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2012 Honda RVF1000R

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' started by bretto61, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. This is looking interesting. Can't wait to hear what it sounds like

    Honda is planning to revive the RVF model name as soon as 2012 with an all-new, 1000cc, V4-engined superbike called the RVF1000R. Just like the mid-nineties RVF750R—better known as the RC45—this new version will likely be a limited-production, race-oriented machine, positioned well above the CBR1000RR in the firm's range and serving as a new platform for production-based racing. That means not only World Superbike, but also MotoGP, where—beginning in 2012—privateer teams will be able to compete against the factory prototypes using production-based, 1000cc engines mounted in custom frames.

    Honda recently renewed its trademark on the RVF nameplate, and newly granted patents have now revealed some of the technology the firm plans to debut with this bike, including details regarding its VFR1200F-derived powerplant. One key difference explicitly referred to in the patent text is a more conventional DOHC cylinder head design in place of the VFR's Unicam arrangement. Whether those cams will be chain- or gear-driven like the RC45 remains unclear: “Rotational power is transmitted in a one-half speed reduction ratio from the crankshaft via a transmission unit to the intake-side and exhaust-side camshafts,” the patent states. “Transmission unit” could be either chain or gears—or a combination of both.

    Patent drawings show the bottom end of the engine is basically unchanged, retaining the same unusual, RC212V-inspired cylinder layout with the front connecting rods located outboard of the rear rods on the crankshaft. Another noteworthy change is a new transmission with chain final drive. The VFR cylinder bore is already 81mm—conveniently, the maximum bore dimension allowed by 2012 FIM regulations governing production-based engines. Shortening the VFR’s stroke from 60.0mm to 48.5mm arrives at the 1000cc limit, and creates even more oversquare engine geometry than the quick-revving 80.0x49.7mm BMW S1000RR engine that is currently seen as the favorite for privateer use.

    Just as the RVF750R was sold alongside the CBR—at nearly twice the price—the new RVF will be a high-end product aimed at delivering racing success. Honda is certain to continue fielding a pure prototype for its works MotoGP team, but as a firm that prides itself on making the best engines in the world—and the sole engine supplier in Moto2—it is no doubt keen to have privateers choosing its engines for MotoGP use, too. There's little chance any team would opt to use the current CBR engine, which is comprehensively outgunned by the BMW S1000RR and now the Kawasaki ZX-10R. This proposed RVF1000R puts them back in the game.
  2. Interesting pick up Bretto.
  3. This prototype/artists impression has been out for a bit over a year now and I have been keeping my keen 4 eyes peeled on any news of it coming out.
    Ducati are already testing their 2012 1000cc model and I haven't heard any news on what Honda is doing. As a keen RVF fanatic and owner of quite a few, I am drooling at the prospect of this bike becoming a reality :)

  4. They've been trotting out this bullshit for as long as I can remember. Just ask the VFR faithful on any forum. I'll believe it when I see it sitting on the dealers showroom floor. For sale to the general public.
  5. I think it will happen this time. A homologation model for WSBK that shares the layout and capacity of the upcoming MotoGP bike ties together well.

    But even so, how much longer will it take before we can buy a regular priced V4 Honda again that is reasonably light and has plenty of go? With the Japan Inc 600 and 1000 sport bikes all being I4 and so much alike, V4 offerings would be a major point of difference. It should have happened a decade ago when their new 990 MotoGP bike was kicking goals everywhere. I'm still waiting for a VTR 1200, but would have been real happy with a new V4, so maybe it'll have to be an Aplilia 1200 Shiver...which they still haven't given us five years after the 750 was on the way and which they decided to put after the Dorsoduro. A Moto Morini would be nice. Crud.
  6. As long as it comes in a better color scheme, I am exited to see it in the flesh, too. Would sound awesome!!