It’s been quite a while since I posted on the forums, some of the old school guys here know me as I’ve owned an RC51 for many years now. I've been on Speedzilla so here on RC51forums I have always seen familiar faces. I’m not all too sure as to when I bought the bike but if I were to say maybe around 2004 and never stopped loving the bike.
I wanted to post up some pics of my latest build that I was able to complete just recently. As a die-hard Honda and RC51 owner I wanted to go about restoring this classic Superbike and wanted to share the various pics that I’ve meticulously gone through this last year. It took quite a while but in the end the results came out great. I’ve done several modifications that I know RC51 owners would greatly enjoy. I hope you guys like the pics (everyone loves pics lol).
To give a quick background all the work was done by me other than the prep and paint of the bodywork and some aluminum welding, there are a lot of community members here that have helped either provide parts which I have graciously installed or helped with some technical aspects of my extensive build. I've done the work either at home in my garage using tools and equipment at my disposal (at times the pictures may be really crude), I also used to work for Marzocchi suspension here in the LA area which gave me the ability to use the facilities and tools when work allowed obviously.
I will go and start off with the before pics, prior to tear down this is what the bike looked like. It had roughly 16,000 on the clock, the bike is originally a 2003 RC51 with the black 06 plastics. I have been modifying the bike for quite some time so a lot of other mods already done might look very familiar.
My goal throughout this process was to restore the old girl to her rightful glory and to continue the numerous modifications on my to do list. I chose to completely take the bike apart separating the frame, motor, and swing arm.