Honda now taking orders for the RC213V-S

Honda RC213V-S studio shot

Order books for Honda’s highly anticipated RC213V-S MotoGP replica are now open, with prices starting from a massive £142,000.

But even a willingness to shell out almost £150,000 won’t guarantee you a bike. Customers can register interest online until 30 September, but will only receive a ‘consultation’ at this stage, with orders only being fully confirmed only after “designated procedures have been completed” says Honda.

Honda’s road-legal MotoGP bike has been eagerly anticipated for quite some time, following initial development rumours that started way back in 2004.

And the Japanese manufacturer’s ‘consultation’ process looks set to prolong the waiting game even further.

For now, customers will have to be content with selecting a colour and Sports Kit options, before waiting for a sales rep. to get in contact about prices.

Will the RC213V-S have been worth the wait?

In terms of performance, the Sports Kit adds to power and handling on the track. In terms of looks, the RC213V-S is stunning, with streamlined additions making only minimal distractions from the bike’s original, tricolour, retro appeal.

Is it worth the money?

If you can afford it, money probably isn’t a sticking point, but if you can’t, there are plenty of competitors that will give the Honda RC213V-S a run for its money in terms of performance.

Top 3 alternatives to the Honda RC213V-S

Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Prices for Kawasaki’s Ninja H2R start from £22,000 and its road and track models rival the Honda RC213V-S on performance and power.

The Ninja doesn’t have the retro appeal of the tricolour RC213V-S, but its got modern good looks.

Kawasaki Ninja

Ducati Panigale R

Ducati’s Panigale R also matches the Honda in performance and can be personalised with Sport or Touring packages.

Prices for the Ducati Panigale R start from £28,995.

Ducati Panigale R

Yamaha YZF-R1

Yamaha says it’s: “Packed with MotoGP YZR-M1 technology” and prices start from just £14,999.

The YZF-R1 also looks good in a choice of blue or red.

Yamaha YZF R1

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