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To track it or not?

Well, I've got a 2002 that is in kind of rough shape cosmetically. I'm planning on buying a CBR1K this coming Spring and wanted to redo my RC51 as a winter project. Next season I plan on getting in on track days and was shopping around for a cheap track 600 (R6/CBR6) and thought maybe I should just turn my RC51 into a track bike. How many of you have tracked out your RC51s and can give me a first hand account of comparing it to running a 600 on the track? More or less I want a track bike that can help nurture me on my path to getting faster.

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Meh, whatever, I'm gonna track it anyways.

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Meh, whatever, I'm gonna track it anyways.
Yep. Gotta remember that these bikes were originally race bikes and designed for the race track so no harm in tracking them. And being a Honda, it's probably gonna be pretty reliable especially if you take care of it.
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Mechanically strong, cosmetically rough, sounds like a perfect track mule. If you're new to trackdays any bike will do for a while. The RC51 is a heavy and slow but it has great torque and is a blast, especially on bigger more open tracks. On tight tracks it can be a handful.
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Yeah, the problem is that I plan on doing most, if not all, of my trackdays at thunderbolt at NJMP... supposedly a pretty technical track. I figure if I can run a race pace on this bike, I can do it on anything. I dunno when I bother making these threads. :P

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I've had my RC51 at NJMP a bunch of times and it's a great bike for that track. Thunderbolt is a fast, smooth, and open track that's easy to learn. I expect to do half dozen days with Tonys Track Days at NJMP next year, but I'll usually have my CBR1k with me.

I don't know if you plan to go to NHMS too, but NHMS is a more technical track that's a bit more fun with a smaller, lighter bike.

It sounds like you've decided to use the RC51 at the track and I think you'll really like it at NJMP. The downside of the RC51 is turn-in requires more effort than a 600 or the CBR1k, but NJMP isn't a quick-turn, point-and-shoot kind of track.

I hope this helps, maybe I'll see you at NJMP sometime.
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I've enjoyed mine at the track. For beginners, I think it is a great bike for the track. Plenty of the grunt to keep you from getting worried about what gear you are in, and just enough HP to scare you a little, but still stable enough that it won't be a problem in the bumpy bits. The turn in is a little stiff, but that quickly becomes an exercise in counter steering.



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I love the track on my bike
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track track omg there is not one car out there when your riding LOL

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I recently did two days at Laguna Seca on my 2001 that is 100% track-only. It was freaking awesome. I can't give you more info than has already been given about how it rides other than by the end of day two I was dragging my knee consistently and keeping up with my WERA/AFM racing friend on his SV650. He was surprised also as it was only my 5th track day and 3rd on the RC51.
Trust me: you'll love it!

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