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Hey everyone I am new to the sport bike world. I have been riding cruisers for about 10 years not but yesterday I picked up a 2000 rc51 with less than 7k on it.
I wasn't really sure if I was going to like going from a cruiser to a sport but its not as bad as I thought that it would be. Yesterday I rode for about 3 hours so I'm still getting a feel for the bike.

What are some things I need to keep an eye out for mechanically?
Has anyone else had a problem with the mirrors not staying tightened up? I plan on putting some locktight on the bolt when I get home this evening.
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Which part of Louisiana?

As far as the mirrors go which bolt do you mean? the two at the base?

Things to keep an eye on would be change the spark plugs if it seems like it is not running well as it can.
If it really has 7 miles on it then it should be a while before a valve adjustment is needed.
But i would be cautious of that since it has probably been wrecked since it has aftermarket abs fairings
Also looks like your exhaust is custom.

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I am in the shreveport area.
No The bolt I am talking about is the one that allows you to bend the mirror and arms in or out. I will try to get a picture of it to show you
I knew the guy that owed it before me, he was an older guy that works at a local dealership.
It is an aftermarket exhaust but I dont really care for the sound much so ill probably change that in a few months when my ole lady doesnt
still want to kill me for bringing home yet another ride.
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here is a picture of the mirror I circled the bolt for it. its really not a big issue a little thread lock should fix it
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here is a picture of the mirror I circled the bolt for it. its really not a big issue a little thread lock should fix it
Put some locktite on the threads and tighten.
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here is a picture of the mirror I circled the bolt for it. its really not a big issue a little thread lock should fix it
I see, I have had to add some rubber washers in mirrors before to help.

I am in Tyler BTW,

Also if that m4 can is 2.25 in when you get something else let me know.

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Thats what I just got done doing.
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Ill let you know when I change it, like I said it wont be for a few months
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Do yall have any tips for someone that is new to the sport bike world?
Like I already said I am no stranger to bikes at all, and I know to respect the machine and the concrete.
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Not that i can think of. Other than you can loop it out.
That and you are generally better trying to go ahead and make the corner if you come in too fast than trying to panic brake. The bike will usually make it just fine. I have seen many sport bike riders go down that way.
Get some aleve.
That and if you have been on belt driven bikes just take care of the chain.

Let me know if you end up on a ride in the area.

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