25 years after the RC30, Honda is making another street-legal racer
A quarter of a century after the benchmark RC30, Honda has announced that it will be launching a road-legal MotoGP replica.
The Daddy: RC30
Honda’s boss Takanobu Ito confirmed that the new supersports motorcycle will feature technologies derived from the firm’s MotoGP bikes. He described the bike as “delivering the same passion and excitement that the RC30 supersports bike created when launched in 1987.”
So, what will this new bike be? Honda announced this year that it will be making a ‘production racer’ version of its RC213V to run in MotoGP, and there's a fair chance that the new rep will be based around this bike. That fits in with Honda’s current pushing of the V4 concept, as the RC213V features a ‘production’ version of the GP engine.
Honda has a fine tradition of V4s in its range, with homologation specials such as the RC30 and RC45 as well as the mini-V4 NC30 and NC35 and the iconic NR750, not to mention of course the enduring VFR. PH2 will bring you more info when we can dig it out.
Ducati's £40k Drool, sorry Desmo
One thing however is certain: any ‘MotoGP rep’ is unlikely to come cheap, as the £40k Ducati Desmo proved. Start saving now - Honda's GP bike for the road is expected in 2014.
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Given the RCV213V 2012 1000cc MotoGP bike is a V4, it's pointless building a V5, especially as given the current GP rule book it won't return either, then there's the link to the RC V4's of the past..
As for those talking fireblades.. CBR = Cross Beam Racing
VFR= Vee Four Racing and RC= Racing Class
So it's safe to assume the blade will remain unless we get a shock announcement about a VFR1000RR otherwise expect a VFR1000-RC213 in 2014
MrKipling4326 Sep 2012
Desperately needs a smaller rear wheel...
RemaL26 Sep 2012
So glad this was posted I missed it the first time
cheers for the heads up
Hobo26 Sep 2012
dingocooke24 Sep 2012
It would be a Motogp rep if it was a V5. If it is like the VFR1200, the RC45 or the NR 750 then forget it.
If it is like the RC30 or the SP2, it might just be good. however isn't this all a bit late. Ducati did it in 2003. Now they look like they are just trying to piss them off. And what about a new Fireblade or will that fizzle up again?
I'm with you re the NR750, although as a showcase for (then) state of the art manufacturing it was quite something. The VFR1200 I cant comment as not ridden one. As for RC30 and RC45, I have owned both in standard spec; the RC30 was sublime, the only thing that dated it were the brakes; the RC45 should of been better, but it was fatter and heavier, and had fallen victim to tighter noise regs, so couldnt match the 30 for sound! Both were fabulous involving road bikes; especially somwhere flowing like the TT. I would have another RC30, but not an RC45; although a RC45 was a better bike than an SP1 or SP2! As you say, a bit late; Ducati understood the top end replica market better than anyone!