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Well, I did it...I sold my bike today and now im faced with the dillemma of "which bike to buy". In fear of being one of millions and or just another "" I want something different...Gunther9R and myself went to look at the RC51s and i must say....I like them a lot. Although i am typically not a Vtwin guy, I am seriously considering buying the 02 RC51 . Gunther bought one and when we went to see them (not avail yet) In the brochure they are quite impressive! We looked at a 2000 model a frfiend has and i liked it much....Maybe this year i "Ride Red" I'll keep you guys updated on my treasonous decision!

P.S. as a tribute to the old tanker...would you all bow your heads for a moment of silence? Hehe

Sucked to see it go..We shared many miles of great riding and fun.
 

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If you want to be a little different from the unwashed masses, that's not a bad way to go. Look at the Mille too.

 

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BOOOOOO, you sold your old bike, should have donated it to me...could have been a nice tax writeoff:) oh well, great bike, i hope you ended up getting near 5k for it instead of the 45 you were offering your esportbike brethren:)
--oh and buy the honda, i think you'll be suprised by how a real piece of machinery works---jk. the rc51 is nice and relatively rare ont he streets, i've encountered only one in my 6000 miles, and it was sweet and definitely sounded great. i'd say try the vtwin for a change, most people love them once they get used to it

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Did you take an RC51 for a spin yet, 9?
They definitely look awesome... I can tell you that much.

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You gonna change your name??? If I had the cash, I would deffinately be looking at the RC, but the o2 ZX9R has stolen my heart. Look like a completely new bike. A shame your gonna leave team green.

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Well ..Thanks for not bashing me guys! And as for what im gonna get...Still not 100% sure but the RC51 is looking good!
 

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Its no RC51 but I had a 97 TL1000S. The twin sound was great.Total midrange with a great top end rush.Mine had Yosh RS3 carbon pipes,K&N filter and remap. 118Hp 72 #.It was uncomfortable,leaked fluids,and flexed in tight turns.I really think about getting one agian. I cant wheelie to good but on that bike anyone can. If you've never rode a twin try one .Not just up and down the block,try a weekend ride thru the twisties. It's all midrange.There is a reason all the superbikes are twins. Just wish I could afford that Mille. Really,try one.

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9runicycler: What year was your 9r? What did you sell it for? If you don't mind sharing. I have a 2000 and I'm wondering what it's worth.
 

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Well, sorry you are leaving the Kawi camp, but I have to say,the RC51 ain't all that and a bag of chips. My friend Paul has a 2001 and I rode it, don't get me wrong, I love what it looks like, but it just ain't like the inline 4's. Paul even feels his 00 929 was a better bike.The other guys we ride with all say the same. The RC is a "status" thing I think (like a duc), thats why they sell well. The R1 and new RR are the ones that (GSXR1000 too)perform beyond belief. Maybe I will just stop here, before I start something. I do not want to put that bike down at all, don't get me wrong. But I felt it was lacking something for what it is was worth dollar for dollar. Yeah, it does look cool and wheelies great, but it hits that red line too fast.
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me, I had a '98 Ducati 900SS. nice torquey twin, made about 75hp at the rear wheel. I LOVED it. I wish I still had it. I'd buy a twin again without a thought. Actually, since I plan to ride the 12 till it falls apart, I will have it a long time, and my inline 4 needs are met. So the likelihood that my next bike will almost certainly be a single or a twin.

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Yes Dr. it's a SP2, here in the States it's called the RC-51. As for you 9runicycler, yeah the twins have midrange out the yang compared to it's competition I4 750's... but today's liter bikes (expecially the GSX-R1000) have pretty killer midrange too, along with that killer top end. If 1000cc I4's were aloud to compete with the 1000 V-Twins, well let's just say it wouldn't be pretty. It's an exotic ride, uncomforable to a fault, and still pretty rare. If's that's what you're looking for, then go for it. But if you're wanting to upgrade you're power\weight ratio... it's not in a V-Twin, sorry.

Have you seen the 2002 9R in person yet??? It's crazy how big a difference the tail end made the bike look completely different. The 2002 R1 also looks killer in person. But everyone and their brother will have one of them here pretty soon. Oh well, I guess you'll figure it out.


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The RC51 is an ok bike, I would have to say stock, a TL1000R has more flash and grunt,but what do you want to do? Track days?fast street ride? or ocassionaly whuppin.
You may have noticed the disparity of RC51 private bikes at Daytona 200 (GSXR750)as far as litre bike choice on the street is every bit as quick, maybe not as a drag race but everywhere else and you don't need a stretcher after 3 hours or to buy a steering damper(R1)
 

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The RC-51 made a big impression on me when I saw/heard one bombing around downtown ann arbor. It had after market exhaust (erion, I think, but could be two bros) and the thunder booming off the walls was just excruciatingly gorgeous!

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In terms of the twin versus 4 argument, if you want to experience a twin you have to buy a, well, twin so the SP2, RCV-R or the 998 are your hot potatoes.

If you want the best bike you can, it will be worth watching the results of the British Superbike championship (see www.motorcyclenews.com in the next few weeks). The rules this year allow full superbike 750 fours, full superbike 1000 twins, and less modified road-bike-based 1000 fours. As a result last years champion has opted not to ride a SB spec 998 again, but is riding a developed, off the shelf Gixer thou and so far in practice is setting the pace for others to beat.
 

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Hey Winko's idea is perfect, just think, you could be the very first person in your town with an R1! You'll have all the power and torque of a twin, with twice the rpm's, and two extra cyclinders to boot!!!

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The RC-51 is a stellar looking bike IMO and I also prefer the sound of the twins over the I4's but the high rpm rush on the I4's is intoxicating. You just want to rip the throttle all the time and feel it pull like bullet. I've only ridden one twin a TLS and the midrange was great but its true the new liter I4's have a ton of torque on tap and they don't seem to run out of rev's like the twins. This is all my opinions and still buy what maked your ticker skip a beat.

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