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Old 05-24-2011, 6:10 PM   #1
 
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New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

I am currently in the process of gettingr an 02 RC51. I have never owned a Honda, never mind a V-twin of theirs. I consider myself pretty mechanically savy, so Im sure I can handle any work that I'll be doing. (None of my previous bikes have ever seen a shop, other than my own). But it is like starting with a blank canvas for me, with not a whole lot to go on.

I've owned I4's all my riding years (93 FZR 600, 07 Hayabusa, and most recently 02 GSXR 1000), so I know the quarks with those, but what am I in for with an RC?

Known issues?
Suggested Aftermarket additions?
Performance options (best bang for my buck)?

Any help would be great. I look forward to contributing to the forum.
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

Welcome to the forum Busa.

Couple place you'll want to check out are:

http://www.*************** - lots of good posts as well as here. Many by the same folks.
ROGUE RC51 Owners Group of United Enthusiasts - great research and list of mods for the RC.
Free RC51 Service Manual Download Honda RVT1000R RC51.info - you can download a pdf version of the service manual there.

Lots of great people here on fireblades.org. Post away!
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

Thanks Man.

I appreciate the advice!
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

engine braking and power hit are definetly one thing to get used to. different style to get used to going into and out of corners.
do the mods to your liking, I just picked up and 00' with a lot of SP@ parts and some Sato high mounts. love it. My one mod I want to do is paint the wheels, I don't like the all black, kinda hides the 5 spoke wheels I have so I want to add some color, probably just red, maybe with some black.
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

You're in for a real treat, honestly. Apples and Oranges from a 'Busa, but its an experience all to itself. I miss my RC, had an immaculate '02 with all the goodies. All free mods done. Full titanium Arrow exhaust, ASV Shorties, PCIII, vortex spox, -1,+1. and a few other tasties. It was a dream machine for me. Enjoy your ride man.
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You are in for looks for days, especially if you have some pipes on her. Lots of stupid questions like, "why does it sound like that?" or "why does it sound like a Harley?" lol.

Performance wise, very linear power band, rock solid in the turns, amazing brakes, and a little wet spot in yer crotch from pure joy.

Mods- Pipes are a must, these damn bikes sound like heaven coming down on you. Free Mods (flapper valve, pair mod, soft rev limiter). PCIII. I'm geared for low end power, -1, +3. Just put a 1/6th throttle on, I should have done this way sooner. The rest can be geared towards any cosmetics and weight loss depending on your $$...


as for the www.*******.com website.... speedzilla.com <--- lots of info there as well.
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

Originally Posted by Busaboy79 View Post

Known issues?
Suggested Aftermarket additions?
Performance options (best bang for my buck)?
Some tanks have a slow leak, but I think that was fixed in SP2.

Must have:
- Pazzo adjustable levers. That clutch is way out there and you will use it a LOT.
- Power Commander if you have an SP1. Don't know about SP2.
- If you ride in town a lot, lower the gearing to 15/41 or even 15/42.

Nice to have:
- New undertail. The original plate holder and lights are hideous IMHO.
- New front turn indicators. The original ones are, again, hideous IMHO.
- If you live in a hot climate and have an SP1, consider doing the fan thermal switch mod described in another thread.
- The frame gets HOT and can burn your legs and crotch. I fixed that with some thermal insulation under the tank and on the frame.
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Great Sportbikes of the Past: Honda RC51 (RVT1000R) - Sport Rider Magazine
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I can't think of a more fitting article for me on a lovely, sun just rising, Sunday morning. What a great little read, I love the RC51
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

Hmmmm........ Lets see what you post a few hundred miles down the road........ (My opinions of large V's should be well known by now).
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

Well, Shonuff and me just finished a little under 400 mi. on our RC51's and were smiling ear to ear. We had a shitton of semblance of forward motion as we rocked thru the canyons today
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

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Well, Shonuff and me just finished a little under 400 mi. on our RC51's and were smiling ear to ear. We had a shitton of semblance of forward motion as we rocked thru the canyons today
Haha. I just came back from a quick drive to a nutty mall and back. Only 15 minutes each way, and not a little traffic. Still, fun fun fun. VROOOOOM!
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

G'day busaboy79

You are in for a surprise with these bikes. All performance mods and aesthetic ones aside this bike is just a work of art standing still.
Like Slwcreepin said, engine braking is a big benefit of owning an rc51. Unlike the 4 bangers, we can safely roll off our throttle to enter a corner the majority of the time without using brakes, any time you can avoid using brakes into a corner is always a benefit. This I think is the greatest thing about twins, plus, with a good set of aftermarket cans these bikes just sound awesome and you don't need to be speeding like a busa to get noticed. This was a purpose built bike which was made to destroy ducati and their stranglehold on the WSBK championship. And the great texas tornado Colin Edwards did it twice on these awesome twins. You are getting not just Honda but its HRC parts as well, best of the best. Ultimate Honda reliability. ��������
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Re: New to V-Twin Sportbikes.... What am I in for?

After owning a VFR 700 with a full exhaust and having rode an RC51 (extremly faster) I'd say you're in for

Pros:
-loads of fun with the low end torque
-Lots of looks for the bad ass engine sounds (gear driven cams and mean sounding exhaust)
-Cheaper insurance (they're usually considered sport touring

Cons: but disappointed (compared to other bikes)
-they are heavier and taller,
-Run hot (get fan over-ride switch) sucks if you do in town driving in the summer
-Burn up rear tires
-Get poor gas mileage compared to I-4s with the same displacement (if you care)
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The longest break down i had was with the LH radiator. Apperently its a design flaw on most of them. Welcome to the cult!
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