For a company oftentimes accused of soullessness in an industry built upon an altar of passion, Honda’s been the epicenter of controversy since word of the RC213V-S and its corresponding price tag became public knowledge. Judging by the comments to the RC213V-S Review, the Video Review, and our ever-colorful Youtube commenters, it seems as though some can justify the bike’s valuation while many others cannot.

Like the opposing sides of the abortion, gay marriage and climate change debates, I doubt this list will sway existing opinions that the RC213V-S is nothing but a “high-priced dust collection device.” But, had I the financial wherewithal to purchase one, here’s 10 means of justification I’d use to convince myself the decision was a sound one.

  • 12er

    yeah, um no… I still can’t come up 1 reason

  • Shlomi

    You mentioned riding on public roads….let’s say obit the bike and a year from now I have a messup on the street. How long I would have to wait for HRC to hand craft the parts. This would be a museum bike.
    It’s irrelevant to 99.9% of the riders and traders out there. Why are we still talking about it?

  • SteveSweetz

    Every one of these except #7 (Performance) and #3 (Investment) are just different ways of saying “it caters to your ego”. And really, it can be argued that #7 does as well unless you have the professional level skills needed to actually exploit the bike beyond the limits of something less than 10% of it’s price.

    Meh, whatever; go ahead and keep mining this largely inconsequential bike for all the page hits you can.

  • Old MOron

    Well T-rod, I have a feeling you compiled this list with your tongue in your cheek. Allow me to continue that theme:

    “Yep, add money and I’m an instant rich asshole.”

    Ahem, but for now you’ll remain a poor asshole.

    • http://motorcycle.com/ Tom Roderick

      I can dream, can’t I?

  • halfkidding

    I wonder how they are going to get the thing insured except for liability? I would imagine the thought of a $100+K loss if you toss the thing would seriously crimp the fun factor.

  • john phyyt

    11) sheer engineering excellence.
    I am still drooling over the front end.
    There are many many people who will spend this sort of cash on their passions. Think, Boating,Trucks, Horses, jewelry etc etc. I get that most motorcycle enthusiasts are shewed towards the young. But the mere ownership of a motorcycle is , surely, a sign that passion has entered into the decision making process. Therefore rejoice that this piece of exotica even exists,

  • Randy Pancetalk

    paint it purple with yellow flames. yeah.


    Not one reason counts.