Even in the States the RC51 was an expensive bike. That's why they didn't sell as many overall.The reason I asked is that I felt it was a fairly 'young' forum(no reflection of my age, ahem...), and these things take time to get rolling. As more and more people hear the word, we'll see people coming out of the woodwork from many different places, and threads about who-knows-what being posted up quickly, mark my words!
I think it's a good reflection of Honda's flagship Ducati-killer(OK, so I may be biased) for it to have got the following over a period of time, then a forum such as this to spring up years later.
I don't know how the US was for SP's/RC's, but Australia didn't get too many; they're considered a rarer Honda, and are rapidly being touted by many as 'collectable'. I might ask my contact at Honda Oz on some figures, for interests' sake...
Maybe that's the sound...we were all standing by the bike, and on the pit wal when we weren't out on the same session as it, trying to work out what it sounded most like. It was weird. Not bad, just...weird. You're expecting an R1 to scream, but not the '09. The thing obviously works; look at Spie's bike, straight up on it's first season, and the thing HAULS. However, I too lament the demise of the RC/SP. Yes, imagine an '09 RC51...it would have to be flat out awesome, yes?New R1 sounds more like a V-4 to me.
They're trying to accomplish the same end, to allow the tire to recover between power pulses.
The V-twins, V-4s do this naturally, and new R1s do this by crank configuration.
All apply power better than regular I-4s, which tend to overwork the tire.
I say a show where they explained this principle. Very informative.