Call me nostalgic, but even that 2008 (as sexy as it is) is still no RC51. Ya just can't touch it IMHO.
Nothing wrong with that. You have your priorities strait.My Parts gut sold his '05 RC 51, and bought an '08 1000 RR, he still misses the RC 51, go figure! My 51 is a keeper, other bikes may come, but like my CBX, and Hawk GT, the RC 51 stays!!!!
BTW, call me old school, BUT I HATE the JAPANIMATION, Sailor Moon, styling of the '08 1000 RR. But what the hell do I know, I'm a 52 year old High School teacher, with an '04 Corvette, '04 hopped up Mustang GT, CBR 929, RC 51, CBX,
Hawk GT, XL 600R, DR 200 E.
Yes, I have issues, I freely admit it!!
I will be honest, the only bike I would pick over the RC51 for all around satisfaction is my Busa... the comfort makes it more the bike for me. Now, the CBR is a hell of a bike, but I feel like I sitting on top of it, the GSXR is cool and I love it.... but the bike that equals the RC51 in a like comparison to me is the new R1.... now it doesn't have quite the growl, but damn that thing handle's!I have ridden a '09 CBR1000RR and a GSXR-1000 K8 in the same day.
I preferred the Suzuki which had better mid-range and riding position.
Now I'm no fan of I-4's, even though I own two of them ('05 'Busa and '08 FZ1).
I personally prefer the engine characteristics of a twin over an I-4.
If Honda made a 2010 or 2010 equivalent of the RC51, I'd buy it over an I-4 any day.
Unfortunately I can't afford a Ducati, nor would I put with their maintenance intervals.
About the only v-twin I'd really love would be a KTM RC8. And they're out of my reach as well.
So I'll stick with my old reliable RC51. It's plenty fast enough for me and I love the sound far better.