I just bought a 2006 RC51 with 4,000 miles on her. She is being shipped to me. Had to buy one across the country to find one with low miles and unmolested. Should be here the first part of February. I have wanted one of these bikes for years. I plan to keep it for a very long time. I love v-twin, v 4 motors, and parallel twin motors. My first bike was a 1986 Honda nc24 (vfr400r). A lot of my colleagues don't understand my obsession with the rc51. They say why not get a inline 4 1000 they are faster, lighter, and more nimble. But they just don't get it. I am at the point in life where the fastest isn't the only concern anymore.
Previous bikes I have had are many inline-4 600's, gsxr 750, and several dual sports. The only v-twin I have owned was a 2006 Sv1000s. My last sports bike was the Yamaha FZ-09. Right now I have a Kawasaki Versys for touring duty, a klx250s for the trails, and a honda grom. The rc51 has always been iconic to me. And I know they are becoming more rare and collectable as time goes by. I cannot wait to get mine. Here is a pic.