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Since riding one of these bikes and really really dug it I am contemplating trading one of my bikes for an RC51. The bike unfortunately has 55K miles! I am thinking this is way way too much. I rode the bike and it felt great but I am concerned about what the cost of owning such a high mileage bike of this type would be. If it was a Kawasaki or Suzuki inline 4 I would not even consider this. But after riding now I feel I that this type of bike is for me but possibly not this.

Any opinions or suggestions for me? Anything I should be looking out for when buying one of these?

Thanks for your inputs guys!

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55K is barely broke in for the RC51. If you can get history of oil changes (you will be able to tell by the color of the site glass, they get cloud and dingy the oil stays in too long from acid etching)

Pull the fairing and take a look see.

1) Engine oil color, smell, condition.

2) Wiring- Is it butchered or spliced? This is one of the most difficult parts of owning any machine once the electrical gremlins start. (Ask Subsailor...he has a killer story, but it made him a better electrician :D)

3) Steering head bearings....too much play? If you see little metalic pieces with a flash light or on your finger near the steering head, you may want to stay away.

4) Coolant system- like my bike I just bought back in October (This is my 2nd RC) the previous owner thought the coolant had a life time warranty on it.

NO. Again, smell, texture, any chunks of "floaties" in it or stains in the engine bay.

5) Clutch- Does it slip? Lever engage/disengage smooth?? Fluid color/consistency??? (If its peanut butter, stay away)

6) Brake system- same as clutch system for the fluid. Rotor wear (55,000 is past where I would change out for new...) and misalignments etc...

Every bike at some point in its life will get dropped. Its just the degree of the dropping force.:D Don't let a driveway drop deter you from buying. I bought mine even though the previous owner lied to me and stated it hadn't been dropped. (Scratch on the pipe, mirror, turn signals marred up...no denying what happened there.)


These are a good start to your inspection....happy hunting.
 

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what kind of bike do you have now?
maybe try selling your bike off and find something in the winter months when people need cash fast and you could score a nicer one.
 

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Hey Mad thanks for the advice and comment about the mileage. Still seems like an awful lot a white stripes. I looks for a 2002 but real good considering all those miles. Its not what I would call clean but the guy who rides it rides it and he just brings it in for service. I will see if he can get me any history from the shop other than the brakes and fork seals he just did.

Hey RVT I am trying to sell here on EBAY 220818832525 also see http://photobucket.com/ACETourer

No this is not an add I don't expect anyone here to be interested but its a fantastic bike BUT I wand no NEED an RC51!

Hey Gbarry if I see my bike I will have some money to buy one that I will not have to trade for. I just might talk to you about it later this week. Where are you and do you have an SP2? PM me with details.

Thanks guys any more info from anyone?? appreciate all the help I can get.
 

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No offense intended to other brands or their afficionados, but Hondas hold up better in similar given circumstances (CBR, VTR, VFR, RC whatever) but neglect will shorten the lifespan of any bike. What madbuyer mentioned are very key items to focus on, especially the sight glasses and reserviors, unkept bikes show up there for sure. One thing I've learned over the years is with any chain driven bike is to have someone slowly roll it forward while I look at the rear sprocket and chain. Watch for hitches and snags in the chain. At best you'll catch a bad link or the chain in poor nick, at worst is indications of misallignment (points at a bad get-off and/or possible swing-arm frame damage). New panels/parts and talent with a jig and welder can cover these up pretty well to the naked unwary eye. Not trying to scare you but this can be quite common place with the bikes we're dealing with here. Lots of low skilled wannabes and their associated mishaps occur to supersports and rr type scoots.
 

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Thanks Budoka more good information. If I dont sell my bike I might be looking into this swap and will take the bike to a shop and have all these items checked out.

Any more inputs for me guys?
 

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Close this thread down boys I am the new owner of a 04 NH RC!
 

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Here it is guys, exactly what I wanted! Now I will have to think about what bike to ride on those nice days......I will have to exercise the FZR and keep the battery on a charger more since it will be ridden less.


 

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Jondog curious to know why you are wanting the stock mufflers. I plan on keeping them with the original seat and taillight assembly to keep the bike fully intact.
 

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Jondog curious to know why you are wanting the stock mufflers. I plan on keeping them with the original seat and taillight assembly to keep the bike fully intact.
For the same reason. My SP1 now has a SP2 exhaust, and I don't have a set of OEM. I want to buy before they're harder to get just in case CA tightens up restrictions.
And some tracks require it. Leguna Seca is one. They have a 94? or 92? decibel restriction = no aftermarket mufflers. That is, if I ever take me and my RC to a track.
 

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I have a set too jondog9, but as everywhere, the Leo's and the goody goodies are clamping down on aftermarket pipes. I don't hooligan around town so I have little to fear here, but if in Edmonton where the 92 Db law is rampant my Yosh's might not pass muster (they likely would if I put the inserts back in but...). If I put the inserts in and I like what they sound like I might part with my stock pipes, but Ca is a fair jag from Ab so shipping might not be too cool for us, but all the same now you know where a set lives. I got sandwiched i between two Sherrif cars last evening and you know how much our scoots love idling around at low rpm (and I couldn't stay in low for fear of attracting a non sympathetic ear of the smokie behind me) and so I just put up with the stumbling and bucking, modulating the clutch as best I could. Ever notice how hard it is to look smooth and nonchallant when the bears are on your tail? After they turned off to the cop shop I couldn't wait to get out of town and let her wail some.
Very nice bike nochain, you're going to love that Corbin seat, big improvement for me anyway, and btw your ship is shipped as of this am:D
 

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Thanks Budoka! I really appreciate your gesture!

You da man!
 
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