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Question After 3 increasingly better RC51's I end up with a CBR954, but...

Seems like a toy is the first thing to sell if things get tight so I never seemed to be able to keep an RC very long. I finally ended up with a 954 pretty much stock except for a fixed up suspension (broken fairings, little valve noise, cheap) and it's way light and very powerful. Just about an ultimate bike for me. I'm not racing or doing track days so it's also massive overkill. However, I bought a superhawk to fix up and sell (light road rash) and the wife got on it and decided I'd be fixing it up for her. With a V twin around I find myself longing for that powerband vs. the 954 (which is actually pretty smooth).

The answer is a much lighter RC51 with more 'gettyup'. (a ducati would work, but it's far more expensive and won't start after sitting in a snow bank all winter like a honda will). I'm sure there have been posts about this kind of stuff, but if anyone can direct me to some of the better posts about lightening the bike and whether or not some of the engine mods (cams, etc) are worth the effort. I'm not really interested in the 'looks' stuff just the stuff that makes it a better bike. Btw does the radial brake caliper bracket being sold help or is that all just marketing? thanks and have a happy new year!
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I had a 954 before, didn't much like it. RC51 has much more soul.

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the rc51 is a perfect mix for me too, the 954 has way too much top end for the road.

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Maybe you guys can give me some pointers as well here , I had a 954 for about 4 years and I sold it I didn't ride until this yr an bought an RC, RC 51 was always THE BIKE on my list even when I purchased the 954, the seat height ( I am a short dude) and the price tag ended up the final decision to be a 954. Now this is my first season on the RC and I am still trying to figure out the greatest about this bike. Could be I have been rusty being not been on a bike for 5 yrs. I am not be able to flick the bike or I just don't feel the sharp turn in like the 954. The bike came with decent mods, ohins rear, rear sets , steering dampers etc but still my 954 only had a steering damper and I was very happy. It feels like the 954 is a integra type R and the RC is an accord V6. Everyone keep saying the RC has a faster exit speed in turn which is not happening in my case.
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Replacing the stock battery with a Shorai should save you about 10 pounds for under $200, after than it get much more expensive. The braking system on an RC51 is pretty good, you will have to spend significant money to upgrade it significantly.

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What size is the rear tire on that bike? Is it an SP1 or SP2? Has the ride height been adjusted?
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I believe is running factory spec size on tires and stock ride height.
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getting a rear kyle link and a 55 profile tyre will drastically improve the handling on the rc51, although it will slightly increase the ride height

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getting a rear kyle link and a 55 profile tyre will drastically improve the handling on the rc51, although it will slightly increase the ride height
Kyle/Mori/RC51parts links will only benefit the SP1 as it had a geometry problem in the SP1 swingarm, SP2's it will not help....as the problem was then fixed. Yes a 190/55/r17 tire will help with the turn in, I have run both tires...190/50 just requires ALOT more input at the bars.

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