The first lucky customers are beginning to take delivery of their new Honda RC213V-S. Based on the RC213V MotoGP machine, this road-going version is, according to Honda, as close as you can come to riding its prototype racer on the road.

RC213V-S first customer handover (7)

Built to be as close to the MotoGP machine as possible, the RCV213V-S uses nothing but the most exotic of materials throughout its construction in order to save weight and maximise performance. It also bares only the essential additional equipment to make it a road-legal machine, although it can be setup specifically for track-use too.

RC213V-S first customer handover (9)

Just before Christmas, on December 21, the very first machine was handed over in Honda’s UK racing headquarters. Taking delivery was John Brown, well-known collector of rare Honda machinery and also owner of a Honda motorcycle dealership in Manchester.

RC213V-S first customer handover (3)

RC213V-S first customer handover (1)

His RCV213V-S will join his existing collection that includes an RC30, VTR1000 SP1 and SP2, CBR900RR Fireblade and VF1000F. Mr Brown said: “When I first heard of this project I thought ‘when this happens I have to have one of these’. It is a truly amazing opportunity to own a piece of HRC racing history. As soon as it went on sale I registered my interest on the website, and when I received the call from Honda to say my order was accepted it was a very special day for me.”

Mr. Brown’s RCV213V-S will be in good company but we hope that this machine will see some use as it was originally intended. At a cost of €188,000 including local taxes don’t expect to see too many examples of the Honda RCV213V-S on the road though.