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My First Superbike.

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First bike: 2003 Yamaha YZF600
Second bike: 1991 Yamaha Virago 1100
Third bike: 1992 Suzuki EX500
Fourth bike: 2005 RC-51
I am picking the bike up tommorow. I am so insanely happy. Used (obviously) 17,000 miles. Black. Akrapovic exhaust + Power Commander. The bikes in great shape, services, the whole nine.

One question boys... what kinda ride am I in for!?
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Welcome You'll enjoy it, but you may want to set the standard suspension up better if it's not good when you get the bike. You'll probably want to give it a good check-over to make sure it's all well adjusted, lubed, etc.

Keep it above say 4,500 rpm - it responds better that way & let us know how you get on.

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One question boys... what kinda ride am I in for!?
Compared to your old rides, a torque-a-thon

Compared to new bikes, a slow heavy pig

Stick with the former, and ignore the latter

1986 Honda Interceptor...learned on it
1988 Yamaha Radian...wheelied on it
1990 Yamaha FZR...friend totaled it
1997 Honda Shadow...wife stole it
1998 Yamaha YZF...noob tree'd it
2002 Honda 954RR...just sold it
2005 RC51...finally found it

...if I stop runnin' the evil little clowns will get me!
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Aw, they're not THAT heavy...

I believe mine (wet) weighs less than a new HRC Blade (dry), judging from the last time it was on scales.

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The best description I have seen is from LDH's website:

If you are a good rider it will prove & exploit your skill to the world, if you are mediocre it will kick you in the teeth & laugh at you. It is purpose built for strafing curves, serious commuters or tourers need not apply. It can light a fire in your soul that is not fueled by adrenaline, but by passion & when you ride it nothing else matters except it, you & making the next turn.
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A blast to ride for sure. A bit heavy and sluggish in slow corners, but stabile and agile at speed... It just begs you to open the throttle, Like a dog waiting for you to throw a ball...

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The best description I have seen is from LDH's website:

If you are a good rider it will prove & exploit your skill to the world, if you are mediocre it will kick you in the teeth & laugh at you. It is purpose built for strafing curves, serious commuters or tourers need not apply. It can light a fire in your soul that is not fueled by adrenaline, but by passion & when you ride it nothing else matters except it, you & making the next turn.
Nah, best description was from same person-of-interest, but different point-of-view...

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Dear Penthouse this one time I was on my RC51 and an entire team of NFL cheerleaders noticed me and got so hot and bothered that the entire parking lot was covered in moisture. They all took turns screwing my brains out before calling their little sisters to come finish the job because I had over-exerted them to the point of exhaustion and they could not continue. It was awesome. The End.

1986 Honda Interceptor...learned on it
1988 Yamaha Radian...wheelied on it
1990 Yamaha FZR...friend totaled it
1997 Honda Shadow...wife stole it
1998 Yamaha YZF...noob tree'd it
2002 Honda 954RR...just sold it
2005 RC51...finally found it

...if I stop runnin' the evil little clowns will get me!

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I know the rides a beast! Im so ridiculously excited to suit up and ride. The weight is the same as my YzF600 actually the yamaha was a bit heavier, so im used to lugging heavy girls out to the curves. Anyone know what kind of effect the power commander and after market exhaust make on the bike? Assuming the owner who applied these mods tuned the bike afterwords...
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With two huge cylinders and huge throttle butterflies, low RPM throttle response can be "snatchy" and the power commander usually smooths out the response. When tuned properly it allows you to accommodate the aftermarket exhaust along with any intake modifications that have been made.
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The PC III USB I put on my 2003 RC and after it was on, it felt like I was riding a completely different bike. Like others have said, the throttle response was snatchy and the bike bucks you around at low speeds.

With the right mapping the PC sorts all that stuff out. I highly recommend putting one on.

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2010 Triumph Scrambler (sold)
2004 VRod (sold)
2003 CB919
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