I gotta admit, I bought this bike for just superficial reasons. I mean, the thing just looks awesome and I get guys in everything from ducatis to bmw s1krr's eyeing it up when they hear the exhaust note (yep, it's a honda
However, I didn't like it that much at first. Maybe it was the weight or maybe it was because it was my second "liter bike" and I had gotten used to the ~120hp range, but it didn't give me the exact rush I was expecting. Then... I finally took it up to some twisties. It usually takes me a few runs + some more time getting used to the way a bike handles mid-corner for me to do anything besides maintenance in/out of a corner, but jebus.. it took me maybe 2-3 corners before I was just yanking with my right hand before the bike even got stood up!
I'll tell ya, for a few months there I was thinking about selling it and thinking all of the hype for the RC51 was just that, "hype", but I'm glad I stuck with it.
But now I'm wondering a few things. When I did take it through the twisties, I barely leaned the thing over. I mean, on my last bike I had moments where it felt like I could have kissed the ground. I'm running the same tires n' everything (Michelin PPs), but for some reason I've used more of the tire on my RC51 than on my R1. Anyone else run into anything like this? Also, is there really a different power delivery that makes this bike feel so stable out of corners? And I don't mean the "v-twin torque curve", but I mean the way the bike puts the power on the ground... I remember reading someone saying something about a "pulsating" something or other.
Anyways, just felt like sharing. I'm really beaming about this bike, now... that and I had shit to do.