Jamie Camp­bell

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Honda Rc45 Rvf750r -

Aus­tralia

“I’ve owned my RC45 for about 15 years. Here in Oz they’re quite rare with just 12 be­ing im­ported by Honda Aus­tralia, three of those were raced by Honda Aus­tralia win­ning the Aussie Su­per­bike se­ries back-to-back in ’94 and ’95. We got full power bikes here and out of the box I quite liked it, I then fit­ted a 17-inch front rim and an Öh­lins Su­per­bike shock/link­age and ride height ad­juster, Öh­lins do two dif­fer­ent rear shocks, a street shock and the Su­per­bike shock with link­age and dog bones.

“Fit­ting this and the 17-inch front gave amaz­ing han­dling. Over the years I have ba­si­cally fit­ted the full HRC su­per­bike kit to my bike, en­gine mods, ra­di­a­tors, 20mm longer swingarm/hrc shock and so on. These mods have trans­formed the bike. Sure it’s not on a par with the lat­est and great­est, but in this spec it’s awe­some.

“Once fit­ted with the HRC parts the bike makes sense, but as I’ve found over the years with ho­molo­ga­tion bikes and cars, in stan­dard form they aren’t much cop on the road and not much cop on the track un­less the race kit is fit­ted. I have been a diehard RC45 fan since they first came out and as far as I’m con­cerned is the only bike I will ever need.”

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