Honda RTL 300/305 Long Stroke

Model: Honda RTL 300 Year: 1975 Engine: HONDA 305cc Long Stroke 

Frame: RTL Original Owner: Honda RSC  Original Rider: Rob Shepherd

Units Made: 3 Units alive: ? No data Restored/Restorer: Mervyn Smith in 1990

Actual Owner: Honda Japan Museum, Motegi.

Bike History:

This bike was found by Mervyn Smith in the Honda race workshop at Chiswik in February 1990  by this web site friend Mervyn Smith. Once restored the bike was sent back to the Honda Museum Collection in Japan. We are not sure if they lost again….

Mervyn had the kindness to send me these pictures and the kindness to tell me interesting informations about these Honda old time machines. Mervyn Smith was working at Honda UK in the motorcycle department for 23 years. Not nothing!!

Actually, the ‘long stroke’ is commonly called RTL 305 and the ‘short stroke’ RTL 306 because it refers to their actual capacity, but at the time Honda called them both RTL 300 (this is what is stamped on both types of engine). *comments thanks to Jean CailloU

Rob Sheperd, RTL 305