A MotoGP machine as we know it, is a no brainer it’s the fastest, lightest, the ultimate machine that has riders fighting for every race. Most of us would not dare to ride this machine until now.
But for ordinary people like us, not everyone is able to handle or ride as fast nor do hard and late braking or even full throttle to get to the top speed like Marc Marquez, but now, imagine riding a MotoGP bike that is completely ridable on the streets with a little bit of restrictions.
Not everyone has the guts to ride a 1000cc superbike fast moreover a MotoGP derived production bike that can be brought with a million Ringgit! Yes a million Ringgit, USD200,000 (RM816,000) excluding GST, include and insurance should be nearly a million! So what do you get?
The chassis has been modified in its rigidity balance and designed to reach the maximum compatibility between turning and stability. The twin-spar aluminum chassis is immensely light and yet provides the ideal stiffness and strength characteristics required to contain and RC213V’s torque from the engine to the rear tyre. As well as strength, the chassis features the right amount of carefully designed flexibility to enhance tyre grip. Twin-spar aluminium deltabox frame, multi-adjustable steering geometry, wheelbase, ride height, with aluminium swingarm
The 2014 championship winning 4 cylinder “V” engine platform with 1,000 cc to RC213V which a lighter, more controllable power and rider-friendly characteristics. Honda 1,000 cc (1.0 L; 61.0 cu in) V4, 16-valve, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, Liquid cooled. The 9,000 rpm restriction on the RC213V can upgrade by installing the race kit ECU changes the tachometer so that RPMs begin at 2,000 and redline at 14,000
The RC213V is fitted with fully adjustable Ohlins TTX 25 forks and TTX36 shocks (based on MotoGP bike’s specifications) Providing the essential link between wheel and chassis, the suspension’s job is to keep the tyre in contact with the ground and producing maximum grip as the machine hits the thousands of bumps and ripples encountered on every road. It’s a crucial link in the performance chain and for this reason Ohlins has assigned to the RC. Rear is braced with aluminium swingarm with single Öhlins Pro-Link suspension system
The lightweight carbon-fibre bodywork plays an important role in making the RC213V as aerodynamic as possible. The RC213V has a modified fairing with a headlamp to reach maximum compatibility and performance between handling and drag
Stock tyre are supplied by Bridgestone RS10S.
Front & rear brakes are provided by Brembo.
Boon Siew Honda gave us the opportunity to test the RC213(TwoOneThree)V at Sepang International Circuit, the RC213V-S has the Champion signature on it, as it was based on Marc Marquez 2014 MotoGP bike which only 250 units will be built, and hand-assembled by a select group of highly trained technicians with MotoGP experience
5 things that you need to know about the Honda RC213V-S.
The Honda RC213V-S is the origin and proper pronunciation of its model name. RC (well that not my name) is the prefix historically used to designate works machines built by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC). The 213V is pronounced 21, 3V (as in 21st century, 3rd version). The S designates a totally Street-Legal motorcycle.
2) Only 250 units is planned for world distribution for this RM816,000 hand-built machines. The European-spec bike has a claimed output of 157 peak horsepower at 11,000 rpm, while the U.S. machine will make 101 hp at 8,000 rpm. If it’s any consolation to potential buyers, the Japanese domestic version is limited to 68 hp at 6,000 rpm. For the record, I rode the standard US-spec RC213V-S. Among the performance kit bits is an ECU and exhaust system combination that unleashes a claimed 212-plus hp at 13,000 rpm. Sad news: The RM50,000 kit will be available to owners of bikes sold. It will certainly be interesting to see how the owners handle the race kitted power of a RC213V on the road!. While the 2014 Repsol MotoGP race bike of Dani Pedrosa and Marq Marquez makes around 261 hp.
3) Having now ridden the RC213V-S on the Sepang Circuit for five laps, I must admit to the handling is seriously superb, precession and the lightweight feeling like a Aprilia RS250. Never have I ridden a production sport bike with such a high level of chassis precision and control.
4) The Sport Kit version was not offered to the media and Khairul Idham Pawi and Zakwan Zaidi took turns showing the media the taste of chasing a MotoGP machine. But then again, our RC213V was restricted and I could only get 188km/h then the RC213V will stall at 178km/h on the front straight. But never the less thrilling as this is the closes to a MotoGP bike I could get my butt on. I have tested Cameron Donald’s ZX10R race bike in Sepang Circuit but that’s in a different league all together.
5) The Honda RC213V-S’s electronics suite includes a 3-level power-delivery profile, 9-level traction/wheelie control, and 4-level engine brake control. The parameters can be custom-configured while the bike is stationary and stored in each of five modes (pre-sets) that may be selected on the fly. These ride aids felt seamless, smoothly intervening at the various sensitivity levels and unobtrusive at the lowest settings for our test as I felt the restriction was bit too sensitive for our riding style but then again this is just for a feel of a street-legal MotoGP bike that I would mind having in my garage if I had RM1 million to spare in my pocket.