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First ever ride on MY RC!!!

I will be getting my RC (2003 SP2) out of storage today for my first ride on it ever! I bought it back in February and have been impatiently waiting for spring to arrive, and even though today is not ideal conditions, I can't wait any longer. The bike did not include an owners manual when I bought it and I would like to buy a workshop manual for it as well. I have been checking Ebay and Amazon off and on, but nothing yet. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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If you do a search you'll probably find a workshop manual. I did a few months ago... but can't remember where. I don't think the owner's manual is all that useful. Can't remember what I've done with mine now.

Check your tyre pressures before you go far & fill to the recommended pressures as per sticker on the swing arm.

Don't go too far on reserve. I tried that on my first SP2 ride and ran out, before being lucky enough to be spotted by another Japanese SP2 owner who helped me out (But that's a story for another time). You can do around 20 miles tops if riding fairly briskly on reserve...

Check the oil with the bike upright - V-Twins can consume a little bit naturally, especially if ridden hard.

Have fun!
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Ive got the workshop manual if you want me to email it to you?

have fun! ;-)

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Wow, just WOW!! maiden voyage was successful. I see right away I need a speedo healer, the previous owner installed new sprockets -1 front +2 rear and it is very apparent that the speedometer is very optimistic.

The only thing I am a bit disappointed about is the fuel consumption so far. I was not expecting to see the fuel light as soon as I did, and not having any experience with this bike's range, I stopped right away. I'll do some real fuel mileage numbers after I get the speedhealer in place.

OK, now for the newbie question: can somebody please tell me how to open the access hatch on the tail? I have pulled every which way, tried to look under for clips and I don't want to break it. What's the trick?
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I've also noticed the temp display fluctuates quite a bit. It will be steady 185 on the highway, but in slow city traffic I have already seen 225. Is this normal or should I be aware of any cooling system problems with this bike? I can only compare this cooling system behavior to the Land Rovers I deal with every day, and coolant temp fluctuations like that indicate big problems there, as does any engine temp much over 215.
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OK, now for the newbie question: can somebody please tell me how to open the access hatch on the tail? I have pulled every which way, tried to look under for clips and I don't want to break it. What's the trick?
You should have a key lock behind the number plate? - took me a while to find mine tbh!

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Glad your first ride out was amazing! Great gearing set up too!

Post up some pictures of your bikes tail section, but normally it's just put your key in at the back of the bike, turn, and lift up your spare seat or the the solo cowl...Do you have an aftermarket undertail on the bike? With hotbodies undertail the key goes in under the tail section. Have a look around.

The fuel consumption sounds about normal, they are hungry beasts!

Do a search for temperature, but the bikes do tend to warm up in slower city stop and go traffic. You can use water wetter or the like, or even look for C/F Rad Fins, Front Rad scoops if your really concerned. Some guys do different fan mods, or have manual on/off controls for stop and go traffic so they can turn on/off the fans when they want before the temps start climbing, but really what you saw sounds about normal though.
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Email wont send Eric as its too big. Here is the link for free download, thought it easier to post up for other's reference.

http://www.rc51.info/index.php?page=service

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Thanks for the tip on the solo cover, I would never have found the keyhole under the tail if I hadn't asked. Also good to know these temp readings are normal, I was getting a little worried as it went above 220, and this weekend hasn't exactly been a scorcher at 65 degrees. At what point shoud I start being concerned with the temp? I sat in some long traffic lines today, and I'm worried that when summer really does hit and it's 85 on sunbaked pavement this bike will cook itself. I realize they were not made for the stop and go rat race, but unfortunately we don't all live on the track either.

BTW I have many more newbie questions, I am going to start searching for answers, I'll be back for sure if I can't get some satisfaction.
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I've also noticed the temp display fluctuates quite a bit. It will be steady 185 on the highway, but in slow city traffic I have already seen 225. Is this normal or should I be aware of any cooling system problems with this bike? I can only compare this cooling system behavior to the Land Rovers I deal with every day, and coolant temp fluctuations like that indicate big problems there, as does any engine temp much over 215.
Get some engine ice and change out the anti freeze....thius should help.



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