> Honda RC45
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
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
|Year of specifications
||749 cc, V-4
||189 kg / 415 lbs
||805 mm / 31.7 inches
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