RC213V-S

RC213V-S

SCOOP: Honda planning cheaper RC213V-S ‘super Blade/RVF’.

Rumours are rife that Honda is set to launch a lower-spec, cheaper version of its RC213V-S road bike, the ultra-rare £137,000 MotoGP bike for the masses.

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The bike, which was officially launched earlier this year, already has a ‘standard’ version which can be upgraded by use of a race kit (for another Euro 12,000 and gives 10kg off the weight, ups the weight to a full 215bhp, upside-down gear shift, race brakes etc etc), but what we’re hearing is that this new version is going down a peg in spec – and most importantly, price.

Right from the start of the talk about the road bike, there’s been much made of two separate versions of the bike eventually going on sale. As early as 2014 we heard about a lesser-spec version of the bike that would cost seriously less.

RC213V-S

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We’ve not got any indication of that price yet, but it’s going to cost seriously less. Last year Honda sources were talking about a £50,000 bike that was a ‘super Blade’ along the RCV lines. A few months ago we brought you the story of Honda trademarking the RVF name once again for use on a future bike – could this new bike be called an RVF and bridge the gap between basic Blade and ultra-exotic RC213V-S?

Whatever it’s ended up as a model name, this new bike will be the H2 to the H2R. Kawasaki has stolen something of Honda’s thunder with the higher then lesser spec of the top bike and Honda sees the new cheaper RCV/RVF as a way to boost sales and regain the more-affordable (but still pricey) superhypersuperbike-thing market once again, as it did with the RC30, RC45 and NR750 throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Interesting times.

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Tony Carter

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