Monday, 18 January 2010
1981 Honda RTL 360
At only 18 years old, Honda gave the powerfull RTL 360 to Eddy Lejeune.
Kiyoteru Hattori was another rider from Honda Trials Team that also rode the RTL 360.
First Honda 360 prototypes were made early 1979, Rob Shepherd was one of the first to ride on this big machine. The new machine was the most powerfull trials bike never made. After several problems at first time, the bike was revised by Honda due to a overheating problems.
After a lot of engine improvements and long time, at end 1979, the 360 runs as a new engine, so different comparing the old one.
Thanks to Pat for this nice picture from Honda meeting at ASPEN Cafe. in front we can see a nice RTL360.
In accordance to Tommy Sandham's journalist expert the RTL 360 was the best bike he never rode, on the same way also he reported that in opinion of the top British riders have ridden the bike, it was the best trials bike of the moment.
As telling the 1983 American Motorcycles magazin, Schreiber said "Eddie's an excellent rider, but the bike is also excellent in muddy and wet conditions.
There is small quantity RTL 360 survivors today. This pictured one owns at Italian collector. Maybe one of the most expensive Honda trial bikes and of course difficult to see.
This picture taken by Antonio Maugeri in 1982 shows the first Lejeune's RTL 360.
Painted all Red color, Silevr grey engine, Silver aluminum wheels, Today, the bike is still alive in France, belongs to a French collector.
Thanks for the picture Antonio!!
This original one 360 from 1982 owns to my Honda Trials History friend Carlo from Italy.
Grazie again Carlo!!
Type: Four stroke single OHC 2-Valve, air cooled
Displacement: 359,09 cc
Power: Over 20 hp at 6.000 rpm
Type: Diamond tube
Caster angle: 26ºWeight: 88 Kg
Wheelbase: 1300 mm