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Honda RC51 ?

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by Glocker32c, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. Glocker32c


    Feb 5, 2002
    The last motorcycle I bought was a 1973 Honda 750. Matter of fact I still have it. I have been looking at a Honda RC51.

    Does anyone have one?

    It looks scary fast??

    Did tou pay list, $11,600 ?


  2. LtTripMD

    LtTripMD Nuke & Pave

    Oct 18, 2002
    Upstate, NY
    i don't own one. i've ridden several. they are very fast. the riding position is one of the more aggressive i've been on (which is a turn-off for me).

    they sound incredible. they're very torquey.

    i would recommend staying away. they're a lot of fun, but not worth the cost to the average rider.

    it depends on what you want to do with it i guess, but unless your answer is "use it for my track racing" then it's probably more bike (higher displacement, higher sticker price, higher insurance) than you need.


  3. Glocker32c


    Feb 5, 2002
    Trip - Any suggestions on a fast sport bike? I have always ridden a Honda, but maybe a change would be good. What do you ride?

  4. I love my ZX-9 (2002) and would buy one again if I had it to do over. It's fast, handles well, and is comfy. The RC-51 is a fast bike, but get's killed by any of the liter class inline fours in all out power output. That being said, they handle like a dream, but they are pretty uncomfortable. I'd check out the superhawk, which has nearly the same motor, with a much more relaxed riding position for much less money. Also, the Suzuki SV-1000 is another great bike in the same vein as the Honda Superhawk.

    My favorite sportbikes are

    2004 Yamaha R-1
    2004 Honda CBR 1000
    2002+ Kawasaki ZX-9
    Any of the 2000+ GSXR 750 or 1000

    the GSXR 750 is a great bike.
  5. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    Billings, Montana
    The RC51 is the single most uncomfortable bike I've ever sat on. The seat was just shaped wrong for me, and was painful in my thighs. Other than that......
  6. hank327


    Oct 5, 2004
    Since you have a Honda 750 from the 70's you might like this.

    The Kawasaki ZRX-1200R is in the style of a early 1980's superbike.
    It's not as fast or as manueverable as a modern sport bike, but it is a very capabable machine. It is alot more comfortable than a modern sport bike as well.

    The 'Rex is a very versitile. You can run through the twisties, sport tour across the USA, commute to work, or just cruise up and down the 'strip. Here's a couple of sites to check out.

    The engine is based on the Ninja 1100 and pretty much bulletproof.
    It may not be the absolute best at any one thing, but it is very good at most of the things you will ask of a motorcycle.
  7. LtTripMD

    LtTripMD Nuke & Pave

    Oct 18, 2002
    Upstate, NY
    yeah, i'm a big fan of teh REX. a lot of folks don't like the look, but i love it. classic lines. naked. easy to work on.

    i'd definitely look in to that.

  8. MikeG22

    MikeG22 CLM

    Jun 24, 2002
    San Diego
    Any modern SS bike will suit you well. I've got an 04 suzuki gsxr 600 and it's a pretty sweet bike. Maybe not quite as fast as the litre bikes but the handling is amazing and it's a bit easier to ride. Realize that any of these will blow away anything your old 1973 bike could ever do so you may not want to start with too large of a motor.

    Anyhow, the rc51 is much better as a track bike then as something you ride around much on the streets.

    Check out
  9. TreeTrooper

    TreeTrooper Shhhhh...

    Mar 23, 2003
    I am riding a 92 VFR750 at present (have been for the last 8 years), but I've had some stick time aboard an RC51 that belongs to a close friend. Fun bike, for about 20-30 minutes.
  10. WERA49


    Jul 26, 2003
    I rode a RC51 and was disappointed with it. It didn't have near the power that everyone was claiming. To pass someone, it needs several downshifts.

    Glocker23C, have you considered a Yamaha FZ-1? It has the R1 engine, but detuned for more torque.

    The ZRX1200 looks great, but is heavy and slow. I rode one and was disappointed by it also.

    The VFR800 is a nice bike but the suspension is overyl soft and it is heavy. However, it is narrow. That is always nice.

    Many of you will love the bikes that I just mentioned. They aren't for me for the reasons sited. Please do not take that personally, I'm just trying to help Glocker23C.

    In case your wondering, my everyday bike is a 2001 GSXR1000 with Heli bars. It is comfortable and fast. What else could I want? :)

  11. Was it running stock gearing?

    Was it missing? ;f

    I owned one, and the last thing it needed was more torque. It's hard to believe that 130hp isn't enough for just about anyone. I'm licensed to race with WERA, currently running a supermotard on the track, and my RC was a great ride. It was a great handler, not very comfortable, but a really good bike. It's not for everyone.
  12. Nicky Hayden like his:)
  13. 45acp4me

    45acp4me Pissed puppet

    May 11, 2001
    Farmington, MI
    Yeah, the Kaw or a Bandit 1200 are a nice blend between comfort and performance. The Yamaha FZ1 is a neat bike too, it just doesn't look nearly as good as the Kaw or Bandit.

  14. CBRGlocker


    Dec 11, 2004
    If you're looking for performance and comfort, check out the Yamaha FZ1. If you've been out of the saddle awhile, they also have the FZ6.
  15. jemontgomery

    jemontgomery GEMINI

    May 12, 2004
    portland, or.
    another vote for the fizzy. i have one and love it!
    comfortable,fast and "flickable" in the twisties, low priced too.
  16. Litespeed_67

    Litespeed_67 LnL operator

    Sep 13, 2004
    Tucson AZ
    The only thing I found unconfortable on the RC51 was the rock hard seat. I wore bicycle shorts for most rides and that helped a little but there are gel seats available for it that will fix the problem. Any of the liter class inline-4's will take it in a straight line but the I-4's were never able to put the smile on my face like the RC51 did. If I ever decide to get another street bike it will definately be another RC51. Oh yeah, if you plan to carry passengers, look elsewhere....the rear seat setup on the RC51 is a complete joke.
  17. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    Though I like Honda cycles in general, I feel that the RC51 is one of the worst they have made lately. Why?

    1. Overpriced and overhyped.

    2. Underpowered and 30MPG.

    3. Low top end, and LOTS of rowing between gears.

    4. Overpriced. The Super Hawk has most of the RC51's flaws, but at least it is cheaper and more comfy.

    If I might make a suggestion, both the ZRX-1200 and the 1200 Bandit are great cycles, with the nod going to the Kaw for raw power and the 'Zuki scoring points for kewl looks.

    I love my VFR800, but unless it is tweaked they are indeed slow; especially the newer ones. Mine is a 2001, which I traded a 1997 model VFR750 in on..and the 750 was faster in stock trim.

    I have heard lots of good things about the FZ1 as well. It is said to be the fastest, and also the most tunable, standard out there right now. Were I to buy a standard today, this bike in blue would get the nod.

    The best thing about naked or 'standard' bikes is that they are 90% as sporty as the bikes their motors came from, yet they are more comfortable - and best of all, the insurance is about 15%-25% as much as it would be for a bike with body panels.

    And if you pay $80 a month for having spent fifteen years in the saddle with zero accidents, as I do, you tend to think about that now and then...

    "Wow! If I had bought an FZ1 I could buy an extra Glock or two each year!!"

    And as for what Norton said about Nicky Hayden...yeah, but just look what they have to pay the guy to get him to ride it!!;f ;a ;f
  18. skorpio

    skorpio Arsenal? Me?

    Mar 14, 2004
    Seeing as how I'm probably the only person to reply here WHO ACTUALLY OWNS a RC51...
    Overpriced? $10,600 msrp, just like most other liter bikes
    Underpowered? 125 hp and 71 lbs torque, how much more do you need?
    Low top end? Stock one does 168-171mph, again, how much more do you need?

    Yeah, it's not a bad bike. I've had mine since April '01, it's the orig 2000 model. Great sound, lotsa attention on the street, whether you want it or not! Stock gearing, 16/40, is way too tall, but was set that way by Honda to pass noise restriction policies for importation. Replace with a 15/40 or 15/41, and while you're at it, go with the 520 conversion. Dynojet PowerCommander with a Dan Kyle custom map, available free from DK. Slip on's work best, with Sato from Dan Kyle racing being the premium choice. I've had two different Two Brothers set-ups, Yoshimura full system (which I liked and sounded great), and now have Sato ti/ti hi mount slips. Great midrange, awesome weight loss. The seat is a plank, but it was not designed to be a tourer. The bike is Honda's homologation of the SP1 that took away the Superbike crown from Ducati in it's first year of racing, eventually winning two world titles (SBK with Colin Edwards), four Suzuka 8 hour endurance races, All-Japan Road Race championship several times over, the US superbike title (Nicky Hayden), amongst many others. I do race mine in heavy twins, and after some mods I fare pretty well, considering my skill level. Smooth power delivery, no power band like a 4 cylinder. Torque from 2k rpm's on up to the 9700 rpm soft rev limiter, and then to the 10,200 hard ceiling. With the 15/41 I currently run, I can hit the rev limiter in 6th with enough road.

    Before the RC, I had a 2000 Superhawk, which was a kick-butt bike. Fun to ride, really fun, but just didn't quite have enough power for me. Before that was a ZX9R and a ZX6R. Figured out I was a twin guy. "Two big jugs are better that four small ones."

    Try one out before you let all these other guys, who don't have one themselves, talk you outta it. Make your own decision.
  19. ws6_keith

    ws6_keith Millennium Member

    Oct 3, 1999
    N. Las Vegas, NV
    My dad bought one brand new. I rode it 4 hours out of our week riding trip in Northern GA. The seat was hard and just hit me right in the wrong parts of my butt. Power wasn't bad, but once I climbed on his turbo'd CBR1100XX, he couldn't pry me off!
  20. WERA49


    Jul 26, 2003
    Skorpio, you're right. I don't have one. I rode one and didn't like the engine. Everything else was fine.

    I will say this for the RC51, it is one of the best looking bikes of all times! The friends bike that I mentioned has white Marchesini's. I thought that the black wheels were perfect for that bike. It looks even better now. He also has the Sato Ti/DK setup.