Took the SP2 out with a couple of fast cars to mountains North of Fuji. - Honda RC51 Forum : RC51 Motorcycle Forums
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Took the SP2 out with a couple of fast cars to mountains North of Fuji.

Took my SP2 to the Northern mountains surrounding Fuji, along with another friend and his Skyline GT-R yesterday afternoon & lent my RX-7 to an old friend who is over visiting from Australia (he has owned several RX-7's and drives well, so no worries!) Here's some random pics off my phone.





A bit of fog at times (low cloud) and a few wet patches, but mostly dry and clear roads. Where it was wet, I'd slow down and the cars would lose me, but fortunately most of the roads were dry where they couldn't shake the bike off at all. Bike was slightly quicker than both cars, though they weren't pushing hard enough as they could have for corners (A bike can't stay with these cars around corners say, on a track). Probably the last time I ride the SP2 up there for the rest of this year, as it'll start getting colder soon...

Was nice to blow off some cobwebs after not having used it for around 2 months and play on some of our favorite roads with old friends.













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My buddies got a few more shots taken from inside both cars.





No action pics; always difficult with phones or hand-held cameras when a car's accelerating or cornering fast, or in poor light.

This one was taken at slower speeds when following the GT-R through fog (Fortunately it was only poor direct visibility at the beginning of the ride)




Cruising through the tunnel to stay with the cars on the way back to Tokyo.


Anyways good to see what the bike looks like in Tokyo's districts or cruising inside a tunnel.



Made a note of little things I want to improve, so I can order a few bits - then put it away, it's just a bit dusty, but I'll service, lube, clean and replace parts over winter.

Probably the last good ride into the mountains this year. As beautiful as a snow capped Fuji is with all the colours of the mountains, the tyres don't get warm enough to inspire confidence at 1,000m elevation and cooling autumn temps. Roll on spring 2017...
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Not a big fan of the JDM cars but that's a great RC tunnel shot.
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that rx7 is so close to being absolutely awesome. always loved the fd but it has to be a certain way in my mind.


also what on earth is with your number plate on the bike. why even mount it?
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Thanks James.

Wibbly - The RX-7 - a lot more to it than meets the eye. Very well sorted in all aspects with all engine work done by Japan's best road spec. RX-7 specialist. 450 bhp at the wheels and so smooth my mother could drive it (She did once!) A fair few trusted car friends have fond memories behind the wheel over the years.



Having a number plate - however displayed, is better than none at all from a legal standpoint in Japan. Never had a problem.
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I just don't like the hood and the spoiler. the hood makes it look like an LS swap
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No worries, Wibbly - there are reasons I wanted those particular items. Funny enough, the bonnet is what always gets the most compliments, usually from rotary nuts who know what it is.

The car has a V-mount radiator & intercooler setup (by Knight Sports - who have been responsible for all the engine tuning work). A V-mount means a lot more cooling than standard. That air has to exit and is better fed out of the bonnet than directed under the car, hence a vented bonnet. Sure, there are other choices available in Japan but this is a genuine Scoot bonnet, which is by far the best quality available. It was designed and used in a top speed run in the late 90's, by Koseki San who topped 327 km/h (203 mph) on a closed public road in NZ. He's still known for building the wildest of all rotaries in Japan.
This bonnet is of such a strong design & build you'll notice there are no bonnet pins. Even on his top-speed car it didn't need any. That's a mark of quality.
These sell for around $5,000 in Japan with about 6 month's waiting time. Compared to about half that for other new composite bonnets which are much weaker and must have bonnet pins, I chose a Scoot.

The rear wing is by Auto Exe, another very respected rotary specialist of Japan. I didn't want anything too wide or too large for a road car, just something that looked near OEM but gave more down force than the standard rear spoiler. It's the perfectly proportioned choice in my eyes.
These are long discontinued and near impossible to find nowadays.

There's no fake tuning parts or anything of sub-par quality on this car. Everything's top notch & from Japan. Started off as a standard car & is what I'd sometimes use to date my wife with when we met 14 years ago, so it holds some special memories for us.

Won't ever sell it. Since he's a petrol head, I've already promised it to our young son when he can drive (& ride!) well and knows how to look after it properly.

LOL, you probably won't like our other track-spec. one then....
The roof & part of the rear quarters are the only original metal body panels left with a great big Fujita Engineering wing. PanSpeed wide body, RE Amemiya doors & lightweight trunk and yes - another Scoot bonnet. No unnecessary weight & about 550 bhp with a bridge ported full race spec. engine, plus a lot more than meets the eye.

Well built rotaries are big fun.



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I knew you'd chime in and tell me how they are top quality and justify the ugliness with the quality argument

if I had it my way I'd love an fd. but it would have a plain hood. plain tail lights, no spoiler, and no rotary.


whatever floats your boat man. I was just making a comment. didn't need a speech about how much money your hood cost.
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Ugly? LMAO.

.....Sounds like sour grapes to me, which is not surprising coming from you, Wibbly - I've seen the similar regarding my SP2, or about Rossi v Marquez, etc. coming from you & knew you'd come up with some smart arsed comment in response here too. You can't help yourself!

Basically if you disagree with others on a choice or opinion that makes you right and others wrong in your book and you'll do your utmost to say so. I get that, seen it all before.

I did think to just ignore your comments above, but chose to give an informative response.
Do you think I really give a sh*t what you think? Makes no difference to me if you like or dislike my cars, bike or other choices.

I wouldn't stoop to your level myself, if I've got nothing nice to say about someone else's machines, it's usually better to just say nothing at all.

Get yourself an RX-7 sometime and make it as you'd want, that might make you happier than criticising other people's.
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