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Honda November 5, 2018 posted by

Small miles, big pistons: 2001 Honda RC-51

Somehow, whoever owned this 2001 Honda RC51 managed to keep it mostly off the road in its 18 years, showing remarkable restraint in the face of a bike that built a legend for itself under the likes of Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Joey Dunlop. Fast, reliable and uncompromising, the RC-51 took the fight to Ducati in the early aughts in a variety of superbike classes and at the Isle of Man.

2001 Honda RC51 for sale on eBay

This is the SP-1 version of the RC51, meaning it has slightly shallower rake and trail, and is a few pounds heavier and a few horses less powerful than the later SP-2 version. It is by no means a slouch. You’re still looking at a bike that is well under 500 pounds fully fueled that puts out more than a 130 horses at the crank. Beginners need not apply, to be sure.

The seller provides little description of the bike beyond the mileage, but the pictures say more than enough about its condition. It appears to come with a the original manual and toolkit, as well as a pillion pad and the original front turn signals. The bike looks like it has new, sticky Dunlop street and track tires, and is as clean as you’d expect for a bike with so few miles.

From the eBay listing:

Yes the listing is correct. 2,001 miles!!! Bike runs and shifts smooth. Brand new tires. I’m pretty sure if you’re looking at this bike I don’t have to tell you much about it, you know what you buying. This bike is 18 years old, it’s not perfect, has a very small scratch on the top of the tank.

If you have any questions at all me feel free to contact me.

With the passing of Dunlop and Hayden and Edwards’ retirement, as well as myriad rule and convention changes in the class it once dominated, the bike is becoming a piece of history, even as it remains a potent performer by modern standards. Examples like this one will be the ones whose value goes up in years to come, but they haven’t quite gotten to the blue-chip collector price point just yet.

Small miles, big pistons: 2001 Honda RC-51
Honda September 18, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Honda RC51 for Sale

Update 9.20.2018: SOLD IN 2 DAYS! Congratulations to buyer and seller! Contact me if you have a Rare SportBike for sale in excellent condition that needs similar exposure! -dc

The RC30 and RC45 that preceded today’s Featured Listing Honda RC51 were pure homologation specials, built in very limited quantities and designed primarily as the basis for Honda’s production-based racing efforts. The RC51 represented a pretty big change for Honda in terms of philosophy, and was produced in much larger numbers, making it a great way for Honda fans to get a piece of their racing heritage for less money, especially on the used market.

2006 Honda RC51 for Sale on eBay

Those previous bikes embodied Honda’s belief in the virtues of the V4 powerplant, but World Superbike rules gave a significant displacement advantage to v-twins that helped them dominate the series during the mid-to-late 1990s. The RC45 had its own flaws and was never as successful as the stunning RC30, but Honda felt that the rules were biased and a shift to a v-twin platform was really the only way to compete against Ducati. Basically the RC51 was Honda proving a point: that, on a level playing field, they could beat Ducati at their own v-twin game.

The original SP1 version of the bike that was introduced in 2000 had some teething problems: the low-rpm fueling was poor, tank range was very limited, and the bike had significant understeer, something that was addressed when the SP2 was released in 2002 with frame updates and tweaks to the front end. Most importantly, the bike was a winner on track right out of the gate, and took the WSB title in 2000 and again in 2002.

Transverse v-twins are generally very skinny, but the RC51’s side-mounted radiators give the bike some visual bulk Ducatis lack and helped solve one of the problems the Bolognese bikes faced: a 90° twin is a very long design and if you want an appropriate length swingarm for optimal traction, you end up with no space to fit a radiator. The side-mounted parts look trick, but I do wonder how well an RC51 crashes…

Personally, I think the RC51 is a little bit too nondescript and functional-looking in the more common silver, red, and black graphics, but the darker color scheme seen here on this SP2 looks very sleek and sinister and it should be a great bike on road or track, since it includes the updates to the handling mentioned above. You’re still stuck with some snatchy low-rev throttle response, a result of the gaping throttle bodies designed for max power at high revs, and the small fuel tank, but that seems a pretty small price to pay. How small? The seller is asking $10,000 for this clean, low-mile example.

From the original eBay listing: 2006 Honda RC51 for Sale

2006 Honda RC51 (MINT)

12,000 miles, show room condition OZ wheels, Brembo brakes, Galfer wave rotors, Akrapovic full titanium carbon fiber exhaust, Power Commander USB, Gilles rear sets, carbon tank protector, rear carbon tire hugger Magical Racing, Ohlins rear shock, Race Tech internals forks, Pro Tech suspension adjusters, Pazo shorty levers, and so much more 

Honda’s largely deserved reputation for reliability and build quality means many RC51s rack up pretty high mileage, so the 12,000 miles seen here are relatively low, and the bike comes with some tasteful extras. Up until recently, the RC51 has, along with the Suzuki TL-R, languished in the sportbike bargain basement: actual racing success aside, it wasn’t quite the Ducati-killer Honda hoped for and that seems to have kept prices relatively low. Of course it couldn’t last: the bike may only have two cylinders, but this is a genuine piece of HRC history that looks great in this darker color scheme.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2006 Honda RC51 for Sale
Honda July 5, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 for Sale

Update 7.11.2018: Seller reports that this bike has sold to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

After a couple decades building and racing their signature V4 machines, Honda finally decided to go with the flow and switched to a v-twin that could compete on a level playing field with Ducati. Their faith in the V4 as a package has ultimately been vindicated, as now Ducati is using a V4 for its roadgoing superbikes, and pretty much everybody is racing V4s in MotoGP. But for a couple years, the Honda RC51 showed the world that, all else being equal, they could go toe-to-toe with the v-twins from Bologna.

Well the new v-twin Hondas could compete with Ducati in terms of performance, at least. Style was another matter, and the VTR1000 SP1 and later RVT1000R SP2 seen here traded Tamburini’s sensual shapes for altogether more practical lines and a digital dash with a bar-graph tachometer. Mechanically, the bike used an aluminum beam frame with side-mounted radiators that allowed the engine to be mounted further forward in the chassis to overcome the usual packaging issues associated with 90° v-twins, and a set of gears drove the dual overhead cams.

When introduced, the original SP1 was somewhat of a disappointment. Certainly the styling didn’t help: it’s sleek and purposeful, but not especially sexy, considering it was a follow up to the very trick-looking RC45. But more importantly, handling wasn’t up to snuff, low-rpm fueling was pretty poor, and tank range was abysmal. The latter two issues are easy to overlook in a high-performance motorcycle, but the bike’s understeer was a deal-breaker for many. Fortunately, the SP2 that followed in 2002 sorted out the handling with some suspension revisions, including a set of tapered spacers for the front wheel that improved feel when the bike was on its ear. Power was up slightly as well to a claimed 133hp, although the fueling was still an issue, a side-effect of the gaping throttle bodies designed for high-rpm power, not around-town driveability. If practicality is your bag, there’s always the very nice and much cheaper SuperHawk… Although you’ll still have to deal with limited range.

The style of the RC51 didn’t really inspire lust in the way Italian machines did when the bike was new, but the clean design looks great these days. Today’s Featured Listing is almost obsessively stock for a machine that’s been used as intended and actually ridden, down to the rear license plate holder, huge signals, and ridiculously long hero blobs. Aside from the hero blobs, the signals and other original parts seem to suit the bike’s chunky style, and the only thing I’d change personally is the stock exhaust: a big twin should sound big-twin-y and stock cans never really do them justice. I’d keep the original exhaust though, so I could return the bike to stock condition in case I wanted to sell it.

From the Seller: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 for Sale

This 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 is 100% stock except for the addition of a Power Commander 3, and is unbelievably clean.  In 2002 the RC51 received a number of upgrades from the SP1.  This bike looks like it did on the showroom floor with all the OEM warning decals, reflectors, stock exhaust, and stock rear fender.  It has the complete stock tool kit and owners manual with it.  I recently replaced the windscreen, clutch slave, battery, and sprockets with Honda OEM parts.  It also has a new DID chain, and Dunlop Sportmax tires with less than 1000 miles on them.  This RC51 runs and rides perfectly and needs absolutely nothing but a new owner.  The fairings are clean and shiny!  The rear seat cowl/pillion cover was signed by Colin Edwards, who won the World Superbike Championship in 2002, the year this was built.  There is also an unsigned cover and the passenger pillion that go with the bike.  I had never seen an RC51 that was completely stock and in this condition, which is how this made it into my collection.  It has 22,500 miles, meaning it’s been properly exercised and maintained with only about 1400 miles per year since new.  The only single blemish is a minor crack at the mounting point under the left side upper cowl that’s been there for years, apparently common with these.  $5,900.00 or best offer. It’s located near Milwaukee, WI.

The seller’s $5,900 asking price is pretty fair for an RC51, especially the improved SP2 version in this kind of mint and nearly stock condition. Obviously, the SP1 and SP2 are way too common to ever command the same sort of interest as the RC30 and RC45, but prices have hit their low point and appear to be on the way up. As always, originality counts for collectors and many RC51s have been modified and updated. If you’re looking for a fast Honda with genuine racing heritage, you won’t likely find one cleaner or more affordable.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2002 Honda RC51 SP2 for Sale
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
Honda August 19, 2013 posted by

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

Honda Superbike For Sale

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!
Mondial December 2, 2011 posted by

Italian Elegance: 2003 Mondial Piega

Italian Elegance: 2003 Mondial Piega

Here is a little something to liven the week up. If my lottery numbers ever come through this would be the bike that would be at the top of my list to purchase. Quite simply it is an elegant motorcycle. It has it all: history, top shelf components and exclusivity. Hell, I’m sold on just the classic Mondial logo.

FB Mondial was another of these Italian marques that was winning world championships in the 40’s and 50’s but couldn’t translate that success into a successful business model. Some of the information I found claimed Mondial was much more of a boutique brand with all its’ production bikes being hand made. An interesting part of their history involved Honda. Apparently Soichiro Honda himself approached Mondial about purchasing their 125cc race bikes to help the infant Honda company get up to speed. Mondial agreed and the two companies took two dramatically different paths from there.

Fast forward decades and the Mondial name was back and they needed an engine for their new superbike. Who do they call? Not Honda! An article I read said the Mondial was originally supposed to come with a TL1000 but the deal fell through. Mondial then came to an agreement with Honda and Honda repaid the debt and let an outside company use its’ big bore engines for the first (and I think only) time. The bike is fitted with a SP1 engine.

A beefy carbon fiber swing arm. Well kind of. There is an aluminum shell inside. If you’d like some more info on the Piega, this is a nice read. Too bad they couldn’t keep the doors open, it sounds like a really nice bike.

Quite a unique looking frame. Here is an excellent thread with some great pictures with the bodywork off: simply stunning. It looks like they keep the SP1’s split radiator set up. The body work is all carbon fiber as you would expect on a bike like this. By the way, this is a 0 mile bike.

I guess I’m getting used to the newer Star Trek looking gauges, this looks a little dated and clunky. It looks like the Peiga was originally offered in the $30,000 range. The seller is asking roughly $26,500 (17,000 British Pounds) for this example. I know there isn’t much of a chance I could ever afford one of these but I will certainly continue to dream.

If you do have the means, make the purchase here.

Ian

Honda January 10, 2010 posted by

2006 Honda RC51 Pristine With 200 Original Miles!

Note: The new owner has contacted us and the bike is no longer for sale. Congrats!

This RC51 has 200 original miles, has a decent amount of upgrades, and looks to be in fantastic shape–as it should be with this mileage.  Located in Battle Ground, Washington is a 2006 Honda RC51.  This is the last model year for the RC51 with the ’05 and ’06 models coming in this dark gray scheme.  This bike isn’t completely original however, it features:

Akrapovic Titanium Carbon Fiber Exhaust
CRG levers
Gilles Tooling Rearsets – black
Brembo Mono block calipers
Ohlins Race shock
Steel braded Brake and Clutch lines
Double Bubble Windscreen
Renthal Sprockets
DID 520 ERO race chain
Power Commander PC3

This bike features very good mods but with it having very low miles I would expect a buyer to be more focused on a stock version.  This brings up the problem that, this bike has very good aftermarket accessories but, you could probably find the same bike with around 2,000 miles that would be considerably less than this example.  Regardless, if you missed out on a RC51 four years ago, check this one out.  The asking price is $10,500–just under what they were going for new.  See the bike on Craigslist here.

AG

Uncategorized December 28, 2009 posted by

2002 Mondial Piega 1000

Following up on Doug’s Bimota post from Michaels Motorcycles is a 2002 Mondial Piega they also have available.  This is a hand-built, Italian motorcycle powered by a Honda RC51 SP1 V-Twin.  This bike has exotic looks with a dependable power source.  The seller states that this bike is one three in the U.S. with less than fifty made total.  The asking price for this bike is $32,500.  See it on Michael’s Motorcycles here.

AG