The only way to compete with a same-displacement two-stroke is with more of everything: cylinders, carbs and revs. Honda’s six delivered all of the above. The only way to compete with a same-displacement two-stroke is with more of everything: cy The ’60s are now considered the glory days of Grand Prix motorcycle racing, pro-ducing some of the most daring technological innovation and the best racing. Honda was at the center of it all, and the company benefitted dearly. Technology developed en route to winning 18 world championships and 137 races between ’61 and ’67 formed the raw material on which the next decade’s production machinery would be based. Large-displacement streetbikes like Honda’s world-changing CB750, revealed at the end of ’68, would be the first indication that this was time and money well spent. MC Evolution A better-handling evolution of the RC165, powered by the same 250cc, 18,000-rpm inline-six. Rivals Aermacchi 250 RR, MV Agusta 250 Bialbero, MZ RE 250, Yamaha RD56, Suzuki RZ66 Tech Spec PricePriceless! Engine typea/o-c inline-six Valve trainDOHC, 24v Displacement249.4cc Bore x stroke41.0 x 31.0mm Compression11.0:1 Fuel system(6) Keihin 22mm carburetors Transmission7-speed Claimed horsepower61 bhp @ 18,000rpm Claimed torquena FrameTubular-steel open duplex Front suspensionTelescopic fork Rear suspensionTwin Girling shocks Front brake9-in. four-leading-shoe drum Rear brake8-in. two-leading-shoe drum Front tire18 x 3.0 Dunlop KR124 Rear tire18 x 3.5 Dunlop KR124 Rake/trailna Seat heightna Wheelbase55.5 in. Fuel capacityna Claimed curb weight260 lbs. ColorRed/silver Verdict: 5 out of 5 stars Winning 10 of 10 races in the 1966 250cc World Championship? It doesn’t get any better than that! « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By Aaron Frank Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!