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Well, it's official. As of now my RC51 is a dedicated track bike only. Never thought I`d see the day I'd become a track junkie but reckon I am. Two more sessions booked for August and September, and then I'm doing some corner training in October to help out the HardNox team at future race events. I'll post some pics of the bike in it's track prepped mode once I'm finished taking off the appropriate items.
 

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I am happy you found a home for your bike. A place where it can express itself and live to its fullest potential. A world without speed limits and radar. A world where everyone rides a motorcycle tire.
 

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Man I love the RC51's,never rode one. A friend of mine had a TL1000r and it was a ripper, I guess that's as close as I'd get. Good luck with the track days. I did a few in Alabama ,Barber, and Talladega and Jennings in Florida on a ZX6R and I had a blast!!
 

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Well, the toys are there to be enjoyed. Look forward to the pictures....
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I am happy you found a home for your bike. A place where it can express itself and live to its fullest potential. A world without speed limits and radar. A world where everyone rides a motorcycle tire.
Good one pal, never saw that coming at all hehehehehe

Man I love the RC51's,never rode one. A friend of mine had a TL1000r and it was a ripper, I guess that's as close as I'd get. Good luck with the track days. I did a few in Alabama ,Barber, and Talladega and Jennings in Florida on a ZX6R and I had a blast!!
The TL-r is actually a tad faster than the RC51 near as I know. My nephew had one until he totaled it. No where near the character or history though.

My goal with this is to leave it as easy to return to street ready as possible if I ever have to sell it when my second youth expires. Not going into the world of Ohlins, Marchesini or Sato either; not ruling out a PCII or V though. I always liked my MotoGP (reverse pattern) shifter on the road but it really shines on the track. Lots of the racers at CSBK were using them I noticed. Now if I can just get slimmed down enough to get back into my leathers (knee pucks...yeah baby!) Life will be grand; got 5 weeks to make that happen.
 

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Oh Prunella!
 

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So the removal continues, the rear pegs were simple enough once I put my glasses on to see the ends of the cotter pins (really little cotter pins!). Signal lights are going to be a tad trickier than I first thought. Honda (magical tuck away artists that they are) makes the access to the wire harnesses and connector plugs just as frustrating as on a Wing. The license plate mount is all part of the tail/brake light system (one piece) and I want to retain the brake lights as I don't need someone running up my backside when I'm braking. Don't want to cannibalize any bodywork either so. Now I can't find my service manual (prolly put that in a real safe place) so that's no help and I can't access the online stuff from home, the tech nazi's at E-Biz won't allow my home PC access to the dealer site...
Anyway, I used a plastic (removable) coating to black out the headlights, got that tip from an RC pal out in the NW corner. Turned out pretty cool I think.
 

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Looking sweet my man. Keep up the great work.
 

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After talking with an RC owner in the UK (transplant Ireland buddy) the darn wire harness connectors operate exactly the opposite of what I expected, Jeez Louise. The p/o had an alarm wired into the bike and the wiring is a rat's nest, dunno what I'm gonna do with that crap....
 

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Most track day events want you to tape or remove and glass. safety wire your oil filter and drain plug. You put a big hose clamp around the filter and safety wire to something close by.Drill a hole through two of the drain plug flats and wire it to something close by. you'll want to unplug you front light and rear,you doesn't them lighting up when tape or other stuff is covering it. I zipped tied the wires out of the way and behind the bodywork,never cut the harness.
The bodywork was in great shape on my ZX6 so I went to ebay and bought some rashed up stuff and ran it. Keep your high dollar stuff at the house.
Bring plenty of gas you'll burn through it way faster then you think!!
I took lots of water and food.
 

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In the "novice" class things are pretty loosey goosey. Long as the bike has engine ice or other non-glycol coolant and is in proper mechanical shape, it's good to go. Mirrors removed or folded back (lenses taped if folded as well as other glass parts taped) other than that no restrictions. Leather race suits are preferred but textile with armor are acceptable in novice; race leathers mandatory in 1 & 2 though. Class 1 & 2 are far more stringent, pretty much all dedicated race prepped bikes there and detailed inspections on race days, but not so much on recreational track outings. No lap timers on rec days either, but some guys have the electronic timers on their bikes. I'm a long ways from there (if ever). I just get the rush of being able to run my SP the way it was intended to be used.
 

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So starting Wednesday evening I load the SP into the back of the hauler and put in the fuel cans, gen-set and compressor/tools paddock stand etc. Heading in to the track mid day Saturday and talk to the gang as well as get set up for Sunday's sessions. Weather forecast is a bit iffy but hopefully it turns out ok.
 

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Good luck! That is certainly on my list too. I've been drooling over a 2014 HRC 1000RR SP that is at my local dealership. Purdee bike!

Anyway - look forward to seeing the pictures and living vicariously through you!

Have fun!
 

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Best of luck RB, spent many a day sitting in the back of the trailer waiting on the raindrops to stop. Still had to go, could have been just cloudy.:wink2: Hopefully you will get the day in.
 

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Good luck! That is certainly on my list too. I've been drooling over a 2014 HRC 1000RR SP that is at my local dealership. Purdee bike!

Anyway - look forward to seeing the pictures and living vicariously through you!

Have fun!
After reading on how Accelerated Tech did the build up on the CSBK SP for Jodi Christie there's a lot left inside that stock SP left to be unleashed. Not so much for hp as much as the chassis but there's a bunch of ponies left unbridled in the engine too.
Is that the HRC colours model you're drooling over? They're just sick. There's a story about that one from the bike show a couple years back, but I won't share it here LOL. A good friend of mine at Honda Canada might not appreciate it.:surprise:
 

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After reading on how Accelerated Tech did the build up on the CSBK SP for Jodi Christie there's a lot left inside that stock SP left to be unleashed. Not so much for hp as much as the chassis but there's a bunch of ponies left unbridled in the engine too.
Is that the HRC colours model you're drooling over? They're just sick. There's a story about that one from the bike show a couple years back, but I won't share it here LOL. A good friend of mine at Honda Canada might not appreciate it.:surprise:
That red, white and blue color scheme plus the gold wheels gets my pulse racing! Of course, when / if I'm blessed enough to take possesion of her, one of the first things I'll do is get some used skins for it to swap out for the new ones. Sigh - some day. Then I'll need the trailer, stands, yada, yada, yada. Don't have room or budget yet for all that. I will one day, though! I know it.

In the meantime, I'll get as much training as I can at things like CornerSpin (right up the road from me) to learn and practice. I'm looking forward to the day I can drag a knee / elbow / etc. through a corner and come out SCREAMIN' fast with the front tire slightly lifted. Hot dog! Might need a new helmet after that happens as the grin on my face might split the old one right in half! :wink2:
 

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