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While I currently have no intentions of getting rid of my RC51, I have been thinking about what bike would/could replace it. Its hard to find something as unique, great looking, reliable, affordable, and another bike that sounds just as awesome. A few bikes that keep coming to mind are the Ducati 1198, Honda CBR1000RR, or the 09+ Yamaha R1. I really like the 1198 and it seems like a good replacement but the maintenance stories/issues that I hear and have read about worry me.

So the question is, what bike would you get to replace your RC51?
 

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As I've owned, rode and serviced a lot of different bikes and brands I personally would stick to Japanese.

That being said I'm a Honda guy through and through so first choice would be '08 + CBR1000rr and the only other one would be '09 + R1 as that cross plane motor is a hoot and makes some great sounds on the gas...

Maybe a GSXR1000 but sorry I'll be damn before I ever owned a Kawasaki.
 

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I sold my 96 CBR900RR about 2 months before my 00 RC came in. Always missed the inline four sound. Last year I picked up a used 96 and spent the spring doing a complete restomod build on it. Didn't replace the RC but added a nice compliment to it.
 

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As I've owned, rode and serviced a lot of different bikes and brands I personally would stick to Japanese.

That being said I'm a Honda guy through and through so first choice would be '08 + CBR1000rr and the only other one would be '09 + R1 as that cross plane motor is a hoot and makes some great sounds on the gas...

Maybe a GSXR1000 but sorry I'll be damn before I ever owned a Kawasaki.
I agree. It would be cool to own a Ducati or Aprilia I will most likely stick to Japanese bikes as well. I feel that they are more reliable and you can get a lot more for your $. Its not that hard to find 2011 and 2012 leftovers for around $10k (which is very tempting).

I would like to take both the R1 and CBR1000RR for a test ride to see how the two compare.
 

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Not a replacement but - going to the bike show this weekend in Long Beach, and I need something to give my old aching back a break, so going to look at the retro CB1100 coming out for 2013. Just read the review and it would be a welcome addition.
 

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As I've owned, rode and serviced a lot of different bikes and brands I personally would stick to Japanese.

That being said I'm a Honda guy through and through so first choice would be '08 + CBR1000rr and the only other one would be '09 + R1 as that cross plane motor is a hoot and makes some great sounds on the gas...

Maybe a GSXR1000 but sorry I'll be damn before I ever owned a Kawasaki.
I agree with nobody..... If I was not on my RC I would be on a cross plane R1:D as I almost bought one 2years ago. It is my next bike:).
I had a kwak....never going back to that:rolleyes:.
 

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I wouldn't replace mine, but there are cheaper old bikes that can give better versatility for short trips or commutes. I have a VFR750 for getting about longer distance when the roads aren't too exciting and a couple of 2 stroke bikes for local trips.
Had a Fireblade before, I don't miss the cookie cutter 4 cyl.
 

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Duc 916/996/998 or an Ape Mille. Easy choices to make. Would also love to put another Triumph back in my stable. I dearly miss my Speed Triple. 675 Daytona would also be a great addition. Augusta Senna wouldn't go amiss. Clearly an RC45 would be an ideal choice. As well as an RC30. But then another NC35 would be great for thrashing around the streets. And then icing on the cake would be a OWO2 R7. I digress.
 

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Nothing really comes to mind if I had to replace my RC51. If that ever happened it would have to mean there was some serious s**t went wrong with my life to get me in that fix:eek: RC8 seems an interesting idea, but that's just kind of dreaming, same as an RSV4. Like Nobody, cut me and I bleed red pretty much through and through so it would have to be something with a wing logo on the tank really. But when the 'new' RC appears on the scene...:cool:;)
 

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You can't just replace the 51! I have tried twice and am back on my third one. I also have a Ducati 1098. But if I had to chose the Duc would go!!!
 

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It would be an RC8 for me. By far the most aesthetically pleasing bike ever.

I have an RSV4 now :). It sounds better than a cross plane R1 and will stomp its ass all day long


I also have an 08 r6 and a 07 Nightster as well as my 51 of course. I don't really need another bike but I love the RC8
 

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Hmmm, if (and that's a big IF) I had to replace the RC51 I'd probably look at the new BMW HP4.
 
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