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First RC51, worthy upgrade ideas welcome

Just got my 2003 RC51 today. Its a little rough around the edges, does have a LeoVince slip on set on already. Been down once. Has CBR1000rr front forks, brakes, and wheel. Not sure how I feel about that but it seems to ride and handle well even though its a little shorter than stock. Its got 15K miles any thoughts on what I should do to it and what I should look for? Its at the shop now but you guys are the RC51 fanatics, I'd like your two cents.
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How are the tires looking? If your tires are old or are looking beat up, a new set of quality rubber should be your first upgrade.
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Yeah the tires are still good. I've got a set of super corses that I'm gonna put on in the spring. Doing some track prep this winter. Hopefully get it out there first day next year.

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Have braided lines yet?



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Suspension suspension suspension....I have the same year and thats what needs work first



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Yeah I'm looking into putting the RC forks back on with the radial adapters. It feels weird riding a bike that's been lowered this way. But I love the way it sounds. Would you recommend re-springing the bike or new hardware all together? I'm not a super serious track day rider yet so would it be worth the money?

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SS lines are ordered. That's a must I agree.

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Yeah I'm looking into putting the RC forks back on with the radial adapters. It feels weird riding a bike that's been lowered this way. But I love the way it sounds. Would you recommend re-springing the bike or new hardware all together? I'm not a super serious track day rider yet so would it be worth the money?

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The RC51 has some outstanding OEM calipers.
I'd save the money on radial adapters and calipers, and just put some good quality pads in.

Also check the brake fluid and replace with fresh at both ends.
It the bike is lowered, then return it back to OEM suspension height.

If the tires need replacing, the I'd suggest a 190/55-17 (of your brand choice) for the rear along with the 120/70-17 front.
Then see how differently it handles.
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It's got CBR1000rr front forks which are shorter than the RC forks. So it's got tokico calipers up front. Kind of a Frankenstein front end but it handles okay. Stops pretty well. It does need pads and fluid which will come when I do the lines. What is the big difference in the Tire size? Give it more of an aggressive sidewall profile?

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What is the big difference in the Tire size? Give it more of an aggressive sidewall profile?
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