MotoGP » Honda NSR500: 'The greatest grand prix machine'

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Chris - Unregistered

July 13, 2012 2:38 PM

NSR 500 best GP bike of all time? What about the 250-6 Built up to 1967 making 240bhp per litre, numbers that are only just being match today! And a noise that the young generation today would be totally blown away by!

GuyI - Unregistered

May 01, 2012 12:40 AM

Was lucky enough to ride a 2000 YZR500 a few years ago- What a maniac of a motorbike - just bonkers to ride - but massive fun too. 200BHP and 130KGS with a power delviery like an instant on/off flood...holy crap...Only got 10 laps but came away with much more respect for those that raced them in anger. I miss the 500s in MotoGp today still, love the purity of those is too much technology compared but that's progress I guess.

Locky - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 11:55 PM

These things go in cycles and it is well to remember Soichiro Honda was no fan of 2 stroke engines.
Deep pockets and a head start in racing carried Honda a long way, plus growing into a huge company.
All the stroker racers from Japan evolved into much the same beast so the differences were neglible at the end of that era.
The more interesting machines were made by the Jap factories in the 60s until the FIM chased them away and left the field to MV who won with monotony until Yamaha arrived with the TZ500 in 1973.
Yamaha also supplied virtually the entire field of privateers for many years with TZs and we should be grateful for that.
Suzukis RG500 was another wonderful stroker that Joe Bloggs could go race on and be in with a shout against the factory boys.
Happy days.

Damien IE - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 8:39 PM

@ amakusa
totally agree, the noise, the speed, the smell of fully synthetic. Best of the best guys with true natural talent could only ride them. So many WSB 4 stroke riders tried and failed (even Corser, Haga)
Time before electronics and the sole electronics was the ignition system.
Should have kept them as the only GP bike for the road has been the Desmo. WSB could have been the place to develop road bikes and keep GP's to pure prototypes.
New breed wouldn't stand a chance on the old 2 strokes 170 BH & 115 Kg before they brought the weght limit up to 130Kg. WEAPONS and I saw them in action

NS ahhh - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 4:34 AM

And on top of that 2000 was a confused year in 500cc racing, no one really dominated the class. Rossi kept crashing and would otherwise had won that year.
It was a fluke that KRJ won in my opinion.

NSR500 best gp bike ever
RCV211V 2nd best gp bike ever

riko - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 12:02 AM

Kids that think a yamaha won in 2000 , check your facts. or maybe its not kids but someone so old they get mixed up between K.R and K.R jr lol

Honda racing gods - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 11:00 PM

Results speak for themselves, whatever Yamaha tried and no matter how much money they spent they could never beat the mighty Honda.
You can try to convince yourself otherwise but we all know Yamaha never had an answer to Honda.
Some of the coments people made are laughable! go home
NSR500 greatest racing machine in history..fact.

amakusa - Unregistered

April 01, 2012 6:33 PM

Yamaha no doubt are the true innovators n experts at 2 stroke machinery. Their 250 alone had the innovative reverse cylinder (spr models used for both gp n production races). Their 2 strokes are far more powerful than Honda, whose forte is 4 stroke. But Honda made reliable engines n bikes with good handling n rideability. The Yam strokers were too powerful, too difficult to ride with too much engine damage. The spr 250s required engine rebuild after almost every race to stop pistons seizing.

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