Un­pack­ing the HRC track kit

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes -

Ev­ery buyer of an RC213V-S has the choice of spend­ing even more money by tak­ing up the op­tion of the ac­ces­sory ‘track kit’, which adds ap­prox­i­mately £15,000 to the £140,000 price tag.

The track kit boosts power from the fully road-le­gal 140bhp to a far more vis­ceral 212bhp – and it’s far more than just a new ECU. The owner of this bike ticked that box, and it was fas­ci­nat­ing to see what he’s get­ting for his money.

The track kit ar­rived in its own branded flight case, which was mounted on poly­styrene blocks in­side an­other flight case. Once the out­side case is un­bolted and the two twist­ing locks are opened, the lid can be lifted and we got our first glimpse in­side.

In­side the first layer of the crate are two pad­dock stands, both from ul­tra­thin walled hand-welded titanium, a gor­geous embroidered RC213V-S bike cover, and a DVD with the full work­shop man­ual loaded onto it.

It’s like metal­lic ar­chae­ol­ogy as we dig ever deeper into £15,000 of parts. It’s im­pos­si­ble not to be ex­cited by the next strata of love­li­ness, with each sec­tion of the track-only titanium ex­haust nestling in its own laser-cut par­ti­tioned sec­tion of foam, the ex­haust springs all bagged up sep­a­rately.

A third layer re­veals the car­bon­fi­bre ram-air scoop that re­places the front lights, there’s an HRC ECU, GPS data-log­ging unit, car­bon-fi­bre dash mount and a bag of var­i­ous small fix­ings. There is also an ex­tra piece of seat foam, and two car­bon-fi­bre blank­ing pieces to hide the holes left by the in­di­ca­tors when re­moved for track ac­tion.

The fourth layer is even more me­chan­i­cal, with four rear sprock­ets, three front sprock­ets, new spark plugs, a new gear­box selec­tor drum with dif­fer­ent track ra­tios, longer gear link­age, Brembo brake pads and a choice of dif­fer­ent rear sus­pen­sion link­ages – all care­fully stashed away in sep­a­rate com­part­ments in the grey foam. Just own­ing th­ese parts would be a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self, own­ing the bike that goes with them is al­most com­pletely in­com­pre­hen­si­ble.

RCV’S ig­ni­tion is key­less, but you need th­ese keys for fuel cap and steer­ing lock Is there a road bike with a sex­ier cock- pit? We doubt it MCN’S Downes stands well back and lets Clive Pad­gett give the £140,000 ma­chine its first drink of petrol

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