The Honda RC51 had a short but eventful life before the Japanese manufacturer discontinued making it after only six years. In 2000, its first year out of the factory, Colin Edwards rode it Victory in the World Superbike championship in 2000 and again two years later. That same year, factory racer Nicky Hayden won the American Motorcycle Association’s superbike challenge. Honda rewarded both riders by naming special editions of the RC51 after them. Honda stopped racing the RC51 in superbike competition in 2003 after a change in racing regulations made it less competitive. Honda eventually replaced the RC51, known as RVT1000R in the United States, with the CBR1000RR Fireblade in superbike competition. The RC51 was made to be a high tech bike that required low maintenance.