The Honda RC213V-S was produced in 2014 by the Honda Racing Corporation. It has a 1,000 cc, four-stroke V4 engine and was developed as an improved version of the Honda RCV 1000R. The name Honda RC213V-S means the following: RC is the prefix used to designate machines built by Honda Racing Corporation (HRC). 213V is pronounced 21, 3V or 21st century, 3rd version. The S designates Street or the machine can be driven on the street.
Honda RC213V-S: Striking yet safe on the road
Honda aims to create a motorcycle for riders who are not professional riders. Although the RC213V-S looks like one, wind tunnel tests revealed the differences in design between a racetrack-driven version to this street version cycle.
The weight of the vehicle is basically one of the most important differences between a racing and a street-driven version. To keep the weight down, the body panels are made from a number up of layers of carbon fiber especially on the areas that needed strength and thinner everywhere else. The engineers focused on centralization of mass as they designed the RC213V-S.
Compared to its predecessors, the RC213V-S’ fuel tank is found towards the rear beneath the rider. The center of gravity is found just above the axle level and slightly forward of center creating very low inertial mass. And what do all these mean when it comes to street performance? This means the bike will roll and yaw smoothly. It will attack corners without any worries while steering reversals won’t be such a problem at all.
Overall length = 2.052 mm ((80.8 in)
Overall width = 5 mm (25.4 in)
Overall height= 1,110 mm (43.7 in)
Wheelbase = 1,435 mm (56.5 in)
Road Clearance = 115 mm (4.5 in)
Weight = 157 kg (346 lbs) as per FIM Regulations
Engine Type = Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC 4 Valve, V-4
Displacement = 1,000 cc (61 cu in)
Output = 185 kW (256 PS)
Top Speed = approx. 360 km/h – 225 mph
Fuel Capacity = 21 L (4.6 imp gal; 5.5 US gal)
Frame Type = Aluminum Twin Spar
Suspension = Front: Telescopic fork (Öhlins), Rear: Pro-Link (Öhlins)
Brakes = Front: Carbon ceramic (Brembo), Rear: Steel disk (Yutaka)
The S –type engine
The Honda 999 cc RC213V engine was modified for use in the “S.” The engine runs a 90-degree, V-four configuration in a transverse orientation in the frame. Four titanium valves in each head, a set of conventional coil springs close the poppets are just among the general improvements done.
The “S” motor valve train drive- and idler-gear adjustment is still other changes in the “S” type. A set of adjustable idler gears lets the rider adjust gear lash without the need to size and change the gear out for another size. This reduces maintenance and the cost of repairs as well.
The “S” has a power selector feature. This adjusts the way the engine responds to inputs from the throttle-by-wire system according to the three profiles you have selected. Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system is present in the RC213V-S which acts like a traction-control system. This monitors wheel speeds and reacts when slip is detected. There are nine settings in this control and the amount of slip and intervention is determined by which setting you choose.
Small details you will find interesting about the RC213V-S
The foot pegs can be mounted in one of six positions on the frame so you can position your feet tucked in just like you would to feel the machine under your body. To do this you need to spring for the inverse shift drum that is included with the Sports Kit if you want the GP-style shift pattern. This kit is your dream come true if y you want to turn this mere street version into a closed-circuit race machine.
To call the aluminum diamond frame construction is made of a variety of pieces which were meticulously machined and welded. Every titanium-alloy fasteners was dabbed with molybdenum before assembly for consistent results.
The “S” has the same adjustable-and-variable steering damper as the RCV1000R as well as the adjustable steering stops from the RC213V. The swing arm is necessary to improve strength, weight location and to make room for the oddly-shaped fuel tank.
Ohlins provides the front forks together with its TTX25 pressurized cartridge technology that improves tire contact feel and control with a shorter damping-buildup time. In back, Ohlins with a coil-over, piggyback, GP-spec, TTX36 monoshock on a Pro-Link mount with a knurled knob for improved preload adjustments. However, the suspension must be regularly professionally maintained to remain in peak condition.