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The Honda RC45 was brought in to replace the legendary Honda RC30, a bike which had won many superbike races in the late 80s and early 90s. Like the RC30 the RC45 was made in limited numbers as a homologation bike, to allow its use in production bike racing.

Loosely based on the RVF750 endurance racebike the Honda RC45 was sold as a limited edition model and its exclusivity came at a price. A high price.

Because it was a homologation special, the Honda RC45 was treated to all the finest parts and components. The single-seat frame was virtually identical to the racing version and it had expensive fully adjustable suspension courtesy of Showa.

Powering the Honda RC45 was a high-tech, for the time, 749cc V-4 engine which featured expensive internals like titanium conrods and other components formed from lightweight magnesium. The engine was also fitted with Honda's then brand-new PGM-FI fuel-injection system.

Despite all the technology, the Honda RC45 wasn't amazingly fast. It was quick, no doubt, and the chassis was extremely well setup. But a Honda CBR900RR could beat it for performance, and it only cost half as much.

Despite its failings, the Honda RC45 was, and still is a highly sought after superbike.

Year of specifications 1993-1999
Engine 749 cc, V-4
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Max speed 168 mph
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 120 hp
weight 189 kg / 415 lbs
Seat height 805 mm / 31.7 inches

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