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Hello from Az

Since I havenít introduced myself yet, my name is Darcy Iím a bike lover, I rebuild bikes in my spare time and recently have been working on my RC51.
Here is the story.

Back in 2007 I acquired a wrecked 2006 RC 51 with 8000 miles on it.
It was pretty well totaled by the insurance company and I was able to buy it for just a grand. I just wasnít sure what Iíd do with it at the time, but I knew I couldnít see it be scrapped out, she was calling out my name saying save me please, donít let me suffer this fate. The owner was sort of a friend of a friend ďI use that term looselyĒ so I was able to contact his insurance company and buy it from them. Before the wreck she was just a year old and such a beautiful bike, except the tires....
The previous owner walked away with his life but just barely, he was really an idiot because the accident was 100% preventable, how you might ask? By simply replacing the front and back tires for starters. They were bald, and I mean bald! The front was all worn out unevenly and the rear was burned off to where the steel belts were burned right through, I guess that was his thing, you know those cool guys that do smokey burnouts?..totally foolish IMO!
So one Sunday afternoon in sunny California we all went for a ride over the Ortega Highway. It was nice day riding my Gsxr750, until dude passes me coming into a corner, late on his brakes and way to aggressive on the throttle...I guess he thought he was the Texas Tornado ďColin EdwardsĒ that was until the back end came unhooked and high centered him right off the thing, up and over the guard rail he went and down a 400í cliff! His saving grace was a tree about 50í down! It wasnít a big tree however it was the only tree within a hundred foot in either direction, literally 1 tree on the side of a huge drop off, what are the odds? I was there, it happened right in front of me! I had that sick feeling like did that really just happen?
I was the first to jump down the side embankment to get to him, I was like dude you ok, can you feel your legs, he was like yeah howís my bike...I dragged him with some help back up top!
Over the guard rail was soft dirt at a really steep angle about 100í down, then a straight vertical cliff at least 400í if not more! He was lucky, but still an idiot, not my kind of ppl to ride with at all, but I found myself there anyways.

The bike did a barrel roll,1 complete rotation sustaining substantial damage to basically every single body part, tank, frame, forks, front rim, rear seat cowl, sub frame, all the fairings, ext...about the only thing still in good shape was the engine, swing arm, and miscellaneous things, oh yeah and the tires lol...The satos were bashed...but not the titanium headers, they just had a few small scratches ďscoreĒ
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So way back in 07 I got this thing, never saw dude again after I bought it, and have been slowly collecting parts as life allowed me to, way back then I bought a used gas tank from an 03 for $550, it was almost new and in excellent condition! Glad I did that for sure
Fast forward, recently I said screw it, I really wanted to do a full on frame up restoration/custom built of the sorts. I found a good frame off eBay and started there. Stripping the busted up bike down into a thousand pieces, not an easy job! The frame I got had a few dings and chips, no biggie, I bought rebuild kits for all of the master cylinders, I Did the smog deletion, I really did some of the wiring basically tidied up everything and put my own personal touches on it. I sort of ran out of money towards the end so Iíve used A couple of eBay parts like the levers, and bar ends, but I went with Simon exhausted song connected to the sado headers I put my personal touches on the headers if you can notice, it kind a looks like the Cheshire cat tail. I went with the screen so battery is superlight one and a half pounds. I upgraded the clutch slave cylinder with the Simon 54mm, and changed out all of the rubber lines for stainless steel, so front brake lines, rear brake line, clutch line, I rebuilt the front two calipers, and the rear caliper and installed new pads. I sent the front rim out to a rim specialist down in Tucson and he straightened it within a Nats ass. And then I painted the front and rear rim, I put metallic in the clearcoat so it kind of pops.
I managed to buy a brand new upper faring, and I found a set of good used side fairings. I got a new after market windshield, with a complete fastener set.
I bought about $200 worth of brand new bolts hardware for everything from the fairings to the seat cowling. I bought a brand new upper faring stay and painted it.
What Iíve done to this bike is building from the ground up and had fun doing it. Itís not completely finished but it is very close and these pipes sound Bitchin!
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Im trying to figure out how to upload higher res pics?
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Welcome, I'm over here in North Central Phoenix. Recent owner of an '05. I bought mine because of a bad accident in June on my ZX-9R... I sure hope it doesn't take me 11 years to get my Ninja going again!

As someone would have eventually told you, the forums are dying down a bit and seems to have moved to Facebook. There's a group called "Honda RC-51 Fans". A lot of people from here are on there too.

Not sure what's going on with the photos. I uploaded super high res ones just now and though they were shrunk, they're still a lot bigger than yours ended up. Btw, just thought I'd throw this out there since you might be looking for a helmet to match your bike. I have a size small Shoei X-14 I'm selling. Just a couple months old. This one here:
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Right on man
I rarely participate anymore on forums and I donít do Facebook Iím way to busy actually doing things and riding, and flying my airplane.
Nice helmet but my head size is xz

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You have lots of drive in you , well done. Just too bad you had to sacrifice the Satos and the black bodywork, but the underlying bike is what really matters. So welcome for sure.
Good point mentioned about the FB RC51 fans, several of us are on there from time to time. And there are some real sharp minds around that know tons about these remarkable bikes.

Duct tape can't fix stupid...but it sure helps muffle the sound
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RC51forlife welcome to the forums enjoy that bike man..

I'm glad you brought her back from the dead & got her back on the road

what a fun & rewarding project!
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sounds like a Yarnell Hill story.that is one ride u must experience.welcome ,from Steve in Glendale,AZ
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Thanks you guys, I was beginning to think this place was just super cold!
My family has been building and playing with bikes forever. My cousin Jim LaBine built a GSXR 1100 for Cycle World Magazine back in the 90’s, it was way ahead of its time back then and ran hard in the 24hr race, but suffered a mechanical issue and didn’t make the finish.
Anyways my next door neighbor is Reggie Pridemore, he heard my SP-2 fire off with these new pipes the other day and ran over to have a look see...he was like “mate that there is a keeper” in his British/American accent, he is a super cool dude in his mid 80’s and rides harder than anyone I know, it’s really neat to see, I just hope I can still be riding the bikes that I love when I’m 80+ years old.
Getting back to my bike I’m just waiting for a little more money then I’m sending my forks to Kyle for the Ohlins 20mm treatment and tune. Then I will buy the Ohlins rear shock and lower link to complete the suspension.
I completely rebuilt the brake system starting with the master cylinders, new stainless galfer brake lines front and rear, the. I rebuilt the calipers both fronts and rear with all new OEM parts. In my clutch I decided to upgrade the Slave cylinder to the larger 55mm unit, stainless Galfer clutch line, and rebuilt the clutch master cylinder.
Now that I have done that all I am about to fill them all up with dot 4 but decided to hold off in hopes I can pull off a couple of brembo master cylinders for the clutch and front brake master cylinder. Right now is the right time to do it because it’s all dry, but at the moment I don’t have an extra 700 to throw at it. We will see after the Kyle and Ohlins works...

As for the body work, it was really important for me to stay OEM, and finding good pieces is a waiting game and takes lots of patience, luckily I have both. So I managed to find a left and right near perfect condition side fairings matching the red tank, R234 color, but no joy on the upper fairing, so I managed to find a New OEM 05 charcoal scheme so I bought it! I might carefully paint it to match the R234 scheme.
Now as for the seat cowling, I lucked out and found a mint OEM in silver, so I bought it , unfortunately the right sticker was all mangled and I couldn’t find a right side sticker in the whole world so I opted to buy aftermarket complete decal kit, it is close to OEM but my perfect and who gives a shit if it’s a little off! Of someone called me out in it they can go f off.
The main thing for me is to build up the bike of my dreams without spending my kids College fund. I had to cheese on the levers, is about the only parts that are not high end.
My headers are really bad ass Satos and the pipes are 64mm big ass, beautiful sounding titanium, they have a Cnc machined sleeve and they fit so perfect it’s unreal.

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If you can notice I took my torch and was playing around with it and made rings leading up to the pipes themselves. Wanted to match the pipes as much as possible
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I. Really bummed out that I canít get my higher rez pics uploaded, itís completely defeating the whole porpoise of posting and sharing my bike build pics...you just cannot tell how sweet it is...

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