AMCN magazine has a “scoop” story about how Honda has just applied for the RVF trademark again.
The rumours are that this will primarily be to service the needs of the 2012 MotoGP privateer field using 1000cc production based engines, calling their 1000cc machine an RVF. They then speculate a potential road going RVF bike again, with accompanying digital mockups. The rumours continue, to say that they will kill off the CBR Fireblade and replace it with the road going RVF
It would be awesome news if true. Most folks here have said what they really want from Honda is a new V4 sportsbike and this could be it.
And therein lies the catch, most people may love to own an RVF1000, but the whole point ofthe previous RVF750s was that they were HRC vehicles near-ready to go racing, so if this follows the same standard it’ll cost £20k+ so ‘most people’ will never be able to afford one!
However, if they do release it as a ‘normal’ litre sports bike it’ll be in direct competition with their Blade & I honestly can’t see them running 2 competing products especially in the current financial climate, so do they kill off what has become an iconic & benchmark name in sports bikes??
Then again if it’s from MCN, the whole thing is likely to be complete billhooks, especially at this time of year when they have nothing else to write about so try & pad out the paper with these alleged ‘rumour’ & artists mock-up style stories…
Good post Afro and youve hit the nail on the head. If it comes out (and only if) its going to be expensive. Its going to be aimed squarely at being that little bit better than aprillias RSV4. Honda have been involved with v4 engines for a long time, so its more than possible that they have developed a rocket. It ll be a 200+bhp machine costing £16k plus IF it materialises. But i wouldnt hold my breath waiting to see it this year !
Has the front any basis in reality? - or did the artist think ‘sod it, I can’t think of anything original, the front end of a Ducati 999 will have to to do’. And let’s face it - the 999 was never a looker (at least not for a Duke flagship sportsbike).