THE BIKES

Classic Bike (UK) - - Best Tt Ever? -

HONDA RC181

An un­wieldy beast from an era when Honda prized power above han­dling 499cc four-cylin­der 85bhp @ 12,000rpm* Gear-driven dohc Four-valve heads Air-cooled 330lb (149kg) Top speed 153.8mph * 1966 ver­sion MV Triple De­vel­oped from MV’S 350cc triple, the 500 was com­pact with bet­ter han­dling than the Honda. In two years of com­pe­ti­tion in the 500cc class, Honda had failed to snatch the rider’s ti­tle from this bike 491cc three-cylin­der 78bhp @ 11,600rpm Gear-driven dohc Four-valve heads Air cooled 320lb (145kg) Top speed 155.2mph Top speed fig­ures from MCN speed trap on the drop be­tween Creg-ny­baa and Bran­dish cor­ners (1967 Se­nior)

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