Update 7.06.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dcc
Honda’s reply to the WSBK rules change put Ducati on notice, at the very least. The RC51 was updated to SP2 spec in 2002, largely on revised chassis and suspension. RSBFS reader Mike’s RC51 is presented in alternate white livery (never offered in the U.S.) and looks very good.
2002 Honda RC51 / VTR1000 SP2
Honda did their homework on the RC51 and it was a winner right out of the box. With 136 hp available, just evolutionary changes were made to intake and PGM-FI fuel injection systems, and the SP2 update focused on lightness and supple handling. The frame, swingarm, dampers and wheels are all percentage points lighter, and re-designed for quicker turn-in but steadier acceleration. Brakes feature 320mm disks with revised cylinders to increase system pressures by 10 percent.
From the seller:
2002 Honda RC51 VTR Japanese spec motorcycle directly imported from Japan with clean USA title.￼
7600 or best offer$6,000
Located in Orlando Florida
These are original fairings and paint
Mike’s VTR sports original fairings and just under 30K miles. Very good considering, though he is up front about the bruises and scrapes. Looks substantially as delivered to me, and Mike asks
$7600 $6,000 or nearest offer.
Honda had the unusual fortune of winning the 2002 WSBK with Colin Edwards, and that year’s AMA Superbike under a certain Nicky Hayden. Money inevitably moved toward other projects the next year, though Honda had made their point. While Mike’s VTR is neither mile-less nor without a tipover, it is quite original, ROW livery, and priced realistically.