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So we are seeing a pattern here...we all seem to have a pretty good sense of the average age of RC riders here on the board, give or take a few years above and below.

The question I now pose is why? Nostalgia? A way to cling to our youth?
I remember the first time I rode one back in 2000 I was smitten, the bike belonged to a local club racer and I had just spooned on a set of tires on his bike. We chit chatted about it and he then offered me an opportunity to ride it and I accepted...long story short I coveted the RC ever since that day.

Is it the be all and end all of sportbikes? Not on your life, I've ridden and owned a few other bikes that would spank it in out right performance but I don't think the RC is all about that. It's old and slow in comparison to the new kids on the block.

I love the look and the lines of the bike it just fits me, why I don't know but in all honesty I don't think there has been a bike that has ever made me feel this way. Being in the bike industry for as many years as I did the excitement wears off but somehow this isn't happening?

She is a keeper I may add others I may not but I know she is not going anywhere...

So why do you love your RC? Why not any other and why is the average age of ownership 40?

Discuss...
 

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For me..... you ask why ???

#1 - V TWIN.... Love the sound, and the gear drive cams... not another like it.
#2 - Styling it had for it's day, just beautiful.
#3 - Aftermarket parts galore, cult like following it has.
#4 - Racing heritage behind it.
#5 - The all together feeling it gives, like an old muscle car... lots of bottom end to it.

The first time I ever saw one in person...... I had heard it coming long before I ever saw it... It was spectacular LOL !!!
This is when I was decided on what my next bike was. 4 years later I was able to get one... and have never looked back, it just fits what I want in my bike.
 

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For me..... you ask why ???

#1 - V TWIN.... Love the sound, and the gear drive cams... not another like it.
#2 - Styling it had for it's day, just beautiful.
#3 - Aftermarket parts galore, cult like following it has.
#4 - Racing heritage behind it.
#5 - The all together feeling it gives, like an old muscle car... lots of bottom end to it.

The first time I ever saw one in person...... I had heard it coming long before I ever saw it... It was spectacular LOL !!!
This is when I was decided on what my next bike was. 4 years later I was able to get one... and have never looked back, it just fits what I want in my bike.
This!! pretty much sums it up.. ive ridden a handful of bikes, and nothing gave me the same experience as the rc51.. speed is fun, esp with the newer bikes, but i love how the rc51 handles the power.. plus the sound gets me everytime!
 

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Interesting question.

For me the RC is a visceral motorcycle.

It is, probably, the last of the point and shoot bikes and I am a point and shoot trained rider. I have never driven a bike that can slide like the RC can. Just hit the brakes as hard as you can throw it on its side and hit the gas and hang on.:D

When I was a younger(that would be a number of decade's ago) the two motorcycles that I really wanted was a vincent and a MV Agusta. In a number of ways the RC is like them.

The RC is a modern bike. I do not care how neat old bikes are they can not compare to a modern bike.

The RC will probably be the last sport-bike that I will have. I hope not but I have fewer days of riding in front of me then behind and that is a fact whether I like it or not.

It also does not hurt that it is a good looking bike with a nice reputation and there are not a lot of them around.
 

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I have nothing to prove anymore so I don't care that it isn't as fast as even a new 600. I like that it is not a cookie cutter bike. Hand built engines. Lots of history in racing. I like the questioning looks when I role up to other riders. Truly has to be among the best sounding motorcycles of all time.
 

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my rc's always inspired confidence in me, when i strayed to "faster" bikes, i was slower. when i park my ass on the granite slab that honda calls a seat it just feels right
 

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Why??

Why
-She's beautiful:)
-She has just enough power to bite you in the ass if you don't pay attention.:mad::D
-She likes it when I buy her shiny gold things:)
-She makes me feel good when I ride her:cool:
-She loves a good romp:p
-She loves it when I wax her:eek:

And now for the RC51.....:D
 

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i get some hate on it for being heavy out dated and slow. but boy do i love it. nothing like that v twin pull down low and honda quality. its my first sportbike that ill never get rid of. couldnt be happier with my rc
 

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I'd believed the Hype and bought a virtually new 954 Fireblade, but I could tell I didn't like it much by the way I'd just leave it covered in road grime week after month and only wash it occasionally when it looked horrible. It sounded like a sowing maching as it cruised... and I considered it a tool rather than a toy. I never bought any parts for it - all these are signs of how much I like (or don't) a machine.

Early one morning on my way to work using the 954 I came across a modified SP1 on an empty 2 lane road. We played at drag racing to somewhere north of 100 mph till the next set of lights and kept doing it till I needed to turn off & gave each other a thumbs up...That was like sunshine to a seed but well before then I'd always stopped at Honda dealers to look at RC51's anyway...
The majority were SP1's or more expensive SP2's in completely standard guise, most with tell-tales of having been on their sides sometime prior. None were really tempting.

For years I'd read about why Ducati V-twins gave better grip due to longer duration between power pulses reaching the rear wheel. I'd had a VFR750 since nearly new and so already liked gear driven cams. RC30's & 45's had always been machines I'd admired and the RC51 was the newer sibling for WSB Homologation. Being a V-Twin that wasn't driven by un-necessarily complicated Desmodronic valve systems and not having the unreliability woes of a Ducati, but the solidity of Honda build quality was another plus.
And it had a wet clutch instead of a noisy dry one. Bonus that it was beautiful too.

I didn't know of all the differences between SP1 & SP2's but I knew I wanted only an SP2 as it was bound to be better. As Honda would make no more V-Twin sportsbikes, my choice had been made easy. One afternoon when calling into a friend's office as he was looking at bikes online, I casually asked him to check for a VTR SP2.
Within seconds he said, "How about this one?"
As I looked at his PC screen I knew I was looking at my future SP2.
It looked fantastic & I wasted no time making arrangements to see it.
Owner wouldn't let me ride it but I could clearly see he'd loved it from new and lavished it with lots of attention & fine parts. He was only selling as he'd become a father and his wife had persuaded him to sell. His price was expensive, but I didn't haggle as I knew I wouldn't find a better one & left him a deposit. Following weekend I collected it.

Riding it home for the first time, immediately it felt special. The beautiful styling, the whine of gear driven cams, the sound from the V-Twin, the evidently better handling. It all felt right.

Surprisingly despite my dislike for it - the 954 looked like brand new once I'd spent a day cleaning all the grime off & polishing it - and so the first guy to view bought it (& went on to become a riding buddy).
With the Blade sold for close to what I'd paid for it 2 years prior - the RC51 had cost me a little bit of pocket change in difference.

In the last 7 years it's cost a lot more besides with the upgrade parts it's received but it's always been a bike I've enjoyed and I know I'll never part with it.

As for hankering after others, it's like when you find the perfect woman to share the rest of your life with. You look - but you're comforted in the firm knowledge that no matter how attractive others may be, you're just not tempted.
 

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This!! pretty much sums it up.. ive ridden a handful of bikes, and nothing gave me the same experience as the rc51.. speed is fun, esp with the newer bikes, but i love how the rc51 handles the power.. plus the sound gets me everytime!
That nails it! Well said Duck.
 

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Like mentioned, it's a viscereal experience.

The power, although not the highest, mixed with the sound are very attractive. I'm a fan of muscle cars, this is a muscle bike.

The look- bold yet refined, it has a presence and a uniqueness-side mounted rads, air intake, dual exhaust. It looks like a serious bike...not a cut down, high tailed, GP replica of today's bikes.

True heritage-nuff said.

My favorite? People for the most part hear RC51 and think legend, beast, I quote one person "squirrely, that thang is too much fo me". Not exactly what I call a qualified opinion but it made me feel good;)

I'm 32 and this bike came out as I was being a billy badass in college on my R6....it was a life altering development to say the least. So far there have been maybe two or three bikes with enough "difference" and appeal to make me want them. RSV1000R, 1098, an a Triump 675R...maybe the Beemer too.

It's different, makes a statement (like drinking a good scotch next to the hipster and his crancucumber martini), and is a blast to ride, sideways:)
 

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I like it on the street because its big and fat so I don't look as ridicules on it as I did on my 748.

I like it on the track because I don't have to shift gears as much. I see the I4's down shifting and up shifting in corners and I just leave it in one gear and crank it through.

Although we were sitting under the tent between sessions looking at all the bikes and the guy I go to the track pointed out I was the only one on a RC51 all summer. It kinda made me think mabey I was the last person to be let in on something
 

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I think it's something you get or you don't...kinda like those optical illusion pictures where you keep staring until something shows up. I for one have never been able to see the "reveal" but I definitely get my RC.:D
 

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I'd believed the Hype and bought a virtually new 954 Fireblade, but I could tell I didn't like it much by the way I'd just leave it covered in road grime week after month and only wash it occasionally when it looked horrible. It sounded like a sowing maching as it cruised... and I considered it a tool rather than a toy. I never bought any parts for it - all these are signs of how much I like (or don't) a machine.

Early one morning on my way to work using the 954 I came across a modified SP1 on an empty 2 lane road. We played at drag racing to somewhere north of 100 mph till the next set of lights and kept doing it till I needed to turn off & gave each other a thumbs up...That was like sunshine to a seed but well before then I'd always stopped at Honda dealers to look at RC51's anyway...
The majority were SP1's or more expensive SP2's in completely standard guise, most with tell-tales of having been on their sides sometime prior. None were really tempting.

For years I'd read about why Ducati V-twins gave better grip due to longer duration between power pulses reaching the rear wheel. I'd had a VFR750 since nearly new and so already liked gear driven cams. RC30's & 45's had always been machines I'd admired and the RC51 was the newer sibling for WSB Homologation. Being a V-Twin that wasn't driven by un-necessarily complicated Desmodronic valve systems and not having the unreliability woes of a Ducati, but the solidity of Honda build quality was another plus.
And it had a wet clutch instead of a noisy dry one. Bonus that it was beautiful too.

I didn't know of all the differences between SP1 & SP2's but I knew I wanted only an SP2 as it was bound to be better. As Honda would make no more V-Twin sportsbikes, my choice had been made easy. One afternoon when calling into a friend's office as he was looking at bikes online, I casually asked him to check for a VTR SP2.
Within seconds he said, "How about this one?"
As I looked at his PC screen I knew I was looking at my future SP2.
It looked fantastic & I wasted no time making arrangements to see it.
Owner wouldn't let me ride it but I could clearly see he'd loved it from new and lavished it with lots of attention & fine parts. He was only selling as he'd become a father and his wife had persuaded him to sell. His price was expensive, but I didn't haggle as I knew I wouldn't find a better one & left him a deposit. Following weekend I collected it.

Riding it home for the first time, immediately it felt special. The beautiful styling, the whine of gear driven cams, the sound from the V-Twin, the evidently better handling. It all felt right.

Surprisingly despite my dislike for it - the 954 looked like brand new once I'd spent a day cleaning all the grime off & polishing it - and so the first guy to view bought it (& went on to become a riding buddy).
With the Blade sold for close to what I'd paid for it 2 years prior - the RC51 had cost me a little bit of pocket change in difference.

In the last 7 years it's cost a lot more besides with the upgrade parts it's received but it's always been a bike I've enjoyed and I know I'll never part with it.

As for hankering after others, it's like when you find the perfect woman to share the rest of your life with. You look - but you're comforted in the firm knowledge that no matter how attractive others may be, you're just not tempted.
HOOOOOOOOOOLY CRAP !!! Long one here folks !! LOL :p:D Our good friend Dr.Rahi is gonna think the competition has just laid a smackdown hit !!! LOL !!!
Good write up Stigmiester.... enjoyed it. Ahhhhh......married life :rolleyes::D
That nails it! Well said Duck.
Thanks Wikki !! ;)
I think it's something you get or you don't...kinda like those optical illusion pictures where you keep staring until something shows up. I for one have never been able to see the "reveal" but I definitely get my RC.:D
I totally agree with you..... "You get it or you don't" You either hate it.... or you hate to leave it..... :cool::D
 

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As a new RC51 owner, I have a couple of insights.

Squid acquaintances always ask me why I didnt get a GSXR1k or other brand new literbike.

I always reply, "If you ever ride an RC, you will understand"

I've ridden a dozen bikes in recent years, the most recent expereince being a test ride on a brand new Panigale.

The only thing I can say, none of them have the combination of truly unique attributes of the RC. The gear driven cams, the rumble from the pipes, the frieght train stability in turns or the bottom end grunt. The Panigale came close but gave off a wierd feeling of fragility and instability. And it definitely didn't like being cruised.

Sure a newer bike will show me it's heels but who cares?

Then there's the acknowledgement from people in the know.

When you tell people you ride an RC, there's a respect for the bike and what it respresents that I haven't seen with too many other machines.

Even if I get a newer bike (the crossplane R1s are pretty appealing) I will never, ever sell this bike.
 

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when i first got into bikes, my bike was a vfr400nc30, i remember hearing about the rc30, i studied it and looked at its history and know that a good one was worth over £10,000. then i heard about the rc45, studied that too. but then, months later, my mate (a very capable rider) said he was followed/chased and then passed by an rc51. i thought "wow, wow, wait a min, whats that?" he looked sheepish and sounded envyous in his reply, "a 1000 sports vtwin, the last rc in the family that honda made. it followed me round my fav twisties, then on the run out of a corner, going onto a straight, it powered past me and i tried but couldnt stay with it after that."

So then i studied the rc51, learned about the edwards/rossi suzuka race, the edwards vs bayliss races and the fact that this bike was built to beat the shit out of ducati's. also that joey dunlop was whooping the new yamaha r1's around the IOM TT circuit.

it took 5 years of wishing for one, and about a year for finally being able to save for one, and now i own one. fucking love it man, the gear driven cams remind me of my old 400 nc30, the noise of the exhausts on the overun sound mega grunty, the squat muscular but agressive looks, the fact that (all the uk ones) are starting to go up in price now and will keep climbing, fireblade riders always give my rc a second glance when they see me (even the ones with the newer 2012 blades).

just love it man, and im keepin mine forever!

written from my laptop half way though a bottle of red!
 

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because.....I'm 43

Always bought what I liked, looks were always first, comfort second performance third. I was talking with a friend about getting a vtwin sports bike, but didn't like the looks of Ducati's and while I liked Aprilla, they run on the small side. I had heard about the Super Hawk and ask him as he is a Honda guru. Turned me on to the RC51, took a year to find one but I love it. Fast enough, well balanced and I like the weight vs. my previous Honda a feather weight CBR1000RR. And for what ever reason my 6' 4" frame is very comfortable on this bike. Going on 4 years and I still smile every time I see it.
 
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