Look at the smile on this guy’s face! That’s the smile of the first person on planet Earth to take deliver of their new Honda RC213V-S street bike.
The first example of the €188,000 “MotoGP bike with lights” goes to Mr. John Brown, a Brit who owns and runs a Honda motorcycle dealership in Manchester, and is also an avid collector of Honda motorcycles.
Honda says that other customers will begin to take receipt of their RC213V-S motorcycles after the New Year.
“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. As soon as it went on sale I registered my interest on the website, and when I received the call from Honda to say my order was accepted it was a very special day for me,” said Brown.
“I joined my family business as a 17-year old and have been a Honda dealer ever since. My dealership has been one of the top-three in the UK for many years and the bike will be great with my existing collection. I’d like to thank all the people at Honda for making this dream come true.”
The Honda RC213V-S sold out for Big Red, which means the model will bring close to €40 million to the Japanese manufacturer – that is no paltry sum, and could offset much of the MotoGP race bike’s development costs, which is an interesting fact to chew on.
Though the Honda RC213V-S is no homologation special, the recent trend in the industry and racing rules encourages more fanciful machines to be dreamed up bike motorcycle manufacturers. Could this be the beginning of a new golden era of motorcycle design? Time will tell.