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The inspiration: '84 Honda RS750

By the mid-1980s, the name Honda was synonymous with winning almost every style of racing in the world. There was one type of American racing that eluded Honda, though: dirt track.
American Honda began development of a 750 based on an XLV750R dual-sport bike sold in Europe, a model powered by an air-cooled 45-degree SOHC 742cc V-twin. The RS750 racer was entirely hand-built around this engine, from its massive oil sump to its long intake runners and super-wide swingarm able to accommodate a fat Goodyear tire.
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The result? The RS750 won its first race at the 1983 Du Quoin Mile. The following year, Honda RS750 riders Bubba Shobert and the late Ricky Graham won six races each, with the Grand National Championship going to Graham by a single point over Shobert. The next three years were all Bubba’s though, as he took the title in 1985, 1986 and 1987, making it four in a row for Honda and its RS750. Honda officially departed in 1988, but Graham went on to win one more title with the RS750 in 1993 as a privateer, bringing Honda’s total of GNCs to five. Honda’s persistence, creativity and technical know-how made the RS750 a winner from the very start.









found this wee gem on an American Grass Tracker site..

I have corrected the original, as they had the engine wrong:-

its not a Liquid cooled 58 degree V Twin, ( VT500-700-750 ).

its a 45 degree air cooled V Twin with the same bore & stoke as the 750 Harly it competed against in this class,

suggesting to me that it was targeted at this competion segment.

So for 4 years Honda won everything in the Mid Eighties.... then used the RS / XLV motor as the basis for the NSR Dakar bike and won that for 4 years, then Honda got bored..........:confused:



XLV 750R was discontinued in 1985, after a very limited run, ( for Honda ), 4000 Rd and 4000 Rf models produce and then replaced by the Transalp followed by the additon of the Africa Twin :thumbup:

the rest is history :cool:
 

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You been scouring the tinternet for more biking porn Ray? :D:thumbup:

How's my next bike coming along? Yet to make room in the garage for it, but it'll happen :rolleyes: ;)

Steve T

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Insperational XLV 750R precurser to all V twin bigtrailies and the RS750 N...

Yup steve wee fix on tinterweb , cos Nae fettling time with family commitment

Yup 4 XLVs in the fettling pit :)

the TLD beast
Parts heap
The resurrected one ( with your name on it )
The limited that is going to be a real challenge after 8 years parked and sludge for fuel :)
 
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