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New bike…RC51? in RC 51 RVT General chat Forum

9 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on New bike…RC51? in RC 51 RVT General chat Forum
Honda RVT 1000 R / RC 51
Honda RVT 1000 R / RC 51

New bike. RC51?

I posted this earlier when someone asked about upgrading from the F4i. but here it is verbatim:

I went from a 2001 F4i to a 2003 RC 51. Just bought the RC 51 last week. After 450 miles (just barely broken in) the differences are major.

I am not yet used to the bike, but this is what I have already noticed.

The RC 51 has a strong power band from 0RPM to 10k. There is no kick-in power band like at 8k or 9k of the F4i. It is very strong the entire time you are on the throttle. this is a major difference.

The bike prefers to be on the throttle, all the time. If you let off and then get on it again, the power really throws you back. If you want a smooth ride, you have to be on the throttle all the time.

The RC 51 is heavier and in my opinion is noticeable. This is something I will just get used to with more riding. I think because of this additional weight it will be more forgiving around turns with gravel and heavy braking ( which fortunately i haven’t had to yet).

The seat position is totally different. I am about 6′ and I noticed the bars are significantly lower. Therefore, there is no option for sitting completely vertical like I was able to on the F4i.

Because of this, I am putting a lot of weight on my wrists and hands and they numb up relatively quickly. I will learn to put less weight on them as I get more comfortable. In addition, I rest (hang) one arm as often as I can.

I feel like I am sitting on top of the front tire. This is a totally different feeling from the F4i and something I will get used to. I am yet to make any changes to the suspension.

I have it set completely neutral and will adjust it once I get a better feel.


Currently, the RC 51 is extremely firm. You feel everything on the road. I guess that is to be expected from a sportbike, but definitely different then the F4i.

The dual exhaust looks cool as hell, except when you want to upgrade to aftermarket slip-ons it cost double. just an additional expense to the hobby, i guess.

Most everyone I ride with has a gxsr and an occassional F4i.

Havent seen another RC 51 yet, so by owning it, you are different. It is not a me too bike. (I drive a GXSR 750. Yeah me too)

Anyway, the bike is just different than the F4i. More power for sure. Stronger, longer power. No real rpm where the power kicks in. It is pure power the whole time.

It was a nice upgrade, but something to get used to.

Depending on how you ride the other bike to consider is the 954. I have never ridden one, so I am not an expert, but based on everything I have read, everyone I have talked to that have ridden both, here are the major differences.

It is all based on how you ride. If you are going to tear up the twisties and improve your skills in the turns over time, then buy the rc 51. if you love to open it up and fly down the straightway highways well over 100mph, doing wheelies the whole way, buy the 954.

good luck. the rc 51 is awesome so far. just takes a little getting used to. i dont think you can wrong with either.

Honda RVT 1000 R / RC 51

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