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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Who has made the switch over to the 51 from the RR? Looking for opinions on this. I have ridden the 51 a few times, and am really starting to want this over the RR. I was originally looking at going to a 996/998 but have seen so many people talking about $$$$ with the Duc it scared me off.


Fill me in on your thoughts on the RC51 please.

and if anyone is interested in a trade.... Please don't flame here, I did see the other posts about this, looked like there was some interest.
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Re: RC51 from 600RR (************)

i made the switch from a cbr600 F3 smokin joes to the sp1

the F3 was a lot easier to be careless on...with the RC it is not.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
I was thinking about getting a 600RR as a second bike but i'm afraid that i'll never be satisfied with its midrange power.
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Re: (Eric04)

do you have specific plans for the RR? it would make a great trackbike while leaving the RC for the street. but if you just want another streetbike in addition to the RC, i'd bet you'd find yourself on the RC more than you would the RR. with the power down low, the RC is just more satisfying. my 2 cents anyway.
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Re: (5150)

No I'd need to dump the RR to afford the RC51, I'm not looking for track days, just really liking the RC51's now and want one. I don't want to regret selling the RR for the 51. I don't think I will. That's what I was looking for mostly, guys that either have both, or have gone from a 600cc bike to the RC51, those opinions.

thanks for the input.
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Re: (************)

I went from an F4i to the 51 on the street. I still have the F4i track only. As for the street after the 51 going back to an inline 4 would kill me. I had both bikes on the street for a short time and NEVER got on the F4i and when I did it felt like there was a problem with it, there was.......................NO TOQUE!!!! I hated riding the F4i on the street after the 51 so I sent her to track duty.

I love the F4i on the track much easier to toss around and the best thing of all its disposable, it would like me to dump the 51 on the ground but the F4i is no big deal.


Make the switch you WONT be disappointed.
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Re: (eppy01f4i)

Same dealie here. I hated my F4i for street duty. You had to spin the sh#t out of the thing to get any power. I rode the 2003 600rr and it was almost the total package. The RR was the closest thing to telepathic I have ever ridden. It knew when I wanted to corner even before I did!
However, it too lacked "real world" power for the street for my tastes. I hear that Honda have fixed the power problem for '05!
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Now I wish I still had the F4i with gas prices climbing 10 cents per week. Although, the RC does get 31 mpg with Satos, PCIIIr and 15/41 gearing. Not too shabby.
 
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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Re: (jamarben)

When i was looking for a new bike I wanted the RR, never really considered the RC as an option (was coming from and sv650) I'd only thought about the firestorm

I test rode the RR and hated it, don't get me wrong it was fun but that massive power dip before 7k I could not be dealing with, very odd seating possition IMHO and I'm a short arse, I nearly got taken out at a roundabout as I came upto it i thought I'd just pull out on the gas as I'd make it easy infront of a car and was just waiting and waiting and waiting for power whilst watching the car get closer and closer!

took it back, said no way josey I want a twin and they said they had the demo SP2 going cheap as no bugger wanted it, I rode it and loved it, it just fitted me better than the RR. took it back and called it 'dirty baz' bought it there and then. nuff said


Ped
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Re: (pedroSP2)

I hear ya, that was a good story, no Steven Spielberg but a good story. Now, trade me your bike.:)
 
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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
My friend has a 600rr (03) and we trade all the time. The rc is a lot like the RR except it has more power everywhere, and the chassis is almost impossible to upset. If you plan to do a lot of track days, stick with the RR, for tires and replacement part purposes, but for a street bike with a little track the RC is a great bike. I just sold my 03 r6 for my 04 RC and I love it.
 
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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Re: RC51 from 600RR (************)

I went the other way and traded from the RC to the RR. Right now I have the RR up for sale with street plastics and hotbodies bodywork and front and rear stands.(Now THAT is a shameless plug!
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The RR is a great bike, it just dosent fit into my style of riding, and I find it to be a little less comfortable than the RC. I also found it hard to make the adjustment from the RC type of power and the RR, I kept finding myself under-reving the RR. This was more noticeable on the track than in street riding tho.
 
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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
For mostly or all street riding, 600s just don't cut it for me. They just have no power below 8k and that kind of powerbanc is simply not suited to street riding. Overall power is a huge part of having fun on the street no matter what you're driving/riding.

Even a GSXR 750 is gutless down low. Boy what a top end though!!

Some may disagree, but a properly set up liter twin has no equal on the street in terms of in your face midrange punch.
 
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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
I also moved up from the RR to the RC.
Both are great, fast bikes. Both are bad for long distance riding but great on the track.
The RC51 wins for its low-midrange torque. Plus you can't beat the sound.
 
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Discussion Starter · #19 ·
Re: (stimpson)

Having spent a good deal of seat time on an F4i, R6 and RC51 I'd have to say that both have positives and negatives as far as their street going capablities go. The 600's pretty much feel like toys after riding the RC. You can flog them and be a little more careless and you're not gonna get bit. I dont think either bike is lacking power, but with a 600 you really gotta get used to revving it all the time and keeping it a gear lower if youre gonna want to go anywhere. In fact I rarely take my RC into its upper RPM range while street riding, just because by the time the tach reads 8 or 9 or 10k it means Im showing wanton disregard for traffic laws. On a 600 though, 8k is just starting to tap into the motor's power. Personally if I had a 600RR, I'd keep it. It's newer, lighter, thinner, and faster. Plus with a nice pipe the little inline four has a nice wail wayyy up near its stratospheric redline. Not that I'd trade my RC for a 600RR anyday though. Good luck with whatever you decide.
 
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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Re: (Wrist Rocket)

well that's not helping any. I am at a crossroads here, but I'm leaning towards the RC, there is something real sexy and strong about that bike, especially with the right pipes and paint job. The power speaks for itself...
 
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