Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Hendersonville, TN USA 37075
Mille or RC51
I own a 2000 RC51 that is highly modified. The stock RC51 is very sluggish handling but a bargain price. The basic Mille is almost $14K. If you buy a RC51, have GMD set it up with a Penske shock and shock linkage, fork kit, slip on pipes, PC11 (excellent maps available, see RC51.net) you will have a bike that has significantly more power than the Mille, better suspension & handling. I have $7K invested in mine including full race system, marchesini wheels, so on with my target being a Mille R. I would say that my modified bike is superior to a Mille R. The Mille R would be my next choice but after owning a Ducati 916 I do not know if I want the hassle of an Italian Bike (high cost to maintain, lots of quality quirks) and hard to find dealers, especially ones that will not charge an arm & a leg for service every 5000 miles ($375-$600 for the Duc) not to mention wait in line to get it done or get it back. My advice if it is your only bike, pick the Honda. If you are looking for exotic (only 4000 RC51s are out there by the way) the Mille R is the way to go but get the R over the basic one or you way regret it especially if you arelooking for the "cool" factor.