Rid­ing the Six

Clas­sic Racer brings you a very spe­cial spe­cial edi­tion this month... for free. To launch our great mo­tor­cy­cles se­ries we kick things off with one of the most iconic ex­am­ples of all.

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Our very own Steve Plater was the only man out on a real Honda 6 at the Clas­sic TT. Not only do we mark the mo­ment on these pages but we look at what made the iconic Honda such an amaz­ing ma­chine both here and in the huge 32-page sup­ple­ment that you have free with this is­sue.

By now, hope­fully, you will have no­ticed that you have some­thing ex­tra with this month’s edi­tion of Clas­sic Racer – a 32 page spe­cial look­ing at ar­guably the most iconic race­bike to ever grace a grid – the Honda Six. If you fol­lowed the 2017 Bsen­netts Clas­sic TT as it was hap­pen­ing a lit­tle ear­lier this sum­mer you might be aware that dur­ing the pa­rade lap the re­port­edly last Honda Six was given the chance to stretch its legs around the Moun­tain Course. Of course, this sort of thing doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten. And so, when it does, those in­volved in the me­chan­i­cal side of get­ting the highly-strung Honda out in front of a global au­di­ence itch­ing to see it mov­ing want to make sure that the per­son who is at the con­trols is up to the job. Step for­ward Clas­sic Racer test rider Steve

Plater (and pinch your­self be­cause this ac­tu­ally hap­pened) who not only jumped at the chance – as any fan of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing would – but also went out in proper pe­riod leathers and lid. Around this chance to ride the Six, we chose to put to­gether an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the mo­tor­cy­cle that was only around for a brief pe­riod, but in­stantly etched its way into the con­scious­ness of the mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing uni­verse. As the first in what will be­come an even­tual se­ries of spe­cials on other mo­tor­cy­cles (do let us know which you think we should in­clude in the run) we’ve raided the Clas­sic Racer ar­chive to show you im­ages that have not been seen be­fore and a host of replica scans of key re­ports and mo­ments that hap­pened in the Honda’s rac­ing life. We hope you like it. Although, let’s be fair, none of us like the spe­cial any­where near as much as Steve liked rid­ing it at the TT. Even if plung­ing down Bray Hill was a very ‘unique’ ex­pe­ri­ence tinged with quite a fair amount of fear. But then, you’re al­ways go­ing to get that when you swing your leg over a £2 mil­lion mo­tor­cy­cle.

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