The RC-V series is known for its superb design.
By design, we don't mean just external appearance. Sure, these bikes look awesome, but these are the kind of powerful good looks that come from what's inside.
The designers of the RC212V focused on performance, and the look of the bike reflects that – nothing here was done for style, everything has a functional meaning behind it. As each function of the bike was polished, refined and enhanced, the bike gradually developed this look of functional beauty.
So what is the primary function of an RC-V bike? Simply put, to act as an extension of the rider's body, to allow him to manipulate it as freely as his own limbs.
We asked why each part has the form it does, how it was made, and what were the developers' intentions.
(Report by MotoGP commentator Hikaru Miyagi)
In this first section, we'll look at the exterior of the bike, the part that most affects aerodynamic performance.
If you've ever ridden a bike on an expressway, you'll know exactly what we're talking about here.
With both bikes doing 100 km/h, there's a big difference in wind resistance and drag for a rider on a touring bike with a cowling and for one on a naked bike.
If you're more of a four-wheel motor sports enthusiast, think of the down force.
By using aerodynamic parts to control the flow of the air over the body we can create a downward force pressing the bike toward the track for improved cornering.
Aerodynamic performance is the term we use for performance gains resulting from body form and aerodynamically shaped parts.
Let's look at how it's achieved in the RC-V series.
The cowls that surround the seat have many functions, containing parts such as the muffler stay, tank, seat rails and camera unit.
On a street bike this would be the tank, but since the RC-V series fuel tank is sited under the seat instead, the specialized term "shelter" is used for this part.
The "face" of the bike. On the straight, the rider crouches down behind the cowl to reduce wind drag from his body. The small transparent screen section allows forward visibility in this posture.