Honda confirms RC213V road version plans
After years of waiting, Honda has finally announced it has plans to build a road-going version of its MotoGP machine.
It's not entirely clear if it will be a straight copy of the RC213V, as the manufacturer has simply said it will apply MotoGP technologies to a new bike planned for roll-out in 2014.
The announcement was made by Honda chief executive officer Takanobu Ito in a speech outlining the future of the company over the next five years.
What is known about the bike is that it will be expensive and more like a Ducati Desmosedici RR than a replacement for the CBR1000RR Fireblade.
"Since its market introduction in 1987, the RC30 (VFR750R) super sports bike has been loved by a large number of fans," said Ito.
He added that Honda engineers have "begun development of a new super sports bike to which new technologies from MotoGP machines will be applied".
Ito also said Honda will begin production of a new series of large-sized models for commuting that will feature a "torqueful" engine and low seat height.
The firm will begin making this new range in February 2013.
Posted by Ray Gibbs