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2016 Honda RC213V-S, MotoGP bike for street

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Closely related to Honda’s RC213V MotoGP bike that Marquez rode to victory in 2014, the street version will be available in 2016 for $184 000!

Online orders are currently being take for the all new RC213V-S with delivery expected to start at the end of 2015. As production will be limited, although a hefty price tag we doubt Honda will have any difficulties selling this street weapon.

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.

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).

2 time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has taken the new road version for a test ride giving some really positive feedback and quotes “I don’t think you’ll have an opportunity again to get bike at this level that you can ride on the street”.

Differences Between the Honda RC213V and RC213V-S (European Version)

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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
Wheelbase (mm) 1,435 1465 1465
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
Compression ratio 13.0 13.0
Maximum output (kW[PS]/rpm) Over 175kW 117[159]/11000 Over 158[215]/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)
Starter Self Self
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
2nd 1.647 1.647
3rd 1.368 1.368
4th 1.217 1.217
5th 1.100 1.100
6th 1.032 1.032
Reduction gear ratio(primary/secondary) 1.933/2.471 1.933/2.353~2.933
Caster angle (degrees) 24.6 【24.6】
Trail (mm) 105 【105】
Tire Front 16.5 120/70ZR17M/C 120/70ZR17M/C
Rear 16.5 190/55ZR17M/C 190/55ZR17M/C
Brake Front Hydraulic double disc Hydraulic double disc Hydraulic double disc
Rear Hydraulic disc Hydraulic disc Hydraulic disc
Suspension Front Telescopic Telescopic
Rear Pro-Link Pro-Link
Frame Diamond Diamond Diamond

In order to purchase one of these weapons Honda have set up a special site for riders to show interest, www.rc213v-s.com.

Article source and technical specs: Honda and Asphalt and Rubber
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mage Credits: Honda

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