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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