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Online Papa Lazarou

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I would but..
« on: November 20, 2015, 02:37:18 PM »
the price is £138K  :'(

Before we get to the bike, let’s sort out the name. On paper, Honda’s latest, the RC213V-S, is the usual jumble of letters and numbers. But how do you say it? Not, as we all thought, RC Two One Three V-S. Rather, it’s “RC Twenty One, Three V-S”. That’s 21 for the century, and three because this is the third iteration of Honda’s Racing Corporation series. At £138,000, it’s also the world’s most expensive road-legal motorcycle.
In essence, the - let’s call is RCV from here on in - is a MotoGP replica for the road.
Rumours of such a machine had been circulating for years, and originally centred around the the V configuration five-cylinder bike. Honda was initially very guarded, before confirming plans in 2012, albeit centred around a V4 engine based on the 1,000cc RC213 MotoGP bike of that year. The same bike, incidentally, that in the hands of Marc Marquez won the MotoGP championship in 2013 and 2014.
The bike was born from a throwaway comment made at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, when at 3am Dave Hancock, head of product planning at Honda, was asked by Yoshituke Hasegawa, project leader, what the Japanese company needed to do to rekindle some excitement in its motorcycles. If Hancock’s response - to “take Marquez’s bike and put a number plate on it” - was clear, little did he know the seed that had just been sown.

Seems like the best road bike ever has just been made.

Putting the laughter back into manslaughter