MotoGP » Honda's RC211V - MotoGP’s best bike?


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today - Unregistered

April 30, 2009 11:17 AM

It was the best bike of it's time but only because Honda pushed for the 990cc class in the beginning and therefore were ahead of everyone else in development. So many riders won on it only because there were so many in the field!
Like all Hondas it was inefficient on fuel and required races to be cut in length to help it win.
The current 800cc class is more relevent because everyone was ready for it and the Yamaha M1 has proven to be the class of the field. The Ducati in Stoners hands has proven to be more iconic than any Honda.
Don't fall into the usual biking media BS and make Honda look better than they really are.

Paul J - Unregistered

April 30, 2009 11:27 AM

The RC211V was and still is the greatest ever MOTO GP bike made, may be Honda should have a rethink, and maybe Dorna should scap this silly 800 series and go back to proper bikes as they were then, all these silly rules it has cost money that need not have been spent, the Ducati is a one rider bike true until proved wrong.

Yes the RC211V Rules. :)

zydon - Unregistered

April 30, 2009 11:42 AM

Hypothetically it's the best bike for 990cc. But they've cheated by the only one allowed by the rule to have V4 weight while they are actually a V5 motor.

When 800cc coming where every machine using V4 engine and the same weight, it show the real level of Honda machine. Ducati, Suzuki and Yamaha may have win races sooner in 990cc era if RC211V don't have the weight advantages over the others.

Sukhoi 46

April 30, 2009 11:45 AM

I remember very well watching Valentino Rossi's trail of glory video. He showed us how powerful, consistent and stable is that bike. Especially under the braking! Rossi and Honda engineers mixed so well, same in the YZR-M1 project too. Yes, it should be the best bike ever built :)

thadynamitekid

April 30, 2009 12:02 PM

the rc211v was great because of how many guys won races on it. From the smooth as glass Biaggi to the sliding Hayden, to Rossi, to Barros etc. THey did have more bikes in the field,but look at it now. 6 hondas and 1 race winner(DP)800s are a waste. I loved the way Elias backed it in overtaking Rossi and Roberts Jr at estoril in 06. Will we ever see racing like that again?

Go Kwak ! - Unregistered

April 30, 2009 12:33 PM


The RC211V was great, it certainly had the advantage of being operationally ready from the first race.

The 2002 and 2003 seasons had a "Honda cup" flavours.

Was it because of the 5th cylinder ? More probably because of Rossi.

As for Kawasaki, well.....

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