Speculation of Honda building a new RVF1000 sports bike is intensifying, and if you want to believe the reports circulating it could be 2018 when we see the bike.
Late last year we reported that Honda was preparing a new CBR1000RR for production and probable release in 2017, and at the time we also mentioned a new RVF1000 was possibly in the pipeline as well.
In February we heard that Honda actually had 3 projects under serious consideration, and that only the new CBR1000RR had been given the official approval to go ahead.
The second - the RVF1000 - and third were on hold. The third project is apparently a cheaper version of the RC213V-S.
But the latest “rumour” this week suggests that the RVF1000 is likely to be released in 2018 to coincide with Honda’s 70th anniversary.
Those patents include the V4 engine and a cast-aluminium monocoque chassis that doubles as the airbox.
While the RVF1000 would 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 and limited market.
But like the RVF750 of the mid to late 90’s - the famous and now highly sought after RC45 - Honda would want to produce enough to have the bike homologated for the World Superbike Championship.
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.
A new RVF1000 is likely to attract the same amount of interest.
We’re eagerly watching and will keep bringing you updated news on Honda’s RFV1000.