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Rc51 ???

Does anyone know what RC51 stands for. Or for that matter, what does the designation RVT mean? Racing V Twin? Road V Twin?

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The RC51 moniker is a marketing gimmick. The true designation from Honda is SC45 (it is in your vin and every other RC51 vin). There is a breakdown somewhere. Basically one letter is the engine size and the other is for engine configuration or wether the bike was a race bike of street bike. Something like that. You can just google "Honda motorcycle designation or names" and you'll probably find it.

Rvt is probably racing v twin. Rvf has always been used for the v-fours so why not?



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The RC51 moniker is a marketing gimmick. The true designation from Honda is SC45 (it is in your vin and every other RC51 vin). There is a breakdown somewhere. Basically one letter is the engine size and the other is for engine configuration or wether the bike was a race bike of street bike. Something like that. You can just google "Honda motorcycle designation or names" and you'll probably find it.

Rvt is probably racing v twin. Rvf has always been used for the v-fours so why not?
Except in Europe it's VTR not RVT.
I think it's whatever Honda decided when they spun the model name wheel.

I also think RC51 rolls off the tongue better. Like SR71.
A purposeful military-esque name.
Not like Fireblade, which sounds like something you'd name My Little Pony.
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Took your advice and spent a little time on Google. Turns out I found this reference in an article from 2006. "Jon Row, press manager at American Honda says the RC 51 V-twin sportbike was named by a designer who just liked the sound of it."

It's funny what you find, at first glance that seems to be the end of it, just random they liked the sound of it. But not so fast, digging a little deeper and going back to the web I found this... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_RC_series which seems a lot more credible. All of these go back to HRC and are the family of works racing machines. While the designations were a linear model development series before year 2000, along comes the RC-250M thru RC-51 and they don't fit the pattern. The RC250 and RC1000s look like displacement references. Also, the Wilkipedia list doesn't include the RC-30 or RC-45 which would not fit any obvious pattern. The RC-51 does follow up on the series beginning with the RC-30 maybe, but other than that it my have really just sounded good.

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The VFR750R was the 30th production Honda motorcycle model with an engine displacement between 650 cc and 899 cc and became the RC-30. So maybe the RC-51 is the 51st model over 900cc or over 650 cc. With rumors of an RC-60 there sure looks to be some meaning to the numbers.

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What? RC60? Where's this coming from?
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http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ne...oon/index.html

Note the RC-60 on the tail section. With HRC involved it's bound to be an RC-"something"
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What? RC60? Where's this coming from?
The RC60 is rumored to be a 1000cc V-4 high-end sport bike probably for homologation for WSBK racing.

The photo is a photoshop mashup of CBR1000, CBR1000RR photos.

Now Honda is fielding a 1000cc V-4 next next in MotoGP, the RC213V.

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Not that I'll ever have the money on my salary but that would be absolutely AWESOME! The notion of an RC a decade later with all that updated chassis design and suspension would bring to the table is extraordinary. Maybe in 2025 I'll be able to pick up a used model with 9000 on the clocks and wish I could afford the new RC68.
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I wouldn't hold your breath gentlemen. The rumors about another v-twin sportbike from Honda have been around for almost a decade. The problem is that there is no class for it to compete in that the CBR doesn't already. CBR's are cheaper to produce and will always sell better in numbers.

Don't even think that it might be a limited edition bike either. When was the last time Honda released a limited run bike? The RC45 or NR750 come to mind.



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