HONDA RAC­ING

Motorcycle News (UK) - - TT 2017 PREVIEW -

En­gine “Our TT en­gine spec is quite close to BSB spec, but slightly dif­fer­ent to suit the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the TT course. At the TT it’s not all about horse­power, it’s more about power de­liv­ery.”

Chain “We put a new one in at the NW200 and use it for most of TT prac­tice. A few days be­fore the Su­per­bike race we put a new one on, make sure it’s OK and use it for race week.”

Swingarm “We mod­ify the standard arm as it’s much more durable. It is mod­i­fied for quick wheel re­lease, for chain ad­juster blocks and more – it might look standard, but it’s not!”

Bub­ble screen “Do­ing those sorts of speeds over that dis­tance is tir­ing, so the tall screen re­duces tur­bu­lence. Can you imagine how much hit­ting the wind at 180mph would push back on you?”

Sus­pen­sion “We run fac­tory Öh­lins sus­pen­sion which is sim­ply mega. Sus­pen­sion for the TT has to be able to go through sec­tions with the rider able to keep the throt­tle open.”

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