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See and Hear Honda’s New RC213V-S Superbike in Japanese Video


The public debut of Honda’s big dollar, MotoGP-derived RC213V-S V-4 superbike is expected this weekend at the Catalunya MotoGP race, but in the meantime, the following Japanese video has surfaced giving a good look at, and listen to, the new production machine. If we have readers who understand Japanese, perhaps you could provide some translation in the comments section below.


  1. Slick and sweet, but for the same $$$$$$$$ I can get 11 new KTM Super Dukes. More bhp, a little more weight, and all the currently popular techno stuff. That said, I do love Honda V4s and my current favorite bike is my Honda VF700S that I’ve owned for 30 years.

  2. -D says:

    Nice piece of 2 wheeled kit (actually its not a complete kit without the “power up” kit) $$$$
    You gotta LOVE HONDA QUALITY, and this is the most technologically advanced sport bike HONDA has ever offered to the public. OF course “public” is a very subjective term here since only a very select few with loads of money, maybe a fraction of the upper one percent of wealthy people in the world who enjoy motorsports as a personal hobby might be interested in a HONDA MOTOGP REPLI for the road. I like it, I would ride one, but the price is way out of my and most other riders league.
    The new Yamaha R1 is starting to make ALOT more sense. I think I’m going to hold on to my RC-51.
    It makes me feel brilliant, and now after reading the MSRP of the new RC, I think I better hold onto it. 😉

  3. Provologna says:

    Sounds like first gear is exceptionally tall; redline at 80mph maybe?

    My first thought it I’d like it to look more like the current MotoGP bikes, but it grows on me. Honda does exude exceptional quality, especially in images of this model of course.

    Most of us can only hope to see one at a show, I suppose. I doubt owners would risk riding one on the street for two reasons: risk of crash damage and risk of “bike-jack.” It’s not like you can just contact your insurance company and order a replacement from Honda!

  4. Gutterslob says:

    Stylish geezer.

  5. Butch says:

    That’s the worst looking hat I ever saw.
    I bet when you buy a hat like that you get a free bowl soup . . . . . . . .

  6. George Catt says:

    Less horsepower than many new bikes, and added extra $$ for the race kit. I don’t think so. A new Interceptor and gas ‘n tar money makes more sense to me.

    What’s the price on the Kaw H2 street?

  7. tc2wheel says:

    Honda’s response to Desmosedici… few year too late, why bother?

  8. NoDomoArigato says:

    Unless you’re translating the Japanese I’m pretty sure no one else cares about your personal views on expensive motorcycles (this, or others).

  9. Grover says:

    It sounds like an Isuzu box van at Idle. I think the old Interceptors sounded a lot better.

  10. Phil says:

    The test rider didn’t say much other than the bike is very compact, easy to ride and that it felt very similar to his race bike.

  11. azi says:

    Seat is pretty flat

  12. Aloha-Terry says:

    Hmmm…really high dollars for track bike…I think they will sell them all for use as trophies that sit in living rooms of the rich and famous. I this will be like the oval piston bike they sold years ago. People like the idea of it, but when the rubber meets the road, which it on this bike will be few and far between, the bike will be found to lacking and way too much money to ride anyway. So it a trophy to sit and be admired.
    a wise man once told me, “if you want buy something pretty to look at, buy a lamp”.

    • mickey says:

      Why a lamp?

    • PABLO says:

      “Hmmm…really high dollars for track bike” But Its a street legal bike, not like the H2R which is track only. A lot of people are missing the point of this bike, Honda are uncompetitive with their ancient CBR1000RR (still a great road bike) in WSBK so once this bike is homoligated it will put them back at the pointy end. While many of them might end up as “show pieces” of the rich and famous, at least Honda are giving people that want the ultimate street/track bike the opportunity to buy one.

      • bikerrandy says:

        Your premise is not going to happen. MotoGP & WSBK have completely different sets of rules. This Honda is a limited edition expensive street bike, like the Kawasaki hyper street bike. Neither are made for WSBK racing rules. This year WSBK rules have been dumbed down so they are less of a threat to MotoGP. Both are now operated by the same organization.

      • Breva750 says:

        Tell Bruce Anstey the Fireblade is uncompetative! Won the first race of the TT this week and is bound to have a good shot at the Senior tomorrow.

        • bikerrandy says:

          The TT is not part of MotoGP or WSBK. And good luck on seeing riders from either GP or SBK types of road racing ever competing in the other, unless a TT racer tries the other 2 and finds he isn’t competitive in those types of races.

          For years in WSBK the Fireblade has not really been competitive nor has it been in the AMA. Don’t know about the British race series.

          • Scotty says:

            Fair enought, I suppose they would be just as competative as the GP & WSB guys would be in the TT….. 🙂

    • JacksonV says:

      +1 on Why?
      AFAIK Pretty lamps are more unobtainium than oval pistons. Never seen one in person.
      On the other hand, I’ve seen the NR on the road a few times. Most recent was last year. Cool bike.

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