10. RC45

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Here’s one of them. I forgot to look at the serial number, but I did note the mileage: 000000. When it first appeared in 1994, the $27K gear-driven fuel-injected V-Four wonderbike was a bit underwhelming in terms of power output in standard form, but that didn’t stop John Kocinski from winning the 1997 World Superbike Championship on a modified one. Nor did it stop me from very nearly being the first and only U.S. magazine idiot to crash one at Willow Springs (Jesus told it No! at the last millisecond, Abraham style). It appears only 500 RC45s were produced worldwide, for WSBK homologation, with 55 supposedly brought to the U.S.

Crude but effective. Yes, 1994 really was 21 years ago. To me, it’s still a beautiful machine.

Crude but effective. Yes, 1994 really was 21 years ago. To me, it’s still a beautiful machine.