1985 Honda RS250 ‘Joey Dunlop Replica’ Racing Motorcycle Frame no. RS250RF 5113 Engine no. RS250RE 5113

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Lot 380
1985 Honda RS250 ‘Joey Dunlop Replica’ Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. RS250RF 5113 Engine no. RS250RE 5113

£ 12,000 - 15,000
US$ 16,000 - 20,000
1985 Honda RS250 ‘Joey Dunlop Replica’ Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. RS250RF 5113
Engine no. RS250RE 5113
Restored in 2005, this expertly crafted exact replica of Joey Dunlop’s successful 1985 Honda RS250 was commissioned by the private collector who owns the original and is correct in every detail. Honda were latecomers in offering a 250cc production racer - the first RS250R not appearing until 1984 - and immediately found themselves at a disadvantage to rivals Yamaha, whose TZs already had a decade of development behind them. Its 1985 successor addressed these failings, boasting a new aluminium twin-spar frame and heavily revised engine. In this new configuration the RS250R proved good enough to give Joey Dunlop his first Isle of Man Junior TT victory that year, while Massimo Matteoni won the European Championship’s 250cc title. Freddie Spencer rode the works version to the 250cc World Championship in ’85 and added the 500cc title for good measure, the first time this double had been done in the same year. Joey Dunlop’s 1985 Isle of Man Junior TT victory (his sixth in total and the second that week) was particularly sweet both for the likeable Ulsterman and for Honda, which had last contested the equivalent Lightweight TT back in 1967 when Mike Hailwood triumphed aboard the Honda six. Joey’s winning race average of 109.9mph bettered Mike’s by some 5mph. The first Honda two-stroke ever to win a TT race, the RS250 had already provided Joey with wins at Aghadowey, Tandragee and the Northwest 200, to which he had added further victories at the Ulster Grand Prix and Kirkistown (twice) and 10th place at the British Grand Prix by the season’s end, making this one of the most successful rider/machine pairings of the year. Early Honda RS250 Grand Prix racing motorcycles such as this matching-numbers example are rare beasts, and this particular machine represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a brilliantly executed replica of Joey Dunlop’s historic original.
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