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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-28-2011, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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Traded in a Buell 1125R and a K2 gixer 1000 for a Sp2 . Pick it up on wed.
I chose it over the Aprilia Factory because it appears to be the more reliable bike . I'm sure it will be a bike I will never reach it's limits on
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Compared to your previous bikes, I'd be interested to see how the SP2 compares.
The 1125R had a newer (and larger) design v-twin while the K2 was a grunty I-4 with plenty of top-end.
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Welcome...nice trade too



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I'm looking forward to the difference too . The Buell was a great ride BTW . Flicked like no other , Beautiful torque , 1385mm wheelbase ,21 deg rake ,and turned in almost telepathically.
The issue ?;...... Reliability. Real shame , as it had all the right characteristics .
The K2 ; (power commander, yosh pipe )A very sweet bike . very stable at speeds . Easy to ride fast in the bigger sweepers . Issue: all the power was in the upper rev range ,9,000 + , and on the road your rarely there . Sure , there are moments , but not enough to warrant keeping it .
Why the SP2? . Tried the Trumpy 1050 ; just wasn't me . I like the race bike crouch and any thing out side that feels truly strange .
Looked at the Aprilia RSV factory, and the 916 SPS, but the old reliability issues raised its head again .
Did think of the MV F4 and a new CBR 1000RR , but again the reliability(MV) and all the power put where it's not used in RL became apparant .

So ; The only bike to fit the requirements I set was the SP Honda .
Power where it's used in RL , superb build quality (exotic), exclusive and rare , handles as a bike should , and above all : RELIABILIY .
Cons ? ; a tad porky 194kg , but some carbon fibre , and bst rims will remedy that. Not that it's too much concern . I have no trouble keeping up in the tight stuff on my TRX against the CBR's and the like .And it's 190kg with only 80hp .
From Adelaide BTW . Touch wood I'll be up Canberra way in Oct touring on the Trixie .
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Yeah, sounds like the RC51 will be a good fit for you. Although i will say my RSV has been super reliable and super maintenance friendly when it needs it, doesn't need tthe constant attention unlike the Ducati's. but i won't lie the RC is more fun to ride and if you don't do your own maintenance....good luck finding a good Aprilia dealer/Support. that's the one downside. but if you do your own maintenance and are good at it, the APE is awesome too.

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Nice acquistion. I also have a (2005) SP2. Great bike. I came a blink away from picking up an RSV Factory as a second bike (less than 2.5K miles for $4000) from my mechanic. I think the RSV Factory handles better out of the box with all of the Ohlins gear. However, the stators are a weak link. The one I looked at had been through 2. More importantly, parts are so much more difficult to find and cost an arm and a leg. There are times when I wish I had purchased it (the lure of the handling, psuedo slipper clutch and carbon fiber bits almost got me hooked), but I also have a 03 GSX-R750 beater, so I don't really need a third sport bike and fifth bike to ride.

I find that my RC51 handles completely differently from my GSXR. The GSXR feels like it has a much lower center of gravity, where I feel like I am on top of my RC51 pushing it over. The RC51 turns much sharper at speed.
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Rsv ??

I agree OGR . It was the stator that stopped me from buying a RSV Factory , and that I read that they don't like the rain . As to the handling ,I've never ridden an Aprilia . What I did notice though was how low the motor of the Honda is compared to other Vtwins . The KTM has 130mm of clearance compared to 100mm of the RC . To remember also that the KTM has the exhaust muffler there where as the RC has the motor there ,and dare I say a lower COG .
I find the RC very stable as I did my K2 1000, but the RC seems to be more manouverable through the corner .Whilst I still havn't had the chance to really give it some stick (rain), I find the Honda to be the sort of bike that has to be ridden very aggressively.
For me OGR , it's as if I'm leaning over the bars and leading with my shoulder with the bike following behind me almost . I found myself at times to hard for the next corner.
So you have 2 x RC 51's?? >> 03 GSX750 beater .
One things for sure , the RC in the right hands is a very quick motorcycle .
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The pics

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SaWeeeeet!!!

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It has little 'red eyes' that light up when the lights are on also .
In the process of a solid detail .
Iam so so so glad I bought this bike . A definate keeper .
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