8. Prototype front suspension


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.