LCR Honda RC213V Makes Its Debut

03/23/2012 @ 11:48 am, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

LCR Honda may only be a satellite Honda team in MotoGP, but everything Lucio Cecchinello touches regarding the squad has an amazing attention to detail, and the teams’s 2012 launch is no different. After a disappointing last season with Toni Elias, LCR Honda has swapped in another Moto2 Champion, this time with German Stefan Bradl at the helm of the LCR Honda RC213V. Already showing tremendous progress in the big show, Bradl is an early favorite for the Rookie of the Year distinction, and the 22-year-old is certain to give some of the more veteran riders a run for their money this season.

Officially launching the 2012 LCR Honda squad in Jerez this week, the Italian MotoGP team always brings us some of the most artful studio shots from the paddock launches, and again Lucio and his crew don’t disappoint in this regard. If you like your photos warmed up and desaturated, we have got a treat for you, but sorry…no bunnies this time around.

“The first time I rode a motorbike my father had to hold me in the back otherwise I would have fallen down,” explained Bradl. “I was only 4 and it was a Honda QR50 cross pocket bike. It took me a while to get it out of the garage because I was scared of the noise from the engine. Maybe I was born to do this ”job” and now that I am racing in MotoGP my father does not hold me in the back anymore but he is still a very important support to me. You can not even imagine how strong this Honda RCV is and every corner and every gear is a real fight.”

How can you not like a kid with an attitude like that?

Technical Specifications of the LCR Honda RC213V:
Engine features: Four-stroke liquid-cooled pneumatic-valve engine, V4, DOHC4
Displacement: up to 1000 cc
Maximum Power: over 250 HP
Maximum Speed: over 350 km/H
Gearbox: Six speed seamless cassette type gearbox with alternative optional ratio
Clutch: Fully adjustable multi plate slipper clutch
Exhaust: Arrow Titanium line
Overall length: 2050mm to 2070mm up to circuit lay out and specification
Overall height: 1125mm
Overall width: 645mm
Weight: 157kg
Fuel: 21 litres capacity ELF
Oil: ELF
Chassis Features: Aluminum twin spare frame, Fully adjustable steering and geometry, & Fully adjustable HRC magnesium triple clamp
Suspensions: Front: Fully adjustable Öhlins TRVP25 diam 48mm upside down, Rear: Fully adjustable Öhlins TRSP44
Tyres: Bridgestone
Wheel: OZ
Brakes: Front: Nissin 4 pistons caliper 320mm Nissin carbon disc Rear: Nissin Twin piston caliper 196mm Yutaka steel disc
Screen: Rama
Grip: Progrip
Sprockets: PBR
All accessories: Rizoma

Source: LCR Honda

  • BBQdog

    For some reason those photographs don’t look very sharp at all, like
    some old scanned negatives. Not like 2012 studio shots.

  • AndrewF

    Sorry, it’s just not the same without the bunnies.

  • JW

    Your right, its better w/o the bunnies

  • MikeD

    250hp + …. (^_^)… SWEET MOTHER OF V-4…LOL.
    Meehh, then again the others could be lying about their numbers to keep on the safe side…bahh…matters not….we’ll see on the first long straight drag race.

    @BBQdog: Indeed, pics do look shitty.

    Some one posted a very valid question in another Blog.

    How come Honda stays faithful to the V-4 architecture on the Highest form of bike racing and then sell street bikes with I-4s ?
    I understand they made the first I-4 street bike for mass consumption(wrong?) and just have too much on this side of the fence to just toss it away like it doesn’t matter or existed….BUT…same goes with the V4.

  • Cpt.Slow

    V anything cost more (/complex)

  • mxs

    Prototype = build whatever (within rules obviously) you think will win you a series
    Production = build whatever will sell and you make money at the end

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  • MikeD

    I see…I see…seems plausible (scratches chin)…(O_O)

  • BBQdog

    >>How come Honda stays faithful to the V-4 architecture on the Highest form of bike racing and then sell street bikes with I-4s ?

    Because the japanese have (also) become lazy. They rather sell the UJM (universal japanese motorcycle= 4 in line) then developping something new, something one can really use. But this is a trend in the whole of the motorcycle industry, including dealers. Selling 1 big fat bike is easier then selling 5 smaller bikes. But if you see how many smaller bikes are sold today in the new countries (far east, south america) then the times they are a-changing.

  • Jake

    1st, Honda does sell V-4 motorcycles (Shamu)

    2nd, they are more expensive to produce (2 separate heads)

    3rd, Honda really needs to make a good high end sport bike with a V-4 to set them apart from the crowd like they used to. Honda has been so boring this decade it’s sad. Maybe with the Mugen electric stuff coming down the pipe they’ll become relevant again.

  • MikeD


    Shamu SCHMUUU…it’s engine might be a new family, DCT Capable, bla bla bla and all that good stuff…but compared to the RSV4 powerplant it look PEDESTRIAN, OVERWEIGHT.

    Honda being Honda im sure they have a DOHC 1000cc “race” version of it with every bell and whistle on the market today waiting to be unleashed “sometime this century before we run out of fossil fuels” and organs to be able to afford one when it happens…that’s what i was implying on my first post…something of that caliber and pedigree…but until that happens…all they have is a FAT RED MANATEE of a bike and it’s powerplant…V-4 wise…the CBR-RR line seems to be fairly “up to snuff”…shame it’s an I-4 breed.