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Honda RC51 (RVT1000R)
Honda VTR1000 SP2

The Honda RC51 motorcycle is a racing motorcycle powered by a one liter (999cc) liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twin engine. The RC51 is also known in the United States as the RVT1000R, and in Europe it is called the VTR1000. It was designed as the motorcycle to be used by Honda's racing teams in World Superbike racing. The 2000-2001 models are designated SP1 while the 2002-2006 models are designated SP2 (the latter having updated fuel injection and suspension).

In 1988, new rules in superbike racing allowed V-twin engines up to 999cc's to compete. Prior to the rules change, 750cc four cylinder motorcycles were the dominant force in World Superbike racing. The first two years, Honda continued to win the World Superbike Championship with their RC30, powered by a 750cc V-4. In 1990, however, Raymond Roche secured Ducati's first world title aboard the Ducati 851. Throughout the next 11 years, Ducati would go on to win 8 World Superbike Championships with their V-twins (Honda won two and Kawasaki just one).

Despite having an excellent engineering team and a significant amount of money, Honda was unable to win consistently, particulary because of the V-twins' displacement advantage. In 2000 Honda released the RC51, powered by a 998cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. That year, it won the World Superbike Championship with Colin Edwards riding for the Castrol team. In 2001, Ducati regained the title, but the RC51 was still a contender boasting reliability, speed, and power. The RC51 won again in its final year of factory-supported racing in World Superbike in 2002.

Honda stopped manufacturing the RC51 in 2005, 2006 being the last model year. Honda stopped official support for Superbike racing in 2003 (though various teams have had some factory support) and the RC51 was replaced by the CBR1000RR Fireblade as the Honda superbike racer (Superbike rules changed to allow 1000cc 4 cyclinder bikes in 2003). It has a 2 cylinders, liquid cooled, fuel injected, 1000cc engine, 136 HP, 6 speed transmission.

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2001

2001 Honda RC51 in Silver/Red/Black
2001 Honda RC51 in Silver/Red/Black


2002

2002 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver
2002 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver


2003

2003 Honda RC51
2003 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver/Black



  • The 2003 RC51 designated as RVT1000R'03 was sold in one colors: Red/Metallic Silver Engine: 999cc DOHC liquid-cooled 90° V-twin
  • Bore and stroke: 100.0 x 63.6 mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.8:1
  • Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
  • Final drive: O-ring chain
  • Front suspension: 43mm inverted HMAS™ cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability
  • Rear suspension: Pro-Link HMAS™ single-shock with spring-preload, compression- and rebound-damping adjustability
  • Front brake: Dual full-floating discs with four-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: Single-disc with single-piston caliper
  • Front tire 120/70ZR-17 radial
  • Rear tire: 190/50ZR-17 radial
  • Wheelbase: 1420mm (55.9 in.)
  • Seat height: 820mm (32.3 in.)
  • Dry weight: 168 kg (370 lb)
  • Fuel capacity: 18 liters

2004

2004 Honda RC51
2004 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver/Black
2004 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver/Black
2004 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver/Black
2004 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver/Black
2004 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver/Black
2004 Honda RC51 in Red/Silver/Black



2004 RC51 1000cc

  • Engine Type: 999cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 100.0mm x 63.6mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Carburetion: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with two injectors per cylinder
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
  • Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
  • Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain
  • Front Suspension: 43.0mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability; 5.1-inch travel
  • Rear Suspension: Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring-preload, rebound- and compression-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
  • Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 320.0mm discs with four-piston calipers
  • Rear Brake: Single 220.0mm disc with single-piston caliper
  • Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
  • Rear Tire: 190/50ZR-17 radial
  • Rake: 23.5 degrees
  • Trail: 94.6mm (3.7 inches)
  • Wheelbase: 55.9 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.3 inches
  • Dry Weight: 430.0 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, including 1.2-gallon reserve
  • Emissions: California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.
  • Available Colors: Red/Metallic Silver
  • Model ID: RVT1000R
  • Waranty: 1 year

2005

2005 Honda RC51
2005 Honda RC51 in Black
2005 Honda RC51 in Black
2005 Honda RC51 in Black
2005 Honda RC51 in Black



2005 RC51 1000cc

  • Engine Type: 999cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 100.0mm x 63.6mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; four valves per cylinder
  • Carburetion: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with two injectors per cylinder
  • Ignition: Computer-controlled digital with three-dimensional mapping
  • Transmission: Close-ratio six-speed
  • Final Drive: #530 O-ring-sealed chain
  • Front Suspension: 43.0mm inverted HMAS cartridge fork with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 5.1-inch travel
  • Rear Suspension: Pro-Link HMAS single shock with spring-preload, rebound and compression-damping adjustability; 4.7-inch travel
  • Front Brakes: Dual full-floating 320.0mm discs with four-piston calipers
  • Rear Brake: Single 220.0mm disc with single-piston caliper
  • Front Tire: 120/70ZR-17 radial
  • Rear Tire: 190/50ZR-17 radial
  • Rake: 23.5 degrees
  • Trail: 94.6mm (3.7 inches)
  • Wheelbase: 55.9 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.3 inches
  • Dry Weight: 430 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons, including 1.2-gallon reserve
  • Emissions: California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.
  • Available Colors: Black/Metallic Gray
  • Model ID: RVT1000R
  • Warranty: 1 year

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