41 here, bought the RC51 for the big smile it puts on my face...
Over the last 12 years I have owned a Honda Sabre 750, TDM 850, Honda Blackbird, ZX14, and a CBR1000RR, but after riding with a buddy at work that rides/races a RC51 I could'nt get the bike out of my head and ended up searching out a beautifull RC51 with low miles. Its torture buying a bike in the late fall and not really being able to ride it for the next 3 -4 months, but it looks great in the trailer, heh..
It may not be as fast (in a straight line) as my last couple bikes but I absolutely like it the best and its not like its "slow". First bike ive owned that has made me lose totally interest in trying out a different bike to see how I like it.
The ZX14 was a phenominal bike and I miss it some days, it has soooo much brutal power on tap, i stay in touch and hang out with the guy that bought it from me occasionally and we will be running the beautifull Utah canyons together this summer.
The CBR1000RR made me nervous at WOT, I didnt really "love" that bike and was kind of kicking myself (although I would never admit it to my buddies, lol) for selling the ZX14 to try a "track" bike until I got the RC51.