Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2001 Honda RC51. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Introduced in the latter-half of 1999 as a 2000 model, the Honda RC51 was a big-bore V-Twin superbike created to put an end to Ducati’s reign of supremacy in production-based racing. The RC51 featured a powerful liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 999cc, 90-degree, DOHC V-Twin paired with a six-speed transmission and an aluminum alloy twin-spar frame. Honda achieved some impressive results with its “Ducati killer” in the form of World Superbike Championship titles in 2000 and then again in 2002 — the same year the RC51 was ridden to an AMA Championship.
With 133 horsepower, 71 ft-lb of torque, and Honda reliability, it was an absolute gem. Cycle World thinks this is one of the best used bikes you can buy, and we’d have to agree. This was Honda’s take on the V-Twin replica racer, beating Ducati at it’s own game with multiple World Superbike Championships and a AMA Championship.
A true racebike with headlights, the RC51 was brimming with competition-grade hardware and componentry. Even the instrumentation is configured with a race-style rev-counter, and the rest of the running gear is equally track-focused. Sold from 2000 through 2006, the RC51 was produced during an era in which American riders were at the top of the game and will forever be associated with legendary US-born racers like Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards.
Manufactured in November of 2000, this example is VIN: JH2SC453X1M101218. “I purchased this RC51 from Triumph of Seattle last year. Triumph of Seattle had acquired it from the widow of the owner, who was the original purchaser of the new bike in January 2002.”
During his ownership, the seller has covered 400 miles. The odometer shows 26,703 miles.
“I have recently replaced all exhaust gaskets and mounting hardware with Honda OEM new parts for the exhaust system after I discovered a small exhaust leak at the mid-pipe joint from the rear cylinder. I did the work myself, and have receipts for all the parts. At the time of purchase from Triumph of Seattle, they checked coolant level and condition, replaced brake fluid/clutch fluid, and changed the oil and filter. Also, I purchased and had mounted/balanced brand new Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires, so they have only around 400 easy miles on them. No previous service history from original owner.”
The seller states that there are no known mechanical issues. “This RC51 seems consistent with many others of this age and mileage. Although I’ve only put 400 miles on it myself, the engine seems typical Honda: It starts right up, idles smoothly, has great power and torque all through the rev range, has good slow speed manners; feels strong and healthy. Clutch functions perfectly. Transmission is smooth, with positive shifts. Brakes feel powerful and progressive. Chain is newer and in good condition. Has very minor muffler leaks from when previous owner had them repacked. All lights function. Instrument panel is fully functioning. All switches function. No coolant or oil leaks are apparent. Fork seals appear to be in good shape.”
“Jardine exhaust (midpipes and mufflers), stainless midpipes with titanium mufflers that were purchased by the original owner. The Jardine badges were removed, as they were very faded and scuffed up, and I Scotchbrited the cans to remove surface scratches.”
“The original owner also replaced the stock turn signals with flush mount fronts and smaller aftermarket turn signals at the rear.”
“The original owner had also installed fairing sliders.”
“All plastic body panels are OEM. This RC51 cosmetically seems to be consistent with others with the same mileage, I have noticed the following:”
It is riding on Michelin Pilot Power 2CT tires with date codes of 3921 and 4021.
Currently located in Bisbee, Arizona, this Honda is offered on a clean Arizona title with registration current through June 2023.
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