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2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by slammp View Post
    Well, here you go - he's actually a member on here too although I cant remember his name.

    http://providence.craigslist.org/mcy/3145325730.html
    Ya I saw that. Thanks for the heads up. That bike has been up since atleast last season. Not really that interested in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankatz View Post
    I'd keep looking at them. None of the ones you are looking at seem like a great deal. Are you set on an RC51 or would you consider a Super hawk as well? They may be better for the street. A guy recently wanted to trade me a 2006 RC51 for my 2009 monster 696. I was not quick enough to reply and he traded with another Monster. Generally speaking, if you have only one bike the RC51 is pretty aggressive in riding position. The super hawk is a little easier stance.
    Na, not really interested in the superhawk. Thanks for the suggestion

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

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    did I miss something...

    Degsy said he bought 2001 Rc51 from post thread highlighted

    ....not the 2002 you wanted, different exhaust, etc???

    all hope is not lost

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidkump View Post
    . The only issue is high mileage. Personally, I don't care how old a bike is I wouldn't get a bike with over 10k. I would say 18k is not a lot of miles for a car or for a honda goldwing, but 10k on a sportsbike is equal to about 100k on a car. I think mileage is actually more important than year because it's a clear indicator of how much it was used. Considering the nature of sportbikes, used sportbikes tend to have some level of abuse in their life. You can't tell me that any sportbike has never been revved high or never been over 100+ mph.

    This is some funny shit....
    10K miles or less, how miles do you ride a year?


    And to OP IMO I would not pay that much for the RC51 you posted.

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by sluggah View Post
    Swift Tone

    did I miss something...

    Degsy said he bought 2001 Rc51 from post thread highlighted

    ....not the 2002 you wanted, different exhaust, etc???

    all hope is not lost
    I was in contact with the owner of the 01 with the Satos. Basically if Degsy didn't pick it up by last Friday, I woulda taken it. But he did, haha

    Ya I though $4000 for the 2002 stock w/ a bad tail fairing was high also, not to mention the 10 hour round trip to PA and needing to rent a truck and cost of gas

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    Quote Originally Posted by duganc1717 View Post

    This is some funny shit....
    10K miles or less, how miles do you ride a year?




    And to OP IMO I would not pay that much for the RC51 you posted.
    Not to mention the RC51 is one of the bikes that has been touted for its ability to handle the miles. There was a write up a few years back by Motorcyclist Magazine with a pizza delivery guy in San Francisco who had 75k on his. Those engines are bullet proof.

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    20,000 miles on a Honda sportbike motor is barely scratching the surface.

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by slammp View Post
    Not to mention the RC51 is one of the bikes that has been touted for its ability to handle the miles. There was a write up a few years back by Motorcyclist Magazine with a pizza delivery guy in San Francisco who had 75k on his. Those engines are bullet proof.

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    got my RC for sale now

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidkump View Post
    The only issue is high mileage. Personally, I don't care how old a bike is I wouldn't get a bike with over 10k. I would say 18k is not a lot of miles for a car or for a honda goldwing, but 10k on a sportsbike is equal to about 100k on a car. I think mileage is actually more important than year because it's a clear indicator of how much it was used. Considering the nature of sportbikes, used sportbikes tend to have some level of abuse in their life. You can't tell me that any sportbike has never been revved high or never been over 100+ mph.
    People like this give the rest of us a chance to have used bikes with low miles for cheap.

    10k = 100k?

    Maybe on a motard on the stock top end.....

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidkump View Post
    Hmm, tough call. About 6 months ago I was totally convinced that I was gonna get an RC51. I looked at every RC51 I could find, online, locally, at a dealer, and from private sales. Depends on what your budget is but the more you spend, the better bike you're gonna get. To give you an idea, a local dealer had an 05 RC51 (I believe last year it was made) which was all black and had 18k miles on it too. They wanted $5500 and they would have let it got for $5000. This is with a dealer guarantee that mechanically it is sound, would pass inspection, and the fairing was mint. The only issue is high mileage. Personally, I don't care how old a bike is I wouldn't get a bike with over 10k. I would say 18k is not a lot of miles for a car or for a honda goldwing, but 10k on a sportsbike is equal to about 100k on a car. I think mileage is actually more important than year because it's a clear indicator of how much it was used. Considering the nature of sportbikes, used sportbikes tend to have some level of abuse in their life. You can't tell me that any sportbike has never been revved high or never been over 100+ mph. As for the RC51, there is a small following for them as they are Honda's V-twin and they hold their value more than the same year / same condition CBR. With that said, if you can live with the cosmetic problems of that bike, then I would say the price is fair, not great, just fair. If you decide to put money into it, then after you fix the exhaust and fairing, you'll be looking at $4500-5000 for a bike that's been down. On another note, very very good chance that if a bike's been down, the frame will be bent. Actually, all bikes don't have straight frames. The question is if the frame alignment is within acceptable tolerances. From experience, I would say .5 degrees or above would need a frame alignment which will then cost $400+.
    No. 10k on a bike is equal too 100k on a car? I dont mean to insult you but, that is totally not right at all...

    Theres a guy on the RC51 board that has 100k on his bike. Still going strong. That motor is pretty much bulletproof.

    The 10k mileage stigma that seems to be prevalent is a local thing. In Cali or FL. Where they ride year 'round, 10k is considered a low mile bike.

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    RC51 and most Honda motors could easily go 100k miles. My biggest concern about the low mileage bikes is that they were not taken care of by the owner, were raced, stunted, etc...I think the type of bike you get will protect you some from poor maintenance. Bikes like a VFR, VTR, FJR, BMW, most Ducati's etc.... are often owned by people who really take care of their bikes. Of course, I am generalizing and there will always be exceptions to the rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankatz
    RC51 and most Honda motors could easily go 100k miles. My biggest concern about the low mileage bikes is that they were not taken care of by the owner, were raced, stunted, etc...I think the type of bike you get will protect you some from poor maintenance. Bikes like a VFR, VTR, FJR, BMW, most Ducati's etc.... are often owned by people who really take care of their bikes. Of course, I am generalizing and there will always be exceptions to the rules.
    I have seen a few badly abused ducs. Always surprises me.

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    OP little more $$$, but some nice parts on it...

    http://newhaven.craigslist.org/mcy/3170582403.html

    "Gorgeous RC51 Model year 2000 for sale. Upgraded details abound. Fully adjustable suspension front and rear including Penske with remote res and Triaxion fronts. Moriwake exhausts sounds great and not too loud. Power commander smooths out the throttle response, carbon fiber details, loving cared for and adult owned never abused. 15K miles, mechanical and cosmetic condition excellent. Needs nothing at all. Doesn't get any better than this one."
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    Quote Originally Posted by duganc1717 View Post
    OP little more $$$, but some nice parts on it...

    http://newhaven.craigslist.org/mcy/3170582403.html

    "Gorgeous RC51 Model year 2000 for sale. Upgraded details abound. Fully adjustable suspension front and rear including Penske with remote res and Triaxion fronts. Moriwake exhausts sounds great and not too loud. Power commander smooths out the throttle response, carbon fiber details, loving cared for and adult owned never abused. 15K miles, mechanical and cosmetic condition excellent. Needs nothing at all. Doesn't get any better than this one."
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    +1

    Good looking RC right there, with some nice mods. And boy do I LOVE that rainbow Mori exhaust.

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    Re: 2002 RC51 - is this a good deal?

    O ya, I should probably mention that I bought a '02 RC. Picking it up tomorrow night. Thanks to RVTjonny for checking it out with me!

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    Good to hear, always nice to have a second set of eyes. One of these days I'll buy a RC51, of course I have been saying that for about 6yrs now.....

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