Re: What to do?
F*ck Taz, and the steering damper he wobbled in on....... The '03 RC51 rocks! You will need to adjust the gearing, and do the suspension, i.e. revalve/and get the Dan Kyle links. The motors are a bit thirsty, but you get a lot back for what you put in the gas tank.
The R1 is a great bike though, and if you're an inline kind of guy it would be different enough to keep you from regretting it.
I rode an '03 Gixxer 1000 the other day, and I gotta say - WOW!, what a motor! Then I'd have to say WOW!, again, because the brakes are as lethal as the motor! Not sure which would get the rider into trouble first, but either will bring disaster if not respected and used properly. Pretty comfortable to ride, too.
The seat is *way* better than the Honda's plank, but masks feedback a little from the rear suspension.
Put a set of OZ wheels on this bike and you will have something that flicks like a 600, accelerates like a rocket, and stops like a crash test dummy in full test mode.