But for every inspirational idea, there are dozens of failed attempts or crazy schemes that either didn’t work out as planned or were advanced enough to reach the bikes that would bring it further into the mainstream. Regardless of their relative success or failure, the oddball bikes that highlight these ideas are often the most interesting. Here is the famous list of the Top Ten Best MotoGP Bikes in the World.
Top Ten Best MotoGP Bikes in the World – Top Rated
10. Blata V6
Remember when Four Stroke was brought back to the MotoGP Championship in 2002? For months, if not years, speculation has been rife about which layout will be the most successful, with many expecting Honda to build a powerful V6 machine. That has never happened, and no bike with more than five cylinders has yet to receive the latest iteration of the premier class. Still, a V6 appeared in about 2005 from the unexpected source of Blata, the Czech predecessors of the mini-motos.
The WCM contracted Blatta for the 2005 season, but after several delays, the motorcycle – which had never advanced beyond the half-built stage – was dropped, resulting in the WCM Was left to run a four-cylinder machine he had acquired from his old Yamaha. It is his last season in the game.
9. Aprilia RS Cube
While Honda’s most successful RC211V showed that selecting an odd number of cylinders under the 2002 MotoGP regulations was a clever strategy, Aprilia’s attempt failed somewhat. The 3-cylinder RS Cube was one of the most anticipated motorcycles of the new era, boasting more technology than any competitor’s thanks to an engine that was three-cylinder more efficient than the V10 F1 engine of the time. Just as Honda’s 5-cylinder engine allowed it to weigh a minimum of 145 kilograms, equivalent to four cylinders, so the Aprilia Triple could consider as much as the twin-135 kilograms.
The company knew that pneumatic valves and other F1 technology were considered the most powerful engine on the grid with approximately 240bhp, making it difficult to get the best out of it, so it was taken under control. It has fly-by-wire throttle and traction control. Unfortunately, the electronics of the time just weren’t working, and getting on the RS cube was a chore. Ironically, after a decade of technological advances, GP bikes and even many road bikes now use electronically aided methods to control electricity transmission, which is expected to be the key to success in April 2002. It will prove, unfortunately, that this plan was put on hold in 2004.
8. Aprilia RSW2
Aprilia was a company that tended to think long before introducing the four-stroke class in 2002, as evidenced by its 1994 RSW2. You would think that in a 500cc racing class, using less than one’s full potential would be equivalent to bringing a knife into a gunfight. But Aprilia did just that – the first RSW2 machines were only 410cc. The idea came from the fact that the best qualifying times on the 250cc grid at that time were faster than most bikes in the 500cc class. Aprilia’s engineering guru John Wittivin argued that if they bore the company’s 250 successful racers, they could quickly compete in the 500cc class.
The fact that the twins weighed a minimum of only 105kg, compared to 130 kilograms of the dominant four-cylinder 500s, increased interest. And the RSW2 was just like that: a big bore 250 with a 410cc engine. Honda’s twin-cylinder NSR500V was similarly designed. Unfortunately, while the speed of a leap can be good, in a race, four-cylinder bikes roar straight down and stop the twins in the corners, effectively eliminating their advantage. Later RSW2s 430cc, then 460cc, and finally 498cc – but the bike never competed with the four cylinders that dominated the era.
7. Proton KR5
Kenny Roberts could never be accused of being anything less than intelligent, and his reasoning was as sharp as ever when the MotoGP switched to the four-stroke series. While others raced to make the expensive new four-stroke for 2002, they got stuck with their team’s old KR3 three-cylinder two-stroke – which also had some impressive top ten against some of the most powerful new machines of the year. Finish scored and allowed Roberts to see it. The new technologies of its rivals proved to be the most impressive. It didn’t take long for Roberts to realize that Honda’s VC-powered RC211V was miles ahead of the competition, so he built a passionate four-stroke V5 for his team’s 2003 machine.
6. Elf 2
We could not have had this list without mentioning Elf’s Honda-driven efforts since the mid-1980 – after all, the company’s daring efforts to prove that Forks is not the best way to grab the front wheel on a motorcycle. It is close to anyone. Back up with the actual evidence, come up with a convincing argument against the fork. We chose the 1984-85 Elf-2 with its three-cylinder Honda engine, but the Elf-3, Elf-4, or Elf-5 deserve the same. The Elf-4 was particularly impressive, thanks mainly to the supernatural efforts of worthy Ron Haslam, who used it to finish fourth in the 1987 Championship.
5. Kawasaki KR500
Along with Ducati’s experience with the carbon fiber chassis for Desmosedici racers, Panigale’s almost frameless design has introduced “monocoque” in motorcycle design in recent years. However, since the early 1980s, Kawasaki has been the clearest example of the KR500 concept. In its original form, the main structure of the motorcycle was a fuel tank, with the steering head and swingarm pivot structure welded directly to the aluminum tank. Later versions, launched in 1982, went unnoticed, featuring an aluminum spinal chassis and a more traditional, removable fuel tank.
4. 1979 Honda NR500
Honda never lacked one or two ideas, and when it returned to high-end GP racing in 1979, it threw many of them into the competition. With its elliptical piston V4 four-stroke engine, eight valves and two con-rods per cylinder, and a Revo range of approximately 20,000rpm, the NR500 was a marvel. Sure, making two strokes would be a million times easier, but Honda wanted to show that four strokes are the way to the future. However, just building a crazy engine was not enough for Honda. Oh no! So it added a monocoque frame – which had lower ‘firing’ panels that were structured – and some radical aerodynamics, including side-mounted radiators and vertical windscreens.
3. 1984 NSR500
The alphabetical combination ‘NSR500’ probably captures the moment of unwavering victories in GP racing and Honda’s dominance. But the first motorcycle with the title was not so lucky. The 1984 NSR – aimed at replacing the title-winning NS500 – had a fuel tank under the engine and a dummy ‘tank’ at the top, under the cover. The idea was that the weight of the fuel would be reduced, and the motorcycle handling would be reduced as the tank emptied. Unfortunately, this did not work out, and when Freddie Spencer won the second round on the bike, he chose to use the previous generation three-cylinder machine for the rest of his victories in 1984.
2. Honda RC211V
Although many bikes on this list have failed miserably, the RC211V – one of the most successful racers in history – is included. Why? Because the V5 engine that gave it such a competitive advantage in 2002 is still a technical miracle. When FIM set rules for the revival of four-stroke racing in MotoGP, they were aware that Honda might be out to prove something, so they specifically banned certain technologies, such as the Oval Pistons. Declared Most rumors suggested that Honda would develop a V6, so when the RC211V appeared with a five-cylinder engine, the world was amazed at how well it would perform.
In addition to tackling the V5’s inevitable balance issues, Honda has been widely rumored to be using other innovative thinking in the engine – some speculating that the two rear pistons have different bores than the front three. And there could be strokes, or the motor used clever firing intervals to make its power clearer. It is not entirely clear what was hidden in the RC211V’s motor due to many variations over the years. In addition to the engine, the motorcycle introduced us to concepts such as ‘mass centralization’ and new aerodynamic thinking. Rarely is there a machine in which so many new ideas can work so well?
1. 1983 Honda NR500
We started this list with a motorcycle that has never been raced, and we will end with one. Yes, the NR500 has been mentioned before, but it was a 1979 model. The machine that was shown in 1983 but never raced deserves registration. For the most part, the 1983 season was memorable as it marked Honda’s two-stroke comeback and the company’s first world title since the 1960s, with Freddie Spencer winning his first 500cc championship. However, at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the company unveiled the latest iteration of the NR500, a four-stroke machine developed in 1983.
Yes, the engine was still a strange, elliptical stone miracle made chiefly of titanium and magnesium, but the motorcycle it was fitted with was even more sophisticated. The frame was made of carbon fiber. That was the swing arm. And, for that matter, the wheels. Oh, and don’t forget about the fork tubes. And then there are the breaks. It was made of carbon if it could be made of carbon. Would this be a competitive event? Almost certainly not, or Honda would have run it. But no other bike has pushed the boundaries of modern technology as hard as this bike.
Top Ten Best MotoGP Bikes in the World – Top List
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|1983 Honda NR500
|1979 Honda NR500
|Aprilia RS Cube