Honda RC211V

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2003 Valentino Rossi RC211V
2004 Honda CBR1000RR next to RC211V

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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Honda RC211V
Production 2002
Class Sport Bike
Liquid cooled, four-stroke, DOHC 4 valves, V5
Horsepower 199.95 HP (149.1 KW) @ 14000RPM
Fuel System Injection
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)
Recommended Oil Honda GN4 10W-40
Manuals Service Manual

The Honda RC211V was a Liquid cooled, four-stroke, DOHC 4 valves, V5 Sport Bike motorcycle produced by Honda in 2002. Claimed horsepower was 199.95 HP (149.1 KW) @ 14000 RPM.


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[edit]

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.