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I am embarking on a new trek into Honda land. I am a die hard Suzuki owner but always thought the RC51 were sexy beasts! I am pending a sale of my 1000 to get a mint Hayden edition in my home town. The RC51 will be for show and go around town. Maybe in a few years of riding her I may put that crazy torque on the track. That is about it and I am glad to have a place to find parts and people who are experts with these v-twins. I will post a pic once I ride her home.

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Welcome Joseph. This is the place to be for RC51 info and tips. Good folk abound! Go for that Hayden edition, you'll love it!

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I am embarking on a new trek into Honda land. I am a die hard Suzuki owner but always thought the RC51 were sexy beasts! I am pending a sale of my 1000 to get a mint Hayden edition in my home town. The RC51 will be for show and go around town. Maybe in a few years of riding her I may put that crazy torque on the track. That is about it and I am glad to have a place to find parts and people who are experts with these v-twins. I will post a pic once I ride her home.

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Well you can start your education by learning that the RC51 doesn't really have "crazy torque" at all It was built to compete against 750cc inline 4 engines so basically every current inline 4 1000cc bike on the market makes more torque for a wider spread of rpms than the RC does. People like to confuse linear, even power pulses to the rear wheel with torque numbers which is a fallacy.

Having said that the RC is still an extremely gratifying bike to ride on the track, but spend the money on the quality aftermarket suspension parts before you do it as it needs all the help it can get when it comes to being compliant and aiding the geometry so that you can make small and effectual corrections to the steering. Otherwise the bike is so stable that it won't allow you to change lines once committed to the turn. This means if you get it wrong on the way into the turn you are running off the track on the way out.
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... This means if you get it wrong on the way into the turn you are running off the track on the way out.
I've experienced that. On hwy 36, thank god there was a nice grassy flat area that I moto'd over and trimmed the grass before eventially coming back to the shoulder. Whew, coulda been ugly...

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We've all experienced that... With an RC51 it's all matter of if not when. Whether you are trying to push the envelope on the track or simply misreading the direction the road goes once you make a mistake it is a very unforgiving bike which is why spending the money to get the suspension and geometry sorted it the most important aspect of RC ownership.
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Unforgiving is right. I'm comfortable on it under most situations, but she's a strict machine. And I've read enough over the last year to know you're totally right about suspension. Plus I feel it. Mine is in dire need of service...

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We've all experienced that... With an RC51 it's all matter of if not when. Whether you are trying to push the envelope on the track or simply misreading the direction the road goes once you make a mistake it is a very unforgiving bike which is why spending the money to get the suspension and geometry sorted it the most important aspect of RC ownership.
+1 - She(RC-51) hasn't stomped my ass yet, But i know I am on that road, for that to happen..
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Some words of caution here guys, it's one thing to explore the limits of the machine. It's a whole other ball game to exceed the limits of the oprerator. Having the best set-up in the world won't help if you yourself are not up to the task at hand. The bike don't give a rat's patootie how it's set up if you're acting the goombah

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