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Honda D2-492-02-14
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Capacity : 500
Model : NSR
Production : 1991 - 1991
Category : (R) Racing
   

Honda

500 NSR Grand Prix / Michel Doohan – 1991

Australian power

Michael Doohan, a 26-year-old Australian, is the rising star of 500cc Grand Prix racing and, with third place in the 1990 championship, he represents Honda's best chance of regaining the title.

 

Power Slide Specialist

Doohan is a specialist in power slides, a method of taking bikes through curves. This technique was developed by the Americans and introduced to Grand Prix riding by Kenny Roberts at the end of the Seventies. It involved revising the layout of the bikes, with the engine moved forward in the frame to shift the center of gravity forward, improving handling in the slides.

 

Single-Crankshaft Layout

Though all the 500cc Grand Prix engines are currently V4 two-strokes, Honda is the only maker to retain a single-crankshaft layout. Atmospheric intake valves are used, while electronically-controlled valves enable the exhaust timing to be altered. The Honda engine has proved the most powerful of the current GP engines, but it can also overwhelm a bike that can't take the stress. The cycle's components have undergone many modifications in the quest for a stiffer bike, with inverted front forks and banana shaped rear swinging suspension arms. The crooked aluminum box-girder arms pass beneath the exhaust pipes, improving the ground clearance when cornering.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine: liquid-cooled 499 cc (54x54.5 mm) V4 two-stroke

Power output- 160-170 hp @ 12,000 rpm

Valves: automatic intake, electronically controlled exhaust

Fuel system:- quad carburetors

Transmission: 6-speed gearbox

Suspension: (front) inverted fork; (rear) swinging arm

Brakes: (front) twin steel/carbon disks; (rear) single carbon disk

Wheels: cast magnesium; (front) 16 in; (rear) 6.25x17in

Weight 265 lb.

Maximum speed: 193 mph

 

The 1991 Grand Prix season was marked by a duel of giants between Doohan's NSR and Rainey's Yamaha for the world title.”

 

 




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