Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Honda NR750: Your game's oval…

The oval piston Honda NR750, from 1992

Launched in 1992, the madly-expensive Honda NR750, with its oval-piston, fuel-injected, eight valve per cylinder V4, which redlined at an astounding 15,000rpm, is a superbike like no other. The bike, which ‘inspired’ Massimo Tamburini’s styling for the Ducati 916, made extensive use of carbonfibre and was fitted with exotica like a single-sided swingarm, digital instrumentation (very flash for 1992…) and projector type headlamps.

Power output was a modest 125bhp@14000rpm, and top speed was around 255km/h – figures which are easily beaten by current 1000cc sportsbikes. But the NR750 was about more than just numbers – the bike showed Honda’s strengths with technology and showed what the Japanese manufacturers were capable of. Only 200 of these bikes were ever made, and each is now worth more than US$50,000 (Rs. 23 lakh).

Download PDFs of original Japanese Honda NR750 brochures here

A video of some poor sod crashing his Honda NR. Unbelieveable!

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