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Upgrade suspension, or put money towards stablemate?

My 2001 RC51 has stock suspension, so obviously, the upgrades would be a good thing from what I've gathered. What's it comparable to? I'm wondering if I should drop the coin, or put it towards adding another bike to the stable? I love the RC51, so it won't be going anywhere. There is a 2011 RC8R that showed up locally...
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Tough call...both? That's what I would do.



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screw the new bike its good enough stock , the RC51 needs help . plus it was your baby till till this new kid came in the pic ,,,

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If you have the cash for the RC8R I'd buy that in a second. That RC51 has gotten by with stock suspension for 11 years you can always upgrade it latter. When you save up some more spare cash just give Mike (LDH) at DK a call he'll hook you right up.
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Have you ridden an RC8r? have you ridden a base RC8? the bike is SICK!! I got to ride an RC8 and fell in love immediately. power all the time V-twin pull. it could replace my RC in my garage.

That being said.
The KTM's(my buddy bought one last summer) are very rare(cool? kinda) his problem is he can't find any sort of source for used parts. so that means track day spares are near impossible to find cheap. no used wheels, no used bodywork. He said the cost of ownership on his RC8 is higher than his old Ducati 996S.
And in the manual they need a rebuild at 20,000 miles of normal use. for me (if it is my only bike) would mean every 2 summers I should rebuild it by KTM manual.
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Yes, the KTM's are sweet. I rode one at Mid-Ohio last year and loved it. If I had the cash, I would buy the KTM. Upgrades to the RC can come later. That's what I did after buying my CBR. KTM was just out of range for me at the time, but now I have my RC on the way to being like it should be. I would still love to have the KTM.

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Well I know which one would be cheaper.

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The RC8 is one helluva bike, and it's alot more bike than most can handle. Much more so than our RC's are. Cutting edge for sure, but very high cost of ownership (not just the buy-in). That's the beauty of the Honda RC51, there's bikes that do it better for sure, but not for nearly as long!

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get a stable mate. rc's get lonely in the garage
after my CBR is paid off I am going to be looking for a Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden edition to add and increase my collection.
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What is wrong with the current setup on your RC? Have you had the sag set for your weight and gotten the hydraulics where you want them? When was the last time the fork oil was changed? Yes getting Ohlins, Penske, etc. suspension components will make the bike better but do you really need it?

I'd say if you can afford a $16k KTM then you should be able to spend a few bucks getting the RC set up.

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