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Official first ride!!!!!

Today (after owning my RC51 for three weeks) finally took it out for a good ride. This bike is awesome... Very stable at all speeds even without a damper. Very good power, and a really comfortable riding position. Rides a bit hot,(215 average) but the day was extremely humid and high 80's, so that was probably the reason. The front breaks grabbed really well, but the rear are very spongy. Is this normal? Maybe I need to bleed them, and maybe pads... I have ridden Ducati's for about ten years now. First a 748 then 848, and this bike compared very well. I am so happy I made the decision to sell my 848.
Next I am having the suspension tuned for my weight, and still keeping an eye out for an inexpensive Jardine exhaust...this will be a good riding season.
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What was your reason for selling the 848?
And it probably would be a good thing to check and bleed both front and rear brakes if it's bee a while.
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I agree with Sub. Bleed the crap out of those brakes! It really does make them even better yet to have brand new fluid in there.
The back brake on mine did feel kinda mushy too even after new fluid.
I put a new braided line on the back and walla! Much better rear braking power.

I went for a long ride today also . I got on her pretty hard for about an hour and the highest temp I saw was 205. It was 90 deg and humid as hell here.
I would go ahead and flush those rads out too if I was you. Can't hurt nothing.
Make sure you burp the system real good and get it topped off.

Glad you like the Rc. She is a keeper for sure.

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I sold the Duc because it was getting very
Expensive to operate. This season alone I was
Due for valve adjustment which is $1600, tires, a new
Battery, and pads. The name Ducati is overrated.
I wanted something with less headaches and less maintenance
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The name DUCATI IS OVERRATED.
I wanted something with less headaches and less maintenance
The header says it all.
Welcome to "The Club"
And pics are de rigueur. Or we won't believe.
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Ride Safe & Friendly.
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Welcome to the clan of Rc51-dom!
Interesting what you say about the Ducati.
Before buying mine (coming up to 8 years ago - how time flies!) I considered a Ducati but the maintenance costs required and tales of unreliability back then kept my feet firmly in Honda territory....and I still don't hanker after a Ducati.

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Have to agree with Ducs associated costs and such. Fine if you're a good wrench to work on them yourself but to get the work done at dealerships (and finding one) is very costly. There's better, faster, more up to date bikes than our beloved RC's, but these things have just so much soul They don't like stop and go city traffic, they run hot in that venue but I don't ride in the big lights all that often so. Welcome to the group.

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I work on my own stuff as well as other (cars mainly) as part of work. But time is valuable and having to check & adjust desmodronic valves, or change timing belts would not only be a pain, but require specialists tools, etc. I've also heard several independent people tell me of problems with cush drives on Ducatis, one of caused serious injury when it caused the back wheel to lock. Another whose 848 was replaced by Ducati when it had a problem & caused him to fall off. I prefer easy to live with Hondas...

A bit like having a high maintenance winging model girlfriend who knows she's many men's dream and just a cool but great fun & pretty girlfriend who always entertains.
..I'd choose the later every time.

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