Help Wanted Urgently. Does anyone of you know this color version RC51?
I want to buy this bike, but it intrigued me, silver frame and black swingarm. Strange? RC51 in black had probably only a black frame and swingarm?
What year does that sticker say on the right frame rail? 2005? 2006?
Does the VIN on that sticker match the one stamped into the frame on the steering head?
Let's start there, with a VIN you may be able to pull a vehicle history. I am not an RC51 historian, but I personally have not seen an 05/06 that came stock without a black frame, ask the seller what happened or who modded it.
The year this bike is a 2004. I also did not see anywhere on the internet pictures of such a combination of colors. It seems to me that the frame and swingarm are always the same color. If, for example, was changed frame, the sticker vin agrees to match the numbers on the steering head. I am not from the USA and I can not see the Honda.
I would proceed with caution, especially since you can't see the bike. Black/Grey scheme was 2005/2006 with black frame and swingarm. 2004 was silver frame and swingarm, I believe, so it is most likely a Frankenstein bike, I would guess.
That in itself doesn't make it bad, it just may be a clue to look alot deeper...Why new panels and swingarm? Certainly NOT a stock representation, so the questions start coming...
Looks like an '04 frame with a non-'04 SP2 swingarm and '05 or '06 bodywork.
But it has either an SP1 cowl brace, or the SP2 brace was painted black.
Quite a little frankenstein there.
That melange of parts put together. A red flag raised in my book.
ask the guy what the deal is? if he doesnt mention any reason for the mix and match of parts or tries to sell it as "never been down" stock bike......i would would not look into the bike anymore because the owner is not telling you everything.
2001 Honda RC51 SP1
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"It was one of the very last 2004's produced. Have a dealer run the vin... It was produced with 2005 colors and was a special order... This bike is untouched. No paint work, no frame work.... It is unmolested. This bike is perfect."