Reintroduction: Hello again!
Hey guys, I've been on here for a bit yeah?
After struggling with this bike for 2 years (although work/travel didn't help much), and being able to finally figure it out: Hello again! Feels great to own, work on, and intricately know my machine. I've wanted a 51 since they first appeared back when I was in high school, and I knew this was the way to go.
Mods and pics attached:
2003 RC51 - 05/06 Black Color Swap
10k miles on the dash (less with gearing).
Carrozzeria Aluminum Wheels
Ohlins Front Fork Internals - tuned locally by Cogent Dynamics
Penske Triple adjustable Rear shock with Resevoir Adjuster - tuned locally by Cogent Dynamics
Clutch Slave / Sprocket Cover Conversion
520 DID chain, 15/41 sprockets
Alien Motion Lightweight 8-Cell LiFe Battery
Single SPAL Pusher Fan Upgrade
Flapper / PAIR mod & removal
Iridium NGK plugs
HRC Aluminum Triple Top.
TRex Sliders - Front wheel, Frame
Aluminum tank lid, hangers, various parts, etc.
Basically, the PO and I did everything we could to make it as lightweight as possible without gutting it, chopping subframes, 'carbon everything', etc. There was a set of Sato mid / Ladybird cans on here, but it was too much noise when I was trying to work on it (since sold). He's a pretty good friend of mine and has put up with my fury of trying to get this thing going.
Now that it runs, I have to say: It's loud (still), it's runs hot as hell, it sounds angry like it wants to jump out of the frame. Fuel economy is nothing like an I4. The front end wants to come up if you punch it wrong. It grips the turns if you get it right, and hates you if you don't. There's no electronic launch control, no ABS, barely what you'd call a dashboard. It gets outrun by friends' S1000RR, CBR1000RR, hell even the new R6 can give it a run. It's a raw, nasty, angry, heavy bike.
And it's the best damn thing I've ridden in my 32 years on this earth. I love it. It's not going anywhere, I think I'll keep this thing until it stops running forever, and then until it sits and rusts away in the garage.
Thanks guys, ride safe!