Honda NS400R NC19
‘ The chassis is just like my racer’
For a company that always had a slight distaste for two-strokes, Honda was very good at them. Designed to celebrate Freddie’s 1983 500GP championship, it shared much in common with his NS500 racer, including an ally frame and unusual V3 (two cylinders down, one up) engine. The 72bhp bike was showcase of Honda’s engineering prowess and was full of iconic/ironic 80s tech from anti- dive forks to two-piece Comstar wheels.
Its main problem was the Suzuki RG500, which at the time was faster as standard and easier to tune, even if it didn’t handle as well as the Honda. You can pick up an OK NS400R these days for £6000, with minters over the £10k mark.
NS400R was built as a tribute to Spencer