Honda’s RC213V-S is a full-fat race bike for the street, slightly trimmed

BARCELONA — Under a white plastic dome tucked within the famed Circuit de Catalunya, Honda unveiled something special here today, something it’s calling an “absolute MotoGP machine for the street.” It’s named RC213V-S, it is one of the fastest motorcycles ever produced and you can buy it if you have the money. But, you can’t necessarily have all of it. Read on and I’ll explain.

Though that name is a bit of a mouthful, it serves as a strong clue to the bike’s heritage. It’s largely based on the RC213V, Honda’s completely custom prototype machine, built to compete in the world’s premiere motorcycle racing series: MotoGP. It’s on the RC213V that Marc Marquez won his first world championship, making it the de-facto fastest motorcycle in the world.

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