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Saw one going up Seymour on Friday with carbon cans...has to be the best sounding bike I've ever heard!
So anyways, seeing that bike take a hairpin got me wanting one and I was wondering what they're like to ride. I've heard they're pretty cramped and uncomfortable, is this true? I'm 6'2" so I need a little leg room on a bike.
 

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fok when i was looking at bikes the sp2 caught my eye, i loved the looks and the sound, but riding it was cramped as hell. i'm sure it would take some getting used to, but i opted for a 954 instead. i'm also 6ft 2
 

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fok when i was looking at bikes the sp2 caught my eye, i loved the looks and the sound, but riding it was cramped as hell. i'm sure it would take some getting used to, but i opted for a 954 instead. i'm also 6ft 2
Fireblade? Awesome bike, how do you like it?
I'm itching for some of that V-Twin melody. Almost all of the pictures I can find of guys riding the RC51 have the rider's elbow touching his knee...not a good sign. And you're the same height as me, also not a good sign.
Maybe I should look at a "superhawk" or a Duc. Maybe a suzuki TL?
 

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Fireblade? Awesome bike, how do you like it?
I'm itching for some of that V-Twin melody. Almost all of the pictures I can find of guys riding the RC51 have the rider's elbow touching his knee...not a good sign. And you're the same height as me, also not a good sign.
Maybe I should look at a "superhawk" or a Duc. Maybe a suzuki TL?
I'm 5'9" and the RC is the most comfortable bike ever, for me. More comfortable than the VTR 1000 actually. Could be a different story for 6'2'' though. VTR is nicer in town, but no comparison chassis wise.
 

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I love the RC51 and looked hard at them in the spring. No need to trade out my current VTR though. The RC felt like a great track bike postion but at 6'4" I questioned it for a a street ride. Those wanting v twin and street comfort, my vtr is in the marketplace forum. Looking for a 450 motocross bike currently.
 

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I'm 6'1" and had no problems with my RC51 (in fact, if I buy another bike it'll probably be one).

The only major issue I had with the bike was the extreme heat from the seat during the summer.. it can very hot in traffic in town; otherwise, a real pleasure to own and ride.

Oh, and passengers won't like the bike much.
 

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I'm 6'1'' and find my RC pretty comfortable as far as sportbikes go. But, if you're going to be riding in the city lots, I would look at a different bike. The RC get hot as a mofo in traffic, and can be a little hard to ride a slow speed due to the pretty bad turning radius. I only ride my RC on weakends and never in the city, and I love it!
 

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I'm about 6 ft (well, maybe 5' 11" and 3/4's but close enough) and the leg room for me is no problem. It is fairly racer crouch but not uncomfortably so compared to any of the other bikes out there.

The only complaint I have is with the reach to the bars - puttering around town and in traffic isn't the best due to the weight placed on the wrists; it's probably great for the track but no so much for city riding. That could be addressed w/mods though and I find it's not an issue when riding at higher speeds. Plus, if you have longer arms then me, that might help too.

Re the heat - sure, in stop and go traffic in hot weather you can feel the heat. Otherwise it's not much of an issue. At least my gonads don't get fried when riding around like I hear some of the new undertail exhausts impart.

Having a big v-twin is great - gobs of torque and a nice melody, especially w/pipes which even though loud aren't a screechy loud but a deep rumble. RC's though can have twitchy throttles which can make smooth, slow speed riding a challenge but, again, mods like a power commander is supposed to work that out nicely.
 

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You don't ride an RC51 in the city, you just don't. Its miserable.
Ride it up in teh mouantains where it can eat up fast sweeprs and both you and it will be happiest. Just don't plan on knowcking down 800kms in a day.
Recommend changing out the clip ons, and figure aout what to do with the seat.
 

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You don't ride an RC51 in the city, you just don't. Its miserable.
Ride it up in teh mouantains where it can eat up fast sweeprs and both you and it will be happiest. Just don't plan on knowcking down 800kms in a day.
Recommend changing out the clip ons, and figure aout what to do with the seat.
Personally I don't find 800Kms in a day to be so bad on my RC. It is actually more comfortable than a sport touring bike I had for long trips. While it isn't ideal in the city, it also isn't so bad (I commute every day on mine, 45km).
 

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I don't know why people worry about fitting on an RC. If you see me on mine you would bet I can fit another person behind me...on the same seat.

As for comfort, go get a Goldwing. Seriously, that seat is a torture rack and the hot exhaust can cause 1st degree burn ( should you choose to wear shorts and ride in traffics).
 

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I had one a while ago and I loved it as a street bike (the wife absolutley hated it and wished I still owned the R1 ha ha). As a race bike, sport rider said it best when they said it was the perfect platform for your $100000 superbike project. While i believe that is an overstatement I will agree with them that at the track the bike really shows it's extra weight and it wasn't long before I missed my R6. The problem with the RC51 is that right after I sold it because it was a heavy, plank seated, 100000btu ass heater, all I could think about was getting another one.
 

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I came from a 600rr until I got my RC. I guess I could say I have already come from an uncomfortable bike.

I have no issues with the stock seat, I did 610km ride in a day, and my ass didn't even hurt one bit, only my back.

The 600rr was worst for passengers,the tail is higher up, and the seat has less cushion, The RC passenger seat is luxurious compared to the new 600's such as the 06 yami r6 and 600rr's.

Also the tail is lower on the RC so its easier for passengers to get on, or jump off.. :p

It depends on you the rider for comfortability. I guess my ass can take it. I must be born with some nice pillows down there, my friends do call me fattay :) (although I'm not really fat)

As for the heat, sure I notice it to start burning the side of my leg a little if I'm waiting too long in traffic, but its nothing compared to the burns my friend is getting on his 05 R1. (his legs blister red from touching the frame)

Also I find a full tank of gas helps cool the metal tank down in the hot sun.. If the tanks near empty I find the tank gets heat up really well and its harder to ride the thing with your thighs hugging the tank,

but perhaps that goes with all bikes roasting in the sun with metal tanks?

I guess seeing how some of the members miss their good ol' RC, I'll definitley keep my 05 forever!

quote taken from a member from speedzilla.com,

an X-Rc51 rider who wanted to trade their 04 R1 back to a 02 or up RC51.

"I guess for me it comes down to the personality of the twin. The R1 for me is kinda like the supermodel you wish you could always have sex with and did. She's beautiful, fast and gets the envy of all your friends.

The RC on the other hand is the frumpy ex you left for the supermodel for-yeah she gets bagged on a bit for her weight and her buck and snort attitude at low revs but in the long run she has a personality and is alot more fun and involving to ride than the shallow supermodel."
 

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Well thanks for all your input, I guess I'll just have to see if I can get a ride on one and see how it feels. I know there's a couple at dealerships right now, so maybe I'll check one out this weekend
 

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Well thanks for all your input, I guess I'll just have to see if I can get a ride on one and see how it feels. I know there's a couple at dealerships right now, so maybe I'll check one out this weekend
The RC is the best handling bike I have ever ridden, and the power and sound are great - especially w/ aftermarket pipes... the Satos are great and my bike had Akros - good for setting off car alarms, if you are into that sort of thing :evilgrin . But I have a bad back and some neck/disc issues and never really got comfortable on the bike. Rather than mod it, I delivered to a friend in Calgary and rode it there in one day (1,200 kms +/-) non stop and it nearly killed me :laughing . I now ride the VFR, less power but much more comfortable and still good (but not RC) handling. 800 to 1,000 km days are no problem on the VFR for my ailing back and neck.
 

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I've owned a shite load of bikes. Sold the 02' ZX12 and bought the RC right here on BCSB. After riding for 2 seasons on it all I can say is that it consistently leaves me with a grin after a ride. I think the bike will accomodate a 6'4" rider but would be a little cramped after that.

The trick to comfort on the RC is aggresiveness. If you ride very calmly and cruise at low speed it's probably not for you. Admitidly I ride aggresive most of the time(20 years):rockon . No bull the RC with the right mods and rider will spank many of the current bikes around and out of corners and shock the hell out of the 4 bangin' litre bikes on a top end charge. I ride with a 9.5 second/146 mph q mile zx14 most of the time and of course the 14 is faster but I see nothin' but spider eye headlights up to 180-200kph with a good launch.....Oh yeah that is at the racetrack:devillook . Most people who sell the RC's want em' back.....Hope this helps!
 

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I've found everything about the fit of my RC to be as nice as the Firestorm I had before. If I was changing anything it would be a narrower tank to get more 600RR feel, otherwise it's so nice I can't bear to part with it!
 
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