The Honda RVF1000, they are just three simple letters, but when coupled with the name Honda, RVF has the power to stir the hearts of Superbike fans worldwide. Now Honda looks set to launch a 21st century RVF in the form of a 2018 model 1000cc Superbike it pans to take racing.
A 2018 release will coincide with Honda's 70th anniversary, a perfect opportunity to launch a new model tied to Honda's racing heritage and carrying the RVF name.
While rumors and basic CG drawings of a new V4 Honda spotsbike have been circulating for a few months, recent patent drawing revealed what will be under the skin of the Honda RVF1000 and our CG image provide a strong indication of how the motorcycle will look in the flesh. In a move intended to radically reduce production costs compared to the Honda RC213V-S, the Honda RVF1000 adopts the engine from the hyper-expensive MotoGP roadbike and fits it to an all-new cast aluminum monocoque chassis. The chassis design is intended to place the motorcycle below the €40,000 (1.6 million THB) price cap for models that are basis of WSBK racers. Allied to new rules that reduce the minimum homologation numbers to 500, the result is a return to the coveted HRC-made motorcycles that brought Honda WSBK success: the RC30, RC45 and RC51.
Holding it back as a 2018 model makes sense as Honda is expected to reveal its new inline four-cylinder CBR1000 Fireblade at the end of this year, and it won't want that model's limelight stolen. The 2017 Honda CBR1000 Fireblade is believed to be developed with road use in mind, avoiding the pitfalls of designing a road motorcycle for racing purposes.
According to our insiders, there was an internal battle over the RC213V-S roadbike. One camp was intent on creating the rawest machine possible – literally a road legal RC213V MotoGP bike. It's this group that won the day. The rival idea was to create a motorcycle that was based on the RC213V engine and technology but delivered as a far more polished, stand-alone product featuring new technology above and beyond the MotoGP motorcycle. The second group may have lost out in the short term, but it seems their concept is what's being developed into the new 2018 Honda RVF1000 Superbike.Tag: HondaRVF1000RVF1000ccV4Sportbike2018WSBKMotoGPRC213VRC213V-SCBR1000HRCAnniversary