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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2018, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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First of all, thanks to this forum for providing a ton of information as I was deciding what kind of bike to buy. I have had RC51 on my brain for at least a couple of years, and was considering a few other types, but finally decided to pull the trigger on the RC last month because they're awesome and you don't see them every day. I hadn't owned a street bike since a pretty bad accident in '98, and have been riding and racing dirt bikes over the past four or so years, so I finally sold one of my dirt bikes and found a super clean and bone stock '04 RC51 with 18k miles on it. No idea about the owner history... probably at least a few, but it's definitely in really good shape. Going through it now with air filters, plugs, coolant flush, and a general inspection of everything I can get to. It had just had an oil change before I picked it up (for a really decent price).

I've already molested it a bit with an undertail kit (Bestem), Proton blinkers up front, some brand new Two Brothers aluminum slip-ons, a PCV, and some nice new BT016 tires. I also recovered the stock seat with a nicer cover, and got some braided brake lines that I'll get around to installing at some point. I did all that in the first two weeks of ownership and have no regrets! The only other thing I really see myself doing to it is the 15-41 gearing swap (and 520 conversion).

I am extremely stoked to have this bike and I'm blown away at how nice it is to ride, how great it feels in the turns, and how awesome the v-twin is in general...it definitely gets some looks with those pipes making such an incredible racket!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2018, 07:39 PM
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Welcome to the club Rocker & Congratulations on your Nicky Hayden SP2 !

That looks like a very clean example you found with low miles.. I'm curious what part of the country you're in & what ballpark the price was for such a nice bike?

Great pics on your first forum post too.. unfortunately a lot of guys on here never even learn how to add pics it's sad
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Hi there, I am in northwest FL and found the bike in Mississippi for $4100. I had previously found a clean '04 with less than 11k miles for the same price in western NC within driving distance, but someone snagged it before I could get a serious offer on it. Otherwise, I know of another clean '04 for sale not far from here with 9k miles for $6200 with a couple of aftermarket parts on it, but at what I paid, I'm still way under that, but with some extra miles (but with no extra money out of pocket from my dirt bike sale). The tires that were on it when I got it, though, indicated to me that the previous owner spent a lot of time droning on the freeway... i.e, flat spots and big chicken strips...or doing burnouts, but I'll pretend it's the first one! It's really in great shape.

Sometimes I honestly just open the door to the garage just to look at it for a second.
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Very good buy Rocker man that's just what I suspected.. there's been a few 2004 Hayden sell in the $4000 - $6000 range in recent months

every now & then you see someone trying to cash in on Haydens name & untimely death asking $10,000 or more for the 2004

They're certainly easy on the eyes
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That is such an amazingly clean bike. Very lucky Thank you for sharing your pics. I love the Protons but ahh, next pay day. it seems like the only good looking, perfect fit around for this bike. Enjjoy!

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That is such an amazingly clean bike. Very lucky Thank you for sharing your pics. I love the Protons but ahh, next pay day. it seems like the only good looking, perfect fit around for this bike. Enjjoy!
Thanks very much! I am so glad to have found this bike, it's just awesome. No surprises anywhere with it yet, and very clean even under the plastics. Just clean and well taken care of.
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Welcome Rocker. Nice find, you scored!

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Welcome Rocker!




Be prepared for "one of your headlights is out"
every time you pull up at the gas station.....



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Ha! Thanks guys. I finally took it out for its first real ride today. The roads in this part of America are really boring for the most part -- I rode a total of 140 miles (so THAT'S what the low fuel light looks like...) to get a total of about 8-10 miles of interesting and decent roads. Aside from being WAY out of practice on a street bike, and having the maturity and/or concern for my own well-being to not push it too hard (i.e. I'm almost 40 and not willing to hurt myself to be fast until I know the road and feel good with the bike!), I am just amazed at how great this bike feels in the corners. Smooth and willing are how I'd sum it up. I have no desire for a faster bike - this is perfect for me, the v-twin is so incredible, power delivery and sound are worth the price of the bike alone -- it's hard not to pretend like you're an early 2000s WSBK pro when you're coming out of 9000 rpm in 5th, on the brakes, double-down shifting, and diving into a 30 mph turn at 70!
I will take the best care if this bike and hopefully have it for many years. Couldn't be happier, although I have my eye set on getting into the forks and shock with some new bushings, seals, and oil (wonder if it's ever been done), and then I think I'll be good for awhile.
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