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New RC51 owner from Socal

Hi all so I have an 04 SP2 I have been in love with this bike for years and finally was in a position to buy one. I have had multiple bikes in the past 9 years multiple 600 and liter bikes all in line 4 minus a SV650S and a Ducati M900.

My bike runs flawlessly however it does have little things here and there that I am working to get back up to par. SO far have replaced brakes and all fluids, it is in the shop currently getting fork oil and new seals. Going to spring for a new exhaust as mine has seen better days a PCIII and all new body work.

I live outside of LA and love riding the snake.
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Here are some pictures of it over the last month
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Welcome to the forum Diggy.
Nice ride man.
I'll keep my eyes peeled next time I'm riding in your area, not that many Euro graphics RC51's out there. Have you seen any?


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I have not seen many RCs up there in the first place. I was told by a gent to sell my bike and buy a new r6 because it was fat and slow, then I proceeded to pace a s1k BMW and he asked to follow me because he couldn't shake me. Lol
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HAHA Fat and Slow, the guy was probably talking about his own ass, not your bike.

I have only seen my bike slow when it was sitting parked, but it was screaming TAKE ME OUT For A RUNNNNNN the entire time !!!

FAT AND SLOW HA !!
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I have not seen many RCs up there in the first place. I was told by a gent to sell my bike and buy a new r6 because it was fat and slow, then I proceeded to pace a s1k BMW and he asked to follow me because he couldn't shake me. Lol
Hahaha! Probably a new rider or new-to-him bike. In capable hands, a S1000rr will absolutely smoke a stock RC51.

But take the guy who's familiar with his RC51 and the roads your riding. Add aftermarket suspension (Ohlins!) properly set up, throw in a PC and Sato's, and really good tires, (like Bridgestone RS10's) and suddenly the RC51 is a formidable competitor out in the twisties and mountain roads.
On a track, not so sure, Lol! But the S1000rr will never have the old school stand out charisma of the RC51.

I've spent a fair amount of time loitering on Mulholland Hwy. rnickeymouse has kind of made the Snake a legend with all the footage, but I wish someone like that lived in my area. There are a few "snakes" up here too.
I LOVE all the great roads we have in CA. Plus we are the only state (that I know of) that legally allows lane sharing. What more could you ask for? :bliss:


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I agree 100% that the s1000rr would wipe the floor with the rc rider for rider. That was kind of my notion to the guy that I can get the latest and greatest but if I can't ride I won't be any better and I love riding the piss out of the fat slow pig lol I am working on the pc3 now and def ohlins set up any recommendation on the best place to purchase? The snake is dope and bit me this weekend but I am headed to ACH this weekend and will be out to the snake the following
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Hey Diggy22,

"...def ohlins set up any recommendation on the best place to purchase?"

Kyle Racing for the Ohlins, front and rear. I'm a satisfied customer.

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I'm really biased to Kyle too. Had them do my forks and shock, and have bought various parts from them. They're the biggest Ohlins dealer in the US if I'm not mistaken.

Send in your front forks, they can rebuild them with Ohlins internals, valving, proper springs, Ohlins fork oil, seals, etc. for right around a grand.
Full Ohlins forks for our bikes are available from members who sell on occasion, but all in all, they're not easy to find. Usually around $2500 and up.

Kyle got a batch of Ohlins rear shocks a while back, they may still have inventory.

Upgraded suspension will take the piggy to the next level, surprising how much better she handles.

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