doesn't have that kind of hp.
the rc doesn't have that kind of hp but due to the twin design the torque hits and makes the wheel rotate hard and a heavy handed rider will chew up tires under acceleration and under engine braking. The rc has a massive amount of engine braking capability. So much so that when I rode my wifes 675 the engine braking on it felt non existant. If any bike would benefit from a slipper clutch it would be the rc51. I actually had to stop using engine braking on the street because it was just too easy to lock up the rear tire and ruin the tire.
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Rc51 are impossible to get to handle good on a racetrack, unless you have HRC parts. Which are not going to be found. Even then they are still pigs.
Buy a 600 or SV. IMHO
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No concern on top end. The ZX-14 gave me enough top end thrills to last a lifetime. I definitely need to get my corner speed up but I also get a kick out of the acceleration between corners.

Frankly, I kinda enjoy being different. Hence, the Triumph and looking at RC51's when everyone else is drooling over the new inline 4's.

haha.. i had that set up just a couple of months ago. rc51/675. I had a -1 cs on mine and still had a 162 mph top end (corrected) and I am sure if I had used the factory cs it would have been faster. The 675 top end is only 158(corrected) so it will still hang with the newer bikes. The big thing with the rc is the suspension. Factory is very tricky to set up properly so if you get one make sure you have professional help setting it up.
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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!


i just want an RC cuz it's a cam driven V, like the VFR

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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.
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The liter bike twins are very cool and feel great coming out of a corner. Most of them are heavier though. For pure fun, the SV650 would be better on the track IMO. I also think you'll become a faster rider on a 650.
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Ok all you smart guys, I hope you know what you are talking about. I just made a deal to buy the SV650. One thing I know for sure, it will be a relief not worrying about throwing a new Daytona down the track.
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Ok all you smart guys, I hope you know what you are talking about. I just made a deal to buy the SV650. One thing I know for sure, it will be a relief not worrying about throwing a new Daytona down the track.
good call... nothing wrong with the rc just not as your first track bike... make no mistake about it, it can and will bite... now pics or ban...
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good call... nothing wrong with the rc just not as your first track bike... make no mistake about it, it can and will bite... now pics or ban...
I don't know how to move the pics over, but they are in here.

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I really want an rc now. I've always liked the rc51 and if its a reliable bike I think I might get one later. I was told they are high maitnence. Are they?
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I really want an rc now. I've always liked the rc51 and if its a reliable bike I think I might get one later. I was told they are high maitnence. Are they?

only if you consider changing the oil high maint... My rc always fired up and never let me down.
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