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.
In this concluding section, we focus on the frame of the bike.
(Report by MotoGP commentator Hikaru Miyagi)
First, a rundown of the parts related to the frame.
The engine, suspension, cowl, swingarm and other parts are all attached to the main aluminum twin-spar frame. Although these MotoGP bikes are designed for the race track, their operation is basically the same as road bikes.
Since most things from steering gear to steps are very similar to their road bike equivalent, this description will be familiar to any motorcycle rider.
The swingarm holds the rear wheel. Over the five year history of the RC212V, the shape of this part changed frequently. For example, the reinforcement that was originally on the top of the swingarm had been switched to the bottom by the final model.
Where the rider rests his feet. The shift pedal is attached to the left step, while the brake pedal is fitted to the right step.
The skeleton of the bike. Engine, suspension, cowl and swingarm are all fixed to the frame.
The rider steers the bike with his hands on the handlebars. The brake lever is fitted on the right and the clutch on the left. The layout is basically the same as a street bike.