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Hey Guys! I just wanted to say that from what I've read on this forum, prior to becoming a FNG, this forum seems like a great foundation for a new RC51 owner! When I was a Sergeant in Texas, I caught my first sight of an RC51, the Nickey Hayden edition, and I was hooked! The body lines, stance, and most importantly the sound of that V-twin made me want one! When the '05 came out, and I spotted the black one at the dealership, I "attempted" to buy it, thankfully my GySgt told me to check the insurance rate before I get the ball rolling. That was a SAVE, the insurance was like a monthly Cadillac Escalade note! Fast forward to last week! I had been through 3 Harleys and the best (IMHO) 600cc ever made, '05 Kawi' 636, and I was FINALLY able to snatch up my dream bike! Her previous owner coincidentally owned 2 other RC51's and decided not to molest the one he sold me; the only mods were the slip-on Yoshi pipes, it only had 10,800 on the clock and it rides like a dream! I love the roar of the V-twin, and the feel of a sport bike, thankfully I was able to snatch this Keeper! I look forward to learning from you guys and today I got to learn about compression/rebound/dampening, the front end is pretty stiff in the turns and over bumps, and I'm anxious to try to flapper mod I did tonight (hose disconnect & plug) Thanks for this site!

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Welcome! Just curious, was that NH edition new when you looked at it in 04? Since your insurance rates lowered, and that was 9 years ago. These bikes really are a blast to own. The grunting sound of that big Vtwin is intoxicating. Got any pics?
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Hey RAZR! It was a new NH edition at the time, that was in back in '04 and the guys I rode with were riding the liters Yam's, Hondas, etc, and I'll never forget that bike, the guy still had mounted Yoshi' slip-ons, PC III, hi-flo filter and gold rear sets (Vortex I think). Anyway, out of all of the bikes I had been exposed to, that guy's NH edition was the one that caught me off guard, because when he started her up, it sounded similar to my Harley Superglide Sport I was riding, but meaner! I'm a gear head too, so I liked the checkered flag and wood pecker decals, thought it was a nice touch. I was pretty ignorant because I didn't know sport bikes came in a v twin configuration I asked the guy why he didn't have a "regular" liter sport bike and he told me, "sure, they're quicker, but I KNOW mine is just more of a blast to ride!" 9 years later, his words ring true! I'll NEVER get rid of my RC51, half the time, the Marines on my base don't know what it is because they hardly or have never seen one. I like the rarity of this bike and when she turns over and the bars get closer to the red, it's nothing but music!LOL I was thinking about doing a conversion just to get a little more out of her. Did you do a conversion on yours? Also, did you put frame sliders on yours? I don't want to defile my fairing by drilling holes. Thanks for any advice you can throw!

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Hey RAZR! It was a new NH edition at the time, that was in back in '04 and the guys I rode with were riding the liters Yam's, Hondas, etc, and I'll never forget that bike, the guy still had mounted Yoshi' slip-ons, PC III, hi-flo filter and gold rear sets (Vortex I think). Anyway, out of all of the bikes I had been exposed to, that guy's NH edition was the one that caught me off guard, because when he started her up, it sounded similar to my Harley Superglide Sport I was riding, but meaner! I'm a gear head too, so I liked the checkered flag and wood pecker decals, thought it was a nice touch. I was pretty ignorant because I didn't know sport bikes came in a v twin configuration I asked the guy why he didn't have a "regular" liter sport bike and he told me, "sure, they're quicker, but I KNOW mine is just more of a blast to ride!" 9 years later, his words ring true! I'll NEVER get rid of my RC51, half the time, the Marines on my base don't know what it is because they hardly or have never seen one. I like the rarity of this bike and when she turns over and the bars get closer to the red, it's nothing but music!LOL I was thinking about doing a conversion just to get a little more out of her. Did you do a conversion on yours? Also, did you put frame sliders on yours? I don't want to defile my fairing by drilling holes. Thanks for any advice you can throw!
First….thank you for your service!
I bought my 02 RC51 in 04. I had one friend riding a new Honda 1000rr, another on a new R1. We would be out riding, we would trade bikes, but they never wanted to trade me back! Yes their bikes were faster, but the 51 was just more unique, and drew a larger crowd.
Probably the best bang for the money is a gear change. The most popular change is a -1 in front, and +2 in back, most go to a 520 chain, I stayed with a 530. That gearing pulls the bike out of corners quite a bit better. I see yours has Yosh slip-ons, does it have a Powercommander? There are a few free mods, they help a little, if you're out running it harder, the soft rev limiter mod helps also. There is tons of info on here about all the mods.
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I bought my 02 RC51 in 04. I had one friend riding a new Honda 1000rr, another on a new R1. We would be out riding, we would trade bikes, but they never wanted to trade me back! Yes their bikes were faster, but the 51 was just more unique, and drew a larger crowd.
Probably the best bang for the money is a gear change. The most popular change is a -1 in front, and +2 in back, most go to a 520 chain, I stayed with a 530. That gearing pulls the bike out of corners quite a bit better. I see yours has Yosh slip-ons, does it have a Powercommander? There are a few free mods, they help a little, if you're out running it harder, the soft rev limiter mod helps also. There is tons of info on here about all the mods.
You're welcome RAZR, I appreciate it! I did the hose disconnect and screw plug for the airbox/flapper valve mod, but I haven't removed any of the pieces. I'd like to do the soft rev limiter mod, PAIR, and the chain conversion. She doesn't have the PC yet, but that's something I definitely want to do! Pardon my ignorance RAZR, but what is the "530" and how does it compare to the -1 front/+2 rear set up, as far as pros/cons? Again RAZR, many thanks for the knowledge!

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530 is the size of the chain, 530 is what Honda used from the factory. A 520 chain is slightly smaller in size, and eliminates weight, a common mod, especially on track/race bikes. Anytime you eliminate weight, especially on an item that rotates, is a good thing. -1, +2 is a common gear change. You change the front sprocket, which is 16 tooth, to a 15, and the rear stock is 40 tooth, which many change to a 42, some to a 41. It really brings the bike to life, especially in the lower gears. It does make the motor turn more rpms, so your mileage may drop. If you do a gear change, you should change any sprocket, or both, and the chain at the same time, unless there isn't many miles on them. LDH on here, has a good deal on the whole kit for both sprockets and the chain. He only sells quality stuff. I think your first mod should be a Powercommander (or PC) it will help your bike breath better, it really does make a noticeable improvement.

I did not install any frame sliders, I just wanted to keep the bodywork clean, most people do install them though. You might want to keep your bike stock, it's plenty quick enough, has about 120ish HP.

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530 is the size of the chain, 530 is what Honda used from the factory. A 520 chain is slightly smaller in size, and eliminates weight, a common mod, especially on track/race bikes. Anytime you eliminate weight, especially on an item that rotates, is a good thing. -1, +2 is a common gear change. You change the front sprocket, which is 16 tooth, to a 15, and the rear stock is 40 tooth, which many change to a 42, some to a 41. It really brings the bike to life, especially in the lower gears. It does make the motor turn more rpms, so your mileage may drop. If you do a gear change, you should change any sprocket, or both, and the chain at the same time, unless there isn't many miles on them. LDH on here, has a good deal on the whole kit for both sprockets and the chain. He only sells quality stuff. I think your first mod should be a Powercommander (or PC) it will help your bike breath better, it really does make a noticeable improvement.

I did not install any frame sliders, I just wanted to keep the bodywork clean, most people do install them though. You might want to keep your bike stock, it's plenty quick enough, has about 120ish HP.

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You're a wealth of knowledge RAZR! I went for a good spirited run today, packed full of twists, sweepers, and decent straights. I've come to the conclusion: I rode my 05 Ninja 636 way better as far as technicality goes. the Kawi's chassis was more "forgiving" and allowed me to ride harder. My RC' is an interesting beast. It is stable in turns, but I feel like I have to muscle it a little more, and I love the howl of the engine when I blip it before going into turns and the sound when I crack the throttle when I'm coming out of the turns! The Kawi spoiled me with the slipper clutch, but I got to a chance to re-learn how to control rear wheel slides when I blipped into high revs before entering my corners! This bike DEFINITELY makes me work harder and I really enjoy it! I feel that in time, it will make me develop better riding skills. If you get time RAZR, check out my photo album under my profile. I have some pics up. I am going to take your advise: get the PC, should it be the PCIII? and do you have a recommended website to get a PC? Also, may I run the PC without doing the PAIR mod? I kept looking and reading the de-install and I don't want to screw anything up! I won't mess with the gearing, I like the power band, it's strong but not brutal, and the bike feels so smooth on the power delivery. I do think I should get my suspension tuned to my body weight, it feels a bit stiff while it soaks up bumps while I'm in the turns. I have a lot to learn about this bike, but every day on it, is a new lesson in riding! Here are a few pics of my stock RC', I read throughout the forum and looked at what you seasoned RC' guys call "Modified". Mine is nowhere near that level of what you guys qualify a modified RC'!LOL Thanks for everything RAZR!
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Damn Dude, that's an ultra clean bike….looks excellent!
05/06 is my favorite color scheme for these bikes. The more you ride, the more you'll get used to Miss Piggy! I know it's not near as flickable as your Kawi, but the sound and the grunt will grow on you. There were a couple DynoJet Powercommanders on the RC51 classified section here, you want a PC3r, it hooks up via a usb connection. You can download a map for your pipes and you won't need the pair mod. If you wanted to have it professionally tuned, you would have to do the pair mod done. It would probably run a little better with the pro tune, but that's about $250-300.

I noticed you live in NC? Many nice roads in western NC, are you close to the Gap area? There are folks on here much more knowledgable than me, I'm probably better at handling the easy stuff!
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I really appreciate the compliment RAZR! Coming from a Senior Member, it means a lot! I'm actually "blessed" to have stumbled onto her for a sweet purchase deal! After I bought her, I was scoping craigslist and ebay, and didn't find a sweeter deal! The ONLY characteristic of this bike I don't like are the dealership chrome dipped wheels! I don't know what "genius" thought that chrome rims on a Superbike was a great idea! I want to get them powder coated black or gun metal. I wanted to get them gold powder coated, but my wife think's it'd look gaudy, I think they'd look like some cool marches ini wheels! LOL She has a lot of input on my purchases, and is my logic and reasoning. She's actually the once that persuaded me to hold out and get this one instead of the 04 NH that I was eyeing with 40XX miles. I'll DEFINITELY ask my wife for the PC IIIr as a Xmas present! LOL I also saw the air filter(s) mod' and that looks like a pretty easy one for me to tackle too. As far as your knowledge on "easy" mods, those are the ones I'm looking for! I'm actually stationed near the coast/beach area of NC. Shoot, I didn't even know where West NC was!LOL I noticed a forum member mentioning West NC, but I was guessing near TN. I think I'm about 8 hours away from the Tail of the Dragon. It'd be pretty sick if I could venture out there, but there are some nice country roads out here that I have been practicing on! I think the best place I've been stationed for motorcycle riding has been the Houston TX area. There are so many sweet roads and the Houston Motorsport Ranch was an awesome track! Again RAZR, thanks for the words of wisdom and look forward to hearing from you!
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I liked the 05/06 colors so much I looked into getting a whole set of factory bodywork for my 02. Maybe switch them out a couple times a year. But it was around $1800 including the tank….too much money.
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Thanks Tarmac, I dig your signature too, it makes too much sense!

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I liked the 05/06 colors so much I looked into getting a whole set of factory bodywork for my 02. Maybe switch them out a couple times a year. But it was around $1800 including the tank….too much money.
That's pretty funny RAZR! Ironically enough, I was the thinking the same thing but I wanted to get a hold of the NH color set, I didn't know finding a kit like that could cost so much! Then I thought "I can get my tank wrapped" but it might mess up my paint whenever I wanted to take it off. I'm with you, the 05/06 is my favorite color scheme, I just wanted the NH set up because it was the first RC51 I saw that attracted me to RC model bike

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Hi Matt, I'm not at Ft Bragg, I'm stationed here at MCAS Cherry Point, aka the 2nd armpit of the Marine Corps! J/k but there's really nothing to do around here. Thankfully, I've found some decent back roads to ride so I may learn my bike! I guess it's all about finding the positive in negative situations.

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I got 2 new in the package dynojet pc3 usb for a rc51. $215 each includes shipping.

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I got 2 new in the package dynojet pc3 usb for a rc51. $215 each includes shipping.
Thanks Tarmac, I'll put you on my "Wish List"! How do you do your payments? My wife has a paypal account, I could do a USPS check, just let me know what's good for you!

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That's pretty funny RAZR! Ironically enough, I was the thinking the same thing but I wanted to get a hold of the NH color set, I didn't know finding a kit like that could cost so much! Then I thought "I can get my tank wrapped" but it might mess up my paint whenever I wanted to take it off. I'm with you, the 05/06 is my favorite color scheme, I just wanted the NH set up because it was the first RC51 I saw that attracted me to RC model bike
The $1800 was all new bodywork and tank from Honda. Really not a bad price.
The NH bike is the desirable bike by most people, I wouldn't mind one either, but the black/charcoal just looks better.
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Clean bike! I'm glad to read that you dislike the chrome wheels. I bet you could get someone to pay shipping both ways to get those in exchange for their stockers.


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Clean bike! I'm glad to read that you dislike the chrome wheels. I bet you could get someone to pay shipping both ways to get those in exchange for their stockers.
I'm DEFINITELY anti-chrome AKDMA! I think it doesn't suit the bike, maybe a stretched 'busa or a chopper built by Paul Jr, but not a sport bike designed for the track, shoot I'd love to swap for some stock wheels!

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