The much anticipated unveiling of the Honda RC213V-S racing machine has happened at the Catalunya MotoGP. This racing bike is the closest road-replica to the MotoGP racing bike and is expected to be available in showrooms very soon.
2016 Honda RC213V-S has been receiving lots of attention and hype from the motoring world as well as the general public, having taken the Japanese manufacturer 10 years to finally see the original idea turning to reality. The initial V5 version had to be canceled and the 1000cc V4 version postponed on the road to realizing the RC213V-S.
What is probably in the minds of many racing bike enthusiasts and critics is whether this new road-legal speed bike will live up to expectations. The fully homologated bike closely resembles the superbikes that are raced and ridden by world champions Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez in the MotoGP. Will the road-replica deliver the same performance and agility?
Late last year during the motorcycle show held in Milan, the public got a sneak preview of the almost complete bike which led to lots of speculation and anticipation in the industry. However, Honda didn’t release any information on the bike’s future prospects and insisted that no conclusive decision had been made in regard to the bike. This left many people guessing whether the bike weould see the light of day or will be canceled or postponed as it had happened previously.
The June 11 launch was the maiden announcement about the bike and the first time the racing bike has been viewed in its complete production form. The Honda racing bosses made a full reveal of the bike as well as Honda road bike complements during the announcement.
What still remains a mystery is the price that the racing bike will fetch in the market as Honda is yet to make an official announcement on this. Sources say that the bike will have a price tag as high as £150,000 and that the number of motorcycle units available will be limited.
Sources also indicate that the limited production will be influenced by the methods of productions that will be used. This racing bike from Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) features a handcrafted chassis and a Sandcast engine case meaning that the manufacturer lacks the capacity and capability of producing many units.
The launch has been quite fascinating as the bike has taken many years to finally come to be.
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