contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

2001 Honda RC51

Filtering by Category: Rides and Drives

Spring Again

Classic Velocity

image.jpg

Unlike other machines, the RC really needs roads clear of salt and gravel, and large potholes. That means it has to wait for spring rains and road repairs to be unleashed. Finally a weekend where that was possible, and the awakening was a revelation as always. The ton is effortless, and it really likes the high octane ethanol-free juice ! I need to find a track day this year... 

Fall Again

Classic Velocity

I am not sure why mid October always finds me aboard the RC51. Perhaps it is the prospect of limited riding days ahead. Perhaps it is the way the cool air feels at speed juxtaposed against a bright blue sky. Whatever the reason, the Honda completes the picture. There is nothing congruent about it. Like the cold air and the suggested warmth of a bright sunny day, it is a stark contrast. It rips an industrial tear into the quiet masterpiece of color and falling leaves. It blends with nothing. It is disruptive and proud of it. It declares itself to be its own masterpiece.

image.jpg

Variations on Fast

Classic Velocity

Some motorcycles surprise you with their speed. You suddenly realize that you are going faster than you thought. Some build speed like a freight train, steadily. And some motorcycles have "raw" speed. It feels violent and unrefined. It will catch you out and spit you off if you are not paying attention. Sort of like a race bike. That is the RC51. Today was a set of deserted roads that formed the Classic Velocity TT. Nowhere near the speeds or the danger of the IOM, but good enough to be reminded how wonderfully uncivilized this machine is. Brilliant !

image.jpg

ps: It also reminds you how quickly the fuel light comes on when you twist that handle on the right a lot....

Sport Bike Weather

Classic Velocity

Finally we have dry roads free of gravel and oil, and suitable for an outing on the RC51. I cehecked the tire pressures (it needed a few pounds front and rear), and headed off to some favorite curves. It had been a record-breaking winter, and the roads were in bad shape, or were patched hurriedly, so no testing of limits on this day. However, the machine reminded me as always that periodically, Honda loses their mind, and sells a slightly tamed Moto GP machine to the public. Brilliant.

image.jpg

A Vortex of Leaves

Classic Velocity

This is the time of year when engines seem to run the best. The air is crisp and the pace is brisk. Perfect for a few hours of rifling through the countryside and creating a kaleidoscope out of the fall colors. The RC51 has violent acceleration, and it vibrates at a frequency which grabs you somewhere deep in the gut. Piles of leaves swirl in a cloud in its' wake. Sweepers are sublime, the twisties are a rythmic dance. What more could you ask for ? More time.....

fall-vortex-3.jpg

Rocket Fuel

Classic Velocity

If you have ever put race fuel into a vehicle that you have driven regularly, you know that something magic happens. You thought it was performing well before, but suddenly, you gained several more horsepower. There is a race gas dispensing station about 20 minutes away from me, so it is not as convenient as I would like. I generally trundle over there with 3 5 gallon cans and load up. They also have leaded gas, so I often get 2 containers of that. The race fuel does wonders for the RC51. It is a double espresso for an already sprightly machine. I consumed some of this liquid on one of my favorite loops through the country. I call it the TT, as it passes stone walls, ditches, sheep, and very small towns. It was impossible not to exceed 100 many times. This beast needs a track day, and I am looking at how to do that in the near future...

Transient