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RC51 people.I bought a set of heli bars for and sp1 off flea bay 12months ago and have decided to buy a bike to attach them too.
Looking at one with 65000ks on it.Is there anything to be concerned about with high ks like this???
Previously owned a 99 vfr800 that had double this without issue but not familiar with sp1s are they equally bullet proof ?
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The RC51 uses the same technology as the VFR800.
Gear drive cams, ceramic cylinder liners, etc. Just two big cylinders vs. four.

As with any machine, if well maintained, they will last forever.
If not well maintained or abused, they will wear out before their time.
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The RC51 uses the same technology as the VFR800.
Gear drive cams, ceramic cylinder liners, etc. Just two big cylinders vs. four.

As with any machine, if well maintained, they will last forever.
If not well maintained or abused, they will wear out before their time.

Actually the RC51 with those giant 4" slugs in it tends to wallow out the cylinders into an egg shape at a considerably accelerated rate compared to most Honda engines. I have seen many RC51 street engines smoking heavily at 30,000 miles and it doesn't get any better from there. Track only engines start it much earlier than that.
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So what bike do you recommend that has excellent reliability, build quality, handling, and is affordable by mere mortals?

Because after 10 years, I'm scared my ill-handling, unreliable, two-cylinder, bastard after-thought of a garbage scow by Honda may just up and explode without warning.

Just curious.
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Haha! Again i ask why the hell did they even build this bike....


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Haha! Again i ask why the hell did they even build this bike....


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They built the bike to homologate a design into World Superbike Racing. They had to produce X amount of units in order to legally be allowed to compete so they did. About the only thing on the RC51 that was ahead of its time or truly stand out in terms of functionality was the ram-air system through the headstock and the front calipers which are IMO the best axial mount OEM calipers ever put on a production motorcycle in fact they are better than most of the OEM radial calipers currently on bikes and better than some aftermarket stuff as well.
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Ok, so it sucks and stops well.
At least I don't feel so bad after all...
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Holy shit did you just compliment something on the RC?? (kidding)


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Hi
RC51 people.I bought a set of heli bars for and sp1 off flea bay 12months ago and have decided to buy a bike to attach them too.
Looking at one with 65000ks on it.Is there anything to be concerned about with high ks like this???
Previously owned a 99 vfr800 that had double this without issue but not familiar with sp1s are they equally bullet proof ?
Both are really damn good bikes and the RC would rival the longevity of the vfr....you won't be disappointed.

Just be careful on this site.....some of us drink, smoke and do huge lines of coke. Of course all I have ever been accused of is telling everyone the 2003's are faster......but I will let you be the judge,

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