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"not for new riders"... advice please

While i've had plenty of miles on my ninja 250 (first bike) and my harley night rod special... i still dont think im an experienced rider by any means...

I am very interested in the RC for many reasons but i constantly hear about how the bike "isnt for the weak hearted" or "not for inexperienced riders" and it makes me question if its for me or not...

I like the idea of the linear power output of the RC and i dont plan to track the bike at all.. just drive it to work from time to time or maybe a saturday morning ride into the country...

Would i be better off buying another Vrod?

The biggest attraction to the RC is that others say i may fit (6'6") and that at its price, i can justify having it sit in the garage if it doesnt get used as often... Buying another Vrod would cost twice a much and the Mod bug is an expensive one as well...
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If you buy one for the right price at this time of the year, you can see if you like it and if it's too much bike for you, sell it early in the season and make some money off it. Win win situation.

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If you buy one for the right price at this time of the year, you can see if you like it and if it's too much bike for you, sell it early in the season and make some money off it. Win win situation.
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Have you ridden one yet? I'm familiar with the how the Vrod rides, and the RC51 is different in every way. imo.
Try to ride one before you get much further in your decision making.
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other then riding my dads v-star on and off for a year or so, the RC was my first bike. and im still walking and breathing. as long as you respect the bike for what it is and not get over your head ya should be ok.


or put a throttle stop on it so you only get about 4-5k rpm and like a 33 tooth rear sprocket, that should tame down the ol' girl
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DGI - Sounds like you've got a nice mixture of 2 wheeled experienced and possibly mature enough to know not to ride above your skill level (don't prove me wrong LOL).

If you only intend on riding the RC around town or to work, I don't picture the infamous "weak hearted" warning being applicable in your situation.

Definitely try riding a RC first before you jump in with two feet...


Also, it makes no sense to purchase another VROD, IMHO of course (perhaps consider the new Fat Bob instead?).

YMMV, g'luck !

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DGI - Sounds like you've got a nice mixture of 2 wheeled experienced and possibly mature enough to know not to ride above your skill level (don't prove me wrong LOL).

If you only intend on riding the RC around town or to work, I don't picture the infamous "weak hearted" warning being applicable in your situation.

Definitely try riding a RC first before you jump in with two feet...


Also, it makes no sense to purchase another VROD, IMHO of course (perhaps consider the new Fat Bob instead?).

YMMV, g'luck !
I really do need to go out and ride one...

i've been looking at VFR800s as well (2007 anniversary edition is hot) but i dont at least ride an RC before i buy, i'll regret it later.
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DGI, IMHO.. I own two RC51s and truely enjoy the motorcyles, I also own S-hawks (the other honda V-twin) Reading your thread. If your intentions are to ride this bike to work, and traffic.. THERE is NO joy in those trips(back and forth to work, around town) There hot, hard seat,slupped over, jerky clutch, etc....
My RC51 only move on the weekends, motoring the curvy roads, and away from the world of stop and go..
No! these bikes are not for the weak at heart, or the inexperienced.. Except for the linear power delivery, Which is forgiving to those who respect "WHAT your sitting on"
NOW.. The postive.. Finding an open curvy road, or a piece of straight road - To poke the spurs, and you will smile for an hour, or be on your way to the hospital.. Either way the excitement, and thrill was worth the experience...

imho- just won't get the same thrill, riding a TRACTOR(vrod)...
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I hadn't been on a 'pure' sport bike in a good many years when I took our CBR1000rr demo for a lash, that was the sumer of 2008. While I didn't come anywhere near the edge of the envelope of that puppy (I have way too many m/c miles and years on bikes to be that foolhardy), I did give a fair thorough wringing for me and what our local roads can supply. That's when I decided I wanted an RC someday. The downside is, around here most owners don't cotton to 'test pilots' especially on these 'chew ya up and spit ya out' superbikes. And for good reason. For me, the RC is the perfect blend of pure sport and civility for normal days on the road. If you want to get silly, it will definitely teach you what you are or aren't made of. It can be a razor blade edge between having serious fun or having a serious wreck. As the Grail Knight says "You must choose wisely!"

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Post up your location, there may be a local member on this forum that will let you try it out. Or find a dealer with one and ask for a test ride.

I would agree with allchaos though, the bike doesn't really like to be commuted on. I did ride mine as a coummuter for a while, but it wasn't much fun. If it is going to be something that you want to take to work a couple times a week during the summer, a vfr or vtr would be a much better choice. Both will be capable of handling anything you encounter on the street. Anyone who says they need the latest and greatest supersport for riding on the street is full of themselves, or full of something else. 90% of riders wouldn't even be able to outride the capabilities of your little 250 on the street.



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