By Steve & Tamami Laser
What did you get for the holidays? A nice sweater, perhaps a new smartphone or a night at the movies and dinner? Motorcycle collector John Brown took delivery of an amazing present to himself: The world’s first production model of the Honda RC213V-S. This street-legal, factory built MotoGP™ style racer for the street costs as much as an exotic sports car or perhaps a small house (in some neighborhoods).
The delivery took place this week at Honda’s UK racing headquarters, where his RC213V-S and other lucky customers’ bikes in the UK will be prepared and serviced by specially-trained technicians.
Brown, owner of a Honda motorcycle dealership in Manchester, is an avid collector of Honda machines. The RC213V-S will sit in Brown’s extensive collection, which includes a brand new RC30, VTR1000 SP1 and SP2, CBR900RR Fireblade and VF1000F.
Honda began taking orders for the RC213V-S on July 13 with a price of €188,000 (tax-inclusive) throughout Europe. Each machine is hand-built in a specialist area of Honda’s Kumamoto factory, and further machines will be presented to customers from the New Year.
Watch bike collector John Brown take delivery of the first production Honda RC213V-S. (video: Honda Motorcycles Europe)
“When I first heard of this project I thought ‘I have to have one of these,’” said Brown. “It is a truly amazing opportunity to own a piece of HRC racing history. As soon as it went on sale I registered my interest on the website, and when I received the call from Honda to say my order was accepted it was a very special day for me. I joined my family business as a 17-year old and have been a Honda dealer ever since. The bike will be great with my existing collection. I’d like to thank all the people at Honda for making this dream come true.”
“To see the world’s first RC213V-S presented to a customer today is fantastic, especially to someone like John who is so passionate about Honda,” said Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer, Honda Motorcycles. “Throughout the development process we have kept the RC213V-S as similar to the MotoGP™ machine as possible, so that the customer gets the closest experience to riding the RC213V as possible. The sales and interest in the bikes has been very strong, with some customers wanting to keep in collections and others wanting to ride.”
Honda says the RC213V-S has been three years in development and is the closest a customer can come to owning and riding the RC213V MotoGP™ machine developed exclusively for racing, which won consecutive MotoGP™ World Championships in 2013 and 2014 in the hands of Marc Marquez.
Like the RC213V upon which it is based, the RC213V-S is powered by a compact 90-degree V4 999cc engine with titanium connecting rods and a sand-cast aluminum crankcase. Mass on the lightweight machine is highly centralized, and its race-derived features include an under-seat fuel tank and carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic fairing. Among the components inherited directly from the race bike are the swingarm, slipper clutch, magnesium Marchesini wheels (17 inch), pressurized Öhlins fork and adjustable footrests and foot controls, as well as most of the Brembo brake components. In recent years, MotoGP™ has ushered in huge advances in electronic rider aids, giving the RC213V-S throttle-by-wire, selectable power modes, engine-brake control and traction control, with position-detection technology developed through Honda’s ASIMO project.
Honda says sales of the limited-production model are planned for Europe, the U.S., Australia and Japan. The manufacturer’s recommended prices are €188,000 (tax-inclusive) in Europe*1, ¥21,900,000 (tax-inclusive) in Japan, $244,000 (tax-inclusive) in Australia, and $184,000 in the U.S.
* A kit for exclusive use on closed circuits is offered as an option (not available in the U.S.)
1 Selling prices in Europe vary by country.
Main changes and additions to the RC213V-S in comparison with the RC213V
Changes made for maintenance aspects:
・While inheriting the camshaft gear train structure, a switch was made for the pneumatic valve to a coil spring system.
・The seamless transmission was changed to a conventional system.
(For the changes above, the same specifications as those for the RCV1000R, an open category racing machine sold on the market, were adopted.)
Additions made for riding on public roads:
・License plate lamps
・Front and rear turn signals
・Right and left rearview mirrors
・Muffler with a catalyst
・License plate holders
・Honda Smart Key
・Side stand, etc.
Changes made for riding on public roads:
・Steering angle: 15 degrees → 26 degrees
・Tires: RS10 made by Bridgestone Corp.
・Front brake disc: Made of stainless steel, manufactured by Yutaka Giken Co., Ltd.
・Brake pad: Made by Brembo S.p.A.
Product details including prices, features and specifications are subject to change without notice
News source, photos and videos from Honda Motorcycles Europe, and Honda Motor Company Ltd.
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