Honda has unveiled their RC213V-S and new adventure bike at EICMA, but both machines are only at the prototype stage.
Coming into this week’s show at Milan, there was a lot of speculation we’d see the final production version of Honda’s long-rumoured street-legal MotoGP bike, the RC213V-S. Sadly, that isn’t the case – all Editor ‘Arris got was a prototype, and details on that were pretty slim. Honda says the machine was “Inspired by, and developed with input from many legendary GP riders,” and that “the RC213V-S Prototype is set to be the ultimate road going motorcycle.”
However, we don’t have a spec sheet or anything else for the new bike, or even an availability timeline. More details may come later this morning from Honda Canada; if so, we’ll let you know.
Honda was also expected to unveil a new adventure bike at EICMA. For months, there was gossip it would either be a new Africa Twin, or a duallie version of the CB500 platform. Turns out the new bike does have a twin-cylinder motor, but we don’t know much else.
Although he would have liked more details, our British editor-in-chief managed to keep a stiff upper lip and reports both prototypes look very finished, and he wouldn’t be surprised to see either on the market soon.
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It’s nice to see Honda come out with some hardcore equipment. They need to keep it up to regain the respect they have lost lately. How about a new Wing, sport tourer and XRL bikes.
I think it’s important to note both these bikes are prototypes, with no guarantee of coming to market.
Looks like the Adventure prototype may be DCT. No clutch lever or gearshift visible and in the rearview shot you can see a minus button on the left switch housing. hmmmmm