With more than 100 wins to its credit the Honda NSR500 is the most successful racing bike in modern Grand Prix history. Almost two decades of racing experience, painful failures and enormous amounts of money are contained in this motorbike – which paid off in no less than a total of ten GP world titles.
Built by HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) the NSR500 was originally debuted in 1984 for the motorcycle Grand Prix 500cc class. The NSR was continuously improved and evolved into a legend in the 1990’s when it won the title six times in a row. At the 2001 Japan GP this machine – ridden by Valentino Rossi – accomplished Honda’s 500th GP victory since first competing in GP racing in 1961. In the same year the Honda factory team (under direction of the Australian chief mechanic Jeremy Burgess) won both, the Rider’s and the Manufacturers Championships. The following season a few NSR500 were competing against the 4-stroke racers in the newly established MotoGP class. At this point HRC was already working on the sucess of its new GP racer: the RCV211.
Track record of the NSR500 at the 500cc Grand Prix World Championships:
The Honda NSR500 (2001) is located on the third floor of the Honda Collection Hall.
More Honda Racing Bikes at the Honda Collection Hall: http://www.honda-museum.com/racing-bikes/