the rc8 was a really nice bike aside from the issues. i had it with the full club kit on it and it made really nice power right from the bottom. smooth as silk but insane throttle response. it was really lively to say the least. also pretty light, mine was just a hair over 400 lbs full of fuel and ready to ride in street trim.
the 51 is just a really special bike, honestly i hate the ducatis. Sev has a 1098s that i just did some work on for him (belts, and general care pretty much) and it's bloody awful. just a miserable bike to ride. they buck and surge and are WAY too hot all the time, unless they are having their necks rung out at the track i find them to be generally irritating to ride, and the sounds they produce are terrible.
i'm not after the fastest bike really, and being back on the 51 now i'm just smiling ear to ear every time i ride it. i'm very happy with my decision.
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