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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-08-2015, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hello All from an RC newbie

Hi guys and gals of the RC world, I'm Aaron. I have been riding for around 15 years. I've owned everything from a 1996 CBR 600f3, to a 2005 GSXR750, to a 2006 Harley Roadglide, to a couple 1977 Electraglides, now to a 2001 Honda RC-51.

I am a mechanic and basically consider myself a custodian of old machinery. I take bikes that are almost too far gone to be worth saving, and take my time bringing them back up to spec. This particular RC is no different.

I got it from a sketchy guy in Fall River, MA who had never registered or titled the bike in his name, although it had a clean NJ title from the guy previous. The under tail had no real external brake lights, no functioning directionals, the fairings are missing several bolts, the rear harness was pretty hacked, there are problems in the gauge cluster wiring, and it seems to leak quite a bit of oil, all added to the normal scratches, bumps, and bruises on the plastics, being 14 years old. Luckily, I traded a bike that was just sitting around for this, and I have already ridden it more in a weekend than I rode the bike I traded, in a year, so I'm stoked.

From what I can tell, and judging by the marks here and there on the frame, I am guessing this was formerly someone's racebike. It was probably hastily put back together to sell or maybe to try and ride it on the street again, and then sold. The good news is that it's solid, appears to be wearing it's original radiators, has a Micron full system, PCIIIusb, brand new chain and sprockets, good tires, good brakes, stainless lines, and a Corbin seat.

I've already installed new taillights, repaired the existing directionals, and added a set. I use all weatherpack connectors to make things easily removable and easily changed to something different in the future, without necessitating further cutting of the factory wiring.

I also just ordered a set of old EclipseUSA saddlebags and tailbag, so while I am sorting out the wiring, I'll be fabbing up some mounts to make those work. I'm hoping to make some sort of heat shield for the mufflers so that i don't end up having to wrap them in Kevlar.


So in the end, I just wanted to introduce myself and kind of throw out an overall story on my RC as I'm sure I will be here a lot looking for both parts and advice. I'm kind of the odd duck that considers the RC a perfect sport touring bike. It's a sportbike that I take touring, so it's sport-touring....right?


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Ohohoh! I almost forgot to ask. Is it a little odd that my 2001MY RC has the tank and fairings with the woody logos and Nicky Hayden's signature on the tank for the 2002 championship?? (Not the special edition with the number plates)
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howdy! is it possible it's been re-dressed with hayden bodywork from an 04?
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People have been adding those decals to other MY RC51's for a long time. Not unusual. Just not original.
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Yeah man, I hear that. Although this is definitely original to the tank. Under the clear coat.
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Not necessarily. It doesn't take much to reclear a tank. A close inspection would be needed to determine if it were an 04 transplanted tank or an add-on. From what I remember, decal sizes were different.
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I guess I should specify that I sold to these bikes new at the dealer for a couple years, so have a pretty good eye. I may be wrong, but I believe the whole set of plastics match, but belong on a newer model.
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From what I can tell, the plastics match an 01, not 02,03,04,05, or 06 bike.
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Howdy RC_revival. Sure looks like '01 plastics to me

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I own an '01. Looks to be '01 paint theme. Look at the tanks wings... does it have a gold outline ? This will help identify.

-2001 Honda RC51 sp1 " Slightly Modified "
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