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Thumbs up Retro RC51 magazine article

Here is an old article in 1999 highlighting the RC51 shortly before it was released to the world.


Here are a few quotes.

HRC (Honda Racing Corporation, the racing arm of Honda Japan) played a major role in the design of the new twin..

“This new RC51, although it is a twin, has nothing to do with the old VTR 996 Superhawk.” While talking about the obvious comparisons between the RC51 and the VTR 996, Doug Toland, Honda’s development rider and media liason, warned us not to broach this topic. “Don’t even go there....Only the countershaft sprocket, valve tappet shims and valve seals are the same; everything else is new. ”

The hype and anticipation for the bike was huge. I was lucky enough get a new 2000 RC51 because they were essentially sold out before even being shipped to North American shores.
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Nice find!

Over the past 15 years of riding, every bike I've owned has been to prepare me for a RC51
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Good read Kyle, Thanks for Posting.

I read it wayyyyyy back when too. ( 9 years owning my SP1 now. )

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That was a good read.

I never met a motorcycle I didn't like but I always start to change them.
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Motleyfan was one of the first owners in the US too.....and he still has her after all these years.

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