Honda RC series

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RC is the prefix adopted for the large majority of works racing motorcycles manufactured by the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC), a subsidiary of Honda of Japan.

History of the RC name[edit]

Use of the RC name stretches from Honda's entry onto the international motorcycle Grand Prix stage in 1959 to the present day.[1] In recent years the prefix has also been applied to a few production motorcycles,[2] which have been created for homologation purposes. For works Motocross bikes, there was an additional M suffix.

In the late 1980s, Honda began to enter its production motorcycles in Superbike, or production-based, racing series, such as the new FIM Superbike World Championship. The most successful of these was the VFR750R, which eventually became better known by its model number, RC30.

Honda naming convention[edit]

Since at least the late 1970s production Honda motorcycles have been given model numbers corresponding to the displacement category into which their engines fell, and the VFR750R was the 30th production Honda motorcycle model with an engine displacement between 650 cc and 899 cc. Similarly, the Honda RVF750R is also known by the designation RC45. The RC45's replacement, the VTR1000 SP-1 (model number SC45) was marketed under the name RC51 only in the United States.

List of RC motorcycles[edit]

Honda Racing Motorcycles
ModelModel yearsEngine ConfigurationBore x StrokeEngine DisplacementTransmissionOther information
RC711958Twin247.33 cc (15 cu in)4 Speed[3]
RC1101962Single40 × 39 mm49.00 cc4 valves per cylinder
RC1111962Single40 × 39 mm49.00 cc4 valves per cylinder
RC1121962Twin49.61 cc (3 cu in)9 Speed[4]
RC1131963Twin33 × 29 mm49.61 cc (3 cu in)9 Speed4 valves per cylinder[5]
RC1141964Twin49.61 cc
2RC1141964???cc
RC1151965Twin49.8 cc (3 cu in)9 Speed[6]
RC1161966Twin49.8 cc (3 cu in)9 Speed[7]
RC125M1981-1984Single124 cc (8 cu in)6 Speed[8]
RC1411959Twin44 × 41 mm124.68 cc (8 cu in)6 Speed2 valves per cylinder[9]
RC1421959Twin44 × 41 mm124.68 cc (8 cu in)6 Speed4 valves per cylinder[10]
RC1431960Twin44 × 41 mm124.68 cc (8 cu in)6 Speed[11]
2RC1431961Twin44 × 41 mm124.68 cc (8 cu in)6 Speed[12]
RC1441961Twin42 × 45 mm124.69cc
RC1451962Twin124.68 cc (8 cu in)6 Speed[13]
RC1461963Inline-435 × 32 mm123.15 cc7 Speed[9]
2RC1461964Inline-435 × 32 mm123.15 cc (8 cu in)7 Speed[14]
4RC1461965Inline-4123.15 cc
RC1481965Inline-5124.02 cc
RC1491966Inline-5124.42 cc (8 cu in)8 Speed[15]
RC1601959Inline-444 × 41 mm249.37 cc (15 cu in)5 Speed[16]
RC1611960Inline-444 × 41 mm249.37 cc (15 cu in)6 Speed[17]
RC1621961Inline-4249.37 cc (15 cu in)6 Speed4 valves per cylinder[18]
RC1631962Inline-4249.37 cc (15 cu in)6 Speed[19]
RC1641963Inline-4249.3 cc (15 cu in)6 Speed[20]
2RC1641964Inline-4249.3 cc (15 cu in)[9]
3RC1641964Inline-6247.43 cc
3RC1641965Inline-6247.28 cc
RC1651965Inline-6247.28 cc
RC1661966Inline-6249.42 cc (15 cu in)7 Speed[21]
RC1701962Inline-447 × 41 mm284.53 cc (17 cu in)[9]
RC1711962Inline-4339.43 cc (21 cu in)6 Speed[22]
RC1721964Inline-450 × 44.5 mm349.50 cc (21 cu in)[9]
RC1741967Inline-6297.06 cc (18 cu in)7 Speed[23]
RC1811967Inline-4499.6 cc (30 cu in)6 Speed[24]
RC250M1980-1982Single248 cc (15 cu in)5 Speed[25]
RC250MA1991Single249 cc (15 cu in)Automatic[26]
RC500M1984Single491.5 cc (30 cu in)5 Speed[27]
RC10001981Inline-4999.36 cc (61 cu in)5 Speed[28]
RCB10001976Inline-4997.48 cc
RC451994-1999V-4100 × 63.6 mm749 cc (46 cu in)6 Speed4 valves per cylinder[29]
RC512000-2006V-Twin72mm x 46 mm999 cc (61 cu in)6 Speed4 valves per cylinder[30]
RC211V2001-2006V-5990 cc (60 cu in)[31]
RC212V2007-2011V-4displacemennt changed over seasons ending with 1000cc
RC213V2012 - CurrentV-41000cc[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxley, Mat (2001). The Challenge & Dream of Honda - 500 Grand Prix Motor Cycle Wins (1 ed.). Richmond: Hazleton Publishing Ltd. ISBN [[Special:BookSources/1-903435-03-6|1-903435-03-6 [[Category:Articles with invalid ISBNs]]]] Check |isbn= value (help). 
  2. ^ "Honda RC51". American Motorcyclist. American Motorcyclist Association. July 2000. p. 16. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "HONDA RC71". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "HONDA RC112". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "HONDA RC113". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "HONDA RC115". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "HONDA RC116". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "HONDA RC125M". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Falloon, Ian (2005). The Honda Story (1 ed.). Sparkford, Yeovil: Haynes Publishing. ISBN 1-85960-966-X. 
  10. ^ "HONDA RC142". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "HONDA RC143". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "HONDA 2RC143". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "HONDA RC145". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  14. ^ "HONDA 2RC146". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  15. ^ "HONDA RC149". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "HONDA RC160". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  17. ^ "HONDA RC161". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "HONDA RC162". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  19. ^ "HONDA RC163". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  20. ^ "HONDA RC164". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  21. ^ "HONDA RC166". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  22. ^ "HONDA RC171". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  23. ^ "HONDA RC174". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  24. ^ "HONDA RC181". Honda at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2005 (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  25. ^ "HONDA RC250M". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  26. ^ "HONDA RC250MA". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  27. ^ "HONDA RC500M". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  28. ^ "HONDA RC1000". Honda collection Hall - Collection Search (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  29. ^ "2004 Honda RC51 Base". Motorcycle.com. 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  30. ^ "2004 Honda RC51 Base". Motorcycle.com. 2004. Retrieved 20 November 2010. 
  31. ^ "HONDA RC211V". Honda at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2005 (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  32. ^ "Honda Worldwide - RC213V" (in English). Honda Worldwide. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 

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