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

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lukeduke - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 6:02 PM

It could be argued that if Doohan and Rossi had been Yamha riders that the YZR would be "the greatest"
Anyone think Doohan would not have won if he rode an YZR or RGV for that matter?


March 30, 2012 5:42 PM

Stoner has 11 more wins than Rossi on 800cc bikes... and considering what Rossi did on the bike stoner had to work with... i think ill put my money on Stoner as king of the 800cc era

buschwacker has a point about Doohan's competition, but then again lack of competition never let Rosssi fans from claiming his championships being the best... doesnt matter what it is, if rossi did it then its the best, this is the kind of blind loyalty we are dealing with

TZ750 - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 5:38 PM

Being a Stroker, I feel Honda & Others Should have left the series as 2-Stroke ... NSR-500 one of the greatest Proto-Type motorcycle ever Built but there were others too .. The YZR/TZR, RGV, Cagiva-C Series, Aprilia RS & so on. I like the Doohan's Screamer Version that he used in the last of his Title Winning Machine. More than the NSR there was one Machine that made Mince Meat out of it's opposition .... None other than the Mighty TZ750 my all time favourite .... Which was a Production Racer.

Cheers - TZ750.

srshaw - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 5:34 PM

Rossi rode the NSR500 for a couple of seasons. The real stars where Doohan, Gardner, Spencer etc.

These machines demanded real skill and commitment. You couldn't use pin the throttle and let traction control do the rest. My favourite picture of all time is of Wayne Gardner just about to be launched from his NSR500. It would be interesting to see how many of todays stars could ride these.

I rather suspect Casey would just love it, Rossi has proven he can handle them, not sure about pedro though and the guys who have come from superbikes like spies.

Buschwacker - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 5:22 PM

I would suggest that Mick Doohan was the 500 king of his era, however without any major competition from the likes of Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson and Kevin Schwantz, it was a bit of a walkover for those titles.


March 30, 2012 4:54 PM

listening to some people talk about rossi is like listening to my nieces talk about justin beiber lol

The NSR name no matter what size is a legendary name and responsible for many peoples start in racing...

But just because rossi has rode and won championships on the all doesnt make hime the best... it just makes him old, Doohan was the king of the 500's not rossi, Stoner was the king of the 800's the only thing rossi has is the 990 era where he made sure he had the best of everything and others did not... now he is old and not going anywhere on the ducati while the new greats are just hitting prime of their careers

JOHN - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 4:52 PM

Yes it was a great machine but ALL 500 2 Strokes were great in that era. Lets not forget the yellow and black Yamaha, of Roberts, etc. Those were the days.!!

Blah Blah Blah - Unregistered

March 30, 2012 4:40 PM

Any of us mere mortals that got the chance to ride any of the 500cc 2 stroke machines of the 80s and 90s got a tiny glimpse into razors edge type of machine they were.

Fast furious and deadly if you got it wrong, what these brilliant riders did on these Jekyll and Hyde weapons is nothing short of amazing.

The NSR was the king, long may it's crackling maniacal engine/legend roar.

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