On Monday, the new Honda RCV1000R production racer from HRC will take to the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain for its first public testing session. HRC couldn’t wait to show off its machine though, and held a press conference today at the Valencian GP for the MotoGP press pool.

Based closely off the Honda RC213V that Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Stefan Bradl, and Alvaro Bautista are racing with this season, the Honda RCV1000R will fit under the “Open Class” set of rules, and be campaigned by Nicky Hayden, Scott Redding, and Karel Abraham, with further riders expected to be added to that list.

Using a 999.5cc 90° V4 engine, just like the RC213V, the RCV1000R features the same firing order as the factory bike, as well as the same chassis geometry.

However, there are some crucial differences in technical specification, as the Honda RCV1000R uses conventional steel valve springs, instead of the Honda RC213V’s pneumatic valve springs; and a conventional gearbox, instead of the factory bike’s seamless gearbox design. Both these technologies were deemed to be too costly to offer on the Open Class machine, says Honda.

In the hands of Casey Stoner, and on the same Bridgestone tires, the RCV1000R was 0.3 seconds slower than the factory bike, but that gap was cut in half once HRC fitted the softer-spec tires destined for the Open Class machines next year.

Per the Open Class rules, the 2014 Honda RCV1000R will also use the spec-ECU hardware and software from by Magneti Marelli, but will get to use an extra four liters of fuel compare to the factory machines.

“This project is very important to Honda,” said Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of the Honda Racing Corporation. “The gap between the factory bikes and the current CRT machines [which use engines from street superbikes] was a little too big, so this is the way we like to help private teams – this is the main concept. The target was to produce a reasonably competitive machine for a reasonable price.”








Source: HRC; Photos: © 2013 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • A pool of yellow fluid just formed beneath every Aprilia RSV4… mommy! :)

  • vman2957

    Go Hayden!

  • Norm G.

    re: “This project is very important to Honda,” said Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President of the Honda Racing Corporation”

    exactly. WSBK…? not so much.

  • Bob

    Actually there allowed 4 Extra Litres of fuel

  • Ken C.

    I’m excited to see what Nicky Hayden and Scott Redding can do on the bike. Nothing against Karel Abraham, but I think he’s only in the classification because his daddy bought him a spot.

    Anyway, hope they can truly be competitive.

  • Frenchie

    Looks like more and more David Emmett on A&R (picture 5) :)

  • Tony M

    @Aaron B. Brown considering this bike only costs 84 times more then an rsv4 i dont think its a comparison. The puddle is below Aprilias ART machine if anything…..

  • Mr.X

    For sale, not lease. Done, how do I order?
    Could you imagine!

  • PD

    I guess Hayden, et al., won’t need to worry about that exposed traction control wire unless the RCV1000R is so good that it punts them in front of Marquez…

  • TwoWheelLoo

    I’m going to laugh my ass off if this backfires on HRC and Hayden returns to win races on this thing, given that it’s 0.15 seconds off the pace of a factory RC. Who knows? I’d rather they spend more time on the WSBK effort but when you have lease prices at a million euros with a potential of 1.5 million i guess your thoughts shift when that’s multiplied by three… Oh well, lets hope they spend that on the CBR V4 budget….

  • jkedsnake

    Rumor around Laguna SBK weekend was that in fact Honda is working on a V4 street bike to be the next RC45 of its time….

    I would not doubt Honda is dominating both classes in the near future.

  • It’s been known for a lot longer than that, and not just a rumor. Honda’s CEO confirmed it.

  • Will

    Hayden returning to winning races? He hasn’t won since ’06. Last American to win was Spies. No way in hell Nicky’s winning on this thing, all the Spanish will ensure that.

  • MikeG81

    I, for one, welcome our RVF1000 overlords in WSBK. Hopefully the rest of us can afford to buy one.

    Back on topic, it’d be great if someone can win on this bike. The problem being that while this bike was only .3 off the pace with Stoner on board, it’s not like the factories are going to stand still in developing the works bikes. .3 today, 1 second plus come Monday-after-Valencia or the spring tests.

  • Brian

    This should make the race for fifth place pretty compelling

  • crshnbrn


    Maybe even 4th place in the right hands. I don’t see it finishing on the podium short of an alien abduction.

  • Brian

    Ducati is going to look really bad getting beat every weekend by a rental bike.

  • You guys know I’m just messing with you right, the Aprilia RSV4 is my favorite bike.

    Of course it will be rendered obsolete and a total ripoff when Honda comes out with a street version of this baby next year with 210 hp and 90 ft/lbs of torque and the same suspension parts as the Italian for $14,000.

    That’s right go ahead and cry now. :)

  • Anvil

    Forget about this bike winning races. It ain’t gonna happen.

    It was .17 off the 213V with the soft rear tire for how many laps? Hmm, they don’t say that.

    Notice it wasn’t compared to the 214V, which will be at least a couple of tenths faster.

    It also won’t carry 24 liters of fuel. Nakamoto said so long ago.

    And Honda isn’t allowing any modifications to the bikes, anyway.

    Last, it’s not a true purchase deal. The teams have to give the bikes back after the two year agreement is up.

    Honda isn’t going to sell a bike that can win against their gazillion dollar prototypes for a fraction of the cost.

    Aspar doesn’t even believe Honda’s PR. They expect the bike to be closer to .7 seconds a lap slower than the Honda prototypes.

  • paulus

    Wasn’t the original published spec different to this? I seem to recall Honda trying to use its own component sub-brands.

  • PD


    – Per David Emmett, customer teams will be able to keep the RCV1000R after completion of the two-year contract.

    – The bikes will probably not carry 24 liters of fuel because they will likely NOT NEED TO. I.e., the bikes will be able to run races at full-power with fuel LEFT OVER. Since, ideally, you want the tank to be empty right at the end of the race, the bikes will not need to carry the full 24 liters since it would be a disadvantage to carry fuel that is not going to be used. But the bike certainly is capable of carrying 24 liters, and are allowed by the regulations to do so.

    This WILL be an advantage for the non-factory bikes as the factory bikes will be limiting power all over the place trying to make it to ends of races on only 20 liters.

    – Honda isn’t allowing any modifications to the ENGINE. Presumably, if teams want to ditch the Nissin brakes for some Brembos, they will do so.

    – Borsoi, Aspar’s second-in-command, thinks the difference is closer to .7 seconds. Aspar himself said no such thing, though he may agree with Borsoi.

    If Stoner went .3 sec slower on the 1000R vs the 213V, then he did. Perhaps on a different outing, he’ll get closer; perhaps he’ll be further off. That difference may increase or decrease for different riders. It may change from one day to another for a given rider. Point is, if Stoner did it on a given day, he did it. Doesn’t matter what Borsoi or you think.

    Whatever the case, it is impressive that Stoner, at least on that particular test day, went only .3 sec slower on the 1000R than he did on the 213V, given that he had spent much more time on the 213V and only got on the 1000R toward the very end of the test, and given that he had no experience with the Dorna-spec Marelli software.

  • @ Aaron B Brown… considering this bike hasn’t hit the track with it’s regular rider and it’s 100x more money that an RSV4 your comment is pretty pointless. Casey would be just as fast riding a scooter than most CRT riders cause the guy is a freak and just rides the wheels off anything.

  • Anvil


    Yes, you’re correct about the purchase terms. The teams can only keep the bikes after the two year contract is up. I did indeed read that wrong.

    “The bike is not a pure purchase proposition either: the teams paying the money will only get to keep the bikes at the end of the two-year contract, after they become effectively obsolete. Before that time, all engine maintenance will still be done by HRC, and Honda will not allow the team to make modifications to the engine.”

    That last line is the most important one. No modifications to the engine. So that means Honda will not allow any team to try to improve its performance until it’s obsolete. What does that tell you? Honda isn’t really selling this bike, they’re renting it with strings attached until it’s not competitively useful anymore. (It might be cool to see some team try to hot-rod one of these things in 2016 but they’ll never get any parts from Honda for it).

    The bike is expected to be 15-20 hp down compared to the true prototypes. I seriously doubt that changing to Brembo brakes is going to make up the difference, since, effectively, they can’t do anything to increase power. That doesn’t leave much for the teams to try except maybe brakes and other third party components. I doubt any team will try to develop a new chassis. It would be too expensive.

    I never said the bike needed 24 liters fuel. There’s just this idea that because it’s allowed to carry 24 liters it will and that will somehow give it a significant advantage. It won’t need the extra fuel to be as fast as Honda wants it to be, which is faster than the other open bikes, but slower than the Honda RCVs. And it sounds like if a team wanted to experiment with more fuel capacity than the bike comes with, they won’t be permitted to.

    Borsoi is the Aspar team manager. So I think he’s pretty qualified to offer an opinion on the bikes his own team just bought. His words, although they could be mine, too: “Why would a satellite team spend 3 million euros, if the gap is only 0.3 seconds with a bike which costs just 1 million?”

    Finally, I’m not disputing that the bike is pretty impressive. It’s pretty damn nice. Just don’t expect it to be winning any races unless something really weird happens.

  • paulus

    Doesn’t this just leave Motocyclings highest level race as a fixed event?
    4 bikes / 2 teams competing for first place…. sad news for 2014

  • mak lampir

    so , are this bike will produce for road bike ?

  • Norm G.

    re: “Doesn’t this just leave Motocyclings highest level race as a fixed event?”

    HELLLOOO… MCFLY…!?!? (norm G. rapps knuckles atop paul’s noggin’)

  • Norm G.

    re: “I would not doubt Honda is dominating both classes in the near future.”

    yup, Big Red’s got MotoGP and Moto2 on lock. good for them.