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So I found this thread on the WERA forum last night and I thought I would drag it over here for a few well informed comments and thoughts. :wacky Some interesting info and a bunch of a-hole haters as well. But an interesting read either way. Enjoy...

Where does the RC51 get its name? - 13x Forums
 

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Hilarious . Real geniuses over there . My favourite is "Rarely Competitive" b/c , after all , the bike didn't win anything .:rolleyes: Even some who own the '51 don't appreciate it so in squidly fashion they'll crash or abuse it and in a few short years the bike will be quite rare .:clapper
 

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the guy who said rarely competetive is an rc owner and the fact is that in road racing by todays standards the bike really isnt competetive. lets face it, it runs in the same class as all modern day liter bike, and 1200cc twins. its overweight, and underpowered for the weight class it runs in, but that doesnt mean it isnt a great bike and fun to ride.
 

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The fact is, the RC51's that won championships had uberbuck poured in to them. Made from pure unobtainium.

This is a Works gear stack out of an American Honda RC51. Billet CNC aluminum frame and no split backlash gears.



Billet CNC Titanium Works con rod with 2821 Km of service life.


These parts where to be returned to Honda to be destroyed but somehow didnt quite make it back.


I love mine but I accept it for what it is and its not competitive with modern hardware.
 

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Jeez Damon I had to go back and look at your scale in the other thread.:rolleyes:

At first I thought you had MORE unobtanium. :clapper
 

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Obviously the '51 hasn't been at the front in many years , but when even an owner calls it "Rarely Competitive" (whether tongue in cheek or not) , this can imply that the bike has NEVER been successful and means that he doesn't have historical perspective . The RC51's astonishing racing record speaks for itself . One could I suppose make the argument that the RC45 was rarely competitive , that is until Honda spent NASA's budget on it .;) Actually , every single works racer ever made has been stuffed with unobtanium ; it's just that the '51 won immediately . This past weekend I demo'd the Suzuki sport line , then a CBR1 , and finally the Ninja 10 , and after six hours of back-road blasting on these rockets ... meh ... I was bored ... missed the old girl .
 

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Season: 2010
5/7/20106/11/2010PosNo.NameTotalDiffGapSpTotalSpTotal1151NScott Laudon4000202020202181NCorey Haag3466171717173581NEric Fox28126131315154889NJames Roberts1624129977547NMike Gates1525115150695NDerek Gilbertson13272xx1313736NDarren Rime11292xx11118459NJohn Roswick112901111xx9104NBenjamin Foreman10301xx101010319NLindsay Kieffer103001010xx11189NKatie Rouse9311xx9912188NJonathan Champ8321xx881349NBrian Janssen0408xx014257NDavid Ostwald04000xxLegend11st place22nd place33rd place

That's odd "SKOTTIE" is winning on a '51 ... it sure looks like one ... but I'm no expert!
 

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It does always amaze me when guys talk about a street version of a race bike and try to compare. Yes the RC51 was loaded with trick parts made of pure moon dust and yes they melted pure sex to fuel the bike. But they do that with every race bike at that level. Look at the new BMW. This bike is clearly the fastest bike HP wise in WSBK. But look at all the reports that they are changing everything from the position of the motor to the swing arm to try to get the turd to hold its line in a corner and not chew up tires. BMW is probably spending more money than the Kawi and Suzuki combined to make that thing go fast. I guess here is my point. BMW in now almost half way through their second year with their new bike and they have...what...one 3rd place finish. If I am not mistaken the RC51 won in it's first year and again in it's second with Edwards. Not just a race here or there but the championship! Now I am not trying to make a direct compairson between the RC51 of yesterday and the BMW of today. But it does tell you why the 51 is still a revelant bike that guys are buying and having fun with. V/S why the BMW will be lost in the never ending pool of used bikes after 5 years. The 51 was different and special and ahead of it's time....and most of all a winner. :twocents
 

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^ Well put . The RC51 is a special bike , with a racing pedigree few others can match .
 

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Season: 2010
5/7/20106/11/2010PosNo.NameTotalDiffGapSpTotalSpTotal1151NScott Laudon4000202020202181NCorey Haag3466171717173581NEric Fox28126131315154889NJames Roberts1624129977547NMike Gates1525115150695NDerek Gilbertson13272xx1313736NDarren Rime11292xx11118459NJohn Roswick112901111xx9104NBenjamin Foreman10301xx101010319NLindsay Kieffer103001010xx11189NKatie Rouse9311xx9912188NJonathan Champ8321xx881349NBrian Janssen0408xx014257NDavid Ostwald04000xxLegend11st place22nd place33rd place

That's odd "SKOTTIE" is winning on a '51 ... it sure looks like one ... but I'm no expert!

amature/novice class doesnt count. rider skill is what rules in that class. expert class club racing is a better measuring stick, nevermind professional classes. i dominated the amature class back in 02 running a clapped out 95 honda f3. i weighed about 215lbs while going against guys who typically weighed about 145ish on the latest and greatest 600's which were far lighter, and faster by a long shot.
 
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