I'm buying specifically as a project bike. If I wanted the biggest and the best v-twin sport bike then I'd buy another ducati. I've had my share of inline 4s. I've got a nice Ducati that I can keep riding but apart from a few bolt ons like some carbon panels and putting the ohlins on, I don't really want to go any further with changing that bike. This bike however was a fantastic bike in its day and is still a great looking bike. But its at a price that I don't mind stripping it down and doing some custom fab work. Thats why I wanted the diameter of the header pipe so I can narrow down my list of cans that would suit. I'm thinking of using stubby pipes that are not too long to aft of the passenger foot pegs so only the extended header pipe will be behind the pegs and the cans will mount off the sub frame further back. Its not hard to get some custom foot rests machined up. Labor and machining costs are pretty cheap here in Thailand.
Just like my Diavel. There are only a few exhaust options and half of them are fairly high prices so I did my research and discovered that using an Arrow link pipe let me use any of the exhaust options for a BMW S1000RR. It all just bolted on very easy. I know it won't be so easy with this bike though.
The RC51 is a bike that I've always wanted to own. Its a shame that after market parts are getting harder to find but that just means my bike will be even more unique if I have to make some custom parts.
Last edited by toughnut; 09-01-2014 at 05:11 PM.