We don’t do rumours – but when we keep hearing talk of something as exciting as Honda building a new RVF1000 sports bike – we have to mention it!!
Late last year we reported that Honda was preparing a new CBR1000RR for production and probable release in 2017.
At the time we also mentioned a new RVF1000 was possibly in the pipeline as well, with plenty of technology taken from the ultra expensive RC213V-S.
In February we heard that Honda had 3 projects under serious consideration, but that only 1 had been given the official approval to go forward and that would logically be the new CBR1000RR.
The second – the RVF1000 – and third were on hold. The third project is apparently a cheaper version of the RC213V-S.
The latest “rumour” this week is that the RVF1000 is likely to be released in 2018 to coincide with Honda’s 70th anniversary.
Honda has apparently been filing patents for a new V4 bike that appears to based on the RC213V-S.
Those patents include the V4 engine and a cast-aluminium monocoque chassis that doubles as the airbox.
While it will be much cheaper than the RC213V-S that costs around $244,000 in Australia, it’s still expected to come at a premium price in the vicinity of $50 – 60,000.
We’d also expect the RVF1000 to be built in limited numbers, partly because of its cost, but that Honda would want to produce enough to have the bike homologated for the World Superbike Championship.
The last time Honda attempted this was with the RVF750 of the mid to late 90’s – the famous and now highly sought after RC45.
The RC45 didn’t get too many hearts racing when compared to the Suzuki’s and Kawasaki’s of the time, but it’s now recognised as one of the most technically brilliant machines of the 90’s.
And because of it’s rarity and heritage, an RC45 can fetch over $50,000 at auctions today.
We’re eagerly watching and will keep bringing you updated news on Honda’s RFV1000.