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1981 Honda Bikes

1981 Honda Bikes - The Honda Trials History

1981 Honda RS170T

Same as RS200T model RS170T was made following same philosophy. The bike was designed and manufactured for competition use only.
The bike did not conform to federal motor vehicle safety standards and operation on public streets, roads or highways is ilegal. The RS 170 was based on a TL 125 S but rebored from 125 to 169,3cc

This special Trials bike was only sold in Japan, , small quantity were produced by RSC Japan Division.I have never seen any unit in Europe.
 

The RSC engine did offer an extra power from the original 125cc engine to more than 2,5 hp.

Japanese Catalogue anounced 10,5 hp power at 7.000 rpm and 1,2Kg-m at 4.000 rpm

1981-83 Honda Bikes

1981 to 1983 Honda RS250T 

 



Same as RS200T models RS250T was made following same philosophy. The bike was designed and manufactured for competition use only.
The bike did not conform to federal motor vehicle safety standards and operation on public streets, roads or highways is ilegal.

It appears that RS250T production was lower than TL and RS 200. In fact first development was made late on 1981 and the production was done by the renamed RSC, the new HRC Honda Racing Corporation.

The RS250T was the excellence of the RS's range. Very nice and competitive bike, based on the same RS200T chassis but modifying a little bit some parts to introduce the powerful 15Hp 249,8cc HRC engine. Like the RS200T rear wheel axle was perforated on all his extension, RS250T had also the front wheel one perforated.

rs250-1
My Honda RS250T (Joan F. "The Honda Trials History") 

The bike has no lights and any electrical installation. The front upper forks were covered by a nice aluminum plate.


Front forks were improved from the RS200T adding a connection link between both fork tubes in order to balance the inner air pressure.

To reduce the fuel tank width and allow to assemble the high performance Keihin 22, the RS250T had a really special shape fuel tank.


Original RS250T fuel tank color was Honda Red Accent painted. This bike was metallic silver/Honda Red Accent mixed painted on my personal choice of color.

The final appearance of the bike is really a professional prototype!!


The RS250T silencer, HRC logo engraved and two exhaust outlet.


In opinion of the Honda Trials History Collaborators and fans, The RS250T one of the nicest Trials bikes Honda did. 
 
The RS205T silencer had two exhaust outlets and the de new HRC engraved logo. The TL200RII and RS200T models had only one and the RSC engraved logo.


The RSC engraved logo, one exhaust outlet form RS200T

A very nice aluminum silencer replica for RS200T, RS220T, Honda SEELEY and TL200RII.
 
An other difference between RS200T and RS250T is the color of the wheels, the RS250T had gold anodized finish, the engine had also different color painting, the RS250T was black color instead Metallic Silver.


In some RS250T units we can see special air expansion chamber on exhaust. Not all the units had this feature and not all the expansion chambers were made on the same way or shape, this is something that was hand made specially for every unit.

This unit, thanks to Carlo from Italy, was painted as the later Yamamoto RS250TW

Same RS 250T from Carlo, now in action! Thanks Carlo. Nice pic.


  


The ENGINE
Gasoline air cooled 4-stroke
Displacement: 249,8 cc
Valve train: Overhead camshaft chain drive
Maximum Horspower: 15hp at 6.000rpm
Maximum Torque: 2 Kg/m at 4.000rpm
Compression ratio: 8.3
Ignition: CDI (Capacitor Discharge Ignition)

The TRANSMISSION
6- Speed transmission constant mesh
Clutch: Wet multi-plate type

The FRAME
Diamond Type, aluminum swing arm
Front suspension: 33mm, 70mm travel
Rear suspension: alumini¡um swing arm 40mm travel
Fuel capacity: 3 lit
Caster angle: 26º

The DIMENSIONS
Weight: 87 Kg
Wheel base: 1314mm
Seat heigh:720mm

 

A very nice and original RS250T restoration. Thanks to friend of this site Luis Lazaro.

Here another nice restoration made by a friend of this website Miquel Roig. Thanks Miquel!


   


1982 Honda Hiroshi Kondo

1982 Honda Hiroshi Kondo - The Honda Trials History
Picture © The Honda Trials History webpage thanks to Mr. Hiroshi Kondo (owner of the Picture)

HIROSHI KONDO


Hiroshi Kondo was the winner of the Japan Trial Championship at 1974 with Yamaha TY250 and 1977, 1978 and 1979 winner with Honda.
Kondo also rode at SSDT in 1976. Hiroshi rode at SSDT with a special Honda RS250T in 1984 inscribed with the number 154. Below you can see more info and pictures.
 
Hiroshi made some prototypes before the final Honda RS250T special,  following and again thanks to Mr. Hiroshi, you can see the pictures of the first what he made, below these following 3 pictures you can see the numbered 154 prototype.
 




Thanks to Hiroshi Kondo for the kidness to send me a lot of information, pictures and comments about this machine and his own Honda Trials experience.

Thanks also to my friends Ryosuke Ikuno and John Moffat for also his contribution with also pictures and information on the Kondo bike for The Honda Trials History webpage.

                           
                    Picture © The Honda Trials History webpage thanks to Mr. Hiroshi Kondo (owner of the Picture)

Hiroshi Kondo made one of the most revolutionary performances never seen before in a Honda trials machine.
Starting from HRC Honda RS250T machine he developed the first complete aluminum frame for a trials machine in the world. Was in 1982, just coinciding first Honda World Trial Championship that Eddy Lejeune won.


 

 

This amazing machine had a special design containing the fuel tank into the upper side of the faluminim frame, just under the shapes.   Also at same level was included a perforated entrance window for the intake of the air to the Carburetor air box. I have no reference of the final weight of the bike.


This special design defined an strange an peculiar look who favored the name of "ALIEN" in reference of the movie.

 



The bike is today still alive. In fact, Hiroshi retsored and rode with this bike in a regional Japan Trials not long time ago.

Picture thanks to John Moffat and Mark Lamplough. Picture was taken and belongs to Mark Lamplough.
The Hiroshi Kondo bike more closely view. Picture was taken by Mark Lamplough.



© Pictures thanks to Torbjorn Eyre, thanks Torbjorn! 
"I produced this motorcycle in 1983. It is an aluminum frame. I added a gas tank to the upper part for SSDT. Unfortunately the result was the 130th ?place by the damage of the exhaust pipe from the second day. I equip this motorcycle with DUNLOP TRIAL tire for the first time. I did a tire test of Dunlop before the release in SSDT. Thank you for a splendid photograph
Let me share a photograph." Hiroshi Kondo
 
 
Remenber: The use of any picture shall be authorised by his owner through The Honda Trials History web page.

Thanks to my friend Ryosuke 生野 涼介 to help me on this interesting information.
You can find interesting videos made by him at following links:

Kenichi Kuroyama Hokkaido round.

Takumi Narita on randonee.

Young rider Akira Shibata  worming up.

Kenichi Kuroyama worming up.

Tomoyuki  Ogawa worming up.

 
 

The Honda TLR200

 
The TLR200 (Honda Code KJ2)




 
 
No words!! Super pioture sent by my friend Pat from French Alps. Thanks again Pat.


Original condition restored Honda TLR200  (Joan F.,The Honda Trials History)



Nice restoration made by my friend Edu from Barcelona.

The TLR is used today as a good option at Classic Trial competitions (twinshock).
This picture from Mike, UK is a good example of a TLR250 nice tuning.

Thanks Mike!
  
Thanks Pat for trhis nice picture! TLR at Aspen Cafe.
 
 
This TLR200 sent By Chris Stevens from Classictrial.com was a great performance done by Classictrial.
The secret of this performance is majority on the carb and exhaust improvement.
Barry Higgs is having success with this relatively standard TLR200. (Tank-seat kit, colored rims, rear shocks, and some finish
make a no TLR Standard look, but frame, engine, and wheel base mesurements are basically the same as standard TLR)
 
 
TLR200 nice pictures sent by Pat, from Aspen.
 
 
 Wayne Dunn sent me these nice pictures from his TLR 200 elctrical Starter engine fitted!! 



 Jenny Morgan sent me this specila TLR 200. This nice TLR was refurbished in May 2010 by him with the intention of using it as a mild trail bike, plus to have a go at a few twinshock events.
The engine and suspension remains as the original ones but some ather components received small modifications, improvments or changes as the front break system that was replaced by the XR400 disc brake. Thanks Jenny.
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TLR200 Electick start
This time, thanks to the friend of this site Paul Cowley from Shedworks.net, here we can admire this useful feature.
This nice model was developed by It was done by Colin Leese of TYOffroad, Paul painted the frame and engine.
It has Paul's tank on but not painted by him, Twinshock Shop Yokes,

 
 
 
 

TLR 200 Electrical Starter

TLR 200 Electrical Starter - The Honda Trials History

Thanks to Wayne Dunn here you can see a special feature. This is a Licensed by Honda 197 cc engine with Honda clutch and some special changes at his primary gears to allow combine a 10 tooth front sprocket.
This engine has also TLR engine covers fitted.
It has an electrical starter fitted. For sure easy to engine start, and confortable to use.
By the oposite side there is an increasing weight.
Anyway an other possibility for the Honda engines.

The bike was built by Colin Leese.

1983 Honda TLR250

TLR 250 with RTL 250 engine fitted

TLR 250 with RTL 250 engine fitted - The Honda Trials History

Nice Honda TLR 250. This time thanks to Dean Swann here is a Honda TLR 250 with RTL 250 cc engine fitted.
This is an other way to update the TLR engine, obtaining the latest engine modifications that Honda did.

Bike performance by Colin Leese.

1983 Honda bikes

1983 Honda Alpha 240















 


Thanks to Patrick from Aspen Café*, today I'm glad to rescue this nice bike and history.
In 1983 French engineer Jacques Coll* developed this advanced frame based on a Honda XL125 engine.














 



Jacques Coll designed a very special frame, mixing alluminum parts and inox steel detachable rear sub frame.
He made a very clever and advanced solutions as the air filter at top (light position, between front forks) and gas tank under the seat. With this solution the bike has everytime clean and fresh air n the combustion and moving down the gravity center. This solution was also applied at same time in Sweeden by the hand of Maltry brothers to develop the also advanced Trans Ama bike.
 




















 


Today some actual bikes as Sherco Trials are applying some of these solutions, but 27 years later!!!
This advanced engineer also put a monoshock as a rear suspension, achieving 199mm displacement, reducing weight and also moving down the Gravity Center.
 













 


Honda XL 125 engine was updated and improved increasing his capacity to 240cc. besides used Keihin 22, and changed transmission ratios to finilize the fine tunning.

All made by an excellent quality and good adjustments.

The ENGINE
Air cooled 4 stroke single cylinder 
Displacement: 240 cc.
Maximum Power: 
Maximum torque: 
Ignition: CDI

The TRANSMISSION
Six speed

The FRAME
Diamond steel type, Inox and alluminum detachable sub chassis.
Wheelbase: ? I have no this information
Caster angle: ? I have no this information
Front suspension: Telescopic
Rear Suspension: Monoshock
Weight: 79 Kg!!!

Wheelbase: 1.305


* Jacques Coll was a clever and advanced French engineer. He was working at Militar Aviation service on the begining and leter became an outstanding engineer working in several projects as this nice ALPHA bike. He was the engineer who developed the first Sherco engines and also the first four-stroke Sherco engine. Unfortunatelly world of trials bikes lost one of their best engineers, Jacques Coll died in 2006 in Vacarisses, Catalonia, Spain.

* Thanks to People from Moto Club Vacarisses to update us the information about his last days place were he lived.

* Aspen Cafe is a nice and long tradition five generation Cafe placed in French Alps, more info at: www.aspencafe.com

Honda Alpha 210

Jacques Coll made also this nice Honda Alpha 210 based on the TL200 Engine assembling only 19 units of this model. Picture thanks to friend Patrick Verrier.



1983 Honda TLM 50

 
 
















For the young beginners Honda made in 1983 this nice two stroke engine little machine, The TLM 50.
Design was fully based on the TLR's series. Red with white, blue stripes, red frame and black painted engine. This is not a "really" Honda machine, due to his two stroke engine, but I wanted to introduce here because may be some Honda four stroke Trials fans were lucky to start with this model.



On this picture (thanks to Andrew Hoddler) the Honda TLM 50 in action with a young rider. This unit equipped the TLR 250 Fuel tank and seat. Also engine capacity was increased to 60cc, some improvements on carb and big TL125 wheels. 
Take a look at aluminum bash plate, it was replaced instead original plastic one. Swingarm was also replaced by the TLR200 (with small modifications) to adapt TL125 wheels.

The ENGINE
Air cooled Two Stroke single cylinder 
Displacement: 49 cc.
Maximum Power: 5,4 hp at 7.300 rpm
Maximum torque: 0,98 Kg/m at 4.500 rpm
Ignition: CDI

The TRANSMISSION
Five speed

The FRAME
Diamond steel type
Wheelbase: ? I have no this information
Caster angle: ? I have no this information
Front suspension: Telescopic
Rear Suspension: Hidraulic
Weight:  70 Kg
 

Honda TL250 Gollner

Honda TL250 Gollner - The Honda Trials History

Thanks to Keith Mardon

I will try to post information about this bike. Any help will be welcome.

Thanks to ask to Honda Trials History web page owner before reproducing any part of the publication inside this website.
The success of this web page is the result of the efforts of the HTH owner with the valuable help and collaboration of the all Honda Trials History fans and collaborators.
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