Honda NS400R NC19

‘ The chas­sis is just like my racer’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature -

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

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