I've been a gearhead (cars and bikes) basically since I could walk. I've had many, many bikes in the course of my lifetime. Out of those many bikes, the ones that stood out were: Honda NC30 (a shrunken RC30), Ducati 998R, Ducati S4RS, CBR954RR, and my last bike . . . a KTM 990R. I sold my last steed thinking that I was done with riding. The itch to ride came back after a year. It never fails. The big question was what was my next ride gonna be? I wanted a twin or V4 . . . the sound. I didn't care how fast it went. Those days are gone. I don't need 200hp and all the high-tech. I just want to enjoy the ride. A classic Ducati? Been there. My buddy, who currently rides a Panigale and a classic 748, continuously mentions that he misses his 2002 RC51. I've always took notice of the RC but never pulled the trigger to get one. It's not until now that I realized what I've been missing out on. You guys know what I mean. I've been searching, researching, and learning for a couple of months now. A deal fell through for a clean out-of-state 2002 . . . stock with Remus slip ons. Disappointed, my search continued and I found another clean black/grey 2005, again out-of-state . . . 8k miles and with some very nice bolt on mods (including low mount Sato slip ons/rearsets, Ohlins, SCOTT, etc.). But not what I wanted color-wise. Even my buddies told me to wait for the RIGHT one. So that morning I opened Craigs List Los Angeles AGAIN and typed in the search window "RC51" . . . low and behold a stock unmolested uber clean Nicky Hayden replica with dealer installed Jardine slip ons showed up. The seller relunctantly just posted the ad that morning. And the rest, as they say, will be history . . . things happen for a reason. This was THE ONE I impatiently waited for. ---I'm the short guy with the original owner/seller (a movie bike builder, an AMA offroad champ, a Baja 1000 champ, and Max Biaggi's supermoto mechanic) in the photo.
Last edited by RCfifty1; 04-02-2019 at 02:43 PM.