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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-23-2011, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys. I'm looking to buy a RC51. I am looking to spend 5-6 grand and would like to find one with less than 15K miles on it. I would like to find one that is close to stock with not too many mods to it(at least some nice pipes). I am 53 years old and have been riding for over 40 years. Never had a full blown croch rocket. My current stable includes an '07 Ultra HD(the ultimate touring machine) and a '05 Suzuki V-Strom 1000(the ultimate daily driver). You can see how an RC51(the ultimate V-twin sport bike) would be a great addition to complete my collection.

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There are plenty out there....Here, Craigslist (preferred) and Ebay of course.

It will be plenty more expensive just because of your local, unless you have it shipped to your door from the Mid-west (Which is a viable option since shipping would be about $500.)

Look at my signature, that is what is typical around Indiana and surrounding states.

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To V2ONLY4ME,

Good luck in finding a low mileage, pristine RC51. There are still many out there that need a new home.

I'm 55y/o and have been riding motorcycles since the age of eight. I have literally had almost every kind of motorcycle out there, to include Bultaco and Hodaka as a small example. Everything except a Harley. I currently have a 2004 RC51 and would never consider selling it. Of all the bikes I've owned and ridden over the years, the RC makes you feel like a hero everytime you take her out. And, it is the most confidence inspiring motorcyle ever, in my mind.

I would agree with you in looking for one that is essentially stock, and then perform your mods afterwards. I have made many mods to my RC, but one notetable addition was the addition of Heli bars, becssue of my age and shoulder and wrist injury. Now, it's actually comfortable as well.

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I'm not a lifer with motorcycles, I've been dirt and street biking for 5 years. 51 years old. But I've been operating farm equipment, 18 wheelers, heavy equipment, if it's got wheels, tracks, laser guidence, or even two 5 ton drums, (asphault roller), fairly good chance i've run it. Certainly not every thing but enough to know how much I love to get on anything thats got an engine. The RC is my 5th bike and definatly my favorite. I love riding it, gets my concentration so focused. And I love what the bike is. A proven SuperBike.

If I were looking for another one, now that I've gone thru a decent learning curve with my sp1, definatly go for an sp2, 2002 & up. Way more parts availability. And a few significant factory upgrades, like swingarm, improved suspension, bigger throttle bodies with way better injectors, a little more horsepressure/torque, and a little lighter. Plus you get a choice of not one, but two -yes two- colors! red or black. And no other bike looks as good in those colors! Thats assuming your price range, maybe gonna be mostly stock. thats fine. They still RIP

I really think you'll find a clean, low milage bike for that price. Especially here in CA. Fairly good inventory of still very clean RC's. I scoured craigslist for months and saw some real cherries go by for $5500 to $6500

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there are a couple in socal in your price range with low miles and few mods
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Yeah, LA, Orange, SanDiego, Sacramento are all good

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I have found a '06 RC out of state with 6900 mi on it. Perfect for me because in California any bike from out of state must have at least 7000 mi on it. Here is the bike. "6,900 MILES ONLY! BIKE NEVER SEEN RAIN. JARDENE EXHAUST, K&N HIGH FLOW AIR FILTER, BLUE LIGHTS,REAR SEAT AND REAR COWL.RIDDING JACKET ,SHOEI HELMET AND SPAIR HELMET." He has excepted my offer of $6000 pending detailed pictures being emailed to me tonight. Shipping cross country is $600. Can't wait. See you socal boys on Angeles Crest. You will recognize me when I get off my bike. I'll be the old bald guy with a grin from ear to ear supporting a big Woody(Nicky Hayden pun intended).

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V2only4me,
Good for you. I hope all works out and that she's a beauty and well cared for. You might want to ask the sellar if he has a Power Commander on the bike and that it's dialed in. With an aftermarket pipe of any tpye, and a K&N filter she'll need to be electronically tuned to run correctly.
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Thanks Daveetti. I'm with you on the heli bars. No power commander included. I faught the temtation to put one on my V-Strom for all these years. I will see how it goes first with out it but my guess is I will probably put one on. At my age(53) I'm not looking to squeeze every bit of power out of the bike as possible. I am a "less is more" kind of guy. My V-Strom sputters and pops once in a while and I have just learned to accept it. I don't know if a pc will help that.
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When I bought by bike back in '02, it came with Heli-Bars.
They did raise you up a bit and position the bars a bit closer.
However you had a limited range of adjustment due to the upper cowl and tank.
Beyond a certain height or angle, you either hit the upper cowl or pinched your thumb against the tank.
Plus they were constructed of steel with the bar welded to the clamp, with no angle adjustment.
I found my hands tingling or going numb due to the the angle my wrist was bent.
I eventually pulled them off and sold them and replaced them with adjustable clip-ons.
So while I may be in the original crouch position, the wrist angle is now much more natural and I hardly ever get wrist problems.

If you want clip-ons with higher bar heights, check out Woodcraft's that have various riser heights.
http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/cgi-bin...&category=OOOX

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