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Aug 10, 2017

Classic TT: Steve Plater Will Ride Team Obsolete Six-Cylinder 1964 RC165 Honda On Isle Of Man

Team Obsolete: RC165 Project Engineer and Team Owner Rob Iannucci (center) poses with the six-cylinder Honda along with Lead Engine Technician Josh MacKenzie (left) and Chassis Technician/Spiritual Advisor Dave Roper (right). Photo courtesy Team Obsolete.

Honda RC165 Six

Isle of Man Classic TT

The Classic TT Presented By Bennetts, August 25th-28th, 2017

The extended rebuild of Team Obsolete’s 1964 Honda RC 165 250cc six-cylinder Grand Prix racing motorcycle is finally complete. The iconic racebike 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, a.k.a. dyno. The motor was then 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 for the Classic TT, running August 25th-28th, Friday through Monday.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Vanson Leathers and AVON Tyres.

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