Check Out the 2017 Honda RC213V

02/03/2017 @ 4:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS

The MotoGP launch season is still upon us, and now that we have seen the teams and bikes from Ducati, Suzuki, and Yamaha – it is time for Honda to take the wraps off the team its campaigning for its title defense.

Debuting the 2017 Honda RC213V at a press event in Indonesia, not much has changed outwardly for the 240+ horsepower GP bike, though there a subtle differences to be seen, if you look closely and compare it to last year’s bike.

The Repsol Honda fairings cover the biggest change that we know of, as reports from the test tracks confirm that Honda is experimenting with a “big-bang like” firing order on its V4 engine, a change from the “screamer” configuration of last season, which was handful for Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to manage.

One of the more noticeable changes for 2017 is the partnership with SC Project for the exhaust, which looks very similar to the old Termignoni system, though the pipe bends are now much more rigid, instead of flowing.

Of note, the side pipe is much longer on the SC Project exhaust than on the Termignoni version – a sign perhaps that the big bang engine configuration requires a slightly different exhaust tuning, or that Honda is hunting for power in different parts of the rev-range.

Another subtle change our eye noticed was the fitting of a vented rear brake disc to the #93 bike, a signal perhaps that Marquez is using his rear brake much more than his teammate.

The same can be seen on the 2016 bike photos, so it’s not something new for the current World Champion, but an interesting difference between the two factory Honda riders.

Honda will be looking to make its biggest advancements via electronics this season, though the team still has one more test before it decides on which engine direction to follow. The choice made there will have a drastic effect on the course of the 2017, as well.

With the competition looking outright fierce, Marquez and Pedrosa will have a tough bid for the 2017 MotoGP Championship; however, wise men never bet against the Honda riders – they have proved their detractors wrong on more than one occasion.

Source: Repsol Honda

  • Hornet

    Beautiful. really like the long exhaust too

  • bjg

    Those are some tiny rear rotors. Interesting that one is drilled and the other isn’t. Does anyone have an explanation or a resource to learn more about how the mythical $100,000 forks are different than already very swanky fgr300s?

  • Chocodog

    Yummy, can’t wait to see what engine the use.

  • n/a

    I literally ‘lol’ when I see that exhaust

  • Hornet

    okay..

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  • Shinfo

    I know it’s dumb, but I hate the fact that the tank isn’t all orange like it used to be.

  • paulus

    For sure, there are technical differences, but the main one is the know how and support. It is a package for the race proved suspension AND the cost for the dedicated, full time technician that constantly rebuilds and refines them for each individual track, rider and conditions… at each test, practice and race of the season. It’s also for all the support functions and product development that happens in parallel to continue to meet the increased demands and improve the performance each season.

  • Shawn Kitchen

    Am I the only one who thinks that the Honda bikes are the least… “sexy”… bikes on the grid? They don’t flow as well as the Yamaha and Aprilia designs, to my eyes at least.

    That said, I’m surprised to not see any aerodynamic enhancements. It’ll be interesting to see how the design evolves.

  • this new design is so exciting specially its tires and front end is so eye catching. engine diagnostics is also good

  • BBQdog

    No, you are not the only one. For some reason Honda street bikes and racers don’t look very well.

  • TheSeaward

    Japanese market 1199 exhaust going on there.

  • sigsegv

    The clear-cut graphics don’t help, but the Honda’s are the least “production-looking” bikes on the grid, together with the KTMs. The Suzuki’s are a lot more refined, IMHO.

  • N1

    I couldn’t help but notice that the two bikes have different fairings.

  • John DuPree

    Check out the difference in footpeg placement, and the design of Dani’s brake peg. It looks like it can slide up and down on it’s mount without moving the lever. Odd.

  • BBQdog

    Lines from the front and rear are running downwards which makes the bike look like it has cracked in the middle.

  • XFA

    The only thing than i’ll dislike is the digital tachometer, i’ll preffer when pedrosa carried a mix of digital speedometer and analog tachometer for the revs, c’mon mix classical and technology, am guess that will not happen anymore.

  • proudAmerican702

    Haha…reminds me of the cough drop commercials:

    “Ri…cola!”

  • n/a

    Old school!

    I’m a fan of analog tacho’s too.

  • Ardie Saeidi

    Yeah its interesting, must be one rider favors different aero characteristics.. Hopefully A&R can get more info from the riders on why that is.

  • N1

    My guess would be that they’ve used whatever leftover fairings they had in the back room. Come Qatar they will have the new winglet replacement super-secret ones.

  • Shawn Kitchen

    Thousand-dollar question: Why do most (all?) of the bikes on the grid have those miniature aerobics class leg warmers on the front brake reservoirs?

  • Superlight

    I wonder why the center rear exhaust has those side exits?

  • SKD007

    One thing I noticed in 3 day test is that now honda was having similar top speed as Ducati.. so that shows Big Bang is letting Marc carry more speed out or corner than what it did last year. Can’t wait to see Philip island 3 test. Off season pass was worth buyin 😊

    Suzuki rocks tho.. they have done it again. They are in between Ducati and honda when it comes top speed or it’s Ino who is doing an excellent corner exit thanks to its sweet handling

  • Jd

    this way brake fluid doesnt leak on to the precious machine brake fluid does great harm to things especially fairings and also to keep moisture out

  • Dhawal

    Also I think to control the temperature of the brake fluid. Eg. Malaysia.

  • Spurdog1

    What! No ducted vanes… yet!

  • ZDM1197

    Has the aesthetics of a trials bike…FUGLY….Honda is trying to get around losing the nose fairing “winglets’ which helped keep the front tire pressed into the ground in high speed corners…every corner is near a high speed one in MGP..interesting approach none the less…Honda innovation !