RC213V-S first customer handover (1)

RC213V-S first customer handover (1)

The first customer delivery of the Honda RC213V-S, the road-going version of the RC213V MotoGP bike, took place at Honda Racing’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes on December 21. The first RC213V-S went to John Brown, owner of a Honda dealership in Manchester, and collector of performance motorcycles.

Brown, who counts a brand-new RC30 in his collection, said, “when I first heard of this project I thought ‘when this happens I have to have one of these’. It is a truly amazing opportunity to own a piece of HRC racing history.”

Purchase of the bike is via registration on the RC213-V-S website. “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,” said Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer for Honda Motorcycles.

Honda RC213V-S (1)

The RC213V-S is Honda’s interpretation of a MotoGP weapon for the road. Combining Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) know-how, and specially designed parts machined from exotic materials, the RC213V-S is equipped with head- and taillights, side mirrors, speedometer, muffler with catalytic converter, license plate holder and horn to make it road-legal.

This very special motorcycle prepped for delivery in Honda’s UK racing shop where the bikes for its MotoGP, WSBK and Isle of Man TT racing efforts are prepared. The engine is a 1,000 cc, 90° V4 that has its roots in the VF750F Interceptor, which came out back in 1983.

Other changes from the race-only RC213-V are coil springs instead of pneumatic actuators for the valves, and a gearbox lifted from the production-spec RCV1000R racebike instead of the seamless MotoGP unit. The changes were made in the interests of long-term reliability.

Honda RC213V-S (3)

The trickle-down technology continues with a Sport Kit that allows to owner to reconfigure the RC213V-S into race mode. Goodies include a titanium exhaust, Brembo carbon brakes and other race track mods that come packed in a MotoGP quality rolling case.

The RC213V-S was three years in development and released for sale on July 13, 2015 at a price of €188,000 (RM890,000) in Europe. Every machine is hand-built in Honda’s Kumamoto factory.