In roughly 24 hours from now MCN will be at the Catalunya MotoGP event to see the official unveiling of the road-replica Honda RC213V-S; the closest bike to a MotoGP racing machine available.
This is a bike that has had an enormous amount of build-up and hype; it’s taken the Japanese firm more than 10 years to go from an initial idea, through a cancelled V5 version and now a delayed 1000cc V4 version for it to happen.
Can the bike - a fully homologated and road-legal replica of the bikes ridden and raced by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in MotoGP – possibly live up to the expectation?
The bike was shown in near finished form at last year’s Milan motorcycle show but Honda insisted no firm decision had been made over the future of the bike. Tomorrow’s announcement (June 11) will be the first time the bike has been seen in full production form and its expected there will be a full complement of Honda road bike and racing bosses to make the announcement.
The price is still not officially known but MCN sources suggest it may be as high as £150,000 and numbers are not only limited by the price but by the production methods the bike will use. Sandcast engine cases, hand-crafted chassis by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) mean there is neither the capability nor capacity to make more than small numbers.
It’s going to a fascinating reveal; one many have been waiting for over many years but we would like to hear from anyone who has something they want to know about this project. Just comment below and MCN’s Senior Reporter Andy Downes will seek out the answers from the event.
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