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My first ride on the RC... ummm yeah... lol

Well, didn't go as smoothly as I thought it would haha. It is a LOT more bike than I expected, and I'm just letting any of those guys out there that want to get one as a first bike... DON'T! haha
I'm 35 yrs old and have been riding all my life. Mostly dirt bikes and quads, but have ridden friends street bikes here and there back in the day.
This RC51 pretty much fell into my lap when I was trying to sell my race quad and took it as a trade.
The back tire badly needs replacing (PO did a bunch of burnouts in his driveway when he knew he wasn't keeping it. Thanks guy! ) So I had already ordered one but was very itchy to try it anyway since we had some nice weather for a change yesterday.
I live on a narrow, windy road that doesn't see much traffic so I decided to take it down the street just to get a little feel for it. I quickly learned it is NOT like ANYTHING I've ever ridden. I don't know if it's because of the flat spot or a trait of the bike, but I found it VERY difficult to turn at slower speeds (ie: 30-ish mph).
It is now parked until the tire gets replaced.
Hopefully that alone cures some of it so I can try again. If not, I guess I'll have to pick up something more tame to get used to. A moped maybe. lol

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the dirt is a good place to cut your teeth. it should give you a solid foundation for street bikes. give it time to get used to it. be patient and respect the power.

good luck!
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the dirt is a good place to cut your teeth. it should give you a solid foundation for street bikes. give it time to get used to it. be patient and respect the power.

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Give it time, respect the power, and it does take a bit of learning to ride a street bike. The RC51 is no exception.
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Yeah, I would say 99% of my experience has been on dirt... I've owned 2 stroke bikes ranging from 80cc-250cc, the last being a YZ 250 I sold before buying my quad (450R). My only street experience has being takes friends bikes out for test rides, or messing around. Ranged from cruisers to an old GSXR-750.
The hardest thing to get used to I think is not actually "turning" the bars. On my way back to my house I learned that simply putting pressure on the inside bar and leaning made it a little easier. Need to get back to sportbikes 101 I think. It's a whole new world. I can't imagine someone with NO experience at all riding one of these.

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The RC in stock form doesn't like to turn. I found that dropping the forks 5 mm and adding a 2mm washer on the rear shock made it turn in beautifully while maintaining stability in the turn.
Of course, if the rear is squared off, then it won't want to turn anyway.
Where in MA are you? I live in Lakeville.

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That makes sense, throwing my weight up forward and hanging off the bike was how I got it to turn into my driveway.
I'm over in Sturbridge.
Looks like I have some homework to do about the suspension. I figured I was pretty much fine with the stock settings since I'm 5'9"/145lbs and stock settings were supposedly set for a 5'8"/150lb rider.

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Not only replace the squared off rear tire, but replace it with a 190/55-17.
The 190/50's rounder profile make the bike a lazy turner.
The 190/55 has a pointier cross-sectional profile and it raises the rear by a few millimeters as well. Makes a world of difference.
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just thought of something i forgot in my earlier post. the dirt will give you a great foundation for handling a bike.

the dirt might not have taught you something very important: defensive riding. when you ride on the street you must ride as if all vehicles are out to get you. be prepared for anything.

how about some pics?
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Some nice riding out West of Sturbridge - good location.

The RC suspension was very difficult for me to dial in. Adding a DK link and Penske shock helped a bunch. The front didn't feel very settled until I maxed out the preload. Then again, I'm 5'8" and 225 pounds, so I probably load the front a bunch. Sportrider.com has some settings from when they tested the bike that will get you close - http://www.sportrider.com/suspension...ngs/index.html

I have a slotted 2 mm washer I'll give you for the rear shock, it helps a bunch with helping turn in. I don't need it as the Penske is adjustable. Just PM or email me your address - [email protected]

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thanks Gipper.
I noticed something funny last night when I was checking air pressure on my cars tires. I happened to look over and saw a sticker on my swingarm that I hadn't noticed before.
It was for Noise Emissions Control Information. The part I found odd, is that it says "2003 HONMCF1000 motorcycle, 21"
Do I have a 2003 swingarm on my 2000 frame?? Aren't the SP2 swingarms a little longer and lighter? I think rear shock is newer too. The spring is red instead of yellow.

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