Special Bikes of the past: Part 2 — Team-BHP

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Special Bikes of the past: 2

Special Bikes of the past: 2

Special Bikes: Part 2: the RC51 – a harbinger of success

is almost an extension to the homologation of Part 1. The reason I focus on is the very premise that bikes were built for – win and sell tomorrow.

I must that I am not a fan of the RVT/VTR1000 (RC51.) But it was a key from HRC to battle the Works on a so-called level playing Before we get carried away “the twins had an unfair rhetoric, let us not forget that the RC45 did win the WSBK championship John Kocinski well they introduced this HRC took a decisive step to development on the RC45 and not experiment their fire blade 929RR.]

The RC51 was a special in that it won the WSBK championship Colin Edwards in its debut in 2000.

Year 2000 superbike season itself was unusual. The season saw Gobert win on a TL1000 powered Bimota at a wet Philip Island circuit. did not even toy with the idea of a Superbike based on the TL-1000 and always maintained their DNA in their GSXR 750 1000

Y2K was an ill-fated year for King Fogarty who had his career ending at Philip Island. Ducati in Bayliss as a replacement mid-season and the is history. To top it off, Haga on the R7 have had an impact had he not failed the test.

Edwards backed his with a second title in on the RC51. It was an epic season battle with Troy on the Ducati 998R F02. I the Laguna Seca double-header, the of which started the string of 9 for Edwards culminating in the WSBK

I witnessed the best racing in WSBK history if not motorcycling – I dare you challenge me after the 2002 WSBK finale at – “Edwards-Bayliss Thriller.” I was shocked by choice in Nicky Hayden in of Edwards as a team-mate to Rossi for MotoGP squad – that is of another discussion.

In the same year, Nicky had wrapped up the AMA superbike title an RC51, beating the king of Matt Mladin. I watched the at Sears Point when and his veteran team-mate Miguel just ran away from the This is somewhat of an enigma to me the RC51 was almost like a motor squeezed into a chassis.

Sears point a highly technical circuit favor the razor sharp R7, GSXR750 and the ZX7RR. Seated in the close to turn-1, it was amazing to the pair of hot-rods exit the bend almost half a away while the pursuers had crossed the start finish.

had Honda built a bike was better than the factory I don’t believe so. Riders and had a lot to do with it. Edwards was riding a man possessed.

Bayliss just took too risks when he had the championship on in 2002. In AMA however it was a different After Doug Polen twins had not won a superbike title.

of a championship caliber rider and support from Ducati in a full-on factory team had a bearing on the outcome. Scott was hired in 2001 by the HMC squad but his ended with the horrific in the season opener at Daytona [It was the 200 event that Ducati won] Subsequently, Anthony was hired with Vic Fasola as the chief but they just did not Former AMA champ Chandler his hand as well but he was way past his

Now back to the RC. Building a twin was not new to They had the Hawk VTR1000F in repertoire that featured a 90 twin.

But morphing the hawk a superbike would be too much to even for the engineering prowess of And hence they decided to their Duck Killer the ground up. With a price tag of 10k USD for the road-going version, it was an attractive for riders who preferred Honda In contrast, MSRP of the RC45 was 27k

Today, a good RC45 can fetch 25k. A good can be had for 6k.

The RC51 simply lacked the exclusivity and the engineering feat of an or a 45. Aprilia had launched the RSV-Mille this period. The mille a narrow-angle 60 degree V versus the 90 for the RC.

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The had its share of success with Honda’s first model was as the SP1 in 2000 and subsequently they the SP2 in 2002. The SP2 looked identical to the SP1 but had a lot of changes across the chassis to it lighter.

Increase in power was not enough to emphasize. What out in my mind was the RC retained the positioning of the on the side fairings like the It looked very elegant.

If my memory serves me right, the 750 had the oil coolers positioned in the side The single air in-take was positioned the headlights. It also featured a unusual integrated LCD dash a lot of owners complained about. The fuel tank looked to the rest of its compact geometry.

Its arm bore a vague semblance to the NSR500 GP machine. The RC did retain the driven CAMs from its It was of course a mono-posto and had up-swept exhausts.

One of my friends, a founder of a that runs track in the West Coast owns a RC51. This particular had tons of upgrades including Ohlins, lighter wheels be PVM) and full exhaust [Sato or Moriwaki]. He was the official and his job required that he keep-up the fast riders of the A-group.

He blew past me on his thundering RC at

Bear in mind the race of the RC51 had massive header I saw Nicky’s bike close up in the with the header pipes with heat shield and it like it may have been in of 70mm diameter. Just a point, the road going 996 had a 45 mm header pipe.

Honda the RC in 2006. Was it a successor to the RC-45? call.

Both the RC30 and 45 a closer look.

Pics: heads down the corkscrew on the RC, my on the Bimota SB8R, the RC

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