Photos from 250+ Feet up COTA’s Petrolsaurus Rex

Standing 251 feet above Turns 16, 17, & 18, the COTA observation tower provides a bird’s eye view of just about every tun on the circuit, if you can stomach its subtle sway in the wind and clear-glass floor at the precipice. Officially called by COTA as the “Observation Tower” – it really needs a better name for casual conversation. We’ve heard COTA Cobra used a few times with some lovely alliteration, but the structure has always struck us as less snake-like, and more like a big dinosaur — we’re going to use the name “Petrolsaurus Rex” until I hear something better, or COTA sends me a cease and desist order. I climbed to the top of Petrolsaurus Rex (read: took the elevator) during the MotoGP Warm-Up session, and snapped a few photos in the process. Enjoy!

MV Agusta F3 800 Ago Now Officially Debuts

We already announced the bike last November, and brought you a bevy of hi-res images of the special edition machine. Although now that we think of it, MV Agusta never released anything on this Giacomo Agostini tribute motorcycle — better late than never, right? Back at the EICMA show launch, where the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago was first shown to the public (and Agostini himself), the Varese brand promised us two additional motorcycle launches in early 2014. MV Agsuta made good on half that promise with the Dragster 800 model, hopefully this Ago special edition isn’t the other half of that statement, and MV Agusta still has something waiting in the wings. That being said, the Tricolore & Gold paint scheme is gorgeous, and looks even better in person.

Isle of Man TT Gets TV Deal for Australia & USA

Want to watch the Isle of Man TT from the comfort of your non-British TV, but haven’t been able to in the past? A new TV from the Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development will do just that. Inking a new TV contract with North One TV, the Isle of Man TT will be televised in the American, Australian, and of course British markets, making it easier than ever to watch the iconic road race. With a five-year contract with the Velocity Channel in the US, the American cable channel will show seven one-hour race shows. Each segment will air within 24hrs of each race, and be tailored for the American market.

Castiglioni Denies Fiat Buyout of MV Agusta Is in the Works

After reporting 22% growth in Q1 2014, Giovanni Castiglioni had some closing words about the rumors that Fiat could acquire MV Agusta — a popular rumor that has been swirling around in the press the last two months. Denying outright that MV Agusta had, or was in, talks with the Fiat-Chrysler group about an acquisition (some reports linked even MV Agusta to being bought by Fiat-owned Ferrari), Castiglioni said the Italian company solely was focused on building growth, and building motorcycles. “Moreover, I’d like to take this opportunity to deny rumours circulated by the media over the last few days concerning supposed negotiations vis-à-vis the sale of a share of MV Agusta to the Fiat-Chrysler Group,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, the President and CEO of MV Agusta.

A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

In the coming years, US special forces may be riding a tw0-wheel drive, hybrid-electric, multi-fuel motorcycle co-developed by BRD Motorcycles and Logos Technologies. Helping make this project possible is a Small Business Innovation Research grant from DARPA. The goal is to make a single-track vehicle for US expeditionary and special forces that will be nearly silent in operation, yet also capable of traveling long distances. Details on the proposed machine are light, of course, but it sounds like the 2WD dirt bike will be based off the BRD RedShift MX (shown above), and use an electric drivetrain, as well as a multi-fuel internal combustion engine to achieve its goals.

Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

Announcing his decision during the pre-event press conference for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Colin Edwards told the assembled press that 2014 would be the Texan’s last season racing a motorcycle. Citing a lack of improvement on his performance in pre-season testing and at the Qatar GP, Edwards decision perhaps answers the lingering question in the paddock of when the American rider would hang-up his spurs after an illustrious career in AMA, WSBK and MotoGP. Talking about his inability to come to terms with the Forward Yamaha, which Aleix Espargaro was able to take to the front of the pack in Qatar, Edwards was at a loss when it came to understanding the Open Class machine and his lack of results.

MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

It is no surprise that statistics from the NHTSA show that motorcycle accidents and injuries are on the rise. According to the 2012 Motor Vehicle Crash report published by the NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities for that year rose to 4,957, up seven percent from 2011, while injuries increased 15% to 93,000. While the NHTSA statistics are misleading because the motorcycle category includes mopeds, scooters, three-wheelers, pocket bikes, mini bikes, and off-road vehicles, new riders need every advantage they can afford. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has taken notice of these statistics and has revised the curriculum for its Basic RiderCourse to include a new Basic eCourse, which students will take prior to in-person instruction.

Yamaha Trademarks “R1S” & “R1M” at USPTO – “YZF-R1M” Trademarked Abroad – But Why?

Are new Yamaha YZF-R1 models coming down the pipe? That’s the question being asked after trademark filings in the US and abroad tipped off Yamaha Motor’s intention to use “R1S”, “R1M”, and “YZF-R1M” for motorcycle, scooter, and three-wheeled purposes. The filings are being taken as hints towards a possible multiple trim levels of the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, with the “S” and “M” designations being different spec machines than the current base model. The “S” nomenclature is a popular one in the two and four-wheeled world, though “M” would certainly be a novel designation, outside of say…BMW.

Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

Continuing its theme of making limited-edition helmets for premier-class US rounds, Bell Helmets has teamed up with the Circuit of the Americas and Chris Wood, of Airtrix, to create a Texas-themed Bell Star Carbon helmet, just in time for COTA’s MotoGP race next weekend. Available only until April 13th, the Bell/COTA helmet features a red, white, and blue flag motif on the front, with both the American and State of Texas flags visible, which then wrap around the rear to merge with a hardwood design, reminiscent of the floorboards in a Western saloon. The helmet is also crowned with a Longhorn cattle skull, which adds to the Texan motif. The specially designed helmet also features a horseshoe, the COTA logo, and the 2014 Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas logo.

Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

Towards the end of the 800cc era, MotoGP looked to be in dire condition. Grids were dwindling, factories were reducing their participation, and teams were in difficult financial straits indeed. By the end of 2011, there were just 17 full time entries, Suzuki was down to a single rider, and were about to pull out entirely for 2012. How different the situation looks today. In a recent interview with the official MotoGP.com website, Aprilia Corse’s new boss Romano Albesiano gave a brief outline of their plans. The Italian factory will continue to work with the IODA Racing team for 2014 to collect data on the electronics and tires, which they will use as input on an entirely new project being worked on for 2016.

Honda’s V4 Homologation Special Confirmed But Delayed

10/07/2013 @ 4:19 am, by David Emmett42 COMMENTS

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That the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade is getting a little long in the tooth has been obvious for several years now. And that Honda is planning a very special V4 sportsbike to take the Fireblade’s place on the World Superbike grid has also been broadly mooted for the past couple of years.

The existence of the V4 1000 was first publicly acknowledged by Honda president Takanobu Ito, who spoke openly about the bike at the end of 2012.

Since then, there have been constant rumors that the new Honda superbike was to be introduced at EICMA in Milan this coming November. So persistent had the rumors become that Honda Italia last week was forced to issue a denial, sending out a press release to the Italian media insisting that the bike will not be introduced at the EICMA this November.

Leading Italian site GPOne.com has the contents of the email in full (in Italian), but the summary of the email is simple. It is a request to members of the media to stop spreading the rumors that the Honda will be presented at EICMA, while acknowledging that the bike exists.

The email refers to it as “one of the most sophisticated motorcycles ever produced by Honda,” giving a glimpse of the intention of the bike. Like the Honda NR750 before it (shown above), the V4 Honda is to be a specially constructed motorcycle aimed at the very high end of the market.

Pricing is likely to be around the 75,000 euro mark, indicative of what the bike’s performance should be. For comparison, a Yamaha R7 homologation special was priced around half that sum, after compensating for price inflation from 1999.

This appears to be a new business model for Honda – or rather a return to an old business model. With the return of the homologation special, high performance motorcycles are being sold to a very wealthy clientele, a market so far dominated by European manufacturers such as Ducati.

In fact, Ducati is producing a ‘Superleggera’ version of the Panigale, retailing at around the same price as the Honda V4, and produced in a limited quantity for a selected group of customers.

Like the Superleggera, do not expect to see one of Honda’s V4 superbikes on a road near you any time soon: rumors from the WSBK paddock suggest that several teams already have them on pre-order, with the bike expected to dominate in most Superstock-based classes around the world.

The interesting thing is how other manufacturers will respond. Kawasaki, BMW, and Ducati dominate Superstock championships, but until specs for Honda’s V4 Superbike are released, we will have no idea whether the other manufacturers will be able to compete with their existing machinery.

With global sportsbike sales in decline, turning from mass production to a high-end niche could save the sportsbike market. They won’t be a common sight on the roads, but they could turn manufacturing sportsbikes into a profitable enterprise once again.

Honda’s new V4 Superbike is now expected to debut at the end of next year, ready to race in 2015, under the new EVO rules. With the EVO rules restricting the amount of engine modification which can be done, having a bog standard bike capable of competing will be paramount.

With Casey Stoner testing the RCV1000R MotoGP machine, which the V4 Superbike is expected to be based on, that machine should be very competitive indeed.

Source: GPone

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

Comment:

  1. kaliberr44 says:

    I was afraid about it being canceled. Can’t wait to see one

  2. Xlerator says:

    Although I’m very curious about the SBK-RCV, I was hoping for a less prototype specced bike. And honda seems to comply to the new rules very good indeed. Looks like the 2015 SBK title is already won. And the award goes to the most expensive street bike ever buid.

    Not the best thing that could happen to the SBK championship if you ask me.

  3. Norm G. says:

    Q: is it a V4 based off the 213…?

    A: yes

    Q: is it a homologation…?

    A: no.

  4. Norm G. says:

    re: “I was afraid about it being canceled.”

    live in fear.

  5. sburns2421 says:

    For it to race in WSBK, what are the homologation requirements? It seems Honda will have to produce a thousand last I checked, which seems more than the market will bear at that price.

    Maybe someone could confirm the minimum production quantities to homologate the bike. Same for the 1199 Superlight, if it really is only 500 bikes could it be used as the basis for the World Superbike?

  6. Sloan says:

    Give me a small displacement V4 for club-level racing. Nothing exotic, but just good adjustable suspension and an unrestricted exhaust for the wonderful V4 sound, and I’d put my highly modified SV650 out to pasture.

  7. "That Guy" says:

    So Honda will maybe sell 500 of these high dollar bikes.

    No announced update for a new sportbike for the normal market?

    So I guess Honda can make money selling 500 (maybe) sportbikes, their Goldwing (as long as there is old people) and the CR450 dirt bike.

    All their other bikes are CRAP!

    I wish the old Honda would come back to the market.

    The new Honda sucks! (and I’m a Honda guy. :(

  8. "That Guy" says:

    No announcement of an updated sport bike for the normal people market?

    I just don’t understand Hondas new marketing plan I guess.

  9. David says:

    No announcement of a new sport bike for the normal people market?

    I don’t understand Hondas new marketing plan I guess.

  10. David says:

    No announcement of a new sport bike for the normal people market?

    I just don’t understand Hondas new marketing plan I guess.

  11. MikeG81 says:

    I hope it’s got a single sided swing arm.

  12. Norm G. says:

    re: “For it to race in WSBK, what are the homologation requirements?”

    unless dorna/Fim has taken to moving these goal posts also…? 2000 units by December 31st of that model year.

  13. Norm G. says:

    re: “Give me a small displacement V4 for club-level racing. Nothing exotic, but just good adjustable suspension and an unrestricted exhaust for the wonderful V4 sound”

    done. $15 grand. how would you like to pay…? cash or charge…?

  14. Anybody who thinks that Honda isn’t going to produce a reasonably priced production model based on this design is fooling themselves. Thankfully the Bike Wars are still alive and well, this and the iterations to follow will be Honda’s Ducati, Aprilia and BMW killers. The only difference between the Honda and the European bikes, maintenance schedule, quality control, dealership and shop support, and of course reliability. A bike you can ride every day, use for transportation, and it leaves the competition in the dust. Now Ducati better pray that Honda doesn’t start producing a V twin middleweight, or it will be over for them. :-)

    This is a bike that will force everyone else, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki etc. to step up their game and include real design & technology advancements that lead to genuine performance improvements in their product lines.

  15. Grimey Benson says:

    Basic rule of thumb while posting here: if Norm G. comments on something, believing the opposite to be true is a safe bet. Moving right along.

    You all know Honda wasn’t going to continue to take a pummeling in WSBK and Super stock, they of course had something in the bag. Also how do you think Johnny Rea was convinced not to take a MotoGP seat and stay at Pata Honda? He knew this was coming.

  16. TexusTim says:

    ok so 500 to 2000 will be sold to meet requirements, and so the cbr 1000tt will remain beside it like the F4I 600 and the 6000rr… and then maybe a muted version for the massess ? if the muted version wont whip the current cbr1000rr then whats the point ? so maybe this high dollar one wont sell like they think and honda will just mass produce them and make the price reasonable and let if replace the cbr1000rr and call it the same ? then the average guy could go whip a the local big buck ducati guy ? I HAVE TO SAY I DONT SEE ANY STRATEGY HERE THAT MAKES ME EXCITED YET. but coincidence or not Suzuki comes back in 2015 the Honda v4 realeases in 2015 if the suzuki can beat the v4 out of the box then the whole sales strategy goes out the window..maybe this is whats holding up the honda is all the succesfull test on the gsxr and honda has to go back to the drawing board…or the board of directorsan…lol

  17. BBQdog says:

    The “future’ of WSB ? Super expensive homologation models ?? Unobtainiums for the common people.
    Straight from the dealer stuffed away in some dark garage just for display because too exclusive and expensive to ride ?

  18. David says:

    Sheesh…….sorry about the multiple post.

    Don’t know what happened.

    Embarrassed…..

  19. dream bikes says:

    I think the new Honda V4 will be presented at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, to be held in the Japanese capital from November 20 to December 1.

  20. DC4GO says:

    Don’t hold your breath for this one boys, dont think it’s going to happen.

  21. MikeD says:

    NR 750, Best. Looking. Honda. Sport. Bike. EVER.

    Even if there were better bikes for less money during the same Year.

    They can keep their Latest and Greatest Abomination MotoGP Clone.

    Norm G , u are on a roll. LMAO.

    @David:

    U are NOT IMPORTANT to The Queen of Bold New Graphics and Color. You a many more.

    I heard the ancient current CBR1000RR platform would march along with this Unobtanium V4 bike.
    AS IN: CBR just became a lot less relevant than it already was. Hope to be wrong and then some.

  22. MikeD says:

    “””””””””””””””””””” With global sportsbike sales in decline, turning from mass production to a high-end niche could save the sportsbike market. They won’t be a common sight on the roads, but they could turn manufacturing sportsbikes into a profitable enterprise once again. “””””””””””””””””””””””

    I say, BLASPHEMY (O.O). What about the regular folk ? We need our new toys too, lol.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    “”””””””””””The interesting thing is how other manufacturers will respond. Kawasaki, BMW, and Ducati dominate Superstock championships, but until specs for Honda’s V4 Superbike are released, we will have no idea whether the other manufacturers will be able to compete with their existing machinery. “””””””””””””

    Now THAT SOUNDS JUICY. (~_o)

  23. Gutterslob says:

    So we don’t get a 750cc two-stroke then. Me is disappointed.

  24. Faust says:

    If anyone thinks Honda is going to spend the time and money to make this and then not race it, they (and by they I mean Norm G) are on drugs. Honda has done this time and time again and it’s always been for racing. Name me a special model they made and didn’t race? RC30, RC45, RC51, heck even the endurance NR was offered to the public in limited numbers. In short, anyone who claims this bike will not see racing has zero historical basis for that argument and a mountain of evidence to the contrary.

  25. Norm G. says:

    re: “Basic rule of thumb while posting here: if Norm G. comments on something…”

    …the passage of time invariably brings it to fruition. it is what is. check the record.

    lemme guess, this thread is populated by all the same guys who kept saying year after year Honda was going to produce a road going V5. how’d that one work out for ya…? LOL

  26. Norm G. says:

    re: “If anyone thinks Honda is going to spend the time and money to make this and then not race it, they (and by they I mean Norm G) are on drugs.”

    you’re (pause) living in a dream world neo…!!! (morpheus voice)

    re: “ok so 500 to 2000 will be sold to meet requirements”

    no, not 600, not 750, not 1500… 2000…!!! don’t minimize, this is an absolute # not a “kinda sorta” #. 2000 must be MANUFACTURED to meet requirements. 2000 that they will then catch HOLY HELL over when they try push it on their franchisees to sell. this is a non-starter.

    re: “You all know Honda wasn’t going to continue to take a pummeling in WSBK and Super stock, they of course had something in the bag.”

    pffft, laymen. they turned their back on WSBK more than a decade ago. the something they had in the bag was called the “V5 shock and awe campaign” and was exclusively reserved for grand prix. they haven’t looked back, so they sure as hell ain’t lookin’ back for austerity rules. a simple makeover on the TT winning blade will suffice.

  27. Norm G. says:

    re: “In short, anyone who claims this bike will not see racing…”

    …recognizes that the value of the Yen continues to circle the drain.

  28. Grimey Benson says:

    Let me emulate your idiocy:

    re: “…the passage of time invariably brings it to fruition. it is what is. check the record.”

    Yup, you are constantly wrong. You are the same jack wagon that claims the Marquez/Rossi pass was a Hollywood scripted event. Nostradamus, you are not.

    On to facts! Honda has been manufacturing elite homologation specials since the late 1950′s, in the form of the RC and NR series of motorcycles. They have arguably been more dedicated to this type of product marketing than any other major manufacturer.

    Reading is fundamental:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_RC_series

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_NR

    So going by historical fact, rather than say some pleb’s opinion on the internet, some manner of race special is forthcoming from Honda.

  29. Faust says:

    Norm G, when this bike hits the track I expect you to admit your foolishness.

  30. Grimey Benson says:

    Let me emulate your nonsense:

    re: “…the passage of time invariably brings it to fruition. it is what is. check the record.”

    Yup, you are constantly wrong. You are the same person that claims the Marquez/Rossi pass was a Hollywood scripted event. Nostradamus, you are not.

    On to facts! Honda has been manufacturing elite homologation specials since the late 1950′s, in the form of the RC and NR series of motorcycles. They have arguably been more dedicated to this type of product marketing than any other major manufacturer.

    So going by historical fact, rather than say some pleb’s opinion on the internet, some manner of race special is forthcoming from Honda.

  31. Mariani says:

    Well, this will be the first RC to come ever since I got into motorcycles. The first one I’ll witness.

    I am probably putting my expectations higher than I should as a result (am I?).

    With that said, Norm, of course they will race the damn thing.

    Why on earth would they make an homologation special otherwise?

    You surely are wrong on this one and I’ll call you on that once this thing hits WSBK.

  32. Baron Von Balzak says:

    @Mariani

    Pay no attention to Norm G. It would be a challenge to find someone more delusional.

  33. MikeD says:

    @all of you taking on Norm G:

    Take it all with lots of salt. If the guy is wrong call him out in due time when the evidence rolls out.

    In the mean time, let’s ALL ENJOY THE HEALTHY Bantering/Bickering.

  34. Dale says:

    While you guys may not like it, Norm is pretty much correct.

    Under current WSBK (& most domestic championship) regulations, Honda cannot manufacture and sell enough bikes at that price for homologation. Those rules exist because of limited edition road-going racebikes like the RC45 / R7 exploiting a loophole in the past.
    Most people spending that kinda money on a bike do it for the status not the ride, & lets be honest … there are far more exotic status bike brands out there than Honda.

  35. Damo says:

    @Dale

    They did it with the RC51, heard that raced pretty well. :)

    Bottom line is, Honda is up to something awesome. What ever it is, will go racing.

  36. Dale says:

    @ Damo

    Go read WSBK rules … or any race series rules.

    Also apply some logic.
    Why would ANY series homologate a $100 000 limited edition bike that might clean up and move the goalposts, necessitating every other manufacturer to either match it or leave.
    & if Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, & Suzuki each need to sell 2000 units to compete, there needs to be a market for at least 8000 $100 000 motorcycles. That is absolute fairyland!

  37. Damo says:

    @Dale

    Fairyland? It that where you and Norm G. holiday together?

    First off, no one has any clue how much the thing will cost.

    Secondly, facts are so scant right now, it is funny how adamant you folks are against it.

    Honda is in fact making a new four piston superbike of some ilk, and the WILL race it. They have a long history of holmogation specials and the new rules seem to push manufacturers back to that mind set.

    People keep inflating the cost of this nonexistant bike, next week you and Norm will be in here saying, “there is no way Honda will race a $300,000 V4.”

  38. Dale says:

    @ Damo

    Do you actually read the article, or just see a headline, a pretty picture, & rush to add your 5 cents worth? The story you are commenting on mentions the bike will be in the 75 000 euro range!

    You also clearly have zero idea what the rules with regards homologation say, or the implications of the new rules … but you’re going to argue anyway because you want Honda to build & race it – & that’s more important to you than reality.
    For your info, download the rules & read 2.9.2

    Finally, Honda have not raced ANY Superbike in an official capacity for over 10yrs.
    Their eggs are all in the MotoGP basket. I see nothing to suggest they are itching to get back into WSBK, certainly not with a phantom RC model that makes no common sense in the current economy.
    If they manage to bring out a V4 in the 25 000 euro range, that’s a different story.

  39. Faust says:

    People are surprised that Honda might be willing to spend a ton of money to make a race bike that is more advanced than anyone else? Yeah, they wouldn’t do anything crazy like run 30 different chassis configurations in a race year or invent a seamless gearbox or build a v twin Superbike specifically to embarrass Ducati. All I ask is that you all admit how ridiculous you are when it happens. Heck even other Japanese manufacturers are making moves. Imagine if you told people in 2010 that Kawi would make a Superbike that would beat up the competition and be on the verge of an SBK title in 2013? People would have said no way. Honda has confirmed they are making the bike. As in confirmed. Let me say it one more time, it’s been confirmed by the president of Honda. So what in the hell would make anyone think they are not doing this? How can you arrive at that conclusion? I mean little old Ducati made 1,500 D16RRs, and people are saying the world’s largest engine manufacturer can’t make 2,000 of these? Come on! That’s just absurd. What are you basing this on? The value of the yen? Wtf does that have to do with the amount of money honda spends on racing??

  40. Dale says:

    @ Faust

    You illustrate Honda’s MotoGP commitment to try demonstrate they will make a no-expenses spared road bike. Where’s the correlation?

    This bike was confirmed by the same company who’s car division confirmed the existence of a replacement for the NSX … where’s that?

    Stories of a Honda V4 superbike have been around for a few years now, yet there is no proof of a prototype even, only some technical drawings.

    Ducati is like the Ferrari of motorcycling. Even they could NEVER manufacture & sell 2000 units of the Desmosidici ‘collectors item’ PER YEAR, but you think Honda could sell that quantity of a $100 000 bike with aura or pedigree, just good specs & expensive exotic parts? At the end of the day it’s just a Honda … the kinda people that have that kinda money to burn will rather buy a Desmo even if the Honda has amazing performance.

    This Honda V4 in it’s rumoured state will not qualify for any national championship so no race teams will be eventual customers either. Even if it did, Honda would have to sell at least 20 bikes into 100 different championships to sell enough. Are there even 100 national championships?
    & how many teams have $100 000 to spend on a Honda, when you can start out with a showroom ZX10R + $20 000 of race bits instead?

  41. Sloan says:

    re: done. $15 grand. how would you like to pay…? cash or charge…?

    Cash. I pay myself before a purchase instead of paying finance charges later. But then again, I race an SV650 which is cheap compared to some other options.

  42. Mariani says:

    @Dale

    “This bike was confirmed by the same company who’s car division confirmed the existence of a replacement for the NSX … where’s that?”

    Really? REALLY?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmJCaDuG1ho

    Also, Honda the car brand is quite different from Honda the motorcycle brand.

    ‘It’s just a Honda’ doesn’t hold up when you talk about one of their homologation toys, does it?