The Honda RC211V was developed in 2001 by HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) because regulations for the World Championship motorcycle road racing 500 cc class were changed drastically for the 2002 season. The regulations changed, 2-stroke engines were -as before- limited to 500 cc and 4 cylinders, but 4 stroke engines were allowed to grow up to 990 cc and an unlimited number of cylinders. The name of the class was modified to MotoGP, and is limited to race prototypes only.
In the beginning the RC211V was a unique machine, featuring a V-5 engine. Honda claims more than 240 hp (179 kW), 145 kg, and 330 km/h top speed. After dominating the races with rider Valentino Rossi in the debut year 2002, the RC211V/Valentino Rossi combination was a winner too in 2003. Nicky Hayden on the Repsol Honda RC211V is the current 2006 points leader in the MotoGP series.
The Honda RC211V greatly inspired the design of Honda's CBR1000RR.
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Liquid cooled, four-stroke, DOHC 4 valves, V5
|Horsepower||199.95 HP (149.1 KW) @ 14000RPM|
|Transmission||Gear box: 6 Speed
Final Drive: Chain
|Suspension||Front: Telescopic fork
Rear: New unit pro-link
|Wheelbase||56.61 inches (1438 mm)|
|Length||80.71 inches (2050 mm)|
|Width||23.58 inches (599 mm)|
|Weight||145.0 kg (wet)|
The bike has a 6 Speed transmission.
The front suspension was a Telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a New unit pro-link. The wheelbase was 56.61 inches (1438 mm) long.
2002 - 2006 Honda RC211V
First released in 2002, the RC211V is a super sport motorcycle produced by Honda which was especially designed to participate into racing competitions.