The Hamamatsu payroll
The not unreasonable expectation was that 1970s HRC prepared CYB250/350RSC twins would be bigger versions of the superb 125cc Cr93.these were not for the Productiontt but intended as serious machines for the Grand Prix level junior and lightweight classes. However, PRE-TT testing at Cadwell Park rang alarm bells and Jim Curry’s £75 works ride ended up being not what it might have been. Jim: “On having my first spin, I found out that Skelly’s 250 had some traits that were definitely preferable to the ‘workies’, with the main one being the 350’s obvious twitchiness at the front-end. However, I loved the power the motor produced and it felt as if it had much more on tap than the motor in my Métisse. When all of a sudden John Cooper hove up alongside me and asked me ‘What d’ya think then Jim?’ ‘I like it, John, it’s a lot quicker than my Macchi’ I said confidently. ‘They’re a load of crap,’ extolled my highly-regarded one. ‘If you ever beat me on myyamsel with that thing, I’ll give you myyamsel’. Honestly he did.” At the Island Cooper’s assessment, of the 250 specifically, proved prescient.the six-speed gearboxes were problematic, as was the handling, and there were other issues.the 250’s lack of speed was foremost among them. Jim: “The Honda workshop was becoming more frenetic by the day as the 250s were lapping a lot slower than my own ‘road bike’ and their jockeys were definitely not happy bunnies. Among them was a certain J Cooper, who refused to ride his, saying it was a waste of his time and he departed the Honda pits in high dudgeon as he left, with Alf (Briggs) not physically capable of doing whatwadder told him to do with his bike. Cooper and Ray Pickrell were on 250s, and Graham Penny was on a 350, and they lasted a bit longer than me, as I put a hole in a piston. It was the ignition system and it was all right when I put points back on it.there was always a problem with the cam chain tensioner too, but I went on to get 10th at Assen, to get a point. Nine Yamahas and Ago! Was it Ago there?yeah Ago, and Passolini actually.” Why the page space dissecting the unsuccessful 250/350 Hondas and one solitary World Championship point? Look at a CRMC grid today. People have reason to thank/curse Jim as they prepare to start their K4 Hondas, which some still find hard to assimilate as ‘classics’.