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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Poor man's Ducati...

I met a guy at a bike night that told me an RC51 is a poor man's Ducati. I've heard that a few times, and I understand why it would be referred to as such... Thinking about it later, though, it's pretty funny because everyone on this site spends WAY more on their RC than any Duc owner. Just made me laugh, thought I'd pass it on.
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Despite the fact that owning a Duc will make one poor....I see the irony



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The last bike night I went to there were who knows how many Ducatis, but only mine and one other RC-51.
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I work for a dealership(has a bike every first friday during the summer). The last three gatherings- Four ducs, and my RC51
Reguardless people gathered around the RCs...
Yeah, I'd buy two bikes again, for what would only get me one duc... "MAYBE"

If you think us RC51 owners spend alot of money on the bike- You ought to read the Mods and extents of up-grades a Superhawk owner will go - in the desires of owning a RC-51...

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I prefer to see it as a ducati for those actually like to ride instead of doing valve adjustments. And gear driven cams sound 10x better than a dry clutch that sounds like it is going to grenade itself at any moment.

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I work for a dealership(has a bike every first friday during the summer). The last three gatherings- Four ducs, and my RC51
Reguardless people gathered around the RCs...
Yeah, I'd buy two bikes again, for what would only get me one duc... "MAYBE"

If you think us RC51 owners spend alot of money on the bike- You ought to read the Mods and extents of up-grades a Superhawk owner will go - in the desires of owning a RC-51...
Agreed, those guys are frickin nuts.



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im a new rc freak and the RC gets way more looks than any DUC, i love it and im not droppin like 15k a year in ownership costs haha
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I get more looks on the Monster, but that's probably because it's much louder with the open clutch and open Arrow full system. The concerned looks of drivers when I drop it into neutral and get the clutch going are priceless.

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what ever i love the sound of the RC51 over the duck , i'll take the gear drive sound over the dry rattle sound of the ducks clutch any day

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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.
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Hear, hear. Well said, 10/10ths.
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