Does anyone know what RC51 stands for. Or for that matter, what does the designation RVT mean? Racing V Twin? Road V Twin?
Except in Europe it's VTR not RVT.The RC51 moniker is a marketing gimmick. The true designation from Honda is SC45 (it is in your vin and every other RC51 vin). There is a breakdown somewhere. Basically one letter is the engine size and the other is for engine configuration or wether the bike was a race bike of street bike. Something like that. You can just google "Honda motorcycle designation or names" and you'll probably find it.
Rvt is probably racing v twin. Rvf has always been used for the v-fours so why not?
The RC60 is rumored to be a 1000cc V-4 high-end sport bike probably for homologation for WSBK racing.What? RC60? Where's this coming from?
This seems to be the most credible reason. I've heard that the Honda Hawk's internal designation was RC31, and I've also seen early 90's VFR750's (the Interceptor) referred to as RC36.The VFR750R was the 30th production Honda motorcycle model with an engine displacement between 650 cc and 899 cc and became the RC-30. So maybe the RC-51 is the 51st model over 900cc or over 650 cc. With rumors of an RC-60 there sure looks to be some meaning to the numbers.
The Honda Hawk GT NT650 motorcycle was designated as model RC31 and was designed by Toshiaki Kishi, and was the second Honda with "Pro-Arm" suspension bike after the RC30 VFR750R. The Japanese model was named the Bros. The RC model designation is for bikes up to 750cc, though the Honda Pacific Coast (PC800) has an engine of more than 750 cc and a model designation of RC34.
fwiw, The VFR800 is an RC46. It's in every VIN of every vfr800. 5th and 6th generation. Can someone explain that to me? Seems like the more I dig into this, the more confusing it becomes...This seems to be the most credible reason. I've heard that the Honda Hawk's internal designation was RC31, and I've also seen early 90's VFR750's (the Interceptor) referred to as RC36.
I could probably verify this with some digging....
EDIT: The plot thickens.....
I just did a google search running sequentially through the "RC" nomenclature from 40-50. There is a bike that comes up in reference to each. Deauville (NT), Interceptor (VFR), Shadow (VT), RC45....everything. It doesn't seem like RC represents anything special to Honda internally....but we know better.fwiw, The VFR800 is an RC46. It's in every VIN of every vfr800. 5th and 6th generation. Can someone explain that to me? Seems like the more I dig into this, the more confusing it becomes...