Honda to offer $184k street legal version of MotoGP racer [w/videos]

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Fancy yourself a motorcycle racing talent on par with MotoGP factory riders like Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez? Have $184,000 to spend on a bike to prove it? Then get an order in on the Honda RC213V-S when the Japanese motorcycle maker begins taking global reservations on July 13.

RC213V-S is designed to be the closest thing possible to legally riding Honda's two-time championship winning RC213V MotoGP racer on the street. Outside of the US, buyers can even spec an optional kit to make the bike track-only but raise the performance even higher.

All versions use a 1.0-liter V4 and six-speed gearbox making 157 horsepower and 75 pound-feet of torque or over 212 hp and 87 lb-ft with the tuning package. That's not as much power as the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, but the Honda is a lightweight at 375 pounds for the street version or 353 lbs with the kit. In comparison, the factory racing example weighs just 348 lbs and produces over 235 hp.

Being rideable on the road means losing some of the race bike's high-tech features, though. For maintenance reasons, the engine now uses coil-sprung valves, rather than the pneumatic units in MotoGP, and the seamless-shift transmission is replaced with a traditional one. Also there's some added equipment for legal reasons like lights, mirrors, and a muffler, plus useful things like a speedometer and starter.

Honda has put out a few videos showing Márquez riding an RC213V-S and one opening up on track. Both are embedded below.

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The RC213V is a machine exclusively for racing that has won consecutive championships in the MotoGP class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (hereinafter called "MotoGP") in 2013 and 2014. Honda has made changes to some of the specifications of the RC213V, and will now introduce this as the RC213V-S. It is possible to ride the RC213V-S on public roads, and Honda will start accepting order entry for this new model on July 13, 2015.

In 1954, Honda declared its intention of participating in the Isle of Man TT races, which were a part of the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix at the time. Honda developed its own racing vehicles and in 1959, five years after the declaration, started competing in the Isle of Man TT races. In 1961, Honda successfully won the TT race championships in the two classes it entered. The total number of cumulative racing victories for Honda reached an unprecedented 600 wins in 2005, which rose to a cumulative 695 victories as of June 11, 2015. Since the Isle of Man TT races, Honda has positioned its racing activities in a wide variety of races as its "laboratory on wheels," and has incorporated the feedback from the wide-ranging technologies developed for competition in these races into its commercially available production models, relying on these technologies as a way to help maintain and evolve the excellent performance and reliability of Honda motorcycles.

The new RC213V-S is not merely the result of a feedback of technologies created by Honda through its competition in races into a commercially available model, but rather represents a wholly new endeavor to make it possible for a machine developed for competition in MotoGP races to run on public roads. To win in the world championship races, it is necessary to enter a machine that runs the fastest in the world, but in Honda's view, the rider needs to maneuver the machine well, and so Honda sees ease of use as the means necessary for winning races. In other words, Honda has a principle that the fastest machine in the world is also the machine that is the easiest to maneuver in the world. Ever since competing in the Isle of Man TT races, Honda has consistently developed machines exclusively for racing toward the goal of creating the world's easiest machine to maneuver based on this Honda principle, racking up victory after victory in races along the way.

The RC213V-S has been developed according to this Honda principle, making it possible for the RC213V, which has won MotoGP championships for two seasons in a row in 2013 and 2014, to run on public roads. The RC213V-S has inherited the specifications of the RC213V to thoroughly ensure mass concentration and reduced friction, as well as all key aspects in manufacturing that set the RC213V apart as a MotoGP machine from ordinary mass production models, with overwhelming differences which involve light weight and precise machining of the components, plus superior expert skills required in manufacturing. In addition, the RC213V-S is equipped with control technologies used on the RC213V. The RC213V consists only of the necessary parts for winning races, based on the idea of changing specifications as necessary according to the rider and course. To achieve the specifications that make the RC213V-S eligible to run on public roads, the minimal amount of necessary changes and additions has been made compared to the RC213V.

For the RC213V-S, a machine for public roads, the regions with sales planned are Europe, the U.S., Australia and Japan. The manufacturer's recommended prices are set at €188,000 in Europe (tax-inclusive) (Germany *1), ¥21,900,000 (tax inclusive) in Japan, A$244,000 (tax inclusive) in Australia, and US$184,000 in the U.S.

*A kit exclusive for use on closed circuits is offered as an option. (This kit is not available in the U.S.)

For purchase of an RC213V-S, applications for order entry will be accepted around the world starting 0:00 (CET) on July 13, through the order entry form on the exclusive website (

*1: Selling price in Europe here means the selling price in Germany. Selling prices in Europe vary by country. (Details will be posted in the order entry form on the exclusive website.)

Characteristics of the RC213V-S

As the purpose of development of the RS213V-S, rather than trying to replicate the dynamic performance of the RC213V, the focus of the development approach was on recreating as much as possible the complete vehicle packaging of the RC213V and its riding feel. To enable riding in speed ranges that approach the world of the RC213V, an optional sports kit is available exclusively for riding only on closed courses such as racing circuits.

In this way, the RC213V-S makes it possible to experience the riding feel of the RC213V on public roads, while also enabling riding at a higher level on closed circuits.

The RC213V consists only of the necessary parts for winning races, based on the idea of changing specifications according to the rider and course. But given the premise of riding on public roads for the RC213V-S, minimum possible changes and additions have been made to the RC213V as requirements for running on public roads, while inheriting all other elements of the RC213V.

■ 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 ordinary 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
Self starter
Side stand, etc.
[Changes made for riding on ordinary public roads]

Steering angle: 15 degrees   26 degrees
Tires: RS10 made by Bridgestone Corporation
Front brake disc: Made of stainless steel, manufactured by Yutaka Giken Co., Ltd.      
Brake pad: Made by Brembo S.p.A.
■ Spec. comparison between RC213V-S and RC213V (spec. for Europe: All values are reference values.)
Model name RC213V RC213V-S RC213V-S (with kit)
Overall length (mm) 2,052 2100 【2100】
Overall width (mm) 645 790 770
Overall height (mm) 1,110 1120 【1120】
Wheelbase (mm) 1,435 1465 【1465】
Minimum ground clearance (mm) 115 120 【120】
Seat height (mm) - 830 【830】
Vehicle weight (kg) Over 158 (after racing) 170 (dry) 160 (dry)
Maximum number of riders 1 person 1 person 1 person
Minimum turning radius (m) - 3.7 6.4
Engine type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 4-valve V4 Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 4-valve V4 Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 4-valve V4
Total displacement (cm3) 999 999 999
Bore × Stroke (mm) - 81.0 × 48.5 81.0 × 48.5
Compression ratio - 13.0 13.0
Maximum output (kW[PS]/rpm) Over 175kW 117[159]/11000 Over 158[215]/13000
Maximum torque (N・m[kgf・m]/rpm) - 102[10.4]/10500 Over 118[12.1]/10500
Fuel supply - PGM-FI (Programmed fuel injection system) PGM-FI (Programmed fuel injection system)
Starter - Self Self
Ignition - Full transistor, battery ignition Full transistor, battery ignition
Fuel tank capacity (L) 20 16.3 16.3
Clutch - Dry multi-plate, coil sring Dry multi-plate, coil spring
Transmission - Constant mesh, 6-speed return Constant mesh, 6-speed return
Transmission gear ratio 1st - 2.125 2.125
2nd - 1.647 1.647
3rd - 1.368 1.368
4th - 1.217 1.217
5th - 1.100 1.100
6th - 1.032 1.032

Reduction gear ratio


- 1.933/2.471 1.933/2.353~2.933
Caster angle (degrees) - 24.6 【24.6】
Trail (mm) - 105 【105】
Tire Front 16.5 120/70ZR17M/C 120/70ZR17M/C
Rear 16.5 190/55ZR17M/C 190/55ZR17M/C
Brake Front Hydraulic double disc Hydraulic double disc Hydraulic double disc
Rear Hydraulic disc Hydraulic disc Hydraulic disc
Suspension Front - Telescopic Telescopic
Rear - Pro-Link Pro-Link
Frame Diamond Diamond Diamond

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