RC213V-S at the Red Bull Ring
Watch Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa test the RC213V-S at the Red Bull Ring.
Honda's racing activity is its “laboratory on wheels.” Honda incorporates feedback from every race into all production models.
RC213V-S is the result of technologies created by Honda's racing activities to produce a commercially available model, representing a new endeavor.
Honda has a principle that the fastest machine is the machine that is the easiest to maneuver. Since competing in the Isle of Man TT races in 1958, Honda has developed machines exclusively for racing, producing victory after victory.
RC213V-S has inherited the specifications of RC213V to thoroughly ensure mass concentration, reduced friction, use light weight materials as well as precise machining of the components and expert skills required in manufacturing. The RC213V-S is also equipped with control technologies used on RC213V.
Only the necessary changes to the RC213V machine have been made in order to enable the RC213V-S to be ridden on public roads.
Honda Motorcycles is constantly pursuing the challenge of making customers happy through technology.
RC213V-S is our expression of this determination.
For MotoGP bikes, when it comes to manufacturing something so different to a regular production bike; including component weight reduction, processing accuracy and high level of technical proficiency during manufacture. RC213V-S shares these two factors with RC213V.
The only technical differences are that the RC213V's pneumatic valves are replaced with coil springs (although the camshaft gear train remains the same) and the seamless gearbox is replaced with a regular road-going one. These parts are more durable for long term use and were adopted from the readily available RCV1000R open category racing bike.
To meet road laws, RC213V-S is equipped with head/taillights, side mirrors, speedometer, muffler with catalytic converter, license plate holder, horn, etc.
For practicality, the RC213V-S's tires, brake discs and pads are new, while the bike’s steering ratio is now wider. Extra equipment includes Honda’s Smart Key, a starter motor and parking stand.
RC213V-S has a number of additional features to make it road-legal
With RC213V-S, we set out to recreate RC213V’s handling for use on public roads. We made sure that each component differs from mass-produced items in their materials, surface treatment and manufacture to improve rigidity and strength while reducing weight – just like RC213V. Each part is also processed by hand and machined to the same specifications as RC213V – the highest possible.
The RC213V-S was designed for riding on public roads, however a Sports Kit option is available for racing on closed circuits.
Installing the Sports Kit, removing the lights and other procedures are handled by a designated dealer with bespoke tools and training for the RC213V-S.