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Howdy all, back again but this time with news. Picking up an RC51 next week, and while it's not the charcoal metallic beauty of my dreams, the bike is just what the doc ordered as far as condition and set-up goes. Low mileage, impecably maintained, new tires, braided lines, vortex d/b screen better pegs and -1/+2 sprockets and new chain. Not even gonna mention what I got her for, I should really be wearing a mask as I post this
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Sooo, where'd you go?
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welcome back and very nice bike it looks just like my 03...the fastest year

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Well, mostly hanging on my other forums: GWOF, MCUSA, Global Motorbikes. But aLso just got back from a trip to Ireland where the wife and I did a bit of riding. Now that I'll be a bonified member complete with requisite bike I'll be a bit more frequent here. I'm sure I'll have some quirky questions for the gurus of RC bikes. I'm far from a noob (I'm actually a Honda dealer in Canada) but have never ridden an RC before, just CBRs and VFRs etc, just had to get myself a sport bike again for a bit more giggle than my Wing has. I didn't want a CBR, and well, I just couldn't even consider another make.
I reckon the fuel range of the RC is about the same as a Superhawk? Anybody got a Corbin seat or some seat other than the stock one? I don't plan on tracking the bike, or dropping the thing, but I think frame sliders are in order to preserve body parts in the event of a tip-over.

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The fuel range of the RC51 is greater than the VTR1000F due to a larger fuel tank.
About 130 miles if ridden conservatively.
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Thanks SS, you'd think I'd have noticed the slightly larger tank in my spec sheets, duh.

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Sweet, glad your back and great looking bike. Looks clean. You'll love the bike, its a blast. There was a Sargent or Corbin seat for sale in the classified on here or speedzilla....i think it was on speedzilla for 175. Might want to check that out.

Frame sliders is a good idea, you'll have to cut the fairings though. It saves A LOT in tip overs.....pretty much saved my Aprilia when i tipped it in my driveway 2 years ago. Broken turn signal and clutch lever.....but other then that, nothing. It just basically gave me an excuse to buy some CRG levers for it.

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Welcome. Bet as a dealer you got it for a sweet price. Perk of the job, I guess.

I have a Corbin seat. Very comfy and put an end to pains of riding. I was on the SP2 riding quick for about 3+ hours yesterday and felt no ache at all.
Corbin's heavy and Sargeant seats (Never tried 'em) apparently crack on the underside, so you need to choose the best of two evils.

If you're a heavier guy and don't want to risk cracking the plastic frame get a Corbin.

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Welcome back budoka. Gonna be interesting to hear your opinions of how the RC51 feels. I'm not sure how common hydralic clutches are on bikes, but it sure was a nice familiar feel from my vfr for me. But that was the only thing that was similiar. After riding my RC for the first 4 or 5 times, I sold the vfr and never looked back. I love this bike!
...I reckon the fuel range of the RC is about the same as a Superhawk? Anybody got a Corbin seat or some seat other than the stock one?...
I researched corbins and sargents for about a year before buying a sargent for my vfr. I found an overwhelming 'rule of thumb' after reading countless reviews from riders of all bikes, sport and cruisers. If your heavy, Corbin. If your light, Sargent. I'm guessing about 200 pounds to be the line. I'm 190 w/gear, and the Sargent was such an improvement. Huge. And I don't know about cracking, but I found my Sargent to be constructed even better than the oem.

100 to 140 miles (i have -1/+2 & 190/55) till your fuel light comes on. Then you got 1.2 gallons left, in theory, good for about another 30 - 40 miles.

Egrbgottie put a nice finish on this thread which covers fuel milage pretty comprehensivly.
https://www.rc51forums.com/forums/sho...ghlight=milage

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Welcome Back

You want to know it your in the right place Great guys and advise here, saved my hiney several times from making bad buys. Best 2 wheels on the road !! Ride Safe Hoovy

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