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Just put a downpayment on an RC

Greetings all,

I just joined the forum and was looking for some feedback on my plan. First, a little about me.

I have a little bit of riding experience having owned a KZ650 in my teens. I bought it from a buddy of mine and it had drop bars, an aftermarket exhaust, and a jet kit. It was set up as a drag bike and I rode it around for a summer, street racing and being a woefully irresponsible teenager. I feel grateful to be alive, such was my recklessness.

I got rid of the Kaw when I went to college and hadn't ridden for 15 years until a a trip to Asia gave me the opportunity to rent a 250cc bike and zip around the Gulf of Thailand on two wheels for a few weeks.

I almost pulled the trigger on a bike when I returned to the states by my bike endorsement on my license had long expired and I was living in NYC. Not a great place to make you re-entry into riding.

Fast forward a few years to the present, and I have just pulled the trigger on riding again. I took my MSF class, passed and got my license. But unlike my 17 year old self, I now respect the risk of riding and feel no compelling need to show off or race anyone.

I've always wanted an RC, but I am somewhat familiar with their reputations as widowmakers.

Never being interested in the peaky, buzzy natures of 600cc sportbikes, I also looked a Triumph Thruxtons, VFR800s, FZ8s and an older Honda NighthawkS that was sitting on the floor of my local dealer.

Then I saw an '04 Nicky Hayden with slip-on Yoshi pipes, smoked winshield and a parts list for a refurbishment of the entire suspension and I was in love.

I waited a few weeks, went to every other dealership within 100 miles of where I live, but nothing else did it for me like the RC. So I put down a deposit and called my insurance company.

If all goes to plan, and you guys don't talk me out of it, I will be picking up my RC in a couple of weeks.

Just interested in your thoughts.

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The TL thou is known as the widowmaker, never heard the RC51 known as that. It tracks round corners like you wouldn't believe, the TL, not so much. I'm a lover of all things Triumph, would love to put a Thruxton in my stable. Welcome to the group anyway.

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The TL thou is known as the widowmaker, never heard the RC51 known as that. It tracks round corners like you wouldn't believe, the TL, not so much. I'm a lover of all things Triumph, would love to put a Thruxton in my stable. Welcome to the group anyway.
I've just heard that RCs are not that forgiving.

No worries as I don't plan to whack the throttle open before I'm fully acclimated to the bike.

I rode my buddies old skool GSXR-1100 once. and that reminded me why big bikes are not toys to be trifled with.
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Welcome to the board.
My RC51 has forgiven me a couple times. Nothing serious, just running out on a corner if I'm not committed or misjudge how tight the turn is. Not a throttle whacker myself either tho.
Give her plenty of respect, and she'll give you plenty luv'n.

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Welcome to the board.
My RC51 has forgiven me a couple times. Nothing serious, just running out on a corner if I'm not committed or misjudge how tight the turn is. Not a throttle whacker myself either tho.
Give her plenty of respect, and she'll give you plenty luv'n.
Thanks!

I'll be back soon with pics of the new ride!
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I'll be back soon with pics of the new ride!
Pictures or this thread never happened..... Welcome!



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Hell, I have to ask my RC-51 -to forgive me -before we leave the driveway..
Welcome to the forum.. Ride safe, enjoy .....
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Picking her up tomorrow! I'm super excited.
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I wish you the best, most beautiful and safest rides of your life my friend!

It is actually a quite forgiving bike if you respect her and you don't abuse her.

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