Sunday, October 28, 2007

Valentino Rossi’s Honda NSR500: One for the road!

The most wonderful Rossi-rep 'NSR500' we've ever seen...

Suzuki RG500 engine, RGV250 chassis and a truckload of time, effort, money and ingenuity gets you this - a MotoGP bike of your very own!

If you’ve always wanted a MotoGP bike of your own, you could possibly re-mortgage the house and get a Ducati Desmosedici RR. With its 990cc, 200bhp L4 engine, MotoGP-spec chassis and suspension components and utterly exquisite styling, the Desmosedici RR is the real deal, no question about that.

But what if you grew up watching Eddie Lawson, Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Rainey and Mick Doohan? What if you still can’t let go of those two-stroke memories? Well, if you are very well connected, have friends in the right places, and have a huge amount of money, talent and patience, you put together your very own year 2001-spec Rossi-replica NSR500, like the one you see here!

The bike you see here belongs to one Barry Jones of the UK. We came across his insanely gorgeous motorcycle on the PB forum and thought we must share the pics with you! The bike uses a Suzuki RG500 engine, with rebuilt cranks, new rotary valves and capacity upped to 570cc. The exhaust system was specially built for this bike, while the carbon-titanium cans are from Arrow. The six-speed gearbox and clutch are brand-new units.

The bike’s chassis is a reengineered Suzuki RGV250 unit with bracing added in various places and new suspension and engine mounts. All the work has been done by Spondon Engineering. Front forks are Ohlins units sourced from the Ducati WSBK Team (!!!) and rebuilt by K-tech, while the fully adjustable rear shock is also an Ohlins racing unit. Brakes are, again, from the Ducati WSBK Team – the front rotors have carbonfibre carriers, and the rear brake is thumb-operated. The owner says ‘You can stand the bike on its nose with one finger.’ But of course…

More pics of the Rossi-rep 'NSR500'. Yes, it's beyond awesome...

The swingarm is a heavily modified Yamaha R7 unit, with a carbonfibre hugger mounted on to it. Most fasteners used throughout the bike are made of titanium, and the ‘NSR500’ has been fitted with Marchesini magnesium wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot tyres. The bodywork, made of carbonfibre, was sourced from the Honda MotoGP team. In fact, the entire bike was put together by a guy who makes carbonfibre parts for F1 cars.

Whew! Without any doubt, this NSR500 racer-replica is the most beautiful bike we’ve seen in a long, long time. It’s not just the money that’s been spent on the thing – it’s the care and the thought that’s gone into putting it together. Everything seems to be beautifully finished and all the parts really gel very well with each other.

Honestly, if we had to choose between the Desmosedici RR and this one-off NSR500 Rossi-replica, we’d probably take the latter!

Also see:
2007 MotoGP race reports and hi-res wallpaper!
1985 Suzuki GSX-R750: The superbike saga begins...
Memorable: The mighty Yamaha YZR500!
Racer for the road: The Yamaha RD500LC...
The scooter from hell: Team Cristofolini's 350cc, two-stroke, 112bhp monsterscoot!
Battle of the Ninjas: 1988 Kawasaki ZX-10 vs 2004 ZX-10R...
Three decades of Suzuki GP racebikes

More Specials:

Another one-off special which we found on the PB Forum. This one is based on Kevin Schwantz's 1989 Pepsi Suzuki RGV500 GP racebike. Very, very cool...

In 1989, although it was Eddie Lawson who won the 500cc world championship on his Rothmans Honda NSR500, it was Kevin Schwantz who was usually the most spectacular on the track. His 'win or die trying' style, on his no.34 Pepsi Suzuki, made for some awesome racing that year. This replica is a fitting tribute to the man and his bike

From left: More pics of yet another Suzuki RGV500 replica, and a Honda NSR250 painted in the legendary Rothmans colours. Two-strokes rule!

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