8. Prototype front suspension

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At the height of motocross madness, in the 1980s, Honda was feeling its engineering oats. This alternative to the telescopic fork was designed by Valentino Ribi in Italy and patented by Honda in the U.S. Supposed benefits included lighter weight, increased rigidity, etc. – but it never made it past the testbed stage on this CR250. Somebody at Showa took offense? Increased rigidity isn’t a good thing? Who knows.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    That Cuby demo engine runs like a Swiss watch. Can you wrap one for my desk table at the office? It would make a nice couple for my Stirling engine. All the collegues would love them. Just kidding 🙂
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/ehbC4QQCKM4

  • fastfreddie

    I would imagine that NR750 might warrant a peek…

  • JMDGT

    This stuff is great. I still yearn for another VFR. Maybe an Africa Twin.

  • Old MOron

    Normally I don’t care for museum pieces. I haven’t even been to Guy Webster’s place in Ojai. But this turned out to be an interesting article. Oh well, maybe I’m just going soft.

  • VForce

    How in the heck do you misplace 3 RC45s? This must be the same warehouse from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    “Top men Dr. Jones, Top Men.”

    • 12er

      They had one of them at Laguna Seca for WSB this year. Neat to know there are two more… I was drooling over it then looked at the clocks “brand new?” wow…

    • john burns

      I suppose if you import them and none of your dealers order them, they move toward the back. Time passes… beats me. Honda is big.

  • Donnie

    I had a Cuby engine when I was a little kid. My Dad worked at a dealership and gave it to me. Wow, I wonder where it went? Thanks for reminding me of it.