11 Images: Honda RC213V-S race-inspired bike sees action at Batangas Racing Circuit

Its full potential has yet to be unlocked
by Aris Ilagan | Nov 28, 2018
PHOTO: Aris Ilagan

Who could forget the wide smile of Wheeltek boss Roscoe Odulio (center, main photo) when he first met the Honda RC213V-S during the Honda Asia Journey 2017 in Malaysia?

We knew all along that it wouldn’t take long for him to have this P15-million machine, which is basically a road-legal version of Honda’s MotoGP racer, in the Philippines. True enough, it only took a couple of months before the RC213V-S found its way to Odulio’s personal toy kingdom of two-wheelers. Only 250 hand-built units will be made, and this is the only one in the Philippines so far.

We were able to test-ride an RC213V-S on a kart track in Malaysia, but that was it. So we were all excited when we got an invite from Wheeltek to meet the bike in the metal again. This time, it was at the Batangas Racing Circuit for a demo run by former Philippine Superbike Champions Miguel Bichara (right, main photo) of Club 200 and Rainiel Resuello of RGutz Racing Team.

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Did we see the RC213V-S unleash its beast within?

Nope. It turned out that the bike was still in its break-in mode—it has to reach 1,000km before the tach needle can touch the redline. In the meantime, the needle would not go beyond 6,500rpm because of the rev limiter. Before the track session, the RC213V-S only had 18km on its odometer.

We were also told that Odulio’s bike bears the European specs (160hp at 11,000rpm) that make it road-legal, and it has yet to have its Sport Kit installed in order to reach its full 212hp at 13,000rpm. The said kit can only be installed after the break-in period.

For the time being, we contented ourselves with taking photos and videos of Odulio’s RC213V-S, while it did the maximum 130kph around the track. Enjoy viewing these images below.

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