CBR1000RR x RC30 = Hondagasm

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Just when we’d forgotten how much we like the current Honda CBR1000RR, along comes this new World Endurance racer in RC30 colors. Beautiful. If it had the old yellow Honda wings on the tank I’d be unconscious on the floor right now.

This bike will be raced by Honda’s new TT Legends team, which includes Isle of Man, well, legends like Steve Plater, John McGuinness, Keith Amor and Cameron Donald. They’ll be entering the World Endurance Championship — first race is Bol d’Or on April 16/17 — but also road races like the TT and the Ulster GP. This bike? These colors? These racers? These races? Endurance racing? This is winning.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

    That is beautiful.

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    Wow – that is one heck of a team for sure.

    Looks good with the single sided headlight. If I had one I’d want to rig that up! (Instead I want to rig up my Gixxer like the endurance style with one round light on the nose.)

    • Jeff

      Offset or center? Either would look great, offset would be the bee knees…

      • Devin

        Is there a practical reason for the offset headlights?

        • Jeff

          Ya know, that’s a really good question. I have no idea, but most of the endurance bikes I’ve seen pictures of had their headlights set up offset and it looks “cool”. I can only guess as to why. Maybe it goes back to older headlights being larger overall and not fitting behind the front of the fairing, so they were placed off to one side or the other. I could be totally wrong here and probably am ;-) If anyone knows for sure, I would like to hear it.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          They only need the highbeam and the fairing is already designed to take a headlight in that location. Look behind there and there’s clocks and brackets and all sorts of shit in the middle that’d get in the way of a headlight bucket.

          • Devin

            Why do they only need the highbeam?

            • Eric

              I assume blinding your competitors is a bonus?

  • Jeff

    Oh my… I need a tissue… Love it. This looks awesome times eleventy billion. Better yet it will ride amazingly considering what it’s built for and who. People knocked the looks when it first came out, even I did, but it really grew on me. Got to sit on one back in 07 at Miller in Utah during the SBK races, felt so light and compact. Would love to try one and see how it compares feels to my current ride.

  • smoke4ndmears

    the wheels! what a sweet touch.

  • JonB

    So good. Honda is the only place that can get it so wrong and so right.

  • http://theprojectbeta.com/ andehans

    Iconic color scheme. So good.

  • Devin

    When I was 10 or so, I remember going door to door around my neighbourhood selling chocolate covered almonds to fundraise for a bowling tournament. At one house I remember just stopping and staring at a Honda racebike in these colours for like two minutes. I have no idea exactly what Honda I was looking at, but this paint jobis very close to it.

    Old Honda racing is my favourite bike livery by far.

  • Kentaro

    that one-eyed headlight looks badass. I want that on all my bikes.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Me too. I’m such a child.

      • Patrick

        Me three!! Wanted to do this to my ZX10r….. But I want this one!

    • ontheroad

      Asymmetry FTW.

      • dux

        See BMW? That’s how you do asymmetry. Now go hire some real designers.

  • Zane H

    Definitely going to love seeing these guys on this bike… Great to see this along with the Castrol Hondas in WSBK

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Adeysworld adeysworld

    That is magnificent. I shall build one now in the form of a RSV4 cyclops.

  • ontheroad

    Was just ogling this yesterday somewhere, beautiful. I didn’t catch all the details on the team until now… sounds like a pit crew dream job.

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    The paint looks so good you barely notice the front fairing’s resemblance to a one-eyed Boston Terrier.

  • Dumptruckfoxtrot

    Good lord that bike is lovely! I think I’m going to cry.

  • Eric

    Is that headlight a sticker?

  • http://mansgottado.tumblr.com/ gregorbean

    Awesome.

  • T Diver

    Do they show any of those races on TV?

  • Ryan

    It’s stuff like this that makes me like Honda. Then I look at their cars and wonder what is wrong with them.

  • http://www.faster-faster.com fasterfaster

    They should paint a pirate-y eyepatch over the missing left headlamp.