HRC Press Release: Images and Specs of 2013 Honda RC213V

At the same time as the press launch for the Repsol Honda team in Madrid, HRC released images and specs of the 2013 RC213V MotoGP bike. The specs are reproduced below, along with the photos courtesy of Honda Racing:

RC213V 2013

Main specifications

Overall length (mm) 2,052
Overall width (mm) 645
Overall height (mm) 1,110
Wheelbase (mm) 1,435
Road clearance 115
Weight (kg) As per FIM regulations
Engine type liquid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC 4 valve, V-4
Displacement 1000
Maximum power Over 170 KW
Frame type Aluminum twin-tube
Wheels Front (inch) 16.5
Wheels Rear (inch) 16.5
Suspension Front Telescopic fork
Suspension Rear Pro-link
Fuel tank capacity (litres) 21


The concept of the 2013 RC213V continues the 2012 project of mass centralization with the improvements of each part of the machine. Honda’s concept of mass centralization aims to produce a machine with optimized handling characteristics combining stability, agility, resistance to wheelies and maximum cornering grip.


For 2013 the chassis has been modified in its rigidity balance and designed to reach the maximum compatibility between turning and stability. The twin-spar aluminium chassis is immensely light and yet provides the ideal stiffness and strength characteristics required to contain and deliver more than 170kw (230bhp) from the RC213V’s engine to the rear tyre. As well as strength, the chassis features the right amount of carefully designed flexibility to enhance tyre grip.


We adopted 4 cylinder “V” engine with 1,000 capacity to RC213V which can exploit maximum power of 1,000cc keeping duration for 18 races in season with 6 engines.

We have reviewed all the details of the new engine, making it lighter and reducing friction. We also achieved better fuel consumption than the RC212V whilst retaining more power after 2,000km of durability testing.


For 2013 the RC213V is fitted with Ohlins suspension front and rear. Providing the essential link between wheel and chassis, the suspension’s job is to keep the tyre in contact with the ground and producing maximum grip as the machine hits the thousands of bumps and ripples encountered on every lap. It’s a crucial link in the performance chain and for this reason both Repsol Honda riders have a dedicated Ohlins technician assigned to him.


The lightweight carbon-fibre bodywork plays an important role in making the RC213V as aerodynamic as possible. The 2013 RC213V has a modified fairing to reach the maximum compatibility and performance between handling and drag.


MotoGP tyres are supplied exclusively by Bridgestone. Each rider is permitted to use a maximum of 19 slick tyres during each grand prix weekend and 8 wet tyres, or ten if every session is deemed wet. Each grand prix weekend, Bridgestone’s slick tyres are available in two compounds and the wet tyres available in just a single compound, selected by Bridgestone in advance. The softer of the Bridgestone slick tyres is marked with a white line painted around the sidewall. The tyre sizes are: Front tyre size: 125/60R16.5 Rear tyre size: 190/65R16.5


Carbon fiber front brakes are provided by Brembo. Carbon brakes work best when they’re hot and reach anything up to 400 degrees C. For rear disk and front disk under wet conditions the RC213V relies on Yutaka steel brake disks.

RC213V, by the front

White features more heavily this year

The exhaust plumbing on the Honda is beautifully done, and beautifully disguised

To get extra exhaust length, the rear pipes curl around inside the tail

Brake lever protectors are designed to prevent a Barcelona 2006 moment

The factory bikes continue to use Brembo and Ohlins, and not Showa and Nissin

The parts may be expensive, but they are beautiful

Drive, she said

The welding on Honda's racing motorcycles is simply exquisite

The name's 213V. RC213V.

The underbraced swingarm is clearly visible on the left-hand side

Dani Pedrosa, in a racing crouch

Marc Marquez has a new helmet design to go with his new bike


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Whoever placed the "26" numerals on Dani's bike made a mistake. The top of the italicized numerals are aligned with the centerline of the bike, the bottom of the numerals are WAY off center. The right method would have been to align the exact center of the numerals (vertical and horizontal) with the centerline of the bike.

stickers 101

and didn't want to do it the "traditional" way...

Just to mess with all us "traditionalists" who need to be messed with to keep us "new and fresh"...

Or, maybe, makes it so it catches your eye in photos, vids, TV... and you notice them... makes the sponsors happy!!

Just some things I noticed

The air intake on the front appears longer and thinner, more rectangular than the slightly more square look of the older ones, but this could be a trick of the eye due to the new colour scheme.

I like the Honda wings on the rear side fairings

Despite (or maybe because of?) his extra height and bulk, Marquez looks more aerodynamiclly efficient than Pedrosa, but its still amazing how cramped these tiny riders look on these machines.

Why would the ducts on fairings of the two bikes be so very different?

On Dani's bike the upper duct is much smaller and does not cut into the REPSOL markings (2nd, 11th, 12th image)...

While on Marquez's bike it very clearly does (3rd, 10th, 13th image) and appears significantly larger...

The rear 3/4 view of Marquez's bike (3rd image) nicely shows a look into the ducts up to the radiators, maybe different configurations for different heat or weather conditions?

I also notice the sizes of the front rotors is noticeably different...

I like the white this year. Looks cool and different. Looking at it from the side, it looks like they have tried to combine Repsol's Red and Orange colors with the Red and White of the Japanese flag. Looks cool. I dig.

are very nice. Also beautiful is how they combine the Repsol orange/white/red logo to look like the Japanese flag...

Also noticed how the design of the front braking calipers changes. They now include a "bridge" over the back. Something to do with the stifness of the calipers to improve feel?

look is actually a change to look more like the Repsol logo. Give it a search in your browser. Maybe Repsol is trying to cash in on the fact that they have 2 of the 3 top Spanish riders in their GP team.

It really is an optimal situation for their advertising and thus for the factory Honda team since it ensures sponsorship.

Those bikes look more aerodynamic this year in both configurations. I wonder how many different pipe setups they are going to run for the exhaust. The way it is right now looks pretty darn complicated.

Looking forward to seeing those two in action. I bet Marquez will get a win this year. He may crash a few times, but once he gets ahold of that bike he may well prove to be a handful for his veteran teammate. Hopefully Dani will keep it upright this year and healthy. His run at the end of 2012 had me rooting for him, (and yes, I am one of the jaded Nicky Hayden fans still mad at 2006). Still rooted for him because he seemed to be on the form of his life in the Motogp class. It was inspiring to watch. With Stoner out, Dani more than made up for the loss, (still not as fun to watch as Stoner, but he has a history between he and Lorenzo that made it fun to watch.)

Why is there a ring or collar around the end of the rear axle to attach the wire used to pull the axle free? Why not just drill the axle?

I'm guessing here, but I would say because when (and definitely not if) the wire breaks, it is much faster to replace it with a new pre-wired collar, than try to thread and secure a new wire. Murphy's Law says the wire will break at the most inconvenient time - probably in the last 15 minutes of QP - where the 30 seconds saved replacing a collar rather than rethreading a wire means your rider gets one last lap in at the end of qualifying.