Honda has finally debuted its “absolute MotoGP machine for the street” – the highly anticipated and hyped Honda RC213V-S. First off, the rumors are true: this is not going to be an affordable motorcycle.
The 2016 Honda RC213V-S will cost $184,000 in the USA, while Europeans will get stuck with a €188,ooo sticker price (¥21,900,000 in Japan & $244,000 in Australia). In order to buy an RC213V-S, customers must register on a special website, which will open on July 16th.
Each RC213V-S street bike will be hand-built at Honda’s Kumamoto factory, at the pace of roughly one motorcycle per day. For those inclined to doing the math, we’ll save you the trouble…fewer than 300 units will be made, with that number likely closer to 200.
The 2016 Honda RC213V-S will be available in two colors: the HRC Tricolor or plain-jane carbon fiber (our pick). Both colors have carbon fiber fairings, and come with coil spring valves (not pneumatic valves, like on the race bikes). Other changes from the racing machines include the gearbox, tires, brakes, and maximum steering angle.
As far as electronics go, there are five rider modes, a sophisticated traction control system, along with engine braking control, a quickshifter, and an inertial measurement unit (IMU).
Honda says that the RC213V-S tips the scales at a claimed 170kg dry weight (188kg wet in Europe, 190kg wet in the USA), which isn’t exactly mind-blowingly light. For example, the Ducati 1199 Superleggera weighs 155kg dry and 178kg wet.
For track riders, there is a “sport kit” that will bring the bike to even closer spec to the racing machines. It includes a new ECU, revised ram-air tubes, and of course a racing exhaust system. This kit drops the dry weight to 165kg (177kg wet), but it oddly won’t be available to USA market machines…and that’s an important fact to remember.
In the US market, the Honda RC213V-S will be tuned for 101hp at 8,000 rpm (66 lbs•ft of torque) — a figure the bike will be stuck at, since the sport kit is not available to the US market.
In Europe and Australia, the RC213V-S will make a still disappointing 157hp at the 11,000 rpm-spinning crank, but with the sports kit installed, that figure will get bumped to over 210hp at 13,000 rpm. Peak torque is set at 75 lbs•ft at 10,500 rpm, with the sports kit lifting that figure to over 87 lbs•ft.
Once purchased, the machines must be stored indoors, in a controlled environment. They also must be serviced by specially certified Honda dealerships, who will have the necessary training and tools to service the high-maitenance street bike.
As you would expect, at the core of the 2016 Honda RC213V-S is a compact 90º V4 999cc engine, which features titanium connecting rods and a sand-cast aluminum crankcase. Like on the MotoGP bike, the fuel tank is situated under the rider’s seat, which is shrouded by the bike’s carbon fiber bodywork.
Other items straight from the MotoGP bike are the swingarm, slipper clutch, magnesium Marchesini wheels (17″ inches in size), pressurized Öhlins forks, adjustable footrests and foot controls, as well as most of the Brembo brake components (steel rotors instead of carbon).
In order to buy a 2016 Honda RC213V-S, interested parties have to declare their intent on www.RC213V-S.com, with models expected to start shipping towards the end of this year.
You better get your request in quickly though, because this is going to be a truly limited production motorcycle, and we doubt Honda is going to have a hard time selling a MotoGP machine for the street.
Technical Specifications of the Honda RC213V-S for the American Market:
|2016 Honda RC213V-S|
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-valve DOHC V-4|
|Carburation||PGM-DSFI electronic fuel injection with ?48mm throttle bodies|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||81.0×48.5|
|Engine Displacement (cm3)||999|
|Max. Power Output||75kw[101HP]/8000rpm|
|Brakes Front||?320 x 5.5 mm dual hydraulic disc (YUTAKA) with 4-piston calipers and m/c (Brembo)|
|Brakes Rear||?220 x 5 mm hydraulic disc (YUTAKA) with 2-piston caliper (Brembo) amd m/c (Nissin)|
|Suspension Front||Telescopic with gas-charged TTX25 (Öhlins) spring preload ,compression and rebound damping adjustment, 130mm stroke|
|Suspension Rear||Pro-Link with gas-charged TTX36 (Öhlins) spring preload, compression and rebound damping adjustment, 64mm stroke|
|Tyre Front||120/70 ZR17 M/C Bridgestone RS10|
|Tyre Rear||190/55 ZR17 M/C Bridgestone RS10|
|Wheels Front||7-spoke forged magnesium (Marchesini)|
|Wheels Rear||7-spoke forged magnesium (Marchesini)|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS|
|Dry Weight (kg)||172 (380 lb)|
|Kerb Weight (kg)||190 (418 lb)|
|Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm)||2110x790x1120(81x31x44 in)|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||120(4.7 in)|
|Seat Height (mm)||830(32.7 in)|
|Trail (mm)||105(4.1 in)|
|Wheelbase (mm)||1465(57.7 in)|
|Clutch||Dry, multiplate with coil spring|
|Gearbox||6-speed, constant mesh|
Technical Differences Between the Honda RC213V Race Bike and RC213V-S Street Bike, for the European Market:
|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|
|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|
|Maximum output (kW[PS]/rpm)||Over 175kW||117/11000||Over 158/13000|
|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)|
|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|
|Reduction gear ratio(primary/secondary)||–||1.933/2.471||1.933/2.353~2.933|
|Caster angle (degrees)||–||24.6||?24.6?|
|Brake||Front||Hydraulic double disc||Hydraulic double disc||Hydraulic double disc|
|Rear||Hydraulic disc||Hydraulic disc||Hydraulic disc|