Thursday, 21 January 2010
1983 Honda Alpha 240
Thanks to Patrick from Aspen Café*, today I'm glad to rescue this nice bike and history.
In 1983 French engineer Jacques Coll* developed this advanced frame based on a Honda XL125 engine.
Jacques Coll designed a very special frame, mixing alluminum parts and inox steel detachable rear sub frame.
He made a very clever and advanced solutions as the air filter at top (light position, between front forks) and gas tank under the seat. With this solution the bike has everytime clean and fresh air n the combustion and moving down the gravity center. This solution was also applied at same time in Sweeden by the hand of Maltry brothers to develop the also advanced Trans Ama bike.
Today some actual bikes as Sherco Trials are applying some of these solutions, but 27 years later!!!
This advanced engineer also put a monoshock as a rear suspension, achieving 199mm displacement, reducing weight and also moving down the Gravity Center.
* Jacques Coll was a clever and advanced French engineer. He was working at Militar Aviation service on the begining and leter became an outstanding engineer working in several projects as this nice ALPHA bike. He was the engineer who developed the first Sherco engines and also the first four-stroke Sherco engine. Unfortunatelly world of trials bikes lost one of their best engineers, Jacques Coll died in 2006.
* Aspen Cafe is a nice and long tradition five generation Cafe placed in French Alps, more info at: www.aspencafe.com
More info at Honda Trials History web page: Honda Trials History web page