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Honda November 15, 2022 posted by

More Isn’t Always Better – 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R

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2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R

For a long time, Ducati was the only one gracing the WSBK and AMA calendars and showrooms with two cylinder sport bikes. Aside from good sales numbers, the twins offered a much different appeal than their 4 cylinder counterparts. The torque and narrower frame that result from a v-twin configuration delivered a much different experience for riders. In 2000, Honda saw an opportunity to cash in and delivered today’s find, a Honda RC51 RVT1000R. Not only did they have success in the commercial market, but also on their first season running the bike in WSBK with Colin Edwards piloting. It is truly quite rare that a manufacturer can enter a new design and win their first season. Just look at Formula 1….

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In any automotive experience, the motor should be one of the most dominating parts of the experience. Usually that isn’t much of a problem with sport bikes as high revving 4 cylinders are rarely boring. However, the 2 cylinder is arguably the most intriguing sport bike experience. A hammer instead of a sewing needle if you will.

One of the aspects that make this hammer particularly interesting is the valve train. Unlike the Ducs of the era, the Honda employed a gear-driven valve train as opposed to belts. The whine from the cams combined with the thunderous two cylinder delivered a soundtrack that has built a cult following for the bike.

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The later SP2 model came with a host of upgrades that seemed like something you would get in a new generation as opposed to a model year update. New geometry, upgraded swing arm, fueling changes, etc were all tweaks that made it into production from the HRC program. That being said, the SP1 model was not a bad bike. It definitely had opportunities for refinement but one can say that about many modern bikes. At the end of the day, you had a WSBK/AMA-winning platform that is more unique than almost anything else that has been entered into a major championship.

From the seller:

“Up for bid is a very collectible well kept and maybe the most original 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R. Tires and brakes recently replaced by the previous owner. Serviced regularly and the best possible care, never dropped or laid down (lady ridden). Always garaged and started every other week. Mostly mountain rides on good weather. Not riding anymore (too fast for me). Fresh Motul oil and filter included as well as the original exhaust pipes and cowl/seat cover. SOLD AS IS/WHERE IS (NO WARRANTY). All funds have to clear my bank before the bike/title can be released to the new owner.”

Our example today seems to be rather clean for the age. Low mile and well taken care of examples still come up for sale today but are getting harder and harder to find. These never made it stateside in typical production numbers so spare parts may be tough to find and the aftermarket is thin. Fortunately the seller has already taken the first step and tacked on the Yosh pipe.

The listing seems to be getting decent traction with 5 days left. 21 bids up to $3,850 so there is some action. 2 RC51s sold in Q2/Q3 of this year on BAT for $7,500 so I’d guesstimate a landing in that area. Good luck!

Thanks for reading!

Norm

More Isn’t Always Better – 2000 Honda RC51 RVT1000R
Honda July 19, 2022 posted by

It’s Been a Minute – 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition

For a while RC51’s were coming 2F2F, most of them must be out riding for the summer.  Today’s #69 commemorative might have been used as intended, but looks good with some updates courtesy of a previous owner.

2004 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

The 2004 model is an SP2, with revised frame and swingarm sharing lessons learned from racing the SP1.  Honda’s take on the 90-degree V-twin uses 62mm throttle bodies and PGM fuel injection, with the 136 hp peak at 9,500 rpm.  Side-mounted radiators make for a slim package with a ram-air intake in the nose.  USD cartridge forks and a Pro-Link monoshock soak up any irregularities.  The Nicky Hayden edition was primarily graphic, though the SP2 was at a very high level right out of the crate.

This RC51’s 12K-and-change miles might not have been cruising, but it shows more easy fixes than battle damage.  A more organized tail tidy should be easy to find, and likewise some hardware to secure the lowers.  The neighbors aren’t going to like the 1/4-size muffler, but that titanium looks sharp in the startup – video –.  Owner’s comments from the eBay auction –

It starts immediately, runs great, and has a fabulous bark to its Jardine race pipe. A previous owner made the following mods:

– Full titanium Jardine single side exhaust

– K&N filter

– Power commander 3

– Soft rev limiter to allow for max top end power

– Ram air flapper defeat to add midrange (Fed noise limits dampened torque)

– Corbin seat

– Tail elimination kit

Since I’ve had it, I upgraded the brake pads and added a braided brake line in the rear. I have the lines for the front but didn’t install as the bite from front is already immediate. Parts included are the front brake lines, original seats, OEM tail section (new in the box), original left side fairing (was lightly scratched so I replaced it). The bike is always garaged.

It probably is due for a front forks rebuild and a rear tire not too long down the road.

Honda celebrated Hayden’s 2002 AMA Superbike championship with this model, and had more to celebrate in 2006 when he took the MotoGP crown.  His storied AMA Hall of Fame career was cut short by a bicycle accident in Italy, working to stay fit on a Wednesday during the WSBK season.  RC51’s pop up in all kinds of condition, and this one looks to be a rider that could be nicer with a couple of details attended to.  Hoping the reserve isn’t too optimistic !

-donn

It’s Been a Minute – 2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition
Honda April 29, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2000 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

Update 8.10.2022: SOLD! -dc

Dissatisfied with the 1990’s WSBK rulebook, Honda channeled their inner Borgo Panigale and surprised Ducati on their own V-twin turf. RSBFS reader Joe started with an excellent RC51 in storage, and went over it with an eye on the long haul.

2000 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 asking $13,500

More oriented toward the track than the previous Firestorm, the RC51 was built to homologate the design for racing, with the quite oversquare 996cc tuned for 136 hp and 77 ft.-lbs. of torque.  The alloy twin-beam chassis used the engine as a load-carrying stiffener, and the side-venting rads kept frontal area low.  A scoop between the headlights delivered fresh air to the engine, and individual exhausts sent used air aft.  Components on the homologation special included the 320mm Nissin brakes and wide six spoke alloy wheels.

Beside returning his RC51 from the back of the garage, Joe improved every significant corner of this very clean example.  Just a few highlights are the race tuned Öhlins front and rear, full Moriwaki exhaust with Power Commander, and Sato rearsets.  Here’s how Joe described the build –

Previous owner let it collect dust for 12-ish years. Bike was in stock form with Erion slip-ons (that come with sale). Parts list included in pics. I spent three months refurbishing and building to what it is now with an open check book. About $8,500 in receipts. All paperwork from new, roughly 500 miles on completed bike. It’s too nice and too rare to abuse or damage. Ready for the track or a museum, no excuses. I hope somebody will appreciate the history and opportunity as much as I did to preserve this machine. I got lucky sourcing the full Moriwaki system that never came in country. 4K in Öhlins setup, I typo-ed the gearing in the pics, it’s 15/41 geared and a calibrated speedo healer so the dash is accurate. ALL stock parts plus additional ’04 Hayden bodywork come with the sale along with front and rear stands, original hang tag from the showroom floor, etc.  The history and story of the bike are better told in person or over the phone – cannot be duplicated.

Joe asks $13,500 for his RC51.

Racers and Honda fans liked the narrow light feel of the new RC, and the gear-driven cams on a liter twin had a sound completely different than anything at the time.  It had instant success on the race track as well, taking the Superbike crown in 2000 and then again in 2002.  By then FIM was thinking to increase displacements, and Honda returned to the inline four that had built so much of their showroom success.  Joe’s SP1 marks an interesting chapter in Honda history, with a lot of well-chosen upgrades.

-donn

 

Featured Listing – 2000 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
Honda March 27, 2022 posted by

In Round Numbers – 2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

For the year 2000 Honda dialed in WSBK and AMA success and showroom clients were a clear beneficiary.  Today’s RC51 was wheeled to the back of a the warehouse with a hair over 2,000 miles and shows just a few marks for all the years on vaca.

2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51 for sale on eBay

Honda started with a fairly clean sheet of paper but a couple of Superbike rulebooks handy, and chose an L-twin in part for its inherent primary balance.  The big 100mm bore allowed four good-sized valves, and 40mm intakes with 34mm exhausts are controlled by gear-driven cams.  The resulting sound was rather unusual for a Honda, as were the side-rads and skinny missile shape.  HRC had plenty of input on the alloy chassis, with fresh air piped in around the headstock and Showa adjustable suspension.  A new gearbox reviewed as very smooth shifting, and 320mm Nissin brakes as some of the best ever fitted.

Just scrape here and a ding there differentiate this RC51 from a museum piece, and of course the missing front signals and mirrors.  The streamlined under-tail might suit – or if not, there are mountains of the factory parts someplace.  Can’t go wrong with CA title or informative notes from the eBay auction –

Only 2,007 original miles! Clean CA title – you will be the fourth person on the title.  Bike has had some modifications and very little use – here are a few things you should know:  1. The bike starts up and runs great. Recent fluid service.  2. Tires are original – therefore are not safe to ride on any longer.  3. Missing side mirrors  4. Missing turn signals – I have brand new OEM Honda orange turns signals if you want them.  5. There are marks on some areas of the bike. I have included pictures where there are marks but I could not get everything.  6. This bike is VERY clean.  7. I have video of the bike starting up that I can send to you if you are interested.  8. There are no other OEM parts available with the bike.  9. The underseat area and license plate are aftermarket – I do not have the original.

The RC51 was an instant success on the racetrack, and actually won the World and AMA Superbikes in 2002.  But as Honda often does, they proved their point and shortly HRC saw a four-cylinder light at the end of the WSBK tunnel.  The RC51 was supported but there wasn’t a factory team in 2003, and the model left the showroom after 2006.  However the legacy and fan base are well established, and there’s certainly always room at the pumps for a really nice example.  20-large might be beyond the top of the SP1 range – but even without the Make Offer button, a conversation is waiting to be started.

-donn

In Round Numbers – 2001 Honda RVT1000R / RC51
Honda March 4, 2022 posted by

2004 Honda RC51 For Sale on eBay!

Location: Wooster, OH
Make: Honda
Model: RC51 SP 2
Engine Type: 2 cylinders
Exhaust: 2 Hi-Mount
Mileage: 2 6,149
Price: six 2 fiddy
Number of bikes list for sale in the auction: 2 (maybe)

#2 For Sale on eBay!

Runs excellent and been stored in a heated shop. Based upon research done and speaking with two Honda dealerships, this bike is very likely the 2nd bike produced for the North American market! Performance upgrades and parts- Honda Yoshimura High Mount Pipes and Power Commander.



Now that you’ve put your eyes on the full size and the Mini-Moto RC51 what are your thoughts? Oh! Did you notice my 2 themed intro? Just in case you skimmed over it- here are 2 tasty hi-mount exhaust pipes for your viewing pleasure.

Did you feel like Matt Mladin looking at that photo? Too much? 🙂

All jokes aside- those are some tasty looking hi-mounts!

The seller doesn’t say if the mini-moto and crue shirt are included, but one can only assume they are since they’re pictured.

Admittedly, this RC is well used when compared to some of the other recent RSBFS.com RC posts, but the other recent posts can’t lay claim to being the #2 RC51 produced in 2004. What’s that worth to ya? If you answered “nothing!” then perhaps you could throw on the Merlyn Plumlee (RIP) shirt, crack open a cold snack and watch your toddler act a fool on the mini-moto.

If this RC51 tickles your fancy and the mini-moto puts a gleam in your little ones eye make the jump and place your bid!

Check them out here!

Cheers!

Doug

2004 Honda RC51 For Sale on eBay!
Honda February 5, 2022 posted by

Pictures don’t do it justice: 2005 Honda RC51

In a long line of homologation race machines, the Honda RC51 stands out as a unique accomplishment. Ever the engineering powerhouse, Honda played with the rule book and utilized a Me Too philosophy to break the Ducati juggernaut in WSBK by developing a Japanese take on the Italian machine. Since twin-cylinder machines had a distinct displacement advantage over four cylinder bikes in World Superbike competition, Honda dropped two cylinders off of the 750cc V-4 RC45 and reimagined the 999cc RC51 as a twin. The result? Instant win in the same year it arrived thanks to Colin Edwards, and a second championship two years later. The buying public won too – the RC51 made for a fantastic street bike, and graced showrooms from 2000 – 2006.

2005 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

As with most of Honda’s attempts at homologation, the RC51 is a beast of a bike: The 90 degree vee twin is liquid cooled and breathes through a combination of four valve heads with dual overhead camshafts, and fed with two fuel injectors per cylinder to aid top end performance while maintaining better low rev throttle response. The big twin’s power runs though a silky-smooth six-speed box that is geared more for track days than stop and go traffic. The chassis tightly wraps the narrow motor in an allow twin-beam arrangement, carefully tuned for feel through testing and competition (WSBK and AMA Superbike, to name but two). Big 43 mm forks up front are multi-adjustable, as is the Pro-Link suspension out back; just what you might expect from a racer. All that adds up to a 136 HP, 430 pound, 170 mph rocket ship. The fact that trophies followed the RC51’s introduction is certainly no surprise.

From the seller:
This is at the time the cleanest, lowest mileage, newest RC51 available for sale in the country. Adult owned its entire life, I am the second owner. It has been maintained professionally and runs perfectly, brakes are at approximately 40%, The exterior is in excellent shape I would give it a solid 9/10 as it is a 2005 machine, has HID headlamp, and flush mount turn signals front and rear. It has 11806 miles , motor is stock other than the amazing sounding Delkelvik exhaust system and a 240mm racing chain. I also have a rear wheel bike stand I will include as well as a smoked windscreen I have not installed as well as a power commander brand new in the box I will include with the bike. I also have the stock exhaust system I will include.

Known as the VTR1000R and VRT1000 SP1 in various markets, the RC51 has a strong following. Besides winning WSBK title with Colin Edwards in 2000 and 2002, the RC51 also won the 2002 AMA Superbike championship with Nicky Hayden (for which Honda released a commemorative edition Hayden model). There were incremental changes throughout the years for the street bike, with the latter years being more desirable as a rider due to more power, lighter weight, and better throttle response and overall rideability. This bike has 11,800 miles on the clock, and few quality pictures to truly assess the condition. But it looks good from afar and could be a winner if you are in the RC51 market. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Pictures don’t do it justice: 2005 Honda RC51
Honda January 17, 2022 posted by

Every Part From The Catalog: Harris Modified Honda RC51 SP1

For many years the RC51 was flying under the radar.  Only a few diehard fans were burning the flame whole the RC30 and RC45 got all the attention.  Well those days are well and truly over.  As they have transitioned into a collectable realm demand has increased massively.   While traditionally people shopping for a collectable are focused on finding the cleanest, lowest mileage and most original example they can fine, this can leave out amazing period built modified bikes like this Harris Honda RC51.

Modified when new by the legendary Harris Bother to showcase their line of products it is claimed the modifications cost more then the new bike did.  The best of everything available at the time was used to reduce weight, increase the braking and improve the already excellent handling.  The laundry list of top tier comments is an eye watering collection that would be almost impossible to replicate today.  The large diameter AP Racing 6 pistons calipers hung on Ohlins superbike forks are instantly recognizable as a bike that means business.

Harris is well know for producing frames and offering an extensive catalog of upgrades for a wide range of motorcycles.  They have raced in the premier class of almost every form of motorcycle road racing.  Over the years they have partnered with OEM manufactures and been granted access to factory race parts to develop.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Fastline Superbikes are pleased to offer this stunning and unique, only one ever made, Honda VTR1000SPY Harris SP1 Special. Built by the Harris Brothers in 2000 at a cost of £17000 then. Full listing in original catalogue of exotic parts, Ohlins forks, Ohlins rear shock, Marchesini wheels, Harris yokes, AP brakes, Goldline steering damper, Harris rear-sets, Harris high level exhaust carbon silencers, carbon Kevlar fairing and rear seat, carbon hugger, carbon front fender, quick shifter, Harris carbon frame protectors, Harris screen stay, Harris clip-ons, crash bungs and many more parts listed. Was owned by travelling TT marshal Fred Hoggett in regular mature owners heated mancave. Fully serviced and ready to go. Will come with all manuals, 2 keys, Honda owners manual. Very rare exotic bike.

It would take hours to really pour over all the little details of this build.  The asking price is eighteen thousand Pounds Sterling, or about $25,000.  Anything this custom and unique is hard to price, but it is safe to say there is no way a passionate RC51 fan could ever hope to collect these parts and a clean base bike for that sum of money.

This would make an amazing period correct addition to a garage of someone that wants to experience the best of the best out on the road.

Every Part From The Catalog:  Harris Modified Honda RC51 SP1
Honda December 27, 2021 posted by

2003 Honda RC51 For Sale!

2003 RC51 VTR 1000 For Sale on eBay!

Don’t you all think I look pretty good on the VTR? Yup, I was ripping it up that day during the photo shoot . . . had on my new Joe Rocket suit and my custom Shoei lid along with my Miguel DuHamel custom gloves. Since none of you believed that, I will have you know I did rock a Joe Rocket suit and Shoei lid back in the day 🙂

You might be asking “Why did dipshit doug use a stock photo for this listing?” I have your answer- because old man Doug’s’ World Wide Web skills let him down on this one. I couldn’t grab the auction site images and place them in a neat, story like fashion for your viewing pleasure :sadface:

However, since the RC51 and Nicky are forever synonymous- I have have a nice picture of Nicky for you to look at while viewing my write-up

Location: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Mileage: 10059
Price: $8,000 B.I.N.

From the seller:
THIS 2003 RC51 or RVT1000R SP2 IS IN AMAZING CONDITION MECHANICALLY, COSMETICALLY, AND SOUNDS MAGICAL NEVER BEEN CRASHED, SO NO CRASH DAMAGE. NO LOW SPEED LOW SIDES, NOTHING. MINOR BLEMISHED FROM NORMAL USE FOR NEARLY 19 YEARS, BUT SEROISLY AMAZING CONDITION. MILEAGE IN PIC IS ACTUAL(10,059), BUT MAY RIDE HER NOW AN THEN TO CHARGE BATTERY. HAS NEW REMUS REVOLUTION EXHAUST, DYNO MAPPED POWER COMMANDER, PAIR MOD, FLAPPER MOD, FLUSH MOUNT TURN SIGNALS, 520 CHAIN & SPROCKET CONVERSION, UNDERTAIL, AND MORE. ALSO HAVE STOCK EXHAUST AND TURN SIGNALS, ETC THAT GO WITH IT. INCLUDES BINDER WITH PICS WHEN NEW, AS WELL AS WHEN MODS WERE DONE. ALSO FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL. THIS BIKE IS A PLEASURE TO RIDE. BRAND NEW MICHELIN PILOT POWER 2CT FRONT AND BACK, NEW HONDA FRONT AND REAR BRAKE PADS, COOLANT AND BRAKE FLUID FLUSHED AND REPLACED, OIL AND FILTER JUST CHANGED, BRAND NEW HONDA IN TANK FUEL PUMP, AND ,MORE I HAVE FORGOTTEN. THERE ARE NO ISSUES WITH THIS BIKE!! I WILL NOT SELL TO STUNTERS OR ANYONE ELSE THAT WON’T TAKE CARE OF HER. PLEASE DON’T BID IF THAT IS YOU! NOT KIDDING. I DO NOT WANT TO SELL, DO NOT HAVE TO SELL, BUT HEALTH DOES NOT ALLOW ME TO RIDE A SPORTBIKE ANY LONGER. IS IN DENVER, CO. I WILL ASSIST WITH SHIPPING AS FAR AS DELIVERING TO YOUR SHIPPER IN THE DENVER METRO AREA ONLY. ANY AND ALL PAYMENT METHODS BESIDES CASH WILL CLEAR MY BANK BEFORE VEHICLE OR TITLE ARE RELEASED.IVE BEEN BUYING AND SELLING ON EBAY SINCE 2003. NO NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. THIS IS NOT A BUSINESS. JUST MY PERSONAL STUFF. SO DON’T EXPECT ME TO ACT LIKE ONE. COME TAKE A LOOK AT THE BIKE IN PERSON. I HAVE NO ISSUES WITH THAT. OR HAVE A MECHANIC COME LOOK. IT IS WHAT IT IS.

There you have it- the inexperienced and throttle junkies need not apply! Oh no, no, no . . . this one has been reserved for a select few. Is this one reserved for you? Are you up for the 135 ponies this DooKattee Killer serves up? Can you still fit into your old Nicky/Joe Rocket 1 piece suit? That last question rules me out because I’m sure I’d pop the zipper and look like a potato on tooth pics! Lord help me.

Again, my apologies for lacking the proper picture skill set and for rambling on about Nicky, Joe, zippers and tooth pics, but the boss has a word count rule or minimum something or other we have to follow- Pfffft!

You’ll need to click the hot link (above) in order flush your mind of the image of me with a busted zipper. Trust me, it’s well worth a look. It’s a nice RC with a really nice Remus exhaust system installed.

Don’t delay because this BIN ends in 1 day and a few hours.

Go on now and Git!

Check out our past RC51 posts here!

Cheers!

dd

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