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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-02-2006, 04:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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rc 51 dilema

I'm considering getting a second bike and I've been looking at V-twins. I like the RVT1000 (RC 51) , always have, but not sure how they handle. It seems every time someone says anything about the bike, they always say that it's really lardy, heavy. But does the weight disappear when ridden? My 600RR is considered heavy for a 600 (and it is compared to say an R6) but the weight seems to not matter around turns. If that's the case with the RC, then my mind is made up. Feed backs please.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-02-2006, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Is there anyone who can tell me more about this bike? Certainly someone out there has ridden one...
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post #3 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-02-2006, 07:19 AM
 
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whoever told you that the RC51 cant handle good must be smoking something. That is the exact bike that Honda won a couple of AMA championships with. Handling is the RC51s strong point, along with a killer vtwin. You definitely cant go wrong with one of those. Just watch out for the torque on it, it will sneak up on you when you least expect it.
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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-02-2006, 08:15 AM
 
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is the RC51 better than the TL1000?
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is the RC51 better than the TL1000?

It's all personal judgement. The RC51 is strictly a race bike made to ride on the streets. The TL is more of a streetbike. The TL is gonna be heavier and more comfortable, where the RC is more of a track oriented bike. I personalyy like the look of the TL but like the sound and handling of the RC more.
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-02-2006, 11:39 AM
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have you sat on/ridden an RC51 yet?

my hubby, jlb had one after the 600RR and loved it (i now have the 600RR), I rode the RC51 once and hated it!!! it was a friggin tank to me!!!
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RC51's handle like a dream. That's what I've heard from a couple guys that have 'em. Personally, I think it is better than a TLR. I'll stick with my R6 though.
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RC, TL or SV1000 is my next bike...preferably the first two over the later.

Which ever I can find first and cheapest.



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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 08-02-2006, 12:52 PM
 
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I owned a 2004 RC51, 2000 TLR, four TLS' and currently a VStrom.
I raced the TL's and was very happy. I am six foot two and 200+ pounds. The Suzukis did everything I wanted them to do and more, with the expection of long range comfort. Hence the VStrom purchase
The RC51 amazed me. As soon as I ditched the stock tires things were greatly improved. The bike took a tad bit more than normal 600cc supersport force to dip into a full lean but once at full lean, OMG... the bike was rock solid and at home. I was completely comfortable at any angle. Which will lead you to get too comfortable and take an off track excursion if you are not paying attention.
The handling for every bike depends on your suspension set up, your choice of tires (sizes and pressure) and your ability to throttle/brake at the correct time during cornering. Judging them in stock configuration without adjustment does not let you get the full impression/feel.
But that is my 2cents
Race spec V-Twins always sound good!
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is the RC51 better than the TL1000?
Yes!

The RC51 is my favorite jap v-twin! PERIOD!




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I'm considering getting a second bike and I've been looking at V-twins. I like the RVT1000 (RC 51) , always have, but not sure how they handle. It seems every time someone says anything about the bike, they always say that it's really lardy, heavy. But does the weight disappear when ridden? My 600RR is considered heavy for a 600 (and it is compared to say an R6) but the weight seems to not matter around turns. If that's the case with the RC, then my mind is made up. Feed backs please.
I personally love my RC. Its the first twin I have ridden and I am in love. The first time I took it out I felt like a newb getting used to it, but by ride 2 it was awesome. I am 5'9 and 118 lbs. and handled her with no problem. Heavy, yes - but the weight does dissappear once riding. Turning on this thing is sweet, havent yet had it over far enough to feel the weight. My gsxr feels like nothing compared to the RC weight, would never get rid of the gsxr but wow, I am quite taken with the RC and would recommend it in a heartbeat to an experienced rider looking at getting a twin.
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The 600RR and RC51 are considered heavy? My CBR is 600 pounds, and with me on there it's 800 pounds. And we do fine on twisty roads, so don't get hung up on weight. For myself, I like having extra weight on the front wheel when I'm coming down a curvey mountain road.
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I'm a Suzuki man but would chose the RC over the TL's any day. Its one of the best sport twins ever built.

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It's all personal judgement. The RC51 is strictly a race bike made to ride on the streets. The TL is more of a streetbike. The TL is gonna be heavier and more comfortable, where the RC is more of a track oriented bike. I personalyy like the look of the TL but like the sound and handling of the RC more.
Aren't you going after a TL once you get this SV beast you're working on done??

How's the bicycle speedo working out???
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Aren't you going after a TL once you get this SV beast you're working on done??

How's the bicycle speedo working out???
Always calling him out...
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have you sat on/ridden an RC51 yet?

my hubby, jlb had one after the 600RR and loved it (i now have the 600RR), I rode the RC51 once and hated it!!! it was a friggin tank to me!!!
Yea I've sat on an RC51 but never ridden it. I've ridden a Suzuki SV650 and a Duc ST2, and that's pretty much my experience with twins. My friend with a 748R wouldn't let me ride his though... too bad. I love twins. I love all bikes, especially mine, but there's something strangely appealing about twins. I think that's why the RC51 keeps selling even though it hasn't seen any major upgrades since, well, since it first came out. Honda should at least put radial brakes on 'em.. but then again why fix what ain't broke?
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Aren't you going after a TL once you get this SV beast you're working on done??

How's the bicycle speedo working out???

Yup, Ive always wanted a TL but I think I may skip it ang go ahead and get that Tuono Ive been looking at. And the speedo is working like a charm thank you very much.
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Always calling him out...

Well, when youre married with children, he has to have some type of excitement in your life. God knows he isnt at home.
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I've gotta get a twin...



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I've gotta get a twin...
I love twins!

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