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1982 Honda RC250
The current owner explains this bikes history:
This was Honda`s first bike to win the prestiges Supercross title in 1982. It was Donnie Hansen`s ride. Honda threw all their knowledge, their best engineers and a lot of money in the battle to be number one in the US Supercross series.
There were two versions of this bike. One for Supercross and the other one for the GP`S. The difference between the two was the tanks and the suited shrouds. This bike is the Supercross version.
Most of the screws, bolts and nuts were made out of titanium. The rest contains a lot of magnesium and chromoly.
On the top of the tank, there is a tunnel to let air flow to air box. This bike is an engineering marvel! Look at how perfect and close the pipe, the seat and the shock fit! Now you can imagine that rumor`s said that American Honda paid more then $75.000 for each bike.
Super adjustable, light and strong 43mm showa forks. They cost more then $13.000 in those days,
Instead of a steal brake ring Honda left the rear brake plated!
If you compare the RC 250M/81, you can see that everything has greater dimensions like frame tubes, swingarm, shock etc.
The engine was offers with a 5 and 6 gear box, but they run most of the time with the 5 gear box. . Power, handling and suspension were years ahead in those days.
1977 Honda RC500
Featured here is a 1977 Honda RC500. The bike currently belongs to Martin Hagon. The history on this bike has yet to be confirmed however it is believed to have been a back up bike for Team Honda.
Martin provided these additional details on the bike:
- The frame # is RC500MF-7401, Engine # 7204, but it also has a big # 4 scratched in the crankcase about 2cm after the stamped #.
- Swing arm is stamped A1E then a small A-77, this is on the drive side rear blade.
- Fork top caps are stamped, 2513 on one side and 1420 on other.
- The air box and rear mudguard are also both numbered
Thanks again Martin for allowing us here at vintageworksbikes.com to feature this bike!
1994 Honda RC250
Joakim Karlsson’s Factory ride
Joakim “Jocke” Karlsson of sweden was 5th in the world on this bike and took 2nd and 4th at the Nismes MXDN in September 1997
1999 Honda RC250
Fred Bolleys Championship Winning Ride
Ridden by Fred Bolley.
When the bike won the World Championship, it was washed and prepped then put into a vacuum bag and kept safe until it was recently purchased.
In the 1999 season, Fred Bolley and Stefan Everts rode these full factory machines. These bikes were the last of the true full factory bikes in Europe. They may look similar to what a customer could buy at there local shop but were very different
The frame is constructed of solid billet sections, completely different than stock. The bike runs 2 single factory radiators. The swing arm is longer than stock and has solid billet inserts at the front and rear of the swing arm. It is also braced in front of the shock mount.
The suspension if full factory. The headstock is HRC equipment with a titanium stem. The suspension linkage is HRC with Fred and Stefan having their personal choice of set up.
The engine is also full factory. With a choice of 4 speed or 5. The electronics at the time were way ahead of anything else with a computer set up. Different settings were available on to the HRC squad.
The carb is a full HRC item, with electronics to match. The bike features traction control. Armed by the launch control mounted on the handlebar. With different settings available.
The wheels are full factory units, with HRC discs and pads, as are the brake lines. Even small details like the levers are HRC.
The foot pegs that Fred used are hand made titanium HRC units, Exhaust and silencer are HRC with the silencer being carbon fibre.