Duc Vs. RC......
I own a 1997 Ducati Monster, a 2004 Suzuki V-Strom, and a 2004 Honda RC51.
I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on the Monster. I could have bought an 1198s for the amount of money I dumped into her.
Now, to be fair, I have spent a BUNCH of money modifying my RC51. I added Ohlins forks and shock, BST carbon fiber wheels, etc. But, those were by choice. The Duc required a lot of money to keep on the road.
The RC51 is THE perfect sport bike to own for the long haul. It beat Ducati with Colin Edwards at the helm to win two WSB championships. It won the AMA superbike championship with Nicky Hayden. Both of them went on to MotoGP and Hayden went on to become MotoGP champion.
Joey Dunlop won the Isle of Mann TT on an RC51 before he was killed and he sits on an RC51 on his statue on the island.
Valentino Rossi won the 8 Hours of Suzuka on an RC51 and went on to become MotoGP world champion.
The bike has tremendous race history and cred, was the last bike built by HRC to homolagate for racing, sounds wicked with Sato Bansai exhaust, is a blast to ride, and is rarely seen at a bike night. Add in super quality and reliability and you have a world class machine that can be ridden for decades and will never become just another "old obsolete" liter bike, but instead will grow old as a "classic, historically significant" liter bike.
Enjoy her, ride her, take her to dinner.