Thoroughbred racing motorcycles that are made street legal is nothing new. Nearly every motorcycle manufacturer does it to showcase their technological prowess. And while the machines are rather expensive compared to their regular street legal counterparts, these motorcycles leave you awed with their performance and the feeling of having something really special under your bum.
Following on the tradition, recently Honda unveiled the RC213V-S machine, which is a direct replica of their MotoGP RC213V machine, where the “S” stands for Street. Honda had started building the hype for the motorcycle all the way since the 2014 EICMA motor show where it’s first prototype was showcased. And up till now, everyone was quite excited about it, until the specs and prices were announced.
Now that we know that Honda’s latest racing replica for the street is ridiculously overpriced, and ridiculously underpowered (156bhp with a price tag of $212,000) and doesn’t feature some of the major tech that it should have trickled down from the MotoGP machine. Things like the pneumatic valve system, carbon brakes, seamless transmission are all found missing on the RC213V-S. And this makes you wonder, is the price anywhere even close to being a justified one ?
Well fear not. Just in case you have that kind of cash to spare for motorcycling, here’s a list of motorcycles that can be bought. The upshot here is that you can buy all of them with the same amount of money, have an amazing garage and have the versatility to use which ever according to your riding mood
Money to spend: $212,000 (cost of the RC213V-S)
For Cornering Fun:
Kawasaki Ninja H2: $25,000
This monstrous looking machine is not only the fastest accelerating street-legal production bike on the planet, but also one of the epitomes of motorcycle technology. It’s 998 cc in-line four cylinder engine is supercharged pushing out 200 bhp an rockets the H2 to 60mph from standstill in way under 2.5 seconds.
BMW S1000RR: $15,500:
There is no other motorcycle as much fun and menacing on the track day as BMW S1000 RR. Lightweight, fast and packed with tech, the S1000RR is the ultimate track too, while being a sober, refined machine on the streets. Every technology imaginable on a motorcycle such as semi-active suspensions, quick shifter and the smartest racing ABS resides inside this machine, making it a hoot to drive the way you want to.
For The Adventurous Times:
BMW R1200GS: $16,175:
It’s been said since long that BMW’s GS invented the adventure sport motorcycle, and it’s true. Since the R 80 G/S was launched back in the 70’s the GS range has never looked back. Today the R1200GS is not only BMW Motorrad’s best seller, but also a benchmark for every other adventure motorcycle to stand up to … and thats how its been for ages.
For The Special Moments:
Ducati Desmosedici RR: $72,500:
The first true racing replica of a MotoGP machine, the Ducati Desmosedici RR is an extreme motorcycle in every way. Unlike the Honda, the Ducati actually carries over most of the MotoGP tech of its day including the 197bhp, 989 cc desmodromoic V4, the cassette type transmission, a racing exhaust system and a racing ECU. And this here is the real deal, a machine that even the future generations will be awed.
MV Agusta F4RC: $40,000:
Its Italian and its beautiful. The MV Agusta F4 RC is currently one of the most powerful street-legal superbikes that can be bought. Its a F4 RR intensified with supersport bits that are actually used for racing. Lighter than the MV Agusta F4 RR by 30 pounds and packing 212 bhp (with the care package) the MV Agusta F4 RC includes a racing Termignoni exhaust system, racing ECU, racing fuel cap and a mirror removal plate for those exciting track days. Underneath, its no slouch too with Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspensions, electronic traction control, lift control and a quick shifter, the RC is every bit fun for the money forked out for it.
For Exclusivity And Ultimate Cool:
Magpul ‘Ronin’: $38,000
Not only is it one of the most exclusive custom bike that you can buy, this Buell 1125 based Magpul ‘Ronin’ carries style and awesome street presence. For those days when you feel like taking a ride in town, this machine will make all those other bikers on the streets drool. And if you are worried about exclusivity, then there are very few machines that would be as exclusive as this one with only 47 ever to be produced.