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       Honda NS500 Grand Prix Racer
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Kit features:
Steerable front wheel forks
Synthetic rubber racing tyres
Highly detailed 2 stroke V-3 engine
Features brake & ignition lines


Each year new drama and added history are made at the 500cc Grand Prix races for the World Championship. 1983 will stand out in Honda's memory as it was the first time in 17 years that they were reinstated as world champions in the 500cc class of motorcycle racing.

The drama of the 1983 season was produced by two American riders, Freddie Spencer for Honda and Kenny Roberts for Yamaha. Throughout the 83 season both of these fine riders were in a virtual dead heat for the championship. Kenny Roberts was astride the well known Yamaha YZR500, while Freddie Spencer piloted the Honda NS500. Coming into the last heat of the season found Spencer leading Roberts by 5 points at the San Marino Grand Prix, held at the Imola circuit in Italy, the two fought a hard and difficult battle, with Roberts taking the final victory. Spencer coolly held on to second place which gave him the championship with a margin of only 2 points.
As a result, Honda won both the maker's and rider's titles for 1983 and brought them once again to the front of motorcycle racing prestige.

Honda returned to 500cc racing in 1979 with their 4 stroke NR500. At that time all of the other manufacturers were competing with 2 stroke machines and they were winning races. If you can't beat em, Join em! With three races behind them and never finishing in the upper positions, Honda brought out a unique new 2 stroke racer that has been a winner from the start. Because of the many parts and the required time in fine-tuning a 4 stroke racer, private teams had difficulty in providing the necessary maintenance and tuning for winning.

With 2 stroke machines, not having as many parts and easier to keep in tune, the Honda Company produced a three cylinder 2 stroke water cooled racer that finally took home the marbles. The three cylinders of this unique engine are layed out with the center cylinder forward of the two outside cylinders by 112 degrees. Mounted with the two outside cylinders slanting slightly forward, the center cylinder rests several degrees down from the horizontal and this entire arrangement effectively lowers the overall center of gravity.
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