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Old 10-17-2005, 04:11 AM   #11
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I really have very little experience with bikes, having ridden only the past 3 years after a 37 year lay-off. I have a Valkyrie now. Love it. But, to the point, I talk to a lot of bikers about their rides, and after a recent charity ride I spoke to a guy with an FZ1 who was acting as an escort for our group and going very fast. He loved the bike, but commented that after about an hour the vibrations made his hands go numb. On the other hand, my brother-in-law has had a great many bikes over the past 35 years, including a modified Hyabusa, and says that his 95 VFR is by far the best bike he has ever owned. Just thought I'd pass this along.
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:57 AM   #12
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Whatever you do buy a Honda, the quality and reliability can not be beaten, if you can tolerate the "C" clamp riding position on a Harley you should be fine on a number of sport bikes, the RC51 that you are lusting after is a fine choice, like somebody suggested, put a nice Corbin or Sargent seat and HeliBars on it and you will be styling, that has to be one of the finest handling bikes around, with a great power band and great sounds, I have put some miles on my friend's RC and I love it!

By the way, I am 56 and have 2 artificial hips.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:15 AM   #13
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If you're getting a discount from Honda, by all means go with the RC51. I've personally never been on one, but hey, it's a Honda. (ie; bullet proof)



Just like your HD, you're gonna love the torque that it's twin puts out.



If you decide not to go with Honda, be sure to check out the Duc's and Buell's. Ton's of fun and not everyone and their brother is riding one. Aprillia would be another good choice.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:18 AM   #14
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Although I'm a Triumph guy through and through, since you've got a line on a deal with Honda, I'd say you've got a choice of two: VFR or ST1300.



My Sprint ST (the British version of the VFR) is worlds more comfortable than my Harley FXR. The HD riding position puts a lot of pressure on the lower back, and holding your arms out in front of you is torture on the upper traps.



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Old 10-17-2005, 05:40 AM   #15
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If you're stuck on Honda, I'd get an ST1300 for a faired bike, or a 919 for a standard, if you want to get away from Honda then an FZ1 or Suzuki Bandit will give you excellent performance and comfort and still keep up with 9/10ths of the sportbikes on the road.



I'd stay away from race reps. like the RC51 but if you have to have a V twin, then the Honda Superhawk would give great performance and be a little more relaxed riding position than the RC. Probably cheaper too.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:44 AM   #16
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At age 50 and having ridden most everything, I have to say my '04 VFR is pretty hard to beat. Sargent seat and totally rational, ABS, and just the ticket for older/less limber/damaged joints. I made the switch from cruisers about 15 years ago, and that was the most thrilling revelation since puberty. And wait until you get on a track! Welcome to the disease...you're gonna' love it!
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Old 10-17-2005, 06:09 AM   #17
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My experience with the RC51 is confined to trying out my friend's bike for about 10 miles in holiday traffic. I found it is an amazing ride, but not particularly practical. It's geared very tall. So tall, when I tried to downshift coming into a small town with a strict limit, I was surprised to find I was alreay in first. The ergonomics are not as extreme as some sport bikes, but they are pretty extreme. 3 hour rides are doable for a middle-aged rider, but won't be fun without lots of breaks.



All in all, if you do a lot of track days or ride on the street at extreme speeds and angles, it's a great choice. Otherwise, go for the FZ-1, it looks to be wonderful in 2006.
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Old 10-17-2005, 06:26 AM   #18
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Geez, look at these posts, its like a friggin' geriatric ward in here. OK, ok, I'll confess-- I'm 59 and my left wrist has a piece of titanium in it...



The suggestions posted so far are great; VFR, FZR, Street Rod, Triumph... just go for a bike with relaxed neutral ergos and you'll be fine. (RC51 is therefore out).



Do the Buell demo rides if you can-- the '06 bikes have nice smooth trannies now and the big Uly is very comfy and will stretch your idea of what a sportbike can do. Caveat: only the long of inseam will like the Ulysses. (But I've got an XB12S "low" that is really friendly to short folks like me.) I've become an unhinged Buell evangelist over the past year... seems like I tell everybody to buy one even if it isn't anything near what they want. Oh well...
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Old 10-17-2005, 06:53 AM   #19
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I have a Road King and this year bought a couple of sport bikes.



First a 955i which is a great machine but came with sore wrists and butt after an hour or so (I'm in good shape and ride a lot). My kid bought this bike from me, and I ended up with a Buell 12S. Not nearly the power, but plenty quick, comfy to ride, and low operating costs (so far).



I have used the buell for commuting, hi-way, and track days. Lots of fun, fairly comfy (I'm 6'3), no sore wrists or fingers going numb.



If you want to ride more than 220 kph then the Buell isn't for you. If you want something with reasonable ergos, reasonable power and great handling give it a try. It ain't no harley!



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Old 10-17-2005, 07:00 AM   #20
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After lusting for an RC51 for a couple of years, I borrowed one for 10 days and about 1000km. I happen to fit the RC very well, so it was very comfortable for me, after adjusting levers etc. The only thing that surprised me was the width of the tank. After riding 4cyl sport bikes, which allow one to grab on with the knees when braking, I found that most of my weight was transferred to my arms when braking. Suspension & transmission though were perfect.

At 145km/h the bike is super comfortable. In town was a bit of a chore, but tolerable given how nice it is on the open road. When I get my own, I'll be off to the track immediately.

Don't rule out the RC51 for comfort. I for one, find the VFR and CBR1100XX very uncomfortable, just the wrong size/shape. After 1000km, I can say it was the best bike I've ever ridden.
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