The extended rebuild of Team Obsolete’s 1964 Honda RC165 250cc 6-cylinder Grand Prix racing motorcycle is finally complete and will return to the Isle of Man for the 2017 Classic TT to take part in the Jurby Festival as well as the “Lap of Honour” on the fabled 37-mile mountain circuit. The rider will be Steve Plater.
Two new crankshafts were sourced from an Italian Formula One Technology Company. New pistons came from Helmut Wahl. New Valves came from Kibblewhite Precision Machining, Inc. A stash of spare parts found in South Africa were extremely helpful.
The bike was run in and tuned on a rolling road. The motor was stripped down to make sure everything was happy. A final test run, then into the air freight crate, and off to the Isle of Man.