One of the most expensive and rarest road-going motorbikes in the world made its public Irish debut at the Carole Nash Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show in Dublin recently.
The Honda RC213V-S is a road-legal version of a MotoGP racer. It costs around €230,000, has a top speed of more than 300kmh and was developed to be closer in specification and riding feel to a grand prix bike than any other road-going motorcycle ever produced.
Every RC213V-S is hand built in three days in a specialist ‘boutique’ factory area of Honda’s Kumamoto factory. Only 190 have been built and specialist technicians are trained to prepare and service the bikes everywhere they are sold. The frames are made by famed race team and Honda parts manufacturer, Moriwaki.
Irish Motorbike and Scooter Show organiser, Ruth Lemass, said: “This is truly and incredible attraction for enthusiasts and visitors in general. Honda took three years to develop this incredible machine and it is a privilege to be able to showcase it to our visitors at the show.”
The Honda RC213V-S is available in either standard 157bhp road trim or 212+bhp race kit trim. Weighing in at 170kg dry, it sports a titanium race exhaust, a nine-stage traction and wheelie control, Ohlins TTX gas forks, Brembo calipers, Marchesini magnesium wheels, Honda Racing Corporation four-level brake control engine, and carbon fibre throughout. The bike also features a button to adjust engine modes, engine braking, and traction control. The footrests are six-way adjustable and the readout displays are race-bike quality, using full colour TFT technology.