Tuesday, February 03, 2009

BQR-Honda unveils the first Moto2 bike


Yes indeed, that's what Moto2 bikes will look like. Missing 250 two-strokes already?

Pics: Motociclismo

The Spanish Honda-BQR team has unveiled the very first Moto2 bike, which will make its debut this season in the Spanish Roadracing Championship (CEV) this year. The same bike – with, of course, some engine/chassis developments – will also go on to race in the Moto2 series in 2011, when 250cc two-strokes will make way for 600cc four-stroke machines.

BQR-Honda’s Moto2 bike uses a 599cc, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled inline-four sourced from Honda. Featuring Honda’s PGM-FI electronic fuel injection, this engine makes 140 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The double beam chassis is made of aluminium, the steering geometry is adjustable and suspension is Show – 43mm USD fork and monoshock, both fully adjustable.

The bike rides on 17-inch forged magnesium wheels, shod with 125/80 (front) and 190/55 (rear) Dunlop slicks. Twin 300mm brake discs with four-piston radial-mount callipers are used at front, and single 220mm disc with twin-piston calliper is fitted at the back wheel. Ready to race, the bike weighs 137kg.

Over the years, the two-stroke 250cc class has witnessed some great racing – fast, furious, all-out action that’s often spectacular to watch. We don’t really know if the Moto2 class will provide the same thrills. It probably won’t. However, with two-stroke engines having faded away into history, there really isn’t, perhaps, any point in manufacturers continuing to spend huge sums of money towards the development of these engines for racing. So, Moto2 it’s going to be and racing fans everywhere will just have to learn to live with that...

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6 comments:

Ash R said...

Though in bringing the 600cc into GP Racing (again, can't remember if it was at one point) people will essentially see a race on Sunday and go shopping for the bike they saw racing on Monday.

Will give a whole lot more paint schemes for 600cc bikes too :)

Jason77 said...

despite all the criticism i really don't think moto2 is such a bad idea after all. agree with you that two-stroke race bikes will not see any technology development filter on to road bikes, while moto2 bike tech could also benefit street bikes.

guess we should all stop looking back at 250s with rose tinted glasses. time to move on folks!

;-)

Anonymous said...

Moto2 will kill off the involvement of small European bike manufacturers like Gilera. It's gonna be Honda all the way with CBR600RR engined bikes filling up the grid. Is that what you bunch want to watch on Sunday? A bunch of Honda CBR600s...? PHOOEY!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

to : Anonymous said...
Is that what you bunch want to watch on Sunday? A bunch of Honda CBR600s...? PHOOEY!!!!!!!!!

If i want watch motorcycles i visit some exhibition.
On the racetrack , i want see racing.

Anonymous said...

I really dont understand the one engine rule. If everybody in the MotoGP class was riding a Yamaha or a Honda the series would not be anywhere near as exciting. Nor would any of the major or minor bike manufacturers be involved. I mean why would you bother.

Anonymous said...

Personally i think this is ALL GOOD costs down...but still some awesome technology and riders...i think these bikes will be like chalk and cheese from each other(chassis and wheel and suspension all different(geometry it makes a difference))...the racing will be close and exciting

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