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Just had a baby
Got a beautiful used SP1 - It was a toss up between a 1098 and a SP1 - after considering the price which can be about the same I think the SP1 looks good for its age, so for looks there was not a lot in it,
1098 has complex cams belts and is expensive on parts, SP1 was simple engine to work on and cost of parts is a lot lower, I also think an SP1 sounds better as well and has reverence, these are my reasons for buying the SP1 over the 1098 or any other bike on the planet.
 

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Welcome and congratulations on your new baby, and bike !! If you are on Facebook, join the RC51/SP groups. They are much more active then the forum has been.
 

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Well, speaking from an owner who has both, I appreciate them for different reasons. My 1098S is full-on track machine (lots of 1098RS parts imported from Europe). Spent $30K to make the suspension and most parts WSBK. It's the best handling bike I've ever ridden (old racer) but trust me it has its idiosyncrasies, but it's just fabulous on the track. The wrist breaking handlebar position, the heat from the under tail exhaust, the clunky gearbox all just disappear when ringing it out on the track. I just picked up a 2002 RC51 with 25,500 on the clock. Really good shape mechanically, but needs some minor TLC in the cosmetic dept. Picked up it Saturday and have wanted one since I first saw it at the LA Bike show back in 2000. Rode one once from the Pacific Ocean to Alice's restaurant back in 2001 or 2002 and that ride stuck with me all these years. Not as fast or sharp as the 1098, but still had a big grin on my face on the way home. Similar sound to the 1098S, but uniquely different. It's a great street bike V-twin option to the 1098S as it's a lot more comfortable. This may sound bad, but the fact that it's a Honda and dead solid dependable is actually felt in the way it rides, shifts, sounds, etc. I've been looking and parts are getting hard to find, but still very reasonable. Ducati parts are ridiculous, but they are Italian and there's just something about them. (I sourced a factory RS race swingarm for the 1098 and stole it at $3800?) As compared to $4200 for the whole RC with spares! So two similar bikes, but I'm enjoying the sewing machine perfection that is the RC and it's cam driven drive train, and know that it will be in my stable for many years to come.
 

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Country price comparison
Anyway in the Czech rep a 2000 model RC51 sells for about 3,000 GBP what do they sell for in your country. Everyone in the Czech Rep will be non standard as well and very poorly maintained and if maintained they would use budget crap parts.
 
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