Posts by tag: Nicky Hayden

Honda July 18, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Honda RC51

Update 7.28.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Dennis has 3 very low mileage bikes listed right now:

Thank you for supporting the site, Dennis, and good luck to buyers! -dc

Honda has always been an engineering company. Often times it would appear that Honda would release a new model with a new configuration just to prove to the world that it could. Sometimes it was difficult to determine why Honda decided to make a substantial change. But in the case of the RVT1000R – better known as the RC51 – the reason was clear. You see, Honda enjoyed tremendous success on the racetrack with their four-cylinder, 750cc RC30 and RC45 machines. But when rules changed in World Superbike racing to allow a displacement advantage to twins and Ducati started winning, Honda took notice. Casting the V-4 machines aside for a twin, Honda created the 1000cc V-twin RC51 – and picked right back up with their winning ways. And while in some ways overshadowed by the collector status of the RC30 and RC45, the RC51 was arguably more successful in the intended theater of the racetrack thanks to the efforts of Colin Edwards (WSBK) and Nicky Hayden (AMA Superbike).

Featured Listing: 2001 Honda RC51

While badged as an RVT1000R, the RC51 actually displaces 999cc to allow it to squeak under the rule book cut off on swept volume. The Ducati killer’s short-stroke motor was built to rev, producing 133 HP . And while Honda copied Ducati in the use of the 90 degree vee configuration, they skipped on the desmo-drama and fitted the four-valve heads with conventional valve-train components. But don’t think that Honda simply phoned in a fake Duc replacement here; the aluminum perimeter beam chassis, the high-mount exhaust pipes, the aero bodywork complete with high-pressure intake, and the unique side-mounted radiators are all Honda tech. Built for the public at a fraction of the price of the Italian machine, the RC51 was a bit porkier in most dimensions (including weight). On the racetrack this was negated by minimum weight rules. On the street, the difference is negligible – until you sit in the cockpit. Unlike the Ducati- which demands rider conformity to a narrow, sharp and stretched position, the Honda is regarded as, well, comfortable. As a streetbike, the RC51 just works – and performs with the metronomic reliability you would expect from Big Red.

From the seller:
2001 Honda RC51 (RVT1000R) (PHX)
VIN: JH2SC45471M100004

Price: $9,000

I purchased this motorcycle in San Jose, CA, new in 2000 and rode it 286 miles and then parked it. I’m turning 80 years old in the next month and the time has come to find it a new, younger owner, hopefully someone that is a collector of motorcycles and that would appreciate the fact that it is 99.9% original (new batteries only and still on original tires), has been ridden 286 miles and has been in a climate-controlled environment from the very first day that it was bought and has had the best of care.

As always, RSBFS finds you the best of what is out there. And in this case, that means a basically NEW 2001 Honda RC51 with fewer than 300 miles. This bike is amazingly immaculate, and is completely original as new with the exception of a new battery. Drool over some of these pictures, and realize that the RC51 is the bike you really need, versus simply want. This is a do it all machine that can carve corners better than the best (unless you know better than Colin Edwards), has more than enough grunt to get most jobs done quickly, is comfortable enough to spend some time on, and has built-in legendary Honda reliability. Did I mention it sounds glorious? Seriously, what more could you want! Devoid of today’s game console electronic gadgetry, this is bike that expects you to ride it – and in exchange it will provide you with miles and miles of smiles.

If you are thinking that the latter SP-2 variant of the RC51 in Nicky Hayden livery is the most collectible of the lot, you wouldn’t be wrong. But when pen hits paper, it is what you can find that means the most. And in a model like this, where the “rarer” bike is essentially a sticker kit, the differences are not great. It is the difference in the condition of the bike that will contribute the most to the overall value in the near term, and likely well beyond that. And I would challenge you to find a cleaner, low mileage RC51 on the market today. Jump quickly before this twin-cylinder rocket is gone in a booming howl. Good Luck!

MI

Featured Listing: 2001 Honda RC51
Honda November 28, 2018 posted by

Royal Crown: 2004 Honda RC51

In the soda wars of the 1980s, Coca-Cola was the big dog. But others were keen to move in on the success of Coke, including Pepsi and RC Cola. Each had a slightly different take on the same theme, and competed for the same set of customers. Fast forward to the late 1990s and you could see the same situation developing in World Superbike racing. Ducati had the dominant platform with their legendary 916 (and 851 before that), winning 8 championships and effectively shutting out the other manufacturers. Given the rules and concessions afforded to twins in WSBK (displacement and weight, for example), other factories jumped on the copycat bandwagon. Honda in particular put their four cylinder screamers aside for a roaring v-twin designed to take the fight to Bologna. The bike that was developed became the very successful RC51. Winning the 2000 WSBK title the first year out with Colin Edwards, the RC51 also found success Stateside in the AMA under the guidance of one Nicky Hayden.

2004 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

Officially known as the RVT1000R in the US, the RC51 was the spiritual successor to the RC30 and RC45; it was built to go racing and win races. And while four cylinder WSBK machines were limited to 750cc, twins were allowed up to 999cc – providing more torque and HP over a lower RPM limit. Designing a new 90 degree twin displacing 999cc, the RC51 featured four valves per cylinder, gear-driven cams and a unique twin injector per cylinder for better fueling across the rev range. And speaking of revs, the RC51 was somewhat limited on the RPM front to the 10k range in favor of longevity due to the large bore / short stroke arrangement. The chassis was pure Honda – aluminum twin beam – with striking side-mounted radiators. While this made for a wider arrangement than the 916, the side-mounted rads were effective and aerodynamic.

From the seller:
Solo seat, Santo pipes, Penske shocks, GPR steering stabilizer, Power Commander.

Very clean, runs great, sounds great, excellent condition. Title in hand. Ready to go.

An overall competitive package, the RC51 was met with great rider enthusiasm; this was partly due to the price. While uber-limited RC30 and RC45s sold new for $25k+, the “lowly” RC51 was a veritable bargain with MSRP one buck below ten grand. There was even a Nicky Hayden edition sold, consisting of cosmetic changes such as brushed aluminum frame and swingarm, number plates and stickers. There were two generations of this model, the SP1 offered from 2000 to 2001, and all others are considered SP2 editions with minor suspension and fueling updates and some geometry changes. By 2006 the twin-cylinder party was over for Honda – as was factory WSBK racing for the time being. When they reemerged from their WSBK absence the new platform was back to the old in-line four ways of the FireBlade. Thus the RC51 is not exactly homologation rare, but relatively low numbers were produced over a short period of time.

Like the cola wars that preceded it, there were many interpretations of the same flavor. The RC51 remains a unique example of Honda taking the fight to Ducati on their turf and for a brief moment, winning the war. The resulting bike was massively capable, with Honda’s penchant for reliability and build quality. While a bit porky from some angles, the RC51 is a mean racing machine, and remains a desirable mount for practically any type of riding. This particular example shows few miles (less than 6k), and has some nice add-ons such as tasty Sato exhaust, suspension upgrades and a Power Commander to aid in fueling/tuning. More importantly, it has all the elements of a Nicky Hayden Edition, although not noted by the seller. With an opening ask of $6,000 this bike is starting out in the fair money range, if not the upper side of that neighborhood. No takers thus far, but there is still a long way to go. Check it out here if you are looking to pick up an under-appreciated superbike with real racetrack creds. It may not be the most coveted of the RC set, but this one still looks, sounds and goes like an RC should. Good Luck!!

MI

Royal Crown:  2004 Honda RC51
Ducati August 27, 2017 posted by

Remembrance: 2010 Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition

Let me start out by making it clear: Ducati built this bike to celebrate Nicky’s competitive streak and championship-winning skills while he continued racing for the Bologna squad – current tense. Today, we look at this very differently, and make quiet, respectful references in the past tense. This was not intended to be a remembrance model; tragic events turned it into that. Although Nicky raced for Ducati for 5 seasons in MotoGP, he was never able to duplicate his 2006 championship Honda form on the Italian machines. Yet in 2010 Ducati honored Hayden with a bespoke 848 Superbike showcasing the Kentucky Kid’s signature and USA-themed styling elements. Only 150 were made world wide.

The Ducati 848 is the little brother to the 1098/1198, in the same manner as the 749/999 and 748/916 model pairings. In fact, the 848 benefits from many of the same components as the 1198, including oil cooler and radiator. With 134 HP pushing only 370 pounds of bike, the 848 is good for 160+ on the top end. But that is not the whole story. With 70 foot pounds of torque ready to assist you, the Ducati twin is very forgiving should you select a slightly higher gear than the situation calls for. That is one of the Ducati’s (not so) secret weapons in the wet; tractable, usable power. The rest of the bike is pure Ducati. That is to say, finished to a high level of specification, including trademark trellis frame, aluminum single-sided swingarm, Showa suspension components front and rear, Brembo monobloc calipers, Termi pipes and Marchesini lightweight wheels.

From the seller:
2010 Ducati 848 NH (Nicky Hayden Edition). Great condition, no mechanical issues at all. Has been well taken care of and runs perfectly. Nothing to fix, ready to ride. Includes Bilt helmet, Sedici lambskin gloves, and full cover. Nicky Hayden autograph on gas tank.

Mechanically speaking, the real differentiation between the Nicky Hayden Edition of the 848 and the standard offering is graphical. There are no extra-sporty bits included with the NHE, unless the signature on the tank inspires you to greatness every time you ride in a manner that a plain red tank just doesn’t manage. Otherwise, you are looking at more of a marketing exercise than a technical one; but as usual, Ducati pulled off another great looking bike (at a slight premium over the base model). This particular example looks reasonably well cared for (despite the 38,709 miles on the clocks – something of a record for most Ducati Superbikes), although I would like to know a LOT more about the maintenance history of this bike. There appears to be a license plate eliminator out back, and Nicky’s signature is badly faded. Still, it presents decently well.

This 2010 Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition is available on eBay as a Buy It Now classified. The asking price: $6,200. All in all, that is not too bad considering. This particular bike has a few too many miles on it to be a collector, but then again the NHE bikes haven’t really appreciated in the same manner as other Ducati limited edition models (the 2000 MHe, for example). And it is too early to tell how the passing of the legend that was Nicky Hayden will play into the future value of these machines. But with only 150 created by Ducati, you can be sure there won’t be another one on every corner you pass. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts in the Comments section. Good luck (and Godspeed, Nicky).

MI

Remembrance: 2010 Ducati 848 Nicky Hayden Edition
Honda March 18, 2017 posted by

Pinnacle – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Nicky Hayden Edition

Celebrating Nicky Hayden’s 2006 Moto GP Championship, the Repsol-liveried CBR1000RR was also its own high point in liter-bike performance. This very clean example has just a few updates, and new rubber.

2007 Honda CBR1000RR Nicky Hayden Edition for sale on eBay

Coming out of the American flat track scene and making his way to an AMA championship in 2002, Nicky Hayden arrived at the big Moto GP show and rode for Honda 2003-08.  Hayden helped develop the RC211V, and many of the innovations made their way to the CBR1000RR.  The engine architecture was new, with the transmission countershaft more above than behind the main shaft, shortening the engine and allowing a more compact package.  A die-cast alloy frame was used, with an electronic steering damper, and the fuel tank was more centrally located behind the tank cover.  The long swingarm leads to a more stable feel despite the whopping 172 hp.  The fairing and seat console are busy aerodynamically and the complex Repsol graphics package keeps up.

  

Apparently babied by its Tennessee owner, this CBR has just a few scuffs, but Galfer brake lines, Corbin seat, and GPR exhaust.  Though not well pictured, the signal lights have been re-done in LED, and the license plate tucked away.  From the eBay auction:

Rare Nicky Hayden Edition Repsol in great condition. 3 minor scuffs on bike, included in pictures. Added Galfer front and rear brake lines, Corbin seat, G.P.R. exhaust, oem rear seat cowl (Repsol blue), integrated brake light with signals along with led flush mount front signals, led license plate mount (under seat), and new Michelin Pilot tires. Bike also comes with both original seats (excellent condition) along with all other parts that have been replaced with upgraded parts. Bike is clean and ready to go.

  

Making the most of his share of good luck, the Kentucky Kid reached the summit in the 2006 championship, and the bike has several #1 decals.  A local boy’s signature under the Moto GP wreath makes this a rare and desirable machine, almost as much of an attraction as the high tech and exquisite production of the steady-handling superbike.  All the better with the succession of tough breaks that followed.  A singular team effort from the manufacturer, racing team, and rider made this a special year for the big CBR…

-donn

Pinnacle – 2007 Honda CBR1000RR Nicky Hayden Edition
Honda March 12, 2014 posted by

Nicky Hayden’s 1999 CBR900RR Erion Racing Formula Xtreme Superbike!

1999 Honda CBR900RR Nicky Hayden Formula Xtreme for sale

Here’s an opportunity to own an amazing racebike that once was once piloted by MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden early in his career. The intent of Formula Xtreme was to allow as many types of motorcycles to compete, anything from inline-fours to air-cooled V-twins. Formula Xtreme racing was one of the more competitive and entertaining races of an AMA weekend. The seller has a contact number for Kevin Erion which should help with the specifics on this bike.

dc

1999 Honda CBR900RR Racebike on eBay

from the seller:

This is one of the Erion Racing CBR900RR that Nicky Hayden rode during his 1999 AMA Formula Extreme class series for Erion Racing while he was under contract with Honda. This is not a replica, this is the REAL DEAL. I have two of them and will be selling one. This is a once in a lifetime chance for you to own such a rare motorcycle ridden by one of greatest American racers to have gone up to the level of Moto GP and won a world title.

The buyer of the bike will be provided Kevin Erion’s direct contact information, where Kevin will provide you with direct confirmation/certification of this bike. You will be able to do this prior to taking delivery.

The bike has no VIN as the frame is a direct Factory supplied frame to Erion Racing for the sole purpose of track/Racing use only.

Nicky Hayden’s 1999 CBR900RR Erion Racing Formula Xtreme Superbike!
Honda July 18, 2013 posted by

2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden with less than 2000 Miles!

Update 7.18.2013: This bike had sold but the owner has informed us the sale fell through. Links updated. -dc

2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden For Sale

Located in South Carolina is this barely used Nicky Hayden edition RC51 with just 1877 miles. While this special edition only gets cosmetic upgrades (polished frame and swingarm, white number plates, sticker kit, and affixed with Nicky’s signature) it is arguably much better looking than the standard issue. If you missed one when they were new this is your second chance. Current bid is $3000 reserve not met (obviously) and the buy-it-now shows nearly $9k.

dc

2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

This is a very low mileage, mint condition 2004 model from my collection. Very clean and adult ridden all it’s life. The Jardine exhausts on it, sounds awesome!Stock OEM exhausts included. Comes with a brand new, unopened, uninstalled “sticker kit”. With rear seat and owner’s manual still in plastic.

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2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden with less than 2000 Miles!
Honda December 10, 2012 posted by

Minty Nicky Hayden 04′ RC51 for Christmas!

Location: Thomasville, GA    Mileage: 1,877     Price: $9,800 BIN

The RC51 is a well known Honda V-twin that is the last in the evolution of the RC line made famous by the introduction of the RC30. Granted the RC30 and RC45 have quite a bit more appeal to many buyers than the RC51, it doesn’t mean it should be dismissed. Honda doesn’t build anything like it now, so if you want something other than a Ducati in the twin department, you don’t have many options. Throw in Nicky Hayden (last American to win a MotoGP championship) and limited production, it gets even better.

Here’s the seller’s words-

I have a Mint Condition 2004 Nicky Hayden RC51. It does not have a scratch on it and has been garage kept, completly covered and on jack stands except for the few miles it has been ridden. It is all original including tires and will be a Nicky fans dream bike. The bike is in showroom condition. It is located in Thomasville, GA 31792 for shipping info. Feel free to call with any questions.

And photos-

This bike is super low mileage and looks like an all original machine. Sure, it’s a 2004 bike so it’s not all that old but the production is limited. And while these bikes are certainly out there, one with this kind of mileage and condition will only get more difficult to find.

If you have wanted the Nicky RC51 and are particularly interested in something that can go into a collection, this is a bike worth considering. The seller is asking a chunk of cash for this bike, so you’ll have to figure where you’re comfortable and maybe you can work a deal. To make a play on this bike, go place a bid!

-RN

Ducati December 15, 2011 posted by

Low Mileage Nicky Hayden Ducati 848

Location: Modesto, California

Mileage: A whopping 188

Price: $14,000 BIN

Not sure how much we need to discuss Nicky Hayden here. Good old American MotoGp racer from Kentucky who happened to pull a world title in 2006. Of course he did that on a Repsol Honda. Since, Nicky moved to Ducati and hasn’t had the same success. Neither has Valentino for that matter. But in honor of his being at Ducati, they put out the limited production Nicky Hayden edition seen here. Who knows if they’ll drop a Rossi edition on us. Hope so.

Here’s the info from the seller-

CONDITION: Vehicle is in immaculate condition. With only 188 actual miles this motorcycle has stayed covered in a garage ever since it was purchased new from the dealer in february 2010. The motorcycle has never seen rain and has no dents or scratches. Bike is started about every two weeks and stays plugged into a battery tender to the factory installed lead. The bike is still under factory warranty! ALL OFFERS WITHIN LOGIC WILL BE CONSIDERED

FEATURES: The bike is completely stock as it came from the factory. Absolutely no work, tuning, modifications, or replacing of any parts has been performed. This is an original limited edition, autographed Nicky Hayden 848, ONLY 150 BIKES EVER MADE! All dealer information, original paperwork, two keys, battery tender and bike cover come with the sale. This is as close to a brand new bike as it gets without paying full sticker price. Save money and avoiding paying sales tax from a dealer.

SHIPPING AND DELIVERY: Buyer is responsible for shipping costs and delivery fees. However, I have a truck and will transport near the west coast free of charge depending on location. I am pretty open to that agreement so contact me for details.

And more photos-

So this appears to be one clean, original, no excuses bike. Not much more to say than that. The bike is limited with only 150 being built. It has the obvious special paint scheme and Nicky signature on the tank. Otherwise, it’s your standard Duc 848. This one also has extremely low mileage, so if your interested, here’s a chance to own an original Hayden edition that hasn’t even been broken in. The seller also includes all the extras and paperwork that came with the bike. Important if you are really looking to collect this bike.

The seller is offering the bike for $14,000 BIN and is also accepting offers. MSRP was $14,500 so maybe you can pick it up for a little less and get an essentially new bike and save some dough. If you’re a Nicky and Ducati fan, then take advantage of this opportunity and check the auction out.

-RN