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Old 11-14-2014, 10:50 AM   #1
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Honda RC213VS and True Adventure prototype set for UK debut at Motorcycle Live

Roadgoing RCV and new Africa Twin shipped direct from Eicma for UK unveiling

The RC213V-S

And the 'True Adventure' prototype

HONDA’S RCV V4 road bike and new Africa Twin will make their UK debut at the Motorcycle Live show at Birmingham’s NEC on November 22, the firm has confirmed.

The RC213V-S and ‘True Adventure’ prototypes were revealed for the first time last week at the Eicma Milan show. They’re listed as 2015 models in Honda’s press materiel, suggesting they’re destined for production.

Honda said in a release this afternoon: ‘The two prototype machines will be arriving at Motorcycle Live straight from their unveiling at Eicma in Milan last week, meaning UK bike fans are amongst the first in the world to see them in the metal. They will be on display alongside Honda's entire motorcycle and scooter range, including the UK debut of some brand-new models for 2015 - the VFR800X Crossrunner, the 40th anniversary Gold Wing and the Forza 125 sports GT scooter.’

Honda hasn’t released details of the prototypes but has specified the RC213V-S is a road going version of the MotoGP championship-winning RC213V, a 1000cc V4. Watch our walk-around video of the RC213V-S here.

Honda has long been rumoured to be working on a modern successor to its XRV750 Africa Twin. The parallel-twin True Adventure prototype hasn’t been given the same moniker but Honda has promised ‘outstanding off-road capability’. It was shown splattered with mud alongside an Africa Twin at Eicma.

Motorcycle Live is at Birmingham's NEC from November 22-30.

Honda’s stand at the show will also feature a display of race bikes. Racers including TT legend John McGuinness will appear for Q&A sessions and motorcycling advice will be offered to new riders.

Honda’s release said: ‘Race fans can also enjoy an impressive display of racing machinery from the past and present, including the three special-livery CBR1000RR Fireblades ridden by 2014 British Superbike Championship wild card Julien Da Costa, 21-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness's Fireblade, the 2015 Team HRC Dakar squad's CRF450 Rally and the 1989 NXR750 Rothmans Honda Dakar race bike.

Honda Racing's 2015 British Superbike stars Jason O'Halloran and Dan Linfoot, TT star McGuinness and newly-signed Pata Honda World Superbike rider Sylvain Guintoli will all be appearing on the stand for Q&As and autograph signing sessions.

The Honda Racing Café will make a welcome return, providing a place for show goers to make a pit stop for coffee and cake - with all proceeds being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. The ever-popular My First Licence feature, where children aged five to 11 can have a go on two wheels around a specially constructed indoor street scene, will also make a return to the show.

In line with Honda's aim to encourage new riders - in particular a younger demographic - to the world of motorcycling, this year will see the introduction of the Honda Hub, which aims to strip back the jargon and provide easy-to-digest expert advice on all elements of motorcycling, from learning to ride, to financing a new machine to organising insurance.’

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