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My first RC51 (SP2)

Hello all members,

I just thought I would introduce myself. My name is Eric and I am the proud new owner of this 2002 SP2 RC51. I just picked her up last night and I feel like a little school girl. This has been my dreambike since they came out in 2000, although after Honda did some revisions to this amazing machine, I am glad I waited to get the SP2. I almost actually purchased the $4000 SP1 listed on here in Whittier. Boy, am I glad I waited. I ended up finding a SP2 with less miles for cheaper. And it hasnt been downed or any damage to the bike. I did a test ride before purchasing last night, and I was amazed. I fell in love immediately. I love the torque of the v twin, I love the sound, the feel.....anywho, here are some pics of my unicorn.


Eleanor5 by asilaydyingxxx, on Flickr


Eleanor4 by asilaydyingxxx, on Flickr


Eleanor3 by asilaydyingxxx, on Flickr


Eleanor2 by asilaydyingxxx, on Flickr


Eleanor1 by asilaydyingxxx, on Flickr
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Christmas comes early!!
Got an '02 myself. Enjoy and have tons of fun.
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Congrats! Still looking to buy my first RC.....been tough for some reason! Looks nice
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Nice find! This half arsed winter we're having here is killing me, I wanna RIDE! At least you can, enjoy!

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Nice find.

The SP1 has its merits too though. The mid-range performance is a lot better and the swingarm works better with an aftermarket linkage than the SP2 swingarm does.
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Really nice find, Good luck with it.

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Got an '02 myself. Enjoy and have tons of fun.
Nice! Is the 02 your first RC? How are you liking the sp2?
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Congrats! Still looking to buy my first RC.....been tough for some reason! Looks nice
Dude, they're all over the place. For some reason, they have been popping up like crazy. To be honest, just check craigslist. Orange county, san diego, inland empire, ventura county, and santa barbara. I literally searched on a daily basis til I found my SP-2 =)
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Nice find! This half arsed winter we're having here is killing me, I wanna RIDE! At least you can, enjoy!
Yeah, the most we get is a little rain here in southern cali. Thanks mate! Hope you get to ride soon!
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Nice find.

The SP1 has its merits too though. The mid-range performance is a lot better and the swingarm works better with an aftermarket linkage than the SP2 swingarm does.
I am not sure about that, but I read the thread on the many differences/revisions Honda had made to the SP-2 and I just couldnt bring myself to settle for an SP1 to save a few bucks. I would rather save more, wait more time and find my dream SP2 and be completely satisfied no regrets. And now I have as of last night =) There were honestly just too many differences between the two generations for me.
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