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eklimek
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Mr Honda

Postby eklimek » Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:54 pm



I wondered about this fellow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soichiro_Honda

Honda was not interested in traditional education, his school handed grade reports to the children, but required that it will be returned stamped with the family seal, to make sure that a parent had seen it. Soichiro created a stamp to forge his family seal out of an used rubber bicycle pedal cover. The fraud was soon discovered when Honda started to make forged stamps for other children. Honda did not realize that the stamp had to be mirror-imaged. His family name 本田 was symmetrical when written vertically, so it did not cause a problem, but some of other children's family names were not. ... In 1948 he started producing complete motorcycles ...



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eklimek
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Re: Mr Honda

Postby eklimek » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:00 pm

"Honda's race bikes were known for their "sleek & stylish design" and exotic engine configurations, such as the 5-cylinder, 22,000 rpm, 125 cc bike and their 6-cylinder 250 cc and 297 cc bikes."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda

Any one have one of these jewels?

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Re: Mr Honda

Postby eklimek » Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:23 pm

" ... the most glamorous racing bike ever built is no doubt the Honda six. Although the Italians are known for their creations, Carcano's masterpiece, the Guzzi V8 500 cc, was a lumpish, ungainly hunk of a motorcycle when compared to the sleek, beautiful lines of the Honda. It's the comparison between a dray horse and a thoroughbred. In addition to its specifications and beauty came the incomparable, ear-splitting howl of its six megaphones and its invincibility in the hands of Mike Hailwood, which made it a legend in its time. See first image at left

Although outwardly very like the RC165, internally the engine has been changed and now has a bore and stroke of 41 x 31 mm. ... Carburettors have cylindrical slides, although sometimes flat slides are used. Power output is 60 bhp at 18,000 rpm. Like the RC149, the bike has oil coolers in the right and left hand side of the fairing. Also new are the brakes, which have now radial cooling fins instead of circumferential ones. Dry weight of the seven speed bike is 112 kg..."

http://www.vf750fd.com/Joep_Kortekaas/1966.html

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Re: Mr Honda

Postby Sidcar » Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:51 pm

A bloke called George Beale built five (I think it was five) replicas which sold for about £250,000 each (If my dodgy memory is right).
How ever many and however much they looked and sounded great.

http://www.philaphoto.com/imageLibrary/ ... =268&pos=1

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/featu ... ewall.html






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