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    A Motorcycle story-The golden years

    The golden years

    The Honda race history

    For most people, the Honda race history starts with
    the 1959 entry of the Honda team in the Isle of Man TT. However, although
    practically unknown in Europe at the time, Japan in those days had a fast growing
    motorcycle industry, but their models looked very old fashioned, and the ones that
    did look (more or less) modern were often straight copies
    of German, British or American motorcycles.

    Honda, even in those days already a very big motorcycle manufacturer, faced
    the problem that it would be very difficult to sell its bikes worldwide.
    Japanese products in general had a bad reputation regarding quality, based
    on Japanese pre-war products . So how do you overcome such a problem?
    By proving to the world, that your engineering and the resulting products
    are superior -in the case of motorcycles by winning Grand Prix with them


    Soichiro Honda had decided, in the beginning of the fifties, that
    one day he would compete in the famous TT of Man, and in 1954 a 220cc
    single cylinder prototype racer was developed

    In that same year, Soichiro took a trip to Europe, watched the TT, and was very disappointed: the then European 250cc racing bikes had on average more than double the power of his prototype. He also used his trip to go on a buying spree; he bought rev counters, carburettors, rims, spark plugs and what have you. The story goes that, upon arrival at the airport for his return flight to Japan, his luggage was overweight and he was not allowed to check in. Honda opened his suitcases, took out all his clothing, put on as much as possible on top of each other, filled his pockets with parts, and that did the trick, whereupon he remarked to the airport personnel: "You are idiots! Now I'm allowed in, but the total weight in the plane is exactly the same!" He was quite right, of course; they should set a limit to the weight of passengers together with their luggage, not to luggage alone.

    A couple of years later, Honda had developed 250 and 305cc twins with a single OHC, used in national events

    By 1959, Honda decided he was ready to take on the rest of the world, and the first Japanese team arrived on the Isle of Man.

    Pre-1959 events
    Soichiro Honda at the Asama camp during the second Asama Kazan race


    The second Asama Kazan race (250cc class)
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    Re: A Motorcycle story

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    Re: A Motorcycle story

    William Joseph "Joey" Dunlop
    OBE (25 February 1952 – 2 July 2000)
    king of the hill


    Was a world champion motorcyclist from Ballymoney in Northern Ireland, best known for road racing. Referred to throughout the sport as "Joey", in 2005 he was voted the fifth greatest motorcycling icon ever by Motorcycle News. His achievements include three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT meeting (1985, 1988 and 2000), where he won a record 26 races in total. During his career he won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times. In 1986 he won a fifth consecutive TT Formula One world title.

    He was awarded the MBE in 1986 for his services to the sport, and in 1996 he was awarded the OBE for his humanitarian work for children in Romanian orphanages. Dunlop would often load up his race transporter and deliver clothing and food to the trouble spots of Bosnia and Romania. His humanitarian work was done without drawing attention to himself.

    Nationality Northern Irish
    Born 25 February 1952
    Died 2 July 2000 (aged 48)
    Isle of Man TT career
    TTs contested 25 (1976 - 2000)
    TT wins 26
    First TT win 1977 Jubilee Classic
    Last TT win 2000 Ultra-Lightweight 125 TT
    Podiums 40


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    Re: A Motorcycle story

    Mike Hailwood
    known as
    Mike The Bike

    Another one legendary Honda pilot
    Stanley Michael Bailey Hailwood, MBE, GM (2 April 1940 – 23 March 1981) was a British Grand Prix motorcycle road racer regarded by many as one of the greatest racers of all time. He was known as "Mike The Bike" because of his natural riding ability. Later in his career he went on to compete in Formula One auto racing, becoming one of the few men to compete at the Grand Prix level on motorcycles and in auto racing.

    Hailwood first raced on 22 April 1957, at Oulton Park. Barely 17, he finished in 11th place, but was soon posting successful results. In 1958, he teamed with Dan Shorey to win the Thruxton 500 endurance race. By 1961, Hailwood was racing for an up and coming Japanese factory named Honda. In June 1961, he became the first man in the history of the Isle of Man TT to win three races in one week when he won in the 125 cc, 250 cc and 500 cc categories. He lost the chance at winning a fourth race when his 350 AJS broke down with a broken gudgeon pin whilst leading. Riding a four-stroke, four-cylinder 250 cc Honda, Hailwood won the 1961 250cc world championship. In 1962, Hailwood signed with MV Agusta and went on to become the first rider to win four consecutive 500cc World Championships. After his success with MV Agusta, Hailwood went back to Honda and won four more world titles in 1966 and 1967 in the 250 cc and 350 cc categories.

    On Saturday, 21 March 1981, Mike Hailwood set off in his Rover SD1 with his children Michelle and David to collect some fish and chips. As they returned along the A435 Alcester Road through Portway Warwickshire near their home in Tanworth-in-Arden, a truck made an illegal turn through the barriers into the central reservation, and their car hit it. Michelle, aged nine, was killed instantly; Mike and David were taken to hospital, where Mike died two days later due to severe internal injuries, he was 40 years old


    Nationality English
    Born 2 April 1940
    Died 23 March 1981 (aged 40)
    Active years 1958–1967
    First race 1958 250cc Isle of Man TT
    Last race 1967 350cc Japanese Grand Prix
    First win 1959 125cc Ulster Grand Prix
    Last win 1967 350cc Japanese Grand Prix
    Team(s) Honda, MV Agusta
    Championships 250cc - 1961, 1966, 1967
    350cc - 1966, 1967
    500cc -1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
    Isle of Man TT career
    TTs contested 12 (1958 - 1967, 1978, 1979)
    TT wins 14
    First TT win 1961 Lightweight 125 TT
    Last TT win 1979 Senior TT


    Mike The Bike
    ***AUDIO***
    http://www.mikethebike.com/sounds.htm


    Mikes's Honda RC-181
    Bore and stroke are 57 x 48 mm for a total capacity of 489.94 cc. Total enclosed valve angle is 75 degrees, symmetrical, so both inlet and exhaust valves are hanging under 37.5 degrees.
    There is a six speed gearbox. Power output is 85 bhp art 12,000 rpm, with a redline at 12,500 rpm
    A weak point of the RC181 is its crankshaft ? the press fit of the crankpins sometimes gives way, causing the crankpins to change position against one another, with disastrous results, a.o. reason of Hailwood's retirement in Monza.



    The much anticipated clash between the two road racing giants - Hailwood and Agostini - turned out to be a non event at the 1966 Brands Hatch season closer, when after little more than 100 yards from the start, the former's 250cc Honda six threw a rod and day belonged solely to the Italian



    Mike the Bike




    1967 Hailwood













    Mike HAILWOOD Giacomo AGOSTINI 1967


    1967 Belgium Grand Prix, Mike Hailwood (#104), RC166(M)



    1966 Hailwood


    1967 Grand Prix of Czech Republic, Mike Hailwood, RC174


    1967 Finland Grand Prix, Mike Hailwood, RC181(M)


    1967 Isle of Man TT Race, Mike Hailwood


    1967 Isle of Man TT Race Inspection


    1967 West German Grand Prix, Mike Hailwood (center)


    1967 Isle of Man TT Race, Mike Hailwood, RC181


    1967 Grand Prix of Czech Republic, Mike Hailwood, RC181


    Mike at 1961 Isle of Man workshops at Geoff Dukes Hotel


    Mike The Bike Spa, Francorchamps





    Mike Hailwood's 350 MV


    1962 Dundrod, Hailwood, 350 MV







    Mikes's Honda RC-166 (IN LINE-6)








    1971-Daytona





    HONDA RC 166 **AUDIO**
    http://world.honda.com/MotoGP/histor...C166-sound.mp3

    http://www.motorsportretro.com/2009/08/honda-rc166/


    Mike the Bike
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    HONDA 250 SIX, THE REAL DEAL
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    Mike Hailwood
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    Tommy Robb

    (October 14, 1934) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road biker from Northern Ireland.
    Robb began his Grand Prix career in the 1957 season.
    He won his first world championship race in the 250 class at the Ulster Grand Prix. In the 1962 season,
    Robb became one of the first non-Japanese pilot hired by the Honda factory racing team.

    He enjoyed his greatest success with Honda, finishing second to his team-mate, Jim Redman, i
    n the 1962 350 world championship. In 1973, he won the Lightweight TT at the Isle of Man TT races, aboard a Yamaha .
    He was also a five-time winner of the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland

    Nationality Northern Ireland
    Active years 1957 - 1959, 1961 - 1973
    First race 1957 250cc Ulster Grand Prix
    Last race 1973 125cc Isle of Man TT
    First win 1962 250cc Ulster Grand Prix
    Last win 1973 125cc Isle of Man TT
    Team(s) Honda


    Tommy Robb one of the Honda team who had to do battle with the Morini in this race, the wet 1963 Ulster Grand Prix


    Tommy Robb on the RC113
    "The RC113 Twin 50cc was a beautiful little bike and the "push bike"
    rim block brakes actually worked exceptionally well, although it took a
    lot of bravery when coming into an acute hairpin from 115mph to apply
    a lot of pressure and hope that these little brake blocks would perform
    as they should.....but they did
    "





    Tommy Robb on the RC112
    "I must admit the 50cc Honda Twin (on which I won the first "All
    Japan GP") was my favourite 50cc bike, it was considerably better
    than the earlier single. Very smooth, excellent power and the handling
    was superb. It was also an excellent riding position and didn't feel
    as cramped as the old single.
    Of course the bike I rode was very much the prototype and this kept
    improving after I then left Honda and became better and better with
    every race, as proved when it eventually won the World Championship
    from Suzuki after many years of trying.
    I was very disappointed that after that first win at Suzuka that my
    contract, and that of Takahashi, was withdrawn for the 1964 season
    when Ralph Bryans went on to win the Championship
    "
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    James Albert Redman

    (born November 8, 1931 in London, England) is a six-time World Champion motorcycle road racer.

    As a young man, he emigrated to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where he began his racing career. He earned a factory ride with Honda for the 1960 season. He would go on to claim four consecutive 350cc World Championships from 1962 to 1965. In 1962 and 1963 he claimed double championships winning both the 250cc and 350cc World Championships. In 1964, he became the first rider in history to claim 3 Grand Prix victories in one day (the only other rider to achieve this being Mike Hailwood in 1967. After being injured at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix, Redman made the decision to retire.

    Redman was also a six-time Isle of Man TT winner, taking double wins in 1963, 1964 and 1965 in the Lightweight & Junior TT Races. He achieved a total of 45 Grand Prix victories. Redman was awarded the MBE for his achievements.

    Nationality Rhodesian
    Active years 1959 - 1966
    First race 1959 350cc West German Grand Prix
    Last race 1966 250cc Belgian Grand Prix
    First win 1961 250cc Belgian Grand Prix
    Last win 1966 500cc Dutch TT
    Team(s) Honda
    Championships 250cc - 1962, 1963
    350cc - 1962 - 1965


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    Nobby Clark (mechanic) and Jim Redman


    1961 West Germany Grand Prix 250cc, Takahashi, Redman


    1961 Spanish Grand Prix 125cc, Redman


    1961 Isle of Man TT Race


    1962 Isle of Man TT Race, Redman


    1962 German Grand Prix 250cc


    1962 Italian Grand Prix 250cc, Rob, Redman


    1962 French Grand Prix 250cc, Redman, McIntyre


    1962 Spanish Grand Prix 250cc, Phillis, Redman


    1962 Spanish Grand Prix 125cc, Redman


    1962 Isle of Man TT Race 125cc, Redman, winner Taveri


    1962 French Grand Prix 250cc, Redman, McIntyre, Phillis


    1962 Ulster Grand Prix 250cc, Redman


    1963 French Grand Prix 125cc, Redman


    1963 French Grand Prix 250cc, Taveri, Redman


    1965 Japan Grand Prix, Jim Redman, 2RC172


    1965 Japan Grand Prix 250cc Start







    Champion Jim Redman



    Audio...
    1965 Hailwood Redman Pit Stop
    http://www.vintagebike.co.uk/galleri...Pit%20Stop.mp3


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    Re: A Motorcycle story

    Ralph Bryans

    (born March 7, 1942 in Northern Ireland Died 6 August 2014) was a Grand Prix
    motorcycle road racer. In 1965, he won the 50 cc World Championship
    aboard a factory-sponsored Honda

    Active years 1962 - 1967
    Teams Honda
    Grands Prix 62
    Championships 50cc - 1965
    Wins 10
    Fastest laps 7
    First Grand Prix 1962 50cc Isle of Man TT
    First win 1964 50cc Dutch TT
    Last win 1967 250cc Japanese Grand Prix
    Last Grand Prix 1967 350cc Japanese Grand Prix

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    Dutch TT Assen 1966


    1965 Japan Grand Prix, Luigi Taveri (#8), Ralph Bryans (#2)


    1965 Japan Grand Prix, Ralph Bryans, RC148


    1964 Bryans





    Ralph Bryans RC115



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    Re: A Motorcycle story

    Robert MacGregor McIntyre
    The "Flying Scotsman"


    Bob McIntyre was a Scottish motorcycle racer famous for five motorcycle Grand Prix wins which included three wins at the Isle of Man TT Races, and two victories in the North West 200.

    McIntyre was the man who, for the very first time, lapped the Isle of Man course at over 100 mph during the jubilee TT races in 1957 on a Gilera four 500 cc.

    With the Honda 250 four he sets a lap record on Man this year of 99.58 mph, but retires with oil problems. Later in the season he is tragically killed when competing in a local race on a Norton.

    In November 1957, with racing over, Gilera had McIntyre had a 350 cc racer around the banked Monza circuit in an attempt to break the one hour speed record, and he averaged 227 km/h on the bumpy Monza surface.
    This record was not bettered until 1964, and then by Mike Hailwood at 144.8 on an MV Agusta, on the track at Daytona.

    Grand Prix motorcycle racing career

    Active years 1953 - 1962
    Teams AJS, Bianchi, Gilera, Honda, Norton
    Grands Prix Championships 17
    Wins 5
    Podium finishes 16
    Career points 171
    First Grand Prix 1953 350cc Isle of Man TT
    First win 1957 350cc Isle of Man TT
    Last win 1962 250cc Dutch TT
    Last Grand Prix 1962 250cc German Grand Prix

    1962 Ulster Grand Prix 250cc, Rob


    1961 Isle of Man TT Race 250cc, McIntire


    1961 Ulster Grand Prix 125cc, Phillis, MaIntyre


    1961 Bob McIntyre, RC162


    1961 Isle of Man TT Race 250cc, McIntire


    1961 Isle of Man TT Race 250cc, McIntire
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    Jarno Saarinen

    With a riding style that was at once dynamic and precise, he was
    affectionately known to his many fans as "the Flying Finn."


    Saarinen began his Grand Prix career during the 1970 season, at the age of 25.
    He would finish in a good fourth place in the 250cc class, despite missing the last three
    race to return to his engineering degree studies - before the DNF at the Finnish TT he
    was tied for second. In 1971 Saarinen competed in both 250cc and 350cc classes.
    Saarinen won his first Grand Prix that year, claiming the 350cc class in Czechoslovakia.
    He finished third in 250cc World Championship and second in 350cc.
    His success didn't go unnoticed as Yamaha signed him to run
    its TD3 and TR3 bikes, then pre-production TZs for the 1972 season.
    Saarinen delivered as expected, winning the 250cc World Championship.
    He finished second in 350cc World Championship, giving defending
    champion Giacomo Agostini a strong challenge.

    Yamaha developed a new, four cylinder, two-stroke 500cc bike for the
    1973 season and chose Saarinen to run it.
    Finally, Saarinen was ready to
    challenge Giacomo Agostini and Phil Read in the 500cc class with competitive equipment.
    Saarinen's 1973 season started amazingly well, as he became the first European
    pilot to win the prestigious Daytona 200 race in the United States on a TZ350 against
    much larger-capacity opposition. Returning to Europe, he jumped to an early
    lead in the Grand Prix championships by winning his first 500cc , then the premier , class.
    His win was also the first win for the new, four cylinder Yamaha.
    Saarinen went on to win the first three 250cc rounds and the first two of
    three 500cc rounds, but his bike suffered a broken chain in the third.
    It seemed he was on the brink of running away with these titles, with the
    opportunity to complete in the 350cc class if or when the 250cc title was certain.

    However, the 1973 season ended in tragedy. On May 20, 1973, the
    fourth Grand Prix of the season was held at Monza near Milan, Italy, a very
    fast track, with few strong chicanes. The race leader, Renzo Pasolini fell in front
    of Saarinen, who was in second place. He couldn't avoid the fallen pilot and the
    resulting crash caused a multiple pile up. In all, 14 bikers were embroiled in the
    mayhem that resulted. When the dust cleared, Jarno and Pasolini
    lay dead with many other pilots seriously injured




    Nationality Finnish
    Born December 11, 1945
    Turku, Finland
    Died May 20, 1973 (aged 27)
    Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy
    Active years 1970 – 1973
    First race 1970 250cc West German Grand Prix
    Last race 1973 250cc Nations Grand Prix
    First win 1971 350cc Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
    Last win 1973 250cc West German Grand Prix
    Team(s) Yamaha
    Championships 250cc – 1972






    Jarno Saarinen concentrating for the 500cc GP at Paul Ricard France in
    1973 on the 0W20 Yamaha-4















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    Re: A Motorcycle story

    Luigi Taveri

    was the antithesis of today’s teenaged tear-away 125 GP racers – technically savvy, immaculately presented and cool headed.

    An Italian-Swiss, born near Zurich in 1929, Taveri won the first of his three world 125 championships on a four-cylinder Honda in 1962 at age 32. He won again in 1964, also on a 125-4, and in 1966 on the fantastic five-cylinder Honda RC149 which revved to 20,000rpm.

    Luigi’s racing career began in the late 1940s, as sidecar passenger for his elder brother Hans. He recorded his first world championship points in the 1954 French GP, on a 500 Norton. He signed with MV-Agusta in 1955 and won the opening 125 GP of the season at Montjuic Parc, Barcelona.

    Wife Tilde saved the day by approaching Honda on Luigi’s behalf. He was given second string bikes in 1961, but in 1962 he soon became the firm’s number one 125 racer.

    By the end of 1966, Taveri had won three championships and 30 GPs — 22 in 125, six in 50s and two in 250s.

    In retirement, he ran a spotless automotive panel shop. Underneath, he had a private museum with his collection, including a Honda 125-5.

    In 1988, Taveri told the author that when he was at MV, he was never sure who received what equipment; there was a pecking order. At Honda, the equipment was the same for all the riders, but he could never figure out how Jim Redman had so much power in the team!


    Nationality Swiss
    Active years 1954–1966
    First race 1954 500cc French Grand Prix
    Last race 1966 125cc Nations Grand Prix
    First win 1955 125cc Spanish Grand Prix
    Last win 1966 125cc Nations Grand Prix
    Team(s) Honda
    Championships 125cc – 1962, 1964, 1966


    1962 Netherlands TT Race, winner Taveri


    1962 Spanish Grand Prix 125cc, Taveri


    Ulster Grand Prix 125cc, Taveri


    1965 Japan Grand Prix, Luigi Taveri, 50cc


    1965 Japan Grand Prix, 50cc Award Ceremony


    1965 Japan Grand Prix, Luigi Taveri, RC148


    1965 Japan Grand Prix 50cc Start


    1966 Isle of Man TT Race, Luigi Taveri, 125cc Podium


    1966 Isle of Man TT Race, Luigi Taveri, RC116



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