A Honda Motorcycle That Was Made to Outrun Ducatis

A Honda Motorcycle That Was Made to Outrun Ducatis

Cyril Visovsky, 64, a retired banker dwelling in Brooklyn, N.Y., on his 2000 Honda RC51,

Cyril Visovsky,

64, a retired banker dwelling in Brooklyn, N.Y., on his 2000 Honda RC51, as instructed to A.J. Baime.

Working in banking more than the decades, I had postings in Asia and England. I could not have asked for a better occupation route, in portion since it enabled me to journey bikes all around the entire world. 

Mr. Visovsky discovered this toy Honda RC51 in a London retail store about 20 a long time back.

I experienced normally wanted to invest in a


RC—which is a sequence of racing motorcycles—but I could never pay for 1. Then, in 2000, Honda made the RC51, a bike with a 999cc, gasoline-injected V-twin engine, which the Japanese company created to conquer the Italian-manufactured Ducatis in the Superbike Planet Championship. To qualify the bicycle for racing, the company had to sell a specified quantity to consumers.

I had to have a single. Soon immediately after listening to the announcement about this bike, I begun exploring all about the East Coast. I found a single from a dealership in Oklahoma, and bought it for $9,995. It was affordable for a bike like this, and I feel Honda priced it that way due to the fact the organization wanted to market these motorcycles speedily. That same yr, in 2000, the American rider Colin Edwards captured the Superbike World Championship, on an RC51. It has considering that turn into an iconic bike—called a “Ducati killer”—and I nevertheless have mine from the initially year of generation.

The RC51 has a 999cc V-twin engine.

Mr. Visovsky’s 246 racing range is a nod to a main highway running via Tokyo, exactly where he formerly lived and met his wife.

The Superbike World Championship was received in 2000, the 12 months Mr. Visovsky’s bike was crafted, on a related RC51.

For the previous 22 years I have been riding this motorbike, and I call it my multi-tool. It is a manufacturing race bicycle, but I have utilised it for all kinds of adventures. I have ridden it all over the East Coast, through japanese Canada and around the Great Lakes.

In 2008, a buddy of mine had the plan to journey the Trans-Labrador Freeway. So we started off from Connecticut and rode about 700 miles on the Trans-Labrador Highway by way of northeastern Canada on pretty much totally unpaved roads. All through, there was almost no indicator of human civilization apart from the dirt road alone. I bear in mind pulling into a town termed Satisfied Valley-Goose Bay. A person saw us and explained to me, “I’ve in no way found any individual using a activity bicycle on the Trans-Lab.” It was not uncomplicated, permit me notify you.

Mr. Visovsky has decals on the bicycle from bike rallies and golf equipment.

Mr. Visovsky’s trove of memorabilia features drag-racing timing slips from his youth and flags from motorcycle rallies.

In 2019, I took the bicycle to Loring Air Pressure Base in northern Maine, in which the Loring Timing Affiliation holds land-speed racing occasions. On my RC51, on an airport runway, I clocked 159.822 mph, which set a document for a “pure production” bike in its course. 

I also belong to a group named the Iron Butt Affiliation, and to join I had to be capable to prove that I’d ridden 1,000 miles in 24 hours, which I did on my RC51.

What I love most about this bike is all the close friends I have designed although riding it. The bike has 70,000 miles on it, and I’ve beloved every single one particular.

Mr. Visovsky keeping a flag from just one of his rallies.

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Appeared in the March 14, 2022, print version as ‘On a Honda Racing Bike, 70,000 Miles Of Adventure.’