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That wasn't a misprint. F***ing OLD/NEW GUY here. The RC51 is my latest bike. But I've owned 14 bikes to date. But this one ranks up there with my 96 CBR900RR...another bike I saw and waited for. When the RC51 came out in 2000, I wanted it...especially considering the price was minimal compared to what Honda had been asking for the RC45. But financial situations and a divorce put that dream on a back burner. :(

I had bought a 2007 CBR1000RR, but it didn't have the appeal to me that that CBR900RR did, or the lust I had for the RC51. I used to peruse eBay and look at the RC's for sale...drooling like a puppy. Damn I like the way that bike looks.

Flash forward to 2009. Sitting in my office in Iraq, late in the evening, once again cruising the pages of eBay, and I happened across a 2003 SP2...4300 miles...Yosh pipes...no other mods...garage kept...$6000...but negotiable. The gent had his phone number on the ad, so I gave him a call and offered him $5500. He agreed, and I was the proud owner of an RC. It took a week of making arrangements, e-mails, phone calls, and one of my neighbors driving 400 miles to pick the bike up for me to get it into my garage (he said I should have paid way more for it than I did), but there it now sits, quietly on dual stands, under a Geza cover with a battery tender hooked up, waiting for my butt to get back to NC. :)

Now I spend the evening cruising the net, comparing prices on everything from helmets to sprockets to tires...see, how the lust for this bike can be consuming? Can't wait to get back and crack the throttle and take her for that first ride. :D

This forum is a great thing you guys have going. I'm looking forward to drawing off of the knowledge base you all represent, as well as being a contributor in the future.:cool:

To the RC51....lustful beauty that she is....and all the rides I have yet to enjoy with her.
 

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was a touching story! So I had go ride mine today. :) Took some pics also just havent uploaded yet.
Was in a good way though.
 

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Good buy on the '03.
I'm glad I got mine when I did, because it seems the RC51 is getting more in demand.
Be sure and pour a dose of Stabil in you fuel tank.
Otherwise you're battery will be hot and your fuel will be sludge.
 

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I'll be back before it has the chance to turn bad. Wife just had it filled with premium last week. I have afriend coming over to get it registered and inspected. All in all, it'll be sitting for about a month and a half.

The biggest risk I take daily is crossing the parking lot to get to the mess hall. Never seen people so determined to get a parking space except at a mall during Christmas.

Seriously, though. Things are really bad over here. We only have 6 of Baskin Robbin's 31 flavors here. And the weekly Steak and shrimp dinner gets old fast, so I have to hit up the Ceasar Salad Bar or Stir Fry bar for some variety. Life is rough....;)
 

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I'll be back before it has the chance to turn bad. Wife just had it filled with premium last week. I have afriend coming over to get it registered and inspected. All in all, it'll be sitting for about a month and a half.

The biggest risk I take daily is crossing the parking lot to get to the mess hall. Never seen people so determined to get a parking space except at a mall during Christmas.

Seriously, though. Things are really bad over here. We only have 6 of Baskin Robbin's 31 flavors here. And the weekly Steak and shrimp dinner gets old fast, so I have to hit up the Ceasar Salad Bar or Stir Fry bar for some variety. Life is rough....;)
I hope your steak and seafood isn't as freezer burnt as the stuff I had in the Navy many years ago.
The seafood was like rubber and the steak had that rainbow sheen to it.
And don't get me started on the eggs.
I know Dr. Seuss must have been in the Navy when he wrote "Green eggs and Ham". :rolleyes:
 

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Steak, lobster, crab, shrimp...you can only eat that so much before it really bores you, especially when they serve it every week. Life is so damn hard in the military these days...:rolleyes:

I'll go eat a hamburger just to spice things up every now and then...but I digress.

Back to shopping for the RC....:D
 

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You haven't lived until you've had a pizza made with reconstituted onions and green peppers. You can break a tooth on those things.

The best part of chow in the Navy was the baked goods.
We had a killer pastry cook on my boat. He also made some damn fine applejack as well.
 
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