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Kit features:
Steerable front wheel forks
Synthetic rubber slick racing tyres
Highly detailed DOHC 4 cylinder engine
Features brake & ignition lines


Motorcycle endurance racing received official sport status in 1980; however, Honda has been active in this type of racing for many years. Making their debut in 1976, Honda's RCB racer won 7 out of 8 races that year, and went on to capture the trophy four years running.

Since becoming an official sport, with races mainly in Europe, the addition of a race in Suzuka Japan has made it international and endurance racing is becoming more popular each season. Races must last at least 6 hours or 1000km and there are 10 races a season. The Bold'or 24 hour race is compared with the famous 24 hour Le Mans automobile event. What makes the endurance racing appeal to the spectator is that the bikes utilized in the races are production type machines, which look very much like the normal street machines seen every day.

The RS1000 racer traces its history back to the Honda RCB of 1976. In 78 Honda released the CB750F which changed the engine from a SOHC to a DOHC 16 valve unit, and in 1980 the CB900F made its appearance.

The present RS1000 is bored out to 999cc and produces 150hp. It has an aircooled four cylinder DOHC 16 valve engine and in 1980 it won 3 times in 7 races and became that years Champion. The 1981 version of the RS1000 utilized conventional suspension with the exception of Anti Nose Dive Front Forks which were added prior to the seasons start.

Small modifications are made each race to keep the machine competitive. The cowling is slightly larger than those of street bikes, to further protect the driver from fatigue during the grueling race. To Honda's regret, the Kawasaki motorcycle team became the world champions for 1981; however, Honda won the 8 hour Suzuka Japan race with Baldwin/Aldana as drivers and also the Bold'or 24 hour race, to the expectation of their many fans.
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