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.
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.