MotoGP RCV-1000 Street Version
Honda will follow Ducati footstep when they announced to release a MotoGP replica of RCV 1000 street version at the 2013 EICMA in Milan, Italy.
Replication of high end MotoGP technologies on a street legal motorcycle isn’t going to be cheap. Pretty much like any similar replica of a racing machine, it is a very expensive toy, with the price tag rumored at €100,000 ($133,500).
We cannot compare this street legal RCV to anything other than the Desmosedici RR, because those are the only two bikes in the world where they literally take the MotoGP bike and turn it road legal.
All other 1000cc sportsbikes are designed in the first place to be road legal bikes. The RCV is ‘PRODUCTION’ only in the sense that Honda is producing a limited number of it for the public. It’s not a replacement of the Fireblade; it is a special one-off collectors bike, with an unrealistic for the majority of bike owners price tag.
The company developed the RCV-1000, which incorporates technology of the MotoGP works machine the RC213V, to match the hopes of a number of teams and riders to participate in the class at a lower price. The bike will be available for any team who desires it for the 2014 season.
The RCV 1000 chassis is based off of the current RC213V prototype, equipped with suspension designed by Öhlins and brakes by Nissin. The unique engine is a 90°V4 pusher engine equipped with ball springs and manual transmission, producing a maximum output of 175 kw/ 1600 rpm. Due to the new regulations introduced from the 2014 season onwards, the bike also equips a compatible ECU (Engine Control Unit) and software.
The final product won’t be ready before 2015.