tt f1

back to the 80′s bike week … yer maun

Joey Dunlop, Honda Britain RS750R, 1984 North West 200

TT F1 rules changed at the end of 1983, bringing maximum capacity down from 1000cc to 750cc
a year earlier Honda had created the RS850R, an 860cc full out factory special, as exotic as a 500cc Grand Prix racer, the RS850R used materials like titanium & magnesium
it was also the first time three major innovations of Honda came together, the 90° V4, liquid cooling & the Pro-link monoshock (the RS850R used a double cradle steel tubular frame with an aluminium swing arm)
due to the new regulations the engine was then sized down to 750cc, but remained as powerfull, around 130bhp, albeit at a higher rev range
these bikes would become the basis for the all conquering RVF750 & RC30 production racer

back to the 80′s bike week … what we miss … bolt on headlights

Joan Garriga (teamed up with Marco Lucchinelli & Virginio Ferrari) on the Ducati 748I.E. during the 1986 Bol d’or at Le Castellet

the factory 748 was a prototype, the basis for what would later become the 851, that became famous in World Superbikes & would go on to evolve into the legendary 888(SP)

point & steer …

Barry Ditchburn (5, KRT-Kawasaki KR750) leading Yvon Duhamel (9, KRT-Kawasaki KR750) & Dave Potter (11, TZ750) around Shaw’s Hairpin at Mallory Park during the 1975 Trans-Atlantic Match Races

some footage of that year’s race can be found here,, sadly without sound