Since its establishment in 1982,
HRC has focused on motorcycle racing
right through to 2021.
During that time, the company (HRC)
has produced countless racing bikes.
Among them, we will focus on machines
that are remembered as epoch-making in particular,
and showcase the passion of Honda men who were
devoted to their development and racing activities.


Honda NS500

1982-83 GP500 Works Road Racer Honda NS500

The NS500, equipped with a unique V3 engine, was developed in a short period of time by integrating the knowledge gained from the NR500, a 4-stroke racer with oval pistons which had suffered a series of setbacks, and the 2-stroke technology cultivated in motocross. The NS500 brought Honda the first Grand Prix road racing premier class riders’ championship.

Behind the Birth of the NS500

“NR” Was at the Vanguard

The background of the birth of Honda’s first 2-stroke GP500 road racer.

NS500: Technical Data and Race Review

The 3-Cylinder Machine That Built a Solid Foundation for HRC

NS500 Delivers Honda Its First Premier Class Riders’ Title in 1983

Takeo Fukui

Large Project Leader for NS500/
6th President of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in later years

“You can’t keep losing anymore”

Both as an engineer and a leader in the NS500 project


Established in 2009, with the editorial policy of rediscovering old racing machines, “RACERS” focuses on the technology that went into them and the people who raced them. This content, “RACERS -All About Honda Motorcycle Racing Machines-” is a digest from past issues of RACERS, including revised content based on information gained from subsequent interviews during the years after the publication.