Honda 2001 RS factory racers
Honda totally changed the RS 250. It is the first major model change since the 1993 models went on sale. One of the most noticeable things are the all new rear suspension. HRC replaced the Pro-Arm style swingarm with a beefed up new unit. The geometry of the bike has been all reworked for increased handling. The engine has new mounts and the engine is more compact by 15mm. The cylinder ports and the reed valves are all new as well as a complete reworked ram air system that increases top speed compared to previous RS 250 racers. Engine power is also up by 5 horsepower. The bike puts out an amazing 92 horsepower. Unbelievable when you think this bike only weighs 101 kilograms. That's nearly one horsepower per kilogram. The new RS 250R Racers are much faster than their predecessors, handle much better and are a lot easier to ride due to the reworked frame, all new rear suspension and front suspension as well. Brakes are awesome as usual with the giant Brembo calipers needed to slow down this two stroke monster on steroids. The 2001 RS 250R is priced at 1,840,000 Yen.