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A Japanese made bike, theÂ Honda RVT1000R was in production from 2000 to 2006. It has a liquid cooled, v-twin 998cc engine and a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
Known as the RC51 (official name from Honda), it's called the RVT1000R in the United States or the VTR1000 in Europe and Australia.
The RC51 was designed to be used by Honda's racing teams in the Superbike World Championship. With new rules in superbike racing allowing V-twin engines up to 999 cc to compete Honda created the 2000-2001 models, designated SP1, while the 2002-2006 models are designated SP2. The SP2 has updated fuel injection and a new suspension system. Throughout the next 11 years, Ducati would go on to win 8 World Superbike Championships with their V-twins (Honda winning two and Kawasaki just one).
Honda was unable to win consistently, particularly because of rival V-twins' displacement advantage over Honda's. However in 2000 when Honda released the RC51, that year it won the World Superbike Championship. The RC51 won again in its final year of factory-supported racing in World Superbike in 2002 and that same year also captured the AMA Superbike title. Honda stopped using the RC51 in 2003 because superbike rules changed to allow 1000 cc 4-cylinder bikes, it was replaced by the CBR1000RR as the Honda superbike racer.
Although no longer in production, the Honda RC51 still represents an important phase in sport biking history, and there are many of them riding around the streets and tracks of America.