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riding long distance

fellas - i've got some long distance riding coming up. approx 400 miles one way, will be doing it about every 4 days for a few months. this will be on top of the daily commute to work. so, i've got some questions -

1. anyone have a review/experience with bar risers on an rc51?
2. is this just a stupid idea on an rc51 anyway? hand position might improve, but legs will still be the same, then there's the poor fuel economy, flattening out the center of the tires with stupid miles on superslab, etc.

i'm open to any opinions, suggestions, recommendations from more suitable bikes to trade for, to f-it give it a try and tell us how horrible, to don't waste an RC on touring duties (good luck finding bags).

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Man there are so many choices as for touring bikes. As for selling the the RC, I wouldn't. It's just so different. I think risers would help a little, but research before you buy. Hell if "you" want to tour on the RC then so be it. Enjoy that bad boy.
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For tires, try Michelin Pilot Road 2 or Pirelli Angels.
They should last quite a number of miles compared to the usual hypersport tires.
On my FZ1, the front is at 11K miles and going, while the previous Road 2 went 9K miles, and the current rear is a baby at 3K miles.
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used to ride 620 miles every other weekend on the RC from Norfolk, VA to Mocksville, NC and it hurts your ass the first time but afterwords you get used to it. I put my ipod on and watch the miles climb up and enjoy the ride..........................although i made a deal (with myself of course) to stop ever 75 to 80 miles to rest for approx 5 mins and it works out pretty good. As for fuel economy when your nice on the throttle i could get up to 42-44 MPG so not too shabby.

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used to ride 620 miles every other weekend on the RC from Norfolk, VA to Mocksville, NC and it hurts your ass the first time but afterwords you get used to it. I put my ipod on and watch the miles climb up and enjoy the ride..........................although i made a deal (with myself of course) to stop ever 75 to 80 miles to rest for approx 5 mins and it works out pretty good. As for fuel economy when your nice on the throttle i could get up to 42-44 MPG so not too shabby.

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subsailor - guess who has an FZ1 now? how do you like yours? how do you compare it to the RC51?

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I've got Heli bars on my bike. They work great. The stock seat is killer on me. I need to get a Seargent or Corbin seat. That's next...

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I don't ride any long distances, but my Sargent seat made a very nice difference on my bike.
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I've got Heli bars on my bike. They work great. The stock seat is killer on me. I need to get a Seargent or Corbin seat. That's next...

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A Sargent or Corbin seat is a must, I have the Corbin

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...subsailor - guess who has an FZ1 now? how do you like yours? how do you compare it to the RC51?
I was looking for a "standard" bike to complement the RC51.
Last January I found a good deal on an '08 with only 258 miles and with the $1200 accessory body kit installed.
Currently I'm pushing 15K. Valve check intervals are every 26.6K miles.

I found the stock suspension way too soft for my weight, both front and rear.
Plus the bike came with a 2Bros slip-on which I did not like.
So I pulled off the 2Bros and put an Akrapovic slip-on on.
Then I installed an Ohlins YA-906 shock and Race-Tech springs up front along with 5 wt oil.
Now it handles and sounds much better than before.
I have fender eliminator, I just haven't had time to install it yet.
I also installed Sato rearsets for better ergonomics.

If you want a 2Bros carbon-fiber slip-on, I'm more than willing to part with it.

Performance-wise, it's not too bad. I've had to 145 and it had a bit more left.
However I do miss my RC51 when the going gets faster.
The RC51 is just so effortless compared to the FZ1.

The first thing I found was the I-4 didn't have near the engine braking of my twin. I often have to drop it down 2 gears to approach the engine braking of my Honda.

Oddly enough, the fuel range is about the same as the RC51's.
Roughly 120-130 miles per tank if ridden casually.



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