This is how Honda trainee engineers are put to the test
A group of freshly joined trainee has found themselves in a position to prove themselves. They have a task to create 10 replicas of iconic motorcycles that made Honda the brand it is today.
That’s not all. They have to create all the replicas using a Delta minibike as the base bike. ‘Make the small ones and we’ll know if you can make the big ones’.
Interest in race-replica models is beginning to wane in favor of the more public road-oriented naked bikes and streetfighters, but you’d never know it looking at the work Honda put into the RC213V-S.
The “S” is based on Honda’s RC213V factory racebike currently competing in the MotoGP circuit, and it is important to mention here that this is the bike that carried Honda to the Riders’, Constructors’ and Team Championships in both ’13 and ’14.
While this isn’t quite a straight-up racebike with turn signals, it’s a fairly faithful reproduction and is as close as you will find among the production bikes on the road today. Let’s face it — to unleash a 100-percent genuine racebike on the public would be irresponsible at best, and criminal at worst, so the factory had to nerf it just a little bit. These bikes are hand built by specially trained mechanics using model-specific tools at a rate of one unit per day, part of the reason for the limited-edition run. Join me while I see how close to that line the Red Riders dance with this awe-inspiring machine.
Continue reading for my review of the Honda RC213V-S.
Despite poor reactions when it first came out, the Honda RC213V-S appears to have attracted its fair share of customers. The Japanese company revealed to Asphalt and Rubber that reservations for the MotoGP-inspired street bike are coming in stronger than expected.
There’s still a little over a week left before the reservation windows close, but at this point, the company has already received well over 300 purchase reservations on the RC213V-S’s dedicated website, exceeding the 220 units Honda initially planned to build in its Hamamatsu factory in 2016. The company has since been forced to ramp up its preparations to accommodate around 250 units, but if reservations continue to pour in for the superbike, Honda might again have to increase the factory’s production capacity.
This is tremendous news for Honda and the RC213V-S, which didn’t have the best first impression when it was revealed that its power output would be limited to just 101 horsepower in the US because of EPA regulations and that it would cost a staggering $184,000, which is right around the price of a 2016 Audi R8 V10.
Turns outs, a lot of customers aren’t too worried about shelling out that much money on the RC213V-S. Here in the US, part of the requirements in reserving the bike is dropping a $50,000 deposit. These reservations aren’t considered outright sales, but those customers who shelled out the $50,000 deposit are more than likely to complete the sale as soon as the bikes are ready.
Whatever happens, Honda’s planning to close purchase reservations as soon as it hits the maximum production capacity on the superbike. If there are still those who are on the fence, now’s a good time make a decision.
Continue reading to learn more about the Honda RC213V-S.
Much to our disappointment, Honda’s seemingly endless waiting game regarding a road version of its RC213V-S superbike seems to have no end in sight. We’re nowhere close to finding out whether or not Honda really has plans to build a production model of the concept we saw at the Milan Motorcycle Show last November 2014. That being said, new patents for the bike’s design have just surfaced and if these patents are what I think they are, then Honda’s probably giving serious thought to actually doing it.
I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, even though the thought of a road-going RC213V-S has been gnawing at my head since I saw the concept bike last November. But these patent images could mean something, even though the only thing Honda’s actually trying to patent is that small section at the back of the bike where the rear light is found. You’ll see it because it’s the one part of the bike that’s highlighted in gray.
So what could this mean with regards to a possible production version of the RC213V-S? Truth be told, I’m only speculating here, but I’m skeptical about Honda’s plans to green light production for the bike. Maybe it’ll change its mind in the future, but for now, these patent images are probably for that specific part of the bike and not necessarily a piece to the RC213V-S puzzle.
Honda’s probably using the concept as an example on what the specific part could look like and then turn around and use it on other models as components to their overall configuration. It’s not the most optimistic of assumptions, but that’s where I’m at right now.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still clinging to whatever sliver of hope there is that Honda eventually green lights a production run for the RC213V-S. But without any kind of confirmation from the company itself, I’m not going out on this particular limb.
Continue reading to read more about Honda’s patent images of the RC213V-S.
The next generation of MotoGP machine is here in the shape of the Honda RC212V racing prototype. Built to conform to the new-for-2007 Grand Prix rules, the bike features an 800cc, V4 engine and a stunning all-new chassis built with mass centralization and ultimate handling in mind. Welcome to the future…