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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Do I dare go for a RC51?

So I have decided to make the jump from the dirt onto the street. My first bike was a Honda XR100 at the age of 12 which I loved for years. Two years ago after an absense from riding for many years I picked up a Honda CRF450R. I never raced the 450 or anything, just ripped around the local woods ect. This weekend I sold the 450 wanting to move into a street bike. I do still consider myself to be a novice rider, and an obvious street virgin. I have found a gorgeous '05 RC51 with only 2600 miles for about $6500. I've been searching forums and found 1/2 the people think a street novice on an RC51 is just asking to die, and the other 1/2 figure you should be fine if you respect it.

My dilema is in whether I go for the RC or go for a 600rr given my past riding experience? I made the transition to the 450 from the 100 without any issues understanding it's a lot more bike, and am wondering if a similar transition is possible to the RC? The reason I am leaning towards the RC is because of the v-twin. I'm not really into winding an engine up to 16,000rpm and the peaky power delivery apparently associated with the 600's. It also seems VERY tough to find a clean 600rr that some 18 year old hasn't dropped 10 times and held bouncing along the limiter at every red light. I very much understand riding to my ability and not the bikes ability. I'm not some squid that feels the need to go 170mph(or 120mph for that matter) simply because the bike has that ability(perhaps I will have that ability one day). Of course I have plans to take my local motorcycle safety course prior to ever swinging a leg over the RC.

I would appreciate any input you guys may have since I have never ridden an RC or a 600rr , although I realize I may have kinda answered my own question.

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You'll probably find the RC51 has a higher likelihood of being better taken care of than the 600.
I also don't care for a bike that doesn't begin to make usable power until 9000 RPM.
And forget about torque. They don't have much, it's all about revs.

I swapped bikes with a friend that has an '07 GSXR-600 and I actually thought his clutch was fried. In all 6 gears it just wasn't picking up much speed.
It was only on a long straight that I allowed the bike to move past 8000 RPM that I finally started to feel a small amount of thrust.
Come to find out, the bike's power band doesn't even start until 9000 RPM, so I was simply "dogging" the bike.

On the other hand, my friend was raving about the torque of the RC51's engine and how easy it was to roll the throttle and motor out of corners.

My take is 16000 RPM is great if you're racing, but mid-range (aka torque) rules on the street, and that's with any kind of engine type.
It's just so much easier to ride with a torquey motor.
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it sounds to me like you've alrady decided and you're looking for confirmation. i will give you confirmation that rc51 would suit you better than a 600.

rc51 = mature rider. you sound mature and you're thinking about this decision.
600 = "laddie boy" or squid.
rc51 has wider power band which is better for begginers.
sounds like you found a great deal on the rc51
v twins are awesome
600 are more "crazy power".
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You'll be fine, Just take it easy for a little while allow yourself to get comfortable. Thats a smokin deal on a 05 by the way!
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Hey Jefferson; welcome to the forum.

I went through the same thought process that you are right now, but I think I can tell you after riding mine that you will be fine.
Just respect the machine and let your skills grow; in the end you will be happy with the torque of the V over top end power of an inline.

I had images of this bike in my head of this scary monster that was going to kill me if I made the smallest mistake, but after riding it I realized that it is not quite the grizzly bear that I imagined.
It is fast and can move like the wind, but it has more useable power throughout the range instead of all of it being in the upper RPM range.
The bike is a blast to ride and if you don’t keep yourself in check you can get hurt; just don’t go bananas and you will be good.

The best part...IT SOUNDS AMAZING!!!
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yeah, the v twin sound cannot be rivaled by any four.
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I went from an '07 CBR 600RR to an '03 RC51 in April '08. Haven't looked back since...
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yeah, the v twin sound cannot be rivaled by any four.
2nd that!!

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doesany one own both the rc,and a 1000rr,andif so,and you could have only one bike to live with everyday,which wouldit be
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i have an '03 rc and just got a great deal on an '08 gixxer 1000 holdover last week. it's my first in-line since i had an old F2 600 8 years ago. it's taking some getting used to, what with all the lugging i'm doing in the gears. it also seems much quieter in tucked under the screen. i feel like i'm "on" the bike, whereas on the rc i feel like i'm "in" the bike, if that makes any sense.

still, after paying $9999 for a new bike, i gotta tell ya i still want to jump on the rc. i'll take it to bike night before i take the gixxer.
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