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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-2014, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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Can anyonne help

Hi All,
I am currently looking at buying my first RC51. I am swaying towards paying a little extra for the SP2 due to the reported better injection system. I have been looking online at various SP2's for sale which isn't many here in Australia and I have noticed 2 different frame colours on what I believe are the same model. Can anyone shed some light on this for me were they different models or different build months? Just trying to get all the info I can on these magnificent machines before I buy.
Any clarification would be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-2014, 08:57 AM
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I take your are referring to 2004-2005 MY bikes right? These came with both polished and black frames.
If I remember correctly earlier bikes, built in 2003-2004, had the polished frame, same as the 2002-2003 MY. Somewhere during 2004 Honda switched to a black painted frame, chiefly to save money (painting a frame is cheaper than polishing it).

Given bikes are built months in advance and Honda didn't officially introduce a 2005 MY for the SP2 (it was listed as the same as the 2004, at least here), we got an admixture of frame colors on the same MY.

Of course there's always the possibility the owner had the frame painted to cover dents and scratches, but that's easy to check: just get the frame number, go to a Honda dealer and they will tell you the original frame color.

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I know the 2003 here in the USofA came with black frames and the 2004 Nicky Hayden Signture model, SP2 Silver Frame, Silver SwingArm. Which the silver is brushed aluminium, Not silver paint. Also, I am pretty Sure it is the 1st of either SP1 or SP2 with Silver frame & SwingArm>>?

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-2014, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies guys. I have looked at a few 2005 models all with the same colour scheme but a mix of black and polished frames, going on what you said DesperateSP2 I assume the polished frame versions were an earlier production which doesn't bother me I do prefer the polished look.
Would love a Nicky Hayden special but unfortunately we missed out on that one over here in Oz.
Thanks again for your help
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