Honda converts its RC213V MotoGP bike into a road going machine with an S badging

Honda converts its RC213V MotoGP bike into a road going monster with an S badging. Read ahead for complete details.



If you are a true Honda fan and a MotoGP aficionado, and always wanted to lay your hands on a motorcycle that shares it lineage with its consummate racing machines, then the Japanese two-wheeler major has some really attractive plans lined up for you. Honda has made certain changes to some of the specifications of the RC213V MotoGP motorcycle for you to take it out on public roads. Tagged as the RC213V-S, this street legal motorcycle will be your licence to rare thrills. Honda will start accepting order entry for this new model on July 13, 2015.

The new RC213V-S is Honda’s new endeavor to make it possible for a machine developed for competition in MotoGP races to run on public roads. The RC213V-S has inherited the genes of the RC213V to thoroughly ensure mass concentration and reduced friction. In addition, the RC213V-S is equipped with control technologies used on the RC213V. The RC213V consists only of the necessary parts for winning races, based on the idea of changing specifications as necessary according to the rider and course. To achieve the specifications that make the RC213V-S eligible to run on public roads, certain amount of necessary changes and additions have been made to the RC213V MotoGP bike.

Honda RC213V-S MotoGP Replica

One of the major changes is the power output. Honda has significantly reduced the power output of the road going motorcycle as compared to the MotoGP motorcycle (up to 159 PS for European market). But adrenaline junkies do not have to worry. To enable riding in speed ranges that approach the world of the RC213V, an optional sports kit (up to 215 PS for European market) exclusively for riding only on closed courses such as racing circuits. In this way, the RC213V-S makes it possible to experience the riding feel of the RC213V on public roads, while also enabling riding at a higher level on closed circuits.

Here are the main changes and additions to the RC213V-S in comparison with the RC213V

Changes made for maintenance aspects:

  • While inheriting the camshaft gear train structure, a switch was made for the pneumatic valve to a coil spring system.
  • The seamless transmission was changed to a conventional system.

Honda RC213V-S Concept

Additions made for riding on ordinary public roads:

  • Headlight
  • Taillight
  • License plate lamps
  • Front and rear turn signals
  • Right and left rearview mirrors
  • Speedometer
  • Muffler with a catalyst
  • License plate holders
  • Horn
  • Honda Smart Key
  • Self starter
  • Side stand

Changes made for riding on ordinary public roads

  • Steering angle: 15 degrees → 26 degrees
  • Tires: RS10 made by Bridgestone Corporation
  • Front brake disc: Made of stainless steel, manufactured by Yutaka Giken Co., Ltd.
  • Brake pad: Made by Brembo S.p.A.

The motorcycle  is loaded with some serious fire power and technology and good things come at a price. The regions with sales planned for the RC213V-S are Europe, the U.S., Australia and Japan. The manufacturer’s recommended prices are set at:

  • €188,000 [INR 1.35 crore] (tax-inclusive) in Europe (Germany*)
  • ¥21,900,000 [INR 1.13 crore] (tax-inclusive) in Japan
  • A$244,000 [INR 1.20 crore] (tax-inclusive) in Australia
  • US$184,000 [Rs 1.18 crore] in the U.S.

Honda RC213V Handlebar and Instrument Cluster

For purchase of an RC213V-S, applications for order entry will be accepted around the world starting 0:00 (CET) on July 13, through the order entry form on the exclusive website (

*Selling price in Europe here means the selling price in Germany. Selling prices in Europe vary by country. (Details will be posted in the order entry form on the exclusive website.)

Here are the technical specifications for the RC213V-S for European market:

Model nameRC213VRC213V-SRC213V-S (with kit)
Engine typeLiquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 4-valve V4Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 4-valve V4Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC 4-valve V4
Total displacement
Bore × Stroke (mm)81.0 × 48.581.0 × 48.5
Compression ratio13.013.0
Maximum output
(kW[PS] / rpm)
Over 175kW(Over 237 PS)117 [159] / 11,000Over 158 [215] / 13,000
Maximum torque
m[kgfm] / rpm)
102[10.4] / 10,500Over 118[12.1] / 10,500
Fuel supplyPGM-FI (Programmed fuel injection system)PGM-FI
(Programmed fuel injection system)
IgnitionFull transistor, battery ignitionFull transistor, battery ignition
Fuel tank capacity (L)2016.316.3
ClutchDry multi-plate, coil
Dry multi-plate, coil
TransmissionConstant mesh,
6-speed return
Constant mesh,
6-speed return
Transmission gear ratio1st2.1252.125
Overall length (mm)2,0522,100[2,100]
Overall width (mm)645790770
Overall height (mm)1,1101,120[1,120]
Wheelbase (mm)1,4351,465[1,465]
Minimum ground
clearance (mm)
Seat height (mm)830[830]
Vehicle weight (kg)Over 158
(after racing)
170 (dry)160 (dry)
Maximum number of riders1 person1 person1 person
Minimum turning
radius (m)
Caster angle (degrees)24.6[24.6]
Trail (mm)105[105]
TireFront16.5120 / 70ZR17M / C120 / 70ZR17M / C
Rear16.5190 / 55ZR17M / C190 / 55ZR17M / C
BrakeFrontHydraulic double discHydraulic double discHydraulic double disc
RearHydraulic discHydraulic discHydraulic disc

Honda has not disclosed all the information about its RC213V MotoGP Motorcycle

Honda RC213V-S Road bike
Honda RC213V-S MotoGP Replica
Honda RC213V-S Prototype
Honda RC213V-S Concept
Honda RC213V-S EICMA 2014
Honda RC213V-S unveiled
Honda RC213V-S MotoGP Replica (2)