Honda built the RC51 to compete in World Superbike, and the bike earned titles in 2000 and 2002. The latter year, the RC51 also won the AMA Superbike championship with Nicky Hayden, and Honda responded in 2004 by producing a “Nicky Hayden Edition.” The changes were cosmetic only – a sticker kit, white number plates on the upper fairing and tail, as well as a brushed aluminum finish on the frame and swingarm.
Even if the changes were solely cosmetic, the model does command a premium with collectors, especially after Nicky’s unfortunate passing. And this example (VIN: JH2SC45354M400104) will have a hell of a premium because it has just 322 miles. The seller calls it “pretty much flawless,” noting that it’s equipped with a Staintune exhaust (original included). The good news is that it also comes with the original owner’s manual and tool kit, the bad news is that the prior owner passed away without having titled the bike – it comes with the original MCO that’s been signed off to him, so it’ll be a bit tough to get a title in your name.
Find this RC51 for sale in El Paso, Texas with bidding up to $13,300 here on eBay.