Unpacking the HRC track kit
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.