1994~1998: MICHAEL DOOHAN & THE 'NSR500': Australian rider Michael Doohan won consecutive 500cc World Motorcycle Championships for Honda from 1994 to 1998 inclusive. Doohan used the motorcycle depicted below to win the 1995 500cc World Motorcycle Championship, winning seven of the thirteen rounds that year.
The 1995 NSR500 Racer engine was a 500cc four cylinder 'two stroke' liquid cooled vee four with a reed valve arrangement, producing 180PS at 12,200rpm.
1997: THE 'NSR500' ENGINE: The 1997 NSR500 Racer engine was a 500cc four cylinder 'two stroke' liquid cooled vee four with a reed valve arrangement, producing 185PS at 12,000rpm.
2000: THE 'VTR1000SPW': The VTR1000SPW, based on the VTR1000SP1 (RC51), was developed to compete against mainly Ducati in the extremely competitive World Superbike Championship. The motorcycle was also used in endurance racing and in 2000 Japanese riders Daijiro Kato and Toru Okawa won the Suzuka Eight Hour Endurance Race.
The 2000 VTR1000SPW Racer engine was a 1,000cc liquid cooled vee twin with DOHC four valve heads and fuel injection, producing 180PS.
THE 'NSR' DOMINATES: Daijiro Kato, (Japan) and Valentino Rossi (Italy) maintained Honda's platform for continued success from 2001 onward. The image below depicts Daijiro's #74 machines displayed alongside Vale's #46.
2001: THE 'NSR250' TWO STROKE: Daijiro Kato was almost unbeatable on this motorcycle throughout 2001, winning eleven of sixteen races he contested. Kato won the 2001 250cc World Motorcycle Championship and the Manufacturer's Championship for Honda.
The 2001 NSR250 Racer engine was a 250cc 'two stroke' liquid cooled vee twin with a reed valve arrangement, producing 90PS.
2001: THE 'NSR500' TWO STROKE: Valentino Rossi won the 2001 500cc World Motorcycle Championship and the Manufacturer's Championship for Honda on this machine. During the year Vale won the 2001 Japanese Grand Prix which gave Honda their 500th Grand Prix victory since they commenced international competition in the 1961 World Motorcycle Championship.
The 2001 NSR500 Racer engine was a 500cc 'two stroke' liquid cooled vee four with a reed valve arrangement, producing 180PS.
2002: THE 'NSR500' TWO STROKE: Daijiro Kato competed on this motorcycle in the 2002 500cc World Motorcycle Championship, his most successful placing was second at the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix.
The 2002 NSR500 Racer engine was a 500cc 'two stroke' liquid cooled vee four with a reed valve arrangement, producing 180PS.
2002: THE 'RC211V' ENGINE: In 2002 the FIM sanctioned World Motorcycle Championship changed from 500cc 'two stroke' (GP500) to 1,000cc 'four stroke' (MotoGP) engines. Honda once again developed a unique engine and cylinder configuration, the layout was a V5 of 990cc capacity, initially producing 200PS. During 2002 RC211V powered motorcycles won fourteen of the sixteen races giving Honda both the Rider's and Manufacturer's Championship in the inaugural MotoGP year.
2003: THE 'RC211V': Honda continued their 'four stroke' glory days in 2003 with a total of seven V5 machines entered in the premier class, spread across four separate race teams. RC211V's won fifteen out of the sixteen races that year. Valentino Rossi won the 2003 500cc World Motorcycle Championship and the Manufacturer's Championship was never in doubt.
The 2003 RC211V Racer engine was a 990cc liquid cooled V5 DOHC, producing 200PS.
2004: THE 'RC211V': Makoto Tamada won rounds seven and twelve of the 2004 World Motorcycle Championship with his Camel sponsored RC211V and Honda won the Manufacturer's Championship for the fourth consecutive year.
The 2004 RC211V Racer engine was a 990cc liquid cooled V5 DOHC, producing 240PS.
HONDA'S MASTERPIECE 'RC211V':
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