Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
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The Mangler - RC-51 Hill-Climber dirt-bike
Greets to you all.
Firstly I apologize (how very Canadian of me) for not being able to post links or images yet - as I still have noob cuffs prohibiting these functions.
Last October 2019 I happened to come across a pretty wild RC-51 build for a price that I just couldn't refuse.
For $1500 CDN I brought home an extended swing-arm SP-2 RC-51 dirt bike hill-climber which I now call the Mangler.
Just to re-assure anyone may be inclined to characterize this as the worst form of RVT 1000 blasphemy, please let me clarify that I'm not the original builder. I was just the fella lucky enough to bring her home. Buddy was selling her for the price of getting an 1992 MR-2 turbo shipped to Alberta from B.C.; He was in a panic to get the car and I was happy to oblige on getting this bike out of his garage.
Doing some digging I also found that the original builder - Cote Motorcycles of Edmonton posted a youtube vid from 2014 - which is great because it establishes some provenance for the bike, which I'm estimating was assembled 2013-2014.
Before exchanging $ with the seller I did a V.I.N. search and found that the bike is still listed as 'Active' which means that with some nominal work for lights, signals, brakes, DOT knobbies etc. it is plausible to get her registered for street use without too much bureaucratic difficulty. I also have an ace-in-the-hole motorcycle mechanic / inspector who is game to assist in getting her sorted.
While she is by no means a tight single-track dirt-bike at around +430lbs, my intention with this bike is to do some cross-country adventure riding - fully highway capable but also not afraid of mud, ruts and bushwhacking. This is a dirt-bike I'm hoping to ride across the continent.
Beyond lights, signals, speedo etc. the short version of my to-do list includes getting rid of the single rad mounted on the front of the forks to reinstall aftermarket rads in the factory locations, tucked battery tray, accommodate a factory tank in the stock location. . . etc. The tail tank we'll keep to use as an auxillary / reserve tank.
(We only bungee'd the battery on the handlebars to turn her over - there is no way I would ever ride with the battery on the bars.)
I could go on, but I'll try to keep this brief for now.
Let me know what you think. Good, bad and ugly.
And any ideas or recommendations for what you would do are totally welcome too.
And if anyone has a stock gas tank for sale I'm likely going to be shopping for one shortly when I can confirm that it will work with my planned configuration.
I'll post photos and youtube link once my noob cuffs are loosed.
You can also youtube search 'rc-51 dirt bike' and it should be the 1st result.
I <3 things that move
2002 Honda RC-51 hill-climber / dirt-bike
2015 KTM RC-390
2006 PGO T-Rex 150cc 4T
2005 Aprilia SR-50 Ditech 2T
2003 Honda Ruckus - stretched and swapped 4T
1985 Honda Elite 150 4T
1979 Lambretta GP-150 2T
1972 Vespa Rally 180 2T
1995 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon
1972 Porsche 914 w/ 302DZ SBC V8
Last edited by jnrx; 03-05-2020 at 07:48 PM.
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