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August 9, 2005, 08:35 AM

For owners, what are your likes and dislikes about this bike? I am trying to decide on my next bike and want to be informed. I hear these have some heat issues. People say they heat up alot on the street and especially the track. Has this prevented you from riding long distances or finsihing races? I like the idea of a twin and love the sound. Tell me more about this bike and why I should get it. I am comparing it to the GSXR 750 as the next bike i own what do you think? Talk me into the rc51
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August 9, 2005, 08:39 AM

If your current bike is a GS500, you will probably die on an RC-51. That is a leap of faith, and by many means comparable to jumping of a cliff, with no hang glider. I would investigate some other options, as an RC-51 is a lot of bike motor wise and size wise compared to a 500. Just my 2 cents.


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August 9, 2005, 08:43 AM

I'm not going to talk you into anything. As far as I'm concerned, you probably shouldn't own one. But then again, I'm a snob.


The heat is not an issue. If you're commuting, it may get pretty hot, but it's not going to kill you. On the track? That doesn't make sense, seeing as how you're not sitting still.

To alleviate the stop-and-go overheating thing, just wire your fan up manually, so all you have to do is flip a switch to turn it on. The couple we've done it to haven't had a single problem.

It's heavy.

It's uncomfortable.

Don't plan on carrying passengers.

It's expensive.

Parts are stupid-expensive.

Tough to squeeze extra hp without lots of the green stuff.

It takes some getting used to. Not like riding an inline 4.


Having said that, if I could afford it, I'd buy the '05 sitting on my showroom in a heartbeat.


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August 9, 2005, 08:49 AM

The RC is a killer bike, but everything Woody just said about it is true. I had an 02, never had a problem with the heat but it is one of the most uncomfortable bikes I've ever ridden.


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August 9, 2005, 08:54 AM

recently got to roll on an RC51. nice ride, but quite overwhelming even for a guy with over a dozen track days and ~12K street miles on 2 600s under me.

going to agree with woodrow to, its heavy, the seat will give you hemmoroids and with the extra torque EVERYWHERE I imagine it will put you on your ass and your head and back on your ass if smooth is not in your forte.

with that said however, I have become of a fan and given ample monetary options would buy the 05 sitting in Woody's showroom.


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August 9, 2005, 08:58 AM

The black is the hottness.


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August 9, 2005, 09:28 AM

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The black is the hottness.
Amen

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August 9, 2005, 10:13 AM

You wimps ought to sit on my Duc if you think your RC51 is a tough riding position. That thing is a sport tourer compared to a 916/996/998.

The black is bad-ass, get it. Just dont let it end up like Woody's ( anyone got the pics of that thing? )
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August 9, 2005, 10:18 AM

Big deal, a wrecked bike. Never seen one of those before.



Also, never said it was the most uncomfortable bike in the world, just that it's a rack.


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August 9, 2005, 10:21 AM

Maybe you forgot - wrecked was an understatement - that thing was so destroyed the track day organizers put it on "display" - i.e. dont ride like Woody.
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August 9, 2005, 10:23 AM

Sure the Duc's are less comfortable, but at least they're more expensive


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August 9, 2005, 10:23 AM

Exactly. I haven't a clue what I'm doing. Hell, I don't even know what I'm talking about. Don't be like me.


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August 9, 2005, 10:27 AM

I concidered the RC51 when I bought my 954RR. Fell in love immediatly with it cause it's a power house and as lot of fun to ride. My biggest stopping point as Woody stated was the money factor that goes into that bike. Expensive to get and expensive to maintain. It's pretty damn heavy but managable. I'd say unless you got cash to burn get the GSXR 750 and compair that with some other bikes before you buy.

As for me, I'D LOVE TO HAVE THE BLACK ONE!!!! I'm goin to Woody's work to bust a nut in the exhaust.


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August 9, 2005, 10:28 AM



BECAUSE I GET OFF ON IT!
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