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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-01-2011, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Sometime this week, i'm going to be purchasing my '02 rc51 from the dealer, and expecting to be a very, very happy man.

When he first started that engine up, I was both surprised at the sound and genuinely intrigued (not sure if the pipes are stock or not, but sounded damn nice). After my test drive, it was nearly a done deal. Just had to make sure the girlfriend fit on it first

My first was a '06 Ninja 250 which I had for two years and sold just the other day in anticipation of upgrading. It was a great first bike and taught me safely and well. I was planning to move into the 600-750 range, but I found a damn fine deal on the rc51 which is making it really, really hard to pass up.

So, i'm trying to think of things to consider and keep in mind when moving into a new and uncharted world. Read a bunch of stuff on here, and it all sounds pretty reasonable (a lot of power, heavy bike, etc). I've always been a safe rider, and am a fairly large guy, so I'm not too concerned about the physical size. The engine size has me, understandably i think, a little nervous. I'm sure i'll get used to it over time, but that test drive was something else; quick flick of the throttle and before i knew it, I was from 40mph to 50. Exciting but sobering at the same time.

At the risk of asking for the same 'ol info regurgitated up... hints/suggestions/etc?

Thanks guys; I hope to be spending a lot more time here soon.

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First and foremost welcome to the forum

As for being nervous thats a good thing, at least in lower increments. It keeps you in check from getting on and crackin it wide open like you did on the 250 to get up to speed. That being said if you purchase it just take the time to get to know the bike and you will be just fine. Take any additional courses that may be offered in your area. Just remember its not your 250 while its a ton faster its no where near as nimble, your 06 had a 130 rear tire and a 110 front i believe and probably weighed just over half as much, more like a bicycle in comparison.

Im sure you wont be dissappointed by the bike if you buy it. Find out about the exhaust, and any other upgrades already done to the bike, check the tail section for a PC-III and speedo healer.
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in terms of the hp numbers its more like a 750 then a true 1000, so you wont get that crazy surge up top. but remember it is still a very fast bike, deceptively fast. so stay on your toes and be ready to use them brakes and leaning techniques, things come at you fast on this big girl! the torque is up there with the 1000s so be ready for learning to apply the throttle really smooth in the turns and on loose surfaces, the back will kick out if you dont. other then that, it is a very stable platform, and can handle a lot of abuse.
you will hate the gas mileage tho, after the 60+- mpg of the 250 you drop to an honest 25-30 mpg of this beast. not fun! other then that: change your oil, filters, brake fluid, coolant, go over the tires (condition and air pressure) and hoses and you should be all set.

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Welcome and congrats! It's a serious bike, but a ton of fun. It sounds like you have some experience on the road, and that's probably 1/2 the battle. Just respect the machine until you get used to the power... ride safe!
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Welcome to the madness,
The RC is a great bike very smooth power ban, as long as you don't snap her open to hard the girls shouldn't get yu in trouble. Ride safe and learn the bike

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+1 respect

I beleive as long as you respect a machine/tool it will do what's asked of it and not try to kill you in the process.
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welcome to the forum, sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders so i think you will be just fine. Take all the advice that some forum members have already given you, keep reading and learning, and see if you can get in a riding school or two. its amazing how much you will learn in just one day at these places.

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Certainly some good information/advice; some new, some old. All is appreciated.

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In terms of the hp numbers its more like a 750 then a true 1000
Heard the sales guy mention something along those lines, but it's good to hear it from someone else.

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you will hate the gas mileage tho, after the 60+- mpg of the 250 you drop to an honest 25-30 mpg of this beast.
Yanno, I never thought of that one, but that is kind of disappointing. People usually get pissed when I tell them I used to get 60+mpg and filled up for $10 every week and a half. But... what'cha gonna do? Seems totally worth it.

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I beleive as long as you respect a machine/tool it will do what's asked of it and not try to kill you in the process.
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see if you can get in a riding school or two. its amazing how much you will learn in just one day at these places.
Absolutely. Took the MSF course last year, and some of it really has stuck. At the end of last season, I had my back tire on the 250 Ninja blow out on the highway at 70mph or so. Single most terrifying moment of my life. But what was amazing was that the first thing that came to my head (other than "oh shi*t oh shi*t o shi*t") was what the guy said in the MSF course. Really good info.

Thanks guys; I've picked up a bit already. keep it coming
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