Posts by tag: RC51

Honda September 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: 2005 Honda RC51 for Sale with only 804 Miles!

Update 11.3.2016: The seller has notified us that this bike has sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Like other forms of racing, World Superbike is designed around a set of rules intended to create a relatively level playing field and encourage a variety of manufacturers to participate. Knowing that simple displacement limits would result in a field full of Japanese four-cylinder machines, the WSBK rules allowed for v-twin motorcycles of up to 1,000cc and triples of up to 900cc, whereas fours could only be 750cc, meaning the bikes made approximately equal power. But in an era before electronic traction control, twins had a big advantage in torque and traction, meaning they could come out of corners harder, and Ducati’s 916 was dominant in the early years. Enter Honda’s RC51.

2005 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

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Many felt the rules for v-twins allowed Ducati an unfair advantage, and that this was done entirely to ensure their participation in the series. Whether or not that was true, Honda had gotten tired of struggling to make their RC45 competitive and switched to a v-twin engine for the VTR1000 SP-1, their follow up to the RC45. The bike was successful, although not as dominant as Honda might have hoped. But it really proved their point: given a level playing field, their bikes could go toe-to-toe with Ducati.

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As a roadbike, the original SP-1 had a few minor issues with handling. According to Dave Hancock, Honda’s factory test rider, the bike’s notorious understeer was a result of the bike being rushed into production. Introduced in 2002, the RVT1000 SP-2 featured simple changes that were made to banish the understeer, including tapered spacers to replace the flat ones used on the front wheel. These new spacers allowed some flex at lean and, along with other minor changes, made the bike handle the way fans had always expected it to handle. Power for the SP-2 was up slightly as well to 133hp, but the bike’s low-rpm fueling was never all that smooth, a result of huge throttle bodies that were great for making power at higher revs and wide-open throttle and not so great for puttering around town. Styling is obviously not quite as sleek as the Ducati 916 it was designed to beat, but the race version was ultimately successful, and that was really the point anyway.

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For sportbike fans, the SP-2 offers up sleek styling, Honda racing heritage, and big v-twin noise in a package that you can have serviced at your local dealer, a big plus in much of the US. And if that appeals to you, it will certainly be difficult to find a better example than today’s Featured Listing.

From the seller: 2005 Honda RC51 for Sale

Here we have the King of V-Twins… purebred Honda race history here…

2005 Honda RC51 VTR 1000, 804 miles, yes 804 miles, lived life inside climate controlled home.

Marchesini rims, Akrapovic full titanium 2-2 exhaust with carbon fiber cans, Scott steering damper, custom rearsets, custom dropouts, Power Commander, full stainless brake lines, new Dunlop tires installed one year ago… Much, much more.

All original parts boxed and included with sale (factory wheels, rearsets, etc.)

Serious inquiries only, this is quite possibly the lowest mileage RC51 in the world… for sure for sale.

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Many owners do like to draw the link between this and Honda’s other famous homologation specials by stressing the “RC51” designation, but it’s important to remember that these have nowhere near the rarity or exotic specification of their forbears. Obviously, VTR1000 and RVT1000 are the roadgoing versions of the Honda racing twins, but they’re far more common and likely will never achieve the same level of collectability as the RC30 and RC45. That being said, they are very competent motorcycles and I expect that very clean examples will certainly appreciate in the future.

If you’re planning to add one to your collection, the red-and-silver scheme may be more traditional, but this dark paint looks very sleek and flatters the bike’s somewhat bulky lines. The modifications seen on this example are functional, make use of high-quality components, and are easily reversible (the factory parts are even included) if you’re looking for absolute originality. Plus this particular RC51 has traveled just 804 miles and has led a charmed indoor life.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2005 Honda RC51 for Sale with only 804 Miles!
Honda December 30, 2015 posted by

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em… 2005 Honda RC51 RVT1000R for Sale

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The Honda RVT1000 SP-2 might lack the drop-dead sex appeal of a Ducati, but Honda’s legendary reputation for build-quality and reliability offer up a charm all their own. Back in the mid-1990s, Ducati was seeing unprecedented success on and off track with Massimo Tamburini’s brainchild, the 916 and its derivatives. On-track, it could be argued that rules for v-twins gave the blood-red Bolognese bikes an unfair advantage, but success on the street was the result of styling that dripped sex.

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Of course, the Japanese manufacturers decided “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” and introduced their own v-twin sportbikes designed to trounce Ducati at its own game, with varying degrees of success. Suzuki’s TL1000S made a splash initially, although maybe not for the reasons they’d hoped, while the supposedly more racy follow-up TL1000R was a disappointment on all fronts. The Honda VTR1000F “SuperHawk” was introduced in 1997 to… crickets, mostly. Much more a sporty bike for the street than a serious racetrack refugee, it was cursed with bland styling and a tiny fuel tank that seriously curtailed the all-day backroad adventures the flexible twin and comfortable handling would otherwise have inspired.

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But the SuperHawk was never really intended to beat the Ducati in terms of pure performance. That was left to the VTR1000 SP-1 that was far from the lithe design you’d expect for a supposedly Ducati-beating motorcycle, with a broad fairing and bulky styling. But the bike ditched the SuperHawk’s camchains for sexy gears, and the Honda is dead reliable, sounds sexy as hell, and can be serviced at your local dealer, a big plus in many parts of the country. Unfortunately, the handling wasn’t really all that sharp, and huge throttle bodies designed for top-end power made low-rpm fueling pretty chunky…

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By the time the RVT1000 [Argh! Acronyms! VTR, RVT… Make up your mind!] SP-2 rolled around in 2002, Honda had refined the formula and while power was up only slightly to 133hp, the bike was much smoother overall, and handling was significantly improved. Fuel range still sucked but, considering this was intended to follow the RC30 and RC45, that slight flaw can probably be forgiven.

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From the original eBay listing: 2005 Honda RC51 RVT1000R for Sale

Only 6361 miles
$7,000 in upgrades
Black and gray color, last model before the RC51 was discontinued in 2006.
Marchesini magnesium light weight rims front and rear
Sato High
Mount Bonzai exhaust with titanium mid pipes and carbon fiber cans
Dyno Jet Power Commander III with Dan Kyle map
Sato adjustable rear sets
CRG adjustable shorty brake & clutch levers
European rear tail section with led lights (cleanest looking one made)
New Michelin 2CT Pilot Power front & rear tires
New DID o-ring gold chain
Greggs flush mount front turn signals
Puig tinted racing windscreen
Front and rear bike stands
Bike cover
Battery
tender hookup
15 tooth counter sprocket (front)
Café mirror
Have stock parts
Garage kept
Never down
Never on track
2nd mature experienced owner
Just performed maintenance service: Repsol full synthetic oil, front and rear brake and clutch fluid service
Excellent condition
Super fast and expert riders only
Pink slip in hand
$12,200 / best offer

This particular bike looks very sleek in black, something that can’t quite be said for the more common red and silver scheme. Mileage is very low, and the bike has had some very tasteful and useful modifications thrown at it, although the $12,500 asking price seems very high.

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The RC51 is still very much a bargain sportbike, but they’re relatively rare and many have been lovingly cared for. Stone-axe reliability, solid handling, and big-twin boom make this a great bike and, if you can stomach the price, this might be a good one to sock away in hopes that it one day reaches RC45-levels of collectibility.

Hint: don’t bother. Just ride the hell out of it instead.

-tad

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em… 2005 Honda RC51 RVT1000R for Sale
Honda June 24, 2015 posted by

Challenge Accepted! – 2002 Honda RC51 SP2

2002 Honda RC-51 SP2 on eBay

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The 90s were a tough time for Honda on the racetrack.  World Superbike regulations allowed v-twins a displacement increase up to 999cc to make up for the horsepower “advantage” that the four cylinder motorcycles had.  The Ducati 916 used this to thoroughly dominate WSBK to the tune of five championships in just six years.  Unable to remain competitive with V-four platform that saw so much success in the RC30 and RC45, Honda decided to level the playing field with their own V-twin and the results were impressive.  Colin Edwards would win two WSBK Championships in three years on board the RC-51.  The SP2 had several improvements over the SP1 that resulted in less weight, more horsepower, thicker brake rotors, better suspension and a slightly longer swingarm that made the SP2 a great handling motorcycle.

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This SP2 has a few very nice and very expensive mods, but also includes a number of stock parts should originality be your game.  You can read the description in the auction here: 2002 Honda RC-51 SP2 on eBay

19,250 miles.  I am the second owner.  I always use Rotella T6 at oil changes. Stock air filters, Flapper deleted.  Did not do the soft rev mod.  PC3R. Crankcase vented to exhaust. One fan deleted.  Galfer Front wave rotors and Galfer pads.  Zero Gravity double bubble windscreen.  Michelin Pilot Road 2s.  Scorpion alarm, and… Sato Racing Banzai mount carbon fiber slip-ons.  If you know RC51s, then you know Sato Racing made the best exhaust for this bike. Period. Hands down. Also, you know what they are worth now, and that they aren’t in production anymore.  Also included, front and rear pit-bull stands, battery tender, and the stock cans.

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While it may not have the raw sex appeal of Ducati’s 916, there is still a great looking motorcycle that gets even better looking when you understand just how good it is.  It’s still racy, it’s still aggressive, but you can also live with it on a daily basis as it retains all of the bulletproof reliability that Hondas are renowned for.  The RC-51s have a dedicated following which you can see by the number of eBay watchers any time one comes up for sale.  The resale prices have remained high which proves that this motorcycle has all of the makings of a future classic.

Challenge Accepted! – 2002 Honda RC51 SP2
Honda August 18, 2014 posted by

Road: NEW 2002 Joey Dunlop RC51 in the UK

There is a new documentary out called ROAD which which is based on the life on motorcycling legend Joey Dunlop so it seemed extra appropriate to post a Joey Dunlop commemorative edition RC51/VTR1000.

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Back in 1997 Honda’s response to a resurgent Ducati was its own V-Twin, the SP-1, which would be the basis of the US RC51 and European VTR1000 models.  In the capable hands of ‘Texas Tornado’ Colin Edwards, the SP-1/RC51/VTR1000 went on to win the World Superbike crown in 2000 but the bike also also proved capable of mastering road courses like the Isle of Man TT.  It was on a SP-1/RC51/VTR1000 that  Joey Dunlop achieved his 24th TT win, a win that occurred in awful weather conditions and which the Irishman later declared ‘was probably one of my best wins.’

There would be two further TT victories for Joey Dunlop on the SP-1/RC51/VTR1000 that same week, bringing Joey’s TT wins to date to a mind boggling 26. Tragically he was killed at a race a few weeks later and Northern Ireland went into mourning in a way not seen since the death of Ayrton Senna in Brazil (over 50,000 people in Ireland attended Joey Dunlop’s funeral).

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2002 Joey Dunlop RC51 for sale on eBay UK

This SP-1 is one of a limited edition of only 26 machines commissioned by a Honda dealer in the UK. The Joey Dunlop model came with gold-anodised OZ wheels; Lazer exhaust system; Power Commander; carbon-fibre rear hugger; WP multi-adjustable rear damper; Goodridge brake hoses; adjustable rear-sets; paddock stand ‘cotton reels’; Dunlop GP208 tyres; sponsors’ decals; screen name logo; and number patches. New fork yokes were fitted, carrying two plaques: one (with signature) commemorating Joey’s 2000 F1 TT win; the other a numbered plaque referring to Joey’s respective TT victory.

So this bike is already pretty amazing but this particular sale is for a a bike that is basically brand new.  And on top of that, this bike been signed by Linda Dunlop (Joey’s wife) as well as his sons Gary and Robert Dunlop.

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Price for this bike is an eye watering 30k pounds, which translates into about 50,000 USD.  This appears to be double what the bike sold for last time but given the fact that it is the only Joey Dunlop version ever produced, is new and is signed by members of the Dunlop family, it may actually be worth the asking price, especially for any collectors already in the UK.

-Marty

Road:  NEW 2002 Joey Dunlop RC51 in the UK
Mondial November 7, 2013 posted by

Italian That Never Went Home: 2002 Mondial Piega

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I’ve seen the number 3: as in 3 Piega’s that made it to the U.S.  If you are wondering what it is, think Bimota but with a rich racing history that goes back decades.

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There is a Honda VTR1000 SP1 engine hiding in there along with the Honda fuel injection. Mondial claimed to have changed the power delivery though. One story on the net tells of Suzuki initially agreeing to supply TL1000R engines before deciding against it.  It is all hidden with carbon bodywork.

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I thought the carbon wrapped swing arm was worthy of a few pictures.

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The tank is an aluminum piece of art that happens to hold gas.

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Only 1983 miles.

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Click here for the auction.

Back in 2009 we posted a Piega in the U.S. with 1700 miles and the asking price was $32,500.  With the low miles I guess this could possibly be the same machine.

They look sharp blacked out:

Ian

Italian That Never Went Home:  2002 Mondial Piega
Honda August 19, 2013 posted by

Instant Honda Sportbike Collection: RC30, RC45, RC51 SP1 & SP2, CBR400RR, VFR400R, CBR900RR, CB1100R and More!

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Sean forwards us this spot on eBay UK for an instant Honda sportbike collection. The collection includes an RC30, RC45, RC51, CB1100R, and other signification Honda specials. If you just hit the lotto or feel like making your investment portfolio a whole lot more interesting, bid accordingly!

dc

Honda Sportbike Collection For Sale on eBay

Honda RC45 For Sale

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from the seller:

To include

RC45
RC30
NC30 RR-K
NC30 RR-L
VF500F2
SP1
SP1
SP2
NC29
CB1100RD
CBR900 (893cc)

Most mint or near mint. Many with handbooks, toolkits, some with spares, etc. Viewing is welcome if I can please have notice to retrieve them from the secure storage facility. There will be a few revisions as I add more pictures and better descriptions over the next few days. Please contact me for further information on content before bidding.

RC30 – Excellent condition. European import – 1 previous UK owner. 30K miles. With spare new mudguard, mirror and rear brake disc. New complete toolkit and accessory toolkit, and very clean owners manual. Also has brand new OEM rear brake cylinder and cap which will give it that finished touch with the fairing off.

RC45 – Only 9000 miles. Netherlands import. I previous UK keeper. Full Akrapovic system and double bubble screen. Comes with genuine owners manual, original screen and brand new boxed OEM rear shock.

SP1 – Red. 20K miles.

SP1 – Red. 40K miles with a most incredible sevice history

SP2 – 2003 Black. 20K miles. Mint. With rear pillion cover and seat. Original sales documentation, spare key, owners manual, etc

CBR900 893 – twin headlamp Fireblade. 1993 white and purple. Excellent condition. Runs and starts perfectly. New battery. Stainless steel exhaust system with Micron can. Comes with original black silencer. Original screen, etc. still present

VF500F2 – 1985. You will struggle to find a better one anywhere. Strip and rebuild a few years ago, radiator rebuild, bearings, chain/sprockets, calliper rebuild, braded lines (original ones still present). Collector box and pipes in amazing condition. Original paintwork in beautiful condition. I MOT’d it and rode it for a short while after the rebuild and she has been in storage ever since. Comes with spare collectors, downpipes, carbs, screen, gaskets and other bits.

NC29 – Near mint. Late model, 1 previous owner, low mileage. White with flame pattern. Complete with one of the last, boxed OEM exhaust cans anywhere (about £500 when you could get them).

NC30 RR-K RC30 colours. Low mileage. Absolutely gorgeous and clean under the skin, but there is a small dent in the tank, and most of the fairings are spot on, but a couple need a little work. Fairings are included, but not shown in the photos.

NC30 RR-L Black and red. Near mint, but the wheels could do with a repaint.

CB1100RD – What a beast! Needs restoration, but is complete. Also, with a spare set of rear shocks in good condition, plus a basically new complete rear shock set and front forks, triple tree (all original, genuine RD spares) and £1000 worth of new OEM fastenings, etc. Lower fairings and spare seat cowls are available, but not shown in the photos.

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Instant Honda Sportbike Collection:  RC30, RC45, RC51 SP1 & SP2, CBR400RR, VFR400R, CBR900RR, CB1100R and More!
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.

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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.

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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