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Featured Listing April 29, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing – 2000 Honda RVT1000R / RC51

Update 5.23.2022: Sale pending! -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 and can be reached at 843-270-2800.

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.

Contact Joe via email – here – or phone 843-270-2800.

-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 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

Honda November 6, 2021 posted by

2004 Honda RC51 with less than 6k miles!

It’s been an interesting year for 2004 RC51 Nicky Hayden sales. This 322 mile example closed at over $18k and didn’t have a title. This one is currently at $13,600 reserve met with 12 hours to go. I’m excited to see where it ends!

2004 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

2004 Honda RC51 Nicky Hayden Edition with very low all original miles. This motorcycle is about 99% stock with the only modifications being the front turn signals, the grips, braided stainless brake lines, frame sliders and the tires. Other than that this bike is completely stock (included the very rare OEM undertail that is impossible to find). The motorcycle has a clean title in my name.

Please note that there are two areas on this bike that has a small amount of damage that occurred during transportation by the previous owner. A little bit of paint has been scratched off on the right hand side of the nose cowling and the left hand side of the tail section. The damage is very minimal and the bike has never been laid down. Other than that this bike is extremely clean and in excellent condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me directly.

PS – I prefer to do a local pickup, but will consider helping out with shipping as long as the buyer handles all of the logistics. I’m located in Woodstock GA.

This auction ends oddly just before 8am pacific time on a Sunday, so if you’re getting this email early on the east coast, act quickly!

Here are a couple more notable 2004 RC51 posts from this year.

dc

2004 Honda RC51 with less than 6k miles!
Honda October 22, 2021 posted by

Honda’s Ducati Fighter: 2004 RC51 SP2 Nicky Hayden with 322 Miles!

The Honda RC51 should need no introduction.  Even the most causal superbike fan has heard the story of the RC51 duking it out with the best that Ducati had on offer.  The racing was amazing, the stories were incredible and the road going versions were a beautiful thing to experience.  The RC30 and RC45 before it are super sought after collectables and now is the time for the RC51 to shine.  133hp V-Twin will still put a smile on your face today.

Today’s example is one of the last years of production, and one of the more desirable editions.  The livery was to honor the success Nicky Hayden had on track with the superbike racing Hondas.  Not only is it hard to find a clean example of an RC51 today, it is even harder to find bike with low miles.  It is not uncommon to find an RC51 on the market with over 30k miles on the clock.  That really is a testament to the quality of the bikes.  With only 322 miles this bike will be sure to be placed in a collection and not ridden much, if at all.

No signs of use, damage or issues can be seen in the pictures.  Refreshing to see fairings without holes cut for sliders, or colored levers installed.  Only departure from stock is the addition of a Staintune exhaust that is sure to be music to one’s ears.  Seller states that the original exhaust is included.  While the bike was never titled, it is said to come with the original MSO and while the listing claims that might be an issue for the new owner.  After a quick bit of research, there should be no issues at the DMV, but maybe some funny looks.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

Up for grabs is this pristine RC51 with 322 original miles. Bike has always been stored in climate-controlled garage. This is about as perfect condition as you can find. This RC51 is pretty much flawless. The prior owner put the Staintune Exhaust. It also comes with the original exhaust, original owner’s manual, and tool kit. The bike was part of an estate. The prior owner never titled the bike. It still has the original MCO signed over to the prior owner. So, getting the bike titled could be an issue. I started to file for a bonded title but all of our local offices were closed. I’m going to offer the bike here on eBay to the highest bidder. The bike will be sold with a bill of sale only along with the MCO. There is a $150.00 deposit due if you win the auction. The balance can be paid in cash, “check 14 days to clear” or wire the funds. Third party payments like PayPal can be accepted however buyer is responsible for all third party fees from these type of companies. The Motorcycle is located in El Paso, Texas 79932 If you have any more questions or want more photos just let me know. Thank you.

As of posting the opening bid of $5,000 has been made, but as expected the reserve had is not met.  Price for clean low mileage RC51s have been rocketing to the moon over the last year.  They might even be a better buy then your favorite cryptocurrency.  For years these bikes were massively undervalued so it should come as no surprise to anyone that the market needed to adjust.  A bike that offers a link to HRC, completes a lineage of other amazing RC products as well as offering a fantastic connection to a historic era of superbike racing should be on everyone’s radar.  What makes these even one step better is that the package comes wrapped with Honda reliability and general usability.

 

Honda’s Ducati Fighter:  2004 RC51 SP2 Nicky Hayden with 322 Miles!
Honda July 8, 2021 posted by

Rare & Rarely Used: 2003 Honda RC51

We often like to claim milestone motorcycles were designed to “break all the rules” but in the case of the RC51, the bike was designed to the extent of the rules – quite literally. Known formally as the Honda RVT1000R, the RC51 was a significant departure from the earlier (and successful) RC30 and RC45 formats.

Whereas Honda homologation superbikes of the past were v-4 configurations, the RC51 genesis was a change in WSBK rules allowing twins a greater displacement. This had been exploited by Ducati to the tune of several world championships, so Honda figured if you couldn’t beat them you might as well join them. Enter the 90 degree V-twin displacing 999cc and pumping out a reported 133 HP. With an aluminum twin spar chassis that capitalized on the narrow format engine, nifty aerodynamic tricks such as the side mounted radiators, technologically advanced fuel injection and race ready components such as the close-ratio gearbox the RC51 was ready to hit the track.

It turns out the old adage was right – the bike won right out of the box with Colin Edwards in 2000, and again in 2002. Nicky Hayden won the AMA Superbike championship in 2002 as well, providing Honda with a trio of impressive trophies for their efforts. And while Honda pulled out of WSBK before the 2003 season, the RC51 continued to be offered as a street bike until 2006.

Today’s example has traveled but 795 miles in all its years. This is also a non-California bike, which means it is devoid of the complexities of additional emissions-related equipment festooned on Golden State models – yet it IS located in California. The pictures show a very clean, very original specimen. And with that pristine and awesome presentation comes a price tag: a Buy It Now of $19,500. That is big money. Fortunately the seller is open to offers. So check out all of the details here (including a lot more high res pictures), and Good Luck!!

MI

Rare & Rarely Used: 2003 Honda RC51