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New guy with an 03 RC51 from Nashville...

Hello there. New to RC's but not new to riding, although it's been a few years since I had to drag a knee. I am picking up an 03 RC51 on Sunday. Has Jardine 2 > 1 and is a nice bike. Looks like its mostly stock and I will be the third owner. The first two were firends and older riders, so the bike has been well looked after. The bike has just under 30,000 miles on it and hasn't been ridden hard. Last valve adj was 8,000 miles ago. Will need a new rear tire. Any suggestions on where to get the best deal on a new tire? Prob go ahead and put both on. So thoughts on tire suggestions and sources for them? How am I going to like the Jardine 2 > 1? Also what is the prescribed street clutch for these bikes? I used to throw Barnett clutch and spings in whatever I rode, but it's been almost 10 years since I've played this game! So yeah tease me, I have a big bore Harley Super Glide that my new toy is going to have to live with.....

One other question, the bike is an 03 and I have read one or two people talking about the gold outlines on the 03 but I have only seen them on the bike I am getting. Are they often removed?
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No, the gold lines are painted on. Tire, any of the site sponsors will do...$220 delivered seems to be a good average.

As far as the Harley, you have to have something to work on, right?

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So I seal the deal Sunday but are there any hidden things to look for that I might have missed? Bike is quiet no ticks or rattles that sound abnormal.
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So I seal the deal Sunday but are there any hidden things to look for that I might have missed? Bike is quiet no ticks or rattles that sound abnormal.
If its quiet, its not an RC....they are noisey vibration machines

If the bike has been cared for, you should be okay. With close to 30,000 on it, a fuel pump regulator on the shelf may be in order. Just change the oil and off you go.

When you get it I would do the following:

1) Change the coolant
2) Change the fork fluid
3) Check and re-torque the steering head bearings, assorted fasteners through out the bike
4) Change the brake/clutch fluids


This would be a good start.



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Well, not quiet but not abnormal...... No unusual clacks or roars but they do have a super-sexy sound....remember I got a Harley, sounds like the valvetrain is gonna come out of that Twin Cam 88, and have a Vortech Supercharged Mustang that sounds like a cement mixer, so I got a good trained ear....and one deaf one! lol....

Is there a good source for a PDF Service Manual for the bike? Purchase or download from someone/somewhere?

***Nevermind...found it.... http://www.rc51.info/index.php?page=service

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Guys,

I saw the bike a week ago, and didn't get pics while I was there, but now I am getting jittery. Bike looked solid, but does it have all the right colors in the right spots for an 03? When I search 03 RC's on google, I have not found one photo with gold wings outined. Also I find pice with both silver tail and black tails listed as 03. These are the only pics I have from the seller.

The story is the bike has been well taken care of and owned by two owners, who are frends and both older riders. Never been down, etc. Going to look the bike over again with a fine tooth comb.

Just make me feel better about how the bike looks and it appears not to be a mutt. Is there such a thing as carfax for bikes?








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The bodywork is correct for an '03, except for the outlining around the hawk feathers.
It's a 2 into 1 exhaust, probably a Jardine system.
And it's got a double-bubble dark tint windscreen, and undertail (possibly Hotbodies), and frame sliders, plus wheel stripes.
Otherwise it looks like an '03.

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The bodywork is correct for an '03, except for the outlining around the hawk feathers.
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Like Sub said the outlining on the side fairings is not stock and was done aftermarket. The SP1 2000-2001 Bikes had gold outlining around the tank honda logo, not sure about the 2002-2003 SP2. Looks like the previous owner just did some accenting on the wheels and fairings with the gold striping.
The undertail looks to be a hotbodies, open up the rearcowl and take a look at the wiring. A lot of times these are hacked up and cause electrical issues....if it is hacked up and looks messy you might want to clean it up, solder everything, and lay it out nice neat to prevent any shorts etc.

Other then that take Madbuyers advice and it should be problem free and ready to ride. Welcome to the forum, man.

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Thanks guys....I am pretty excited!
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Welcome to the forum. Most these RC's are friggin barn-burners in just about any form. But 30k is 30k. Bet your ass that it's been pushed hard at least some. Cause you just cant not!

Assuming you ride it when you finalize, wear your harley helmet, I promise you'll hear all the ticking and clicking and clacking and air getting sucked in like a hurricane thru the airbox! You'll hear a crapload of noises in lower gears. then the wind takes over
And the exhaust, pure symphony, loud with unmistakable purpose! Different than a cruiser twin. I dont think the 2>1 is uncommon. There's write-ups and dyno results about them. I wouldn't mind it at all if that's the way it comes. You can easily change it later to lots of other choices. imo.

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