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rc51 vs tlr1000 vs ducati 916

just after your opinion lads, 3 bikes from the same era, which is the better handling, both when stock and when maxed out on mods..................
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Probably 916,RC 51..tl
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The TL made the most horsepower, but aerodynamics and weight hampered the top speed. It was also very top heavy and the suspension was all, but impossible to sort out. Still a very capable bike though if you don't mind muscling it around. Bulletproof motor too.

The RC51 bone stock is a fat wallory pig of a bike and absolutely demands suspension mods to get the bike not only compliant, but also to alter the geometry to the point you can actually steer it at speed and not have to think of the gravel trap as an extended part of the track. Top speed was record setting for a large displacement V-Twin and it trumped the 916 in the horsepower department both stock & lightly modded (Powercommander/exhaust etc).

The 916 has the looks of a supermodel and the temperament as well. Nice to handle in stock form & way better after mods, but also the question of reliability in the back of every owners mind... Roadside mods are fairly common
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yeah theres always the reliability thing with the ducatis, interesting to hear the rc has a higher top speed than the other 2, didnt know that.
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yeah theres always the reliability thing with the ducatis, interesting to hear the rc has a higher top speed than the other 2, didnt know that.
I should have qualified that statement with a gearing change. With the stock gearing the RC51 did not have enough horsepower to pull redline in 6th gear, but simply adding a couple teeth in the rear would give it just enough leverage to top it out. It took it awhile to get there, but the aerodynamics of the RC51 combined with what at the time was the most efficient ram-air technology ever installed on a production bike would let it rev out to some ridiculous top speeds. In flat out pin the throttle to the stop for miles racing my RC51 used to catch & pass 04 R1's and the like at about 140mph and continue on past them even though they had the advantage at lower speeds.
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interesting, also i think the rc also outmatches the other 2 with build quality too i would say
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interesting, also i think the rc also outmatches the other 2 with build quality too i would say
Why yes it does, but it was the last of its kind as Honda Reliability, Fit & Finish which were legendarily linked with Honda's image have disappeared like a fart in a hurricane since about 2004
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yup, along with the best fireblade ever built IMHO, the 954 fireblade, still rather have the rc tho. i just love the noise of the geardriven cams when im slowing down, another advantage the rc has over the ducati and suzuki
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yup, along with the best fireblade ever built IMHO, the 954 fireblade, still rather have the rc tho. i just love the noise of the geardriven cams when im slowing down, another advantage the rc has over the ducati and suzuki
I never recognized that as an advantage as it precludes decking the head to increase compression and I think a conventional cam chain set-up has less parasitic drag even if not as accurate at all rev ranges and throttle inputs etc.
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no way man, you cant bea the noise it makes, used to have an nc30 that made that noise too. plus the new aprilia rsv4 has em too
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