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The iconic Honda 'RS1000' endurance racer in the hands of Americans Dave Aldana and Mike Baldwin won the Suzuka Eight Hour which formed part of the 1981 World Endurance Championship.

The RS1000 engine was a 999cc four-cylinder DOHC with a four-valve per cylinder head arrangement, producing 130PS at 9,500rpm with a five-speed transmission all loosely based on cb750/900 architecture. It's fair to say that this was an improved version of the CB900 street bike’s engine, upgraded with bolstered displacement and more horsepower plus lighter components. These were made of some of the lightest and strongest materials of the era, making it possible for the RS1000 to weigh in at just less than 400 pounds. As a result, the RS was able to rev up approximately 2000 rpm more than Honda’s streetbike engine.

The RS1000 was constructed using a handmade tubular frame, combined with Showa suspension and either Nissan or AP Lockheed brake components. Typical of HRC (the racing arm of Honda) the RS looks like a street motorcycle from a distance yet nearly every part is highly engineered and the craftsmanship - such as the level of welding and fabrication - is truly exquisite.

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issued: Thursday, September 23, 2021
updated: Thursday, September 23, 2021

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