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Hi all,
I am looking at getting a RC51 SP1. I have seen a few available here in Australia but noticed that most have high mileage (over the 35k miles) that fall in my budget. The good ones seem to be as much as new 1000cc sportsbikes

What are the main issues with the bike? (I did search but nothing, my googlefu could maybe do with some work).

What areas should I pay attention to. I know regular service/ maintenance are key to engine life longevity. What about other areas? Bikes are more than just an engine.

Any help on what I should look on would be helpful. Thanks.
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Many guys will disagree with me, but the way I look at it is these bikes are machines, machines can be fixed. If you like the bike and it falls in your budget, I say get it. When I buy bikes of all mileage I check a few basic things such as: oil color (oil color CANNOT tell you how well the oil is or is not working, but it can tell you roughly how well the owner took care of the oil system) however, a seller may just change the oil to make it look good so take that with a grain of salt. I always check tire tread left that way I don't have to go buy new tires right away. I try to lift the bike and check wheel bearings. I look at brake pad wear. Coolant color, brake fluid color. That is important. Brake fluid is a sponge to water, water causes rust, rust causes brake fluid to change color. I look at the battery and give it a quick voltage test with a hand held meter. And I do a compression test. Lastly, I look at the over all condition of the bike. Some things can be hidden in a weekend worth of work, but dents and scratches and rust on the bike cant. If you find those things chances are the owner did not take care of the machine parts either. However, I at times will buy a classic car in real bad condition because I don't mind doing the work to make it better than new again. Hope that kinda helps ya. Good luck.
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Thanks Canty. Helps heaps.
I'm planning on going to see some potential bikes this weekend. Will pay attention to items you've mentioned.
I'd like to do a compression test but most owners down here are hesitant to allow people to start taking off fairing and unplugging wires. I know I'd be if someone asked me if they could take off my bike fairings. Might damage them, as well as unplugging spark plugs.
How common are the gearbox issues with RC51's? I know R1's of the same era the gearboxes can skip out of gear. To me thats one big worry as anything involving splitting open the engine to replace the gearbox is too much of a hassle.
Thanks for the help.
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I'm still real new to RC51's. So the gearbox issue is unknown to me. Although I have read some threads on here and I have yet to hear about the gearbox being an issue.
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