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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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So... after half a season of riding this thing..

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.
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V-twins firing order provides a pause in power output for recovery of tire traction vs.
inline 4's, the new flat plane crank Yamaha R1 is a example of a modified firing order.
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Along with that: more weight & different geometry = less twitchy = more stable = increased confidence

Although there are way too many other variables at play like the tires profiles (unless they are the same) and temps and wether you had a good day at work or not



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wether you had a good day at work or not
I tell ya, it's hard to end the day on a bad note when you commute on this bike.
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I tell ya, it's hard to end the day on a bad note when you commute on this bike.
Amen my brethren! Unless you get a couple stalls in traffic

What size rear tire you running raylee? I felt a big difference in cornering when I changed to 190/55. To me it felt more sure-footed coming out of corners. I never noticed having to yank the bike back up...

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Amen my brethren! Unless you get a couple stalls in traffic

What size rear tire you running raylee? I felt a big difference in cornering when I changed to 190/55. To me it felt more sure-footed coming out of corners. I never noticed having to yank the bike back up...
Wth a 190/50-17 rear tire, the bike resists efforts to initiate and hold it into a turn.
With a 190/55-17, it rolls effortlessly into turns and holds the turn with little pressure on the bars.

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I didn't mean I had to yank it back up, I meant I could yank on the trottle, roll on pretty quickly in other words, as it was coming up and it felt sure-footed. I was unemployed at the time so I skimped and went with a 190/50, but I just got a job at a Powersports Honda so employee discount + a steady paycheck = all those fancy tires I read about in magazines.
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Like I've always said this bike was meant for the corners, open road riding I go easy and let the other guys fly past me but when i get to the corners I put my suit and tie on and go to work..............I also will have to go up to a 190/55 next time i put new tires on her so i can roll more effortlessly!

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I dunno what bike you're riding fella, but sometimes I'm the one flying by.
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I'm with ya on the leaning Raylee, my last bike was a GSXR and I definitely had to lean into a turn more than on my RC.
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