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    Quote Originally Posted by SF2DieHard View Post
    When I was working at Moto Italiano (Guzzi, Laverda, Aprilia) my mechanic buddy Sean described the RC51 the way you just described the TLR. Big, heavy pig. The REAL answer was The Falco. Much sweeter and lighter handling machine.

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    In stock form, it truly is a pig. With an Ohlins rear shock, link, and a fork conversion kit it completely transforms.
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    Did you end up getting it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gts455 View Post
    In stock form, it truly is a pig. With an Ohlins rear shock, link, and a fork conversion kit it completely transforms.
    Hmmmm, after I take care of the Tax Man I should look for an RC51. The podunk desert town I live still manages to have a Honda dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gts455 View Post
    In stock form, it truly is a pig. With an Ohlins rear shock, link, and a fork conversion kit it completely transforms.


    to a SWEET handling pig..i'd still go for it... lolol
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    the RC-51 SP 1 and 2 in stock format are easy to work on. Yes to the front radiator kit. My roomate blew out the airbox to 15L? and a bunch of other things, he built the thing so hard. working on it was a PITA. BUT it was the sweetest sounding bike with a full Ape system and tune.

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    I have a hard time imagining buying one of these over the equivalent Mille. The Mille and Tuono seem very undervalued for what you get in return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffb View Post
    I have a hard time imagining buying one of these over the equivalent Mille. The Mille and Tuono seem very undervalued for what you get in return.
    The RC's can be found even cheaper. I bought mine for 3800. No doubt the Mille out of the box handles better. But with mods the RC truly transforms. Plus once you realize how hard HRC and other racing parts etc. are to find and the racing history behind the bike it becomes a bit more special.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kramggah View Post
    the RC-51 SP 1 and 2 in stock format are easy to work on. Yes to the front radiator kit. My roomate blew out the airbox to 15L? and a bunch of other things, he built the thing so hard. working on it was a PITA. BUT it was the sweetest sounding bike with a full Ape system and tune.
    Yeah sounds like the Turnone/Durbahn airbox. i feel you on the worked bike part.....i don't think i'd ever be able to sell mine, even if i wanted too. Its a completely different bike from OEM.
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    yea, my fellow rc forumer gts455 hit it on the nail. solid bike, portly, deadly ergos, sweet engine and amazing transmission. not a commuter by any means, but out on the track, or sweeping road, transforms into a pleasure to ride. no real issues with it besides the microwave like heat coming under you while you ride. its supposedly normal though, and gets a little better with engine ice, and much better with front mount rads.

    im selling mine right now, and truth be told, the rsv is a better bike, but neither of mine are not stock at all, so i cant be the judge of stock vs stock..

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    Stock call for NGK FR9BI-11 Does not appear to be H series to me.
    I will try the ones you suggested, Thanks.

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    I don't know much about the RC51 but I see one locally.

    Is this a stock color for a 2000?

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    Quote Originally Posted by futfalc View Post
    I don't know much about the RC51 but I see one locally.

    Is this a stock color for a 2000?

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    That's closer to the stock European paint ,but it's still not complete.
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    Know them well. I wouldn't touch an SP1 but the SP2 is a pretty great bike other than the snatchy FI
    I forget the name, was it Techtronics? but the module to enrich the mixture was what it took to drop the temps by 30 degrees or so. It went from ridiculous hot to a constant 15 degrees higher than my RSV. Mileage sucked but it did put out a lot more HP. Ridden casually it got close to the same MPG as the Mille.
    Wide but short handles great and you ride right over the front wheel. More power and smoother than the RSV but not better
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    I have seen multiple nice Mille Rs for ~4k. All the nice RC51s I have seen have generally been 4k+ with the occasional one around 3500 bone stock.. I do like them but it just seems like the Mille R is better bang for your buck. This is coming from someone who doesn't own an Ape...yet. The more I look at the Mille R the more they seem like a really nice value buy. 4k gets me low miles (usually), OZ wheels, ohlins suspension, and an engine that is probably of similar reliability to the RC51.

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