Honda NSR500

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In 1984 Honda had the ‘clever’ idea of putting the fuel tank un­der the engine. The bike’s weird han­dling didn’t stop Randy Mamola from tak­ing his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son ahead of even­tual cham­pion Ed­die Law­son and Ron Haslam. The per­fect ex­am­ple of in­no­va­tion go­ing wrong, the V4 was a beast to ride.

Pow­er­ful for the time, its ‘up­side down’ de­sign put the ex­pan­sion cham­bers over the engine and the fuel tank un­der them – throw­ing the cen­tre of grav­ity and mak­ing the Amer­i­can’s win all the more un­likely.

Randy shocked the world with his 1984 vic tor y

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