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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-21-2010, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought my first RC51




My first RC51 and so far, I love it. She lacks the juice of the inline 4's and from what I have read, their pretty expensive to make it hang. Its a 01' and I bought it for 3200.00 and there’s minimal plastic damage and no dents.. Full yosh exhaust, Yoshi PC, Scott’s stabilizer... Probably Filter changed, (don’t know) have not gotten that far into it... My neighbor has suggested gearing it and it should really come alive for me, any suggestions¿ Not looking for strip performance, more into twisties and wheelies. Please reccomend a good set of shoes for it too.. (something thats not gonna kick out at 39°).. Thanks

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WELCOME!!! I've had very good results with Carbone Lorraine brakes. Check out Sportbike Track Gear...
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Sorry, i actually meant tires not brake shoes..
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everyones freakin over the new dunlops. The perelli supercorsas are good but i love my bridgstne BT016s! Definitly get the gearing done and there are few free up grades that let it rev higher etc. This is the place for you to be for sure, ther are some real experts on this site. Ask and it will be answered

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You got a great deal on that bike! I got an '01 basically stock for 4k. Anyway as far as tires go. If you want traction I got continental motion on my gsxr and they hold great. As for the RC I got continental attack. They don't grip as good but I get more mileage out of them than the motions. I ride the RC more and there isn't a track on Oahu, so it makes sense for me.
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im using the michelin pilot power and they work well, price is good too

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Pilot powers are a good tire for the price, and will work quite well for the average riders needs... If you need a little more grip on the edges (extreme lean angle's), try the 2CT's (powe pure now), diablo Corsa III's, or BT003RS. I have the BT003RS on my RC, and 2CT's on my Busa. The center of my Busa tire's generally wear flat well before the sides are close to worn. The 2CT's have softer side's, and they wear a little more on the sides, and much more even with the center....yes, I use the side's of the tire's on my Busa
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The standard mods seems to be:
Power Commander
Gearing: 15/42 or 15/41 seem to be the popular choices
Soft limiter
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some people really like fitting a 195 rear tire to quicken the steering.

I am using the Pilot 2 ct's (190 rear) and they seem to be working pretty well. I am not a Michelen guy so these are pretty new to me - relatively cheap though

Its not a bang/wow/wee 600 supersprt and it is one of the worst in-town commuting bikes ever (worse even that a VF1000R) but its a hoot when rolling through the twisties.

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The standard mods seems to be:
Power Commander
Gearing: 15/42 or 15/41 seem to be the popular choices
Soft limiter
snorkel
some peopl ereally like fitting a 195 rear tire to quicken the steering.

I am using the Pilot 2 ct's (190 rear) and they seem to be working pretty well. I am not a Michelen guy so these are pretty new to me - relatively cheap though

Its not a bang/wow/wee 600 supersprt and it is one of the worst in-town commuting bikes ever (worse even that a VF1000R) but its a hoot when rolling through the twisties.
190/55/17 is what a lot of use choose to use for rear rubber.... not a 195, unless you are running a race slick....
Also correct that the RC sucks as a street bike... unless you like to ride in a very cramped position. The gearing sucks at speeds under 40mph also. None the less, I love my RC51, and have wanted one for a long time! I have only done the track with it so far, and it's amazing on the track!
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190/55/17 is what a lot of use choose to use for rear rubber.... not a 195, unless you are running a race slick...
Really? I thought that some were putting on a 195 in street trim. . .
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