World’s first Honda RC213V-S customer is British…and a Honda dealer

John Brown on his Honda RC213V-S, the world's first

The nearest thing we will probably ever get to a MotoGP bike for the road is Honda’s much lauded, £150,000 RC213V-S and the very first bike out of Honda’s Kumamoto factory has been handed over to its British owner.

Mr John Brown is the owner of a Manchester-based Honda motorcycle dealership collected his new acquisition at Honda’s UK racing headquarters this week where all of the machines sold in the UK will be prepared and serviced by specially-trained technicians.

The RC213V-S will sit in Brown’s extensive collection, which includes a brand new RC30, VTR1000 SP1 and SP2, CBR900RR Fireblade and VF1000F.



Mr Brown said: “When I first heard of this project I thought ‘when this happens I have to have one of these’. It is a truly amazing opportunity to own a piece of HRC racing history. As soon as it went on sale I registered my interest on the website, and when I received the call from Honda to say my order was accepted it was a very special day for me. I joined my family business as a 17-year old and have been a Honda dealer ever since. My dealership has been one of the top-three in the UK for many years and the bike will be great with my existing collection. I’d like to thank all the people at Honda for making this dream come true.”

Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer, Honda Motorcycles commented: “To see the world’s first RC213V-S presented to a customer today is fantastic, especially to someone like John who is so passionate about Honda.

Throughout the development process we have kept the RC213V-S as similar to the MotoGP machine as possible, so that the customer gets the closest experience to riding the RC213V as possible. The sales and interest in the bikes has been very strong, with some customers wanting to keep in collections and others wanting to ride.”

L-R Dave Hancock (Honda), Neil Tuxworth (Honda Racing) and John Brown (owner)

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