Superbike updates have been the most anticipated model releases during this year’s round of bike shows. And manufacturers have not disappointed riders, with Kawasaki revealing its supercharged H2, Ducati its larger-displacement 1299 Panigale and Yamaha overhauling its long-in-the-tooth R1. But perhaps the biggest question mark was Honda, and whether Big Red will develop a production superbike based off its MotoGP prototype. Speculation about a production V-Four Superbike only increased when HRC produced its turn-key GP racer – the RCV1000R.
At EICMA, Honda has seemingly answered the question, at least in part, with the debut of its RC213V-S. Billed as a prototype street version of its GP bike, the RC213V-S was introduced by Honda’s golden boy, double MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, who rode a carbon fiber-laden version into the EICMA presentation.
Honda does not list any specs for the new RC213V-S in its press announcement. It only states the bike was developed by Honda Motor and the company’s racing arm HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) and that it is “a road-going prototype of the awesome Championship winning MotoGP RC213V machine.”
As the description suggests, the RC213V-S apes the MotoGP racebike’s lines. The aluminum frame and big swingarm match the GP bike’s contours (both the factory RC213V and second-tier RCV1000R), as does the distinctive exhaust configuration with the rear pipes exiting in a single undertail and front headers terminating in a right-side silencer.
Obvious changes in the running gear include conventional steel brake discs (instead of carbon fiber) as well as headlights, mirrors and license plate assembly hanging off the rear. Brembo calipers are visible, as is an Ohlins fork. The GP bike’s exposed dry clutch is covered on the S prototype.
Claimed horsepower, weight and, most importantly, production status are all unspecified. Stay tuned for details.