On Saturday night at near zero temps, I rode my RC to a friend's apartment to go out for the evening together. Even in the cold it's fun to ride. Another month & Spring will be here!
As I arrived, he came down to look at the SP2, something he almost always does.
He was a biker in UK too before moving to Japan, so always has an itch to get another. He's ridden mine and always says he'd like an SP2 as well, but he gets stuck on the lure of newer "faster" bikes but also says he wants a bike to keep for a very long time so he can modify and improve it, etc.
After dinner we watched "Fastest" and then spent a good 3 hours looking at Japanese classifieds as all the different possible sports bikes available...
We looked a 916's and I told him they're high maintenance! Looked at GSX-R's, CBR1000's and Aprilias, which are slightly more than a good SP2, but being newer models will depreciate a lot into the long term future. Besides which, they'll lose their desirability as newer models replace them, but RC's won't. I've been explaining that RC51ís are the only V twin WSB homologation model made by Honda and there wonít be another, so itís unique.
I'm almost there, but SP2's in Japan are fairly expensive compared to the US (Because of the poor value of the US$) So I've got him looking there to see what's available & he's seen a few interesting bikes. But then there's the obvious challenge.
Once we find a bike in the States, how will we get it to Japan? We know there are companies that will crate and ship bikes, but don't know of any as we've never exported a bike from there. Does anybody know of a good company that would check a bike and note all cosmetic faults, crate it then get it transported & shipped to us in Japan?
Any help much appreciated!
Euro RC51 SP2: HRC WSB Ti Hi-Level, T1 Airbox & Snorkel, PCIII, Dymag CA5 Carbon Wheels, Ti64 Spindles (F, R & Swing Arm), Mori Link, Maxton GP7 Shock & Ohlins 832 Forks, Brembo GP Calipers & SBK narrow track (F), Braketech Disc (R), Brembo billet Underslung x 2 Brembo RCS, Tyga Triple, 7075 Stem, Probolt Titanium all over, Babyface rearsets, MR Complete Carbon Lineup, Custom Undertail & CBR 1000 LED, Watsen LED Indicators, Harris Brace, Giles clip-ons, Corbin seat, etc. 2013 BOTY.