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help with bike decision?

Hey guys, I'm seriously considering grabbing this bike.

I posted a note in that thread, but thought I'd get more responses here! I also asked Gerry and he didn't mind my asking for opinions!

Here is my question, if you had a choice between this, and an unmolested but well sorted '04 RC51, besides the "wow" factor - all things considered - which would you take? Based on performance, reliability, ride-ability, etc.
I used to ride a '99 tiller and really missed the twin when I went to I4 1k's. I've also always wanted a RC. Obviously being so far away, I can't see this bike in person, and haven't ridden a 748 so I'm really not sure which way to go. The RC is only a couple of hours drive from me. For what it's worth, Gerry has been great with email correspondences and seems like a stand up guy!

I've been lurking here for probably 6 years but didn't join until today because I was really just reading as much as I could, and having never owned an RC, figured I didn't have much input!

Thanks in advance!

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What do you expect here on a site based around Honda RC51 owners?



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What do you expect here on a site based around Honda RC51 owners?
No fanboys - just honest opinions. Having owned a TLR in the past, I'm familiar with it's characteristics - not so much with the 748 nor the RC. I also posted in a TLR forum which I've been a member of for almost 10 years - surprisingly, the RC is their suggestion as well!
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Hi TY....I would say RC all the way....I am not a member of that TLR site, so I could not access the pic's...be curious to see what you are comparing the RC to

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"It is not a stock paint, the body panels are sharkskinz, painted silver with custom vinyl decals clear coated over. You should be able to find passenger pegs and rear tail on e-bay..

The bike has a clear Ducati 748RS title, registered in Iowa.. I purchased the engine with 1500 miles on it, and have put on around 500.. All of the wiring and gauges are off of a separate TLR I purchased off of e-bay. I will have to check to see what the odometer reads since it was off of a different bike. It has a new rear tire, oil has recently been changed, it has a IGT air filer, a manual fan switch, Termi exhaust, quick change rear sprocket with new sprockets and chain, it has a power commander, dzus fasteners, custom under tail LED turn signals and rear brake light and a lightweight front fairing bracket. I made the bike easy to use and work on if needed. The fuses are all located on the front right of the bike, easy to access it needed, and all of the controls minus the ignition switch are TRL. The bike has a Ducati key that will unlock the gas cap and keep everyone wondering what it is.. Since the wiring is TLR all of the sensors and speed work just like on a TLR includeding the temp gauge. I put the manual fan switch on because I used a stock Ducati radiator and I wanted to have more control of the temp.. There is so much more, but this is a little bit about it.."

"I purchased the Ducati with a blown engine and the engine I purchased was just the engine and throttle bodies.. All of the extra Ducati part I have sold, like the gauge cluster, because I knew I was going to use the TLR's.

Here is the story about why I did this conversion. One day I was out surfing the net and came across Rechulen and noticed they had a kit to do this engine swap.. And after repeated attempts to contact them, I decided to make my own brackets. Keep in mind that I was able to use laser cutters and press-brakes to create them. After months of work and sourcing out parts I think I ended up with a very unique bike.. I had no issues with the title or registration. The RS is a rare bike and since I have owned Ducati's I know how pricey the parts are, and I have always really loved the TLR engine.. I just really don't have the time to ride and would like to have someone else enjoy it.."

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i'd stick to rc man.. well sorted and babied one? sold!

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Not to rain on your parade, but your TLR engined Duc is unique enough that it needs to reach a buyer that wants or would build that particular bike. Narrow playing field IMO. But luck to you. As B mentioned, we're all RC fans here so the choice should be obvious

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i'll be honest, that is a cool bike and in my opinion a nice setup. Basically a Duc with reliability.

The downside is the swap was not done by you. Issues that pop up are going to be hard to remedy not having a manual and not having done the work yourself. Also my biggest concern is your not going to ride this bike and it being a swapped motor, i'd want to test ride to see if i even liked it or if it has any issues having that motor in that frame.

The RC is a great bike and easy to work on. It's reliable and you'll still get that great twin.

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Thanks for all of the advice/comments fellas!

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