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I would love to know why this bike is marketed as 'RTV' in USA/Canada and 'VTR' in UK.

Any clues from yourself or guru Ian?:wink

I will add that I had a 1999 for a short while. If a nice SP-1 or 2 found its way into my sight, I could be tempted.
 

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Man that bronze looks sharp. You painted and not powder coated correct? how well does that hold up?

I would love to know why this bike is marketed as 'RTV' in USA/Canada and 'VTR' in UK.

Any clues from yourself or guru Ian?:wink

I will add that I had a 1999 for a short while. If a nice SP-1 or 2 found its way into my sight, I could be tempted.
I think it had something to do with the VTR1000F Superhawk and trying to set the RC51 apart (since in reality they're not very similar). Also, i believe the RVT stands for racing v-twin. There's one of these available in buffalo for 3K with some dents in the tank. I've trying very hard not to buy it.
 

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Thanks for the above.

The 'RVT' makes sense, as does (I suppose) V-Twin Racing in our side of the world.

Sometimes you just have to run with the bargains - you'll never lose!! 3K in UK terms makes it a good buy.
 

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I would love to know why this bike is marketed as 'RTV' in USA/Canada and 'VTR' in UK.

Any clues from yourself or guru Ian?:wink

I will add that I had a 1999 for a short while. If a nice SP-1 or 2 found its way into my sight, I could be tempted.
Man that bronze looks sharp. You painted and not powder coated correct? how well does that hold up?



I think it had something to do with the VTR1000F Superhawk and trying to set the RC51 apart (since in reality they're not very similar). Also, i believe the RVT stands for racing v-twin. There's one of these available in buffalo for 3K with some dents in the tank. I've trying very hard not to buy it.
Thanks for the above.

The 'RVT' makes sense, as does (I suppose) V-Twin Racing in our side of the world.

Sometimes you just have to run with the bargains - you'll never lose!! 3K in UK terms makes it a good buy.
SWEET LOOKING WHEELS CHUCK!!!!!!!:nerd

Honda is weird like that. Nigel your old VTR in that photo is just that, an SC36 VTR1000F Firestorm, which is a US SC36 VTR1000F, not an RC51 (RVT) 1000R (not trying to talk piss :angel as you would say, just don't know if you knew that) They are 2 different beasts all together. Your FireStorm is our Superhawk. Similar V-Twin motors, but that's about it. Our RVT1000R is the RC51, and not that I know more than the next guy, I think the letter designations aren't necessarily in reference to anything other than the RC is their homologated "race bike designation" ie RC30, RC45, RC51, RCV. The RVT kind of follows suit to the RC45 and RC30 which were RVF's. My opinion there is the R is the race designation, and VF/VT for VFour and VTwin. I don't think there is anything else into it.

I can't explain why the UK RC51 had VTR on the bodywork, maybe just to differentiate the UK versus US models? Probably a question that can't be answered lol


To all: If I'm off, please feel free to correct my thoughts. I don't like to be inaccurate :wink
 

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The rims are powder coated. I used the same guy that powdered coated my
CBR rims last year. So far, so good! <img src="http://www.fireblades.org/forums/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumbs Up" class="inlineimg" />


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I was thinking of painting mine the same red as my fairings but I might steal that bronze. I'd like them powder coated but I could never match the body color so a bronze, white or silver makes sense.

I've seen a lot about this plasti-dip stuff. You can spray your rims with the tires on and just peel it off the rubber, and they have pearls. Still not sold on that stuff.
 

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. . . Nigel your old VTR in that photo is just that, an SC36 VTR1000F Firestorm, which is a US SC36 VTR1000F, not an RC51 (RVT) 1000R (not trying to talk piss :angel as you would say, just don't know if you knew that) They are 2 different beasts all together. . . .
Okay, I think. It follows then that the main distinction is that the RC51 has the gear-driven cams?

In UK we don't use the 'RC' label much at all, save for the 30, 45, 213V etc. similarly with SC44, SC77 etc, I have to check my documents to know which bike that is!!
 
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