Honda hall collection
Honda Collection Hall
The Motorbikes and Cars of the Honda Museum
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– The Motorbikes and Cars of the Honda Museum - the Honda Collection Hall at the Twin Ring Motegi race track near Tokyo, Japan –
from the Collection Hall
Honda RS750D – Flat Tracker
Honda XRV650 Africa Twin
Honda NSR500 (2001)
Honda NXR750 Paris-Dakar
Honda XR600R BAJA
Honda DESIGN – Motorcycle part 1 & 2
your Honda Classic
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Passion. It's a word that you might not connect to a huge company like Honda that operates on every corner of the globe and makes everything from lawnmowers to jet aircraft. When Soichiro Honda founded his company so many years ago, it was a passion for motoring and a passion for the relationship between man and machine that led his humble motorcycle company to become one of the biggest and most successful automakers in the world. A visit to the Honda Collection Hall will make you feel like you personally getting to know Mr.Honda as you watch his dreams unfold through the museum's displays. The Honda Collection Hall can be found nestled in the hills of Tochigi Prefecture adjacent to the Twin Ring Motegi racing circuit and motoring theme park. Whether you are a Honda fan or just a motorhead in general, I think you owe it to yourself to pay a visit sometime.
As soon as you walk into the Collection Hall, you are greeted by a central exhibit which displays a few historic Honda cars and bikes from the past alongside some of the newest two and four-wheeled Hondas. The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful, and the jazz music on the speakers encourages you to relax and soak in the three floors full of cars and bikes. I will mostly be focusing on the cars, but rest assured that there is also plenty to be seen if bikes are your thing.
Twin Ring Motegi is well known for its annual Indy Japan race, and the Collection Hall is currently offering a special exhibit on the relationship between Honda's pioneering Formula One program and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 1968 Honda RA301 was one the Honda F1 cars that came to Indy for testing back in the day.
The main displays at the Collection Hall are divided into two wings, one with motorcycles and one with cars. The second floor has street cars and consumer products while the third floor is filled with race cars and bikes. We will take a look at the street car section first. Here you can see a number of iconic street cars like the trio of Honda S's seen above.
You can see everything from Honda's earliest cars that were powered by bike engines to its modern hybrids and sports cars. You can also see how these cars grew in size as the years went on. I was really liking that blue T-series truck.
Early examples of a global icon. Cars like the orange Civic RS show that Honda could demonstrate the potential of economy car-based enthusiast machines long before the Type R.
The "the everyman's exotic" is represented with this immaculate example of a first generation NSX-R. It's amazing how fresh this design still looks.
The NSX is also a good place to begin our look at the racing machines found at the Collection Hall.
Honda's early F1 cars are absolute mechanical artwork. The only thing you miss out on is the sound that comes with them.
1981 March Honda 812 F2 car in classic John Player Special livery.
Honda S800 RSC race version. This might be my favorite car in the whole place.
Mid 1980's Honda Civic 3-door Group A race car.
Another favorite was the Castrol Mugen Accord sedan from the now defunct Japanese Touring Car Championship. Just another one of the historic racing machines on display.
A Honda V8-powered Indy car alongside the JGTC (now Super GT) Castrol NSX.
Besides all the cars and bikes on display, there are also a few other things to see at the Collection Hall.
The Collection Hall store is fully stocked with collectables and other officially licensed Honda goods. A lot of them can only be found at the at this store.
This library is fully stocked with books and magazines about all sorts of cars and motorcycles. You can also watch vintage Honda promotional and racing films. I could stay here for hours and hours.
If you walk outside you will find the restoration and maintenance garage. This is where all of the cars and bikes of the Collection Hall are overhauled and worked on.
As you can see, the Collection Hall's efforts span beyond just Honda-branded vehicles. While I was there, some of the mechanics had one of the old F1 cars fired up and the sounds it made were unreal.
On weekends, you can see selected cars and bikes doing demonstration runs on a small course behind the Collection Hall building. Here we see the mechanics prepping a car for some of these demo runs.
I will leave you with one more shot that represents the spirit of Honda motoring.
Like I said earlier, everyone should try and visit the Honda Collection Hall if you can get the opportunity. Even if you are not a Honda fan when you get there, chances are you will leave with a genuine appreciation of Soichiro Honda and his machines.
Honda Collection Hall
Leisure Bikes - Honda Collection Hall
Honda’s first scooter, the Juno K appeared in 1954 and already featured a 4-stroke engine with E-starter. Its successor, the M85 was equipped with a distinct flat-twin engine and Honda’s first hydraulic stepless transmission. 3-wheeled scooters like the Stream or the Gyro X of the early eighties had a very ‘new and different’ look at the time, and possessed the ability to lean into corners just like a 2-wheeler.
The Super Cub made its debut in 1958, intended as a cheap, urban bike. It was an easy to ride, fuel efficient and extremely durable all-weather motorcycle. With over 90 million units sold in more than 160 countries worldwide, it is the best selling motorcycle of all times. In the United States the Super Cub sparked a new motorcycle boom in the 1960’s. Together with a brilliant marketing campaign – “You meet the nicest people on a Honda” – it started to change the outlaw image of motorbikes into a fun activity for the general public.
Mini bikes like the Monkey (Z50M) and the Gorilla (Z50J-III) were small, light and collapsible motorcycles. Originally built for Honda’s amusement Park TamaTech, the Monkey was getting so popular that Honda was asked to turn it into a production bike. The following Gorilla had a larger tank and a 4-speed manual transmission, extending its leisure possibilities.The equally popular Honda DAX was introduced in 1969 and got its name as it looked similar to a Dachshund dog. The front end could also be separated from the chassis, making it possible to transport the bike in a cars trunk.
1954 – Honda Juno K
1962 – Honda Juno M85
1962 – Honda Super Cub
1963 – Honda HUNTER CUB C105A
1969 – Honda Family Bikes
1969 – Honda DAX ST50Z
1964 – Honda MONKEY CZ100
1978 – Honda GORILLA Z50J
1982 – Honda MOTRA
1981 – Honda Stream
1982 – Honda Gyro X
1983 – Honda Beat
The Honda Leisure Bikes & Scooters are located on the second floor of the Honda Collection Hall.
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Cars & Racing Cars - Honda Collection Hall
1963 – Honda S500
1966 – Honda S800
1970 – Honda Vamos
1972 – Honda Civic
1980 – Honda Civic Country
1981 – Honda City
1981 – Honda MOTOCOMPO
1992 – Honda NSX-R
Honda Power Products
1965 – Honda RA272
1967 – Honda RA273
1966 – Brabham-Honda BT18
1981 – March Honda 812
1984 – RALT Honda RH-6-84
1983 – SPIRIT Honda 201C
1990 – McLaren Honda MP4/5B
1985 – Williams Honda FW10
1988 – Honda Engine RA168E
2008 – Honda RA108
1997 – Honda Accord SiR (Race Spec)
1995 – Honda NSX LE MANS
1996 – Honda NSX (Race Spec)
2000 – Honda NSX (GT Championship Spec)
The Honda Cars and Racing Cars are located on the second and the third floor of the Honda Collection Hall.
Honda Collection Hall - Honda Collection Hall
The Honda Collection Hall is located on the grounds of the Twin Ring Motegi race track. The Museums ground floor shows ASIMO and Honda’s robot development and houses the Museum Shop. The second floor shows Honda motorcycles and automobiles classics, as well as Honda power products. The third floor exhibits all the famous Honda racing motorcycles and racing cars.
Approximately 350 completely restored motorcycles, automobiles, racing machines and power products are on display. All items in the collection are maintained in running order and the museum posts times when visitors can see the display models started.
The combination of the museum and the racing course is simply fantastic and creates a very special atmosphere. Standing up close to motorsport icons like the fabled RC174, Valentino Rossi’s yellow NSR 500 or the Paris-Dakar winning NXR750 is absolutely amazing. Even the best pictures can’t convey the aura that surrounds race car legends like the RA272 or Ayrton Senna’s McLaren MP4/4. We think this is one of the finest motorcycle and car museums and wholeheartedly recommend a visit.
ASIMO & Environmental Technology Area
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Honda Collection Hall Tour Photos
The Honda Collection Hall is one of the must-see venues within the Motegi racing facility located in Motegi-cho in the Tochigi Prefecture two hours north of Tokyo
This is a replica of the Daimler Reitrad built by German engineer Gottlieb Daimler. Considered the world’s first motorcycle, the Daimler Reitrad is one of the first exhibits you see when you walk into the motorcycle display.
This specimen was ridden at the 1961 Isle of Man TT, sweeping the top five positions and earning Honda it’s first-ever victory at the prestigious event. This machine bears the livery of Isle of Man winner, Mike Hailwood.
Ahh yes the Honda motorcycles still look good today. How many chrome covered 250 motorcycles make an enthusiast drool? Not many...
This green machine was the other 4-cylinder in Honda’s street line-up for 1982. Its combination of light weight and capable inline engine made it a popular bike in its day.
American Honda used this motorcycle to sweep the top three positions during the 1982 Daytona 100 as well as having it compete in the AMA Superbike Championship that same year. This is the bike ridden to victory at the Daytona 100 by Freddie Spencer.
A fully restored 1965 Honda RA272 was the first Japanese race car to win in Formula One competition with American driver Richie Ginther at the controls during the Mexican Grand Prix. It would be Ginther’s only win in Formula One.
The Honda Collection Hall was opened to the public on March 21, 1998 as part of the 50-year anniversary of Honda.
The Honda Collection Hall features two towers connected by a central lobby and walkways on the upper floors. The South Towers are focused on the Motorcycle history while the North towers housing the automotive side of Honda.
Honda Collection Hall Tour
Almost every exhibit in the Honda Collection Hall is in running order. Could you imagine that janitor being tempted to fire up one of Doohan’s NSR500 race bikes and spinning a few laps around Motegi under the lights – then getting the display back before anyone knows it was missing?
Manufactured by ROC, this Elf sponsored project featured a NS500 engine provided by Honda. The best result was a seventh place finish with Ron Haslam riding it.
Honda’s first off-road model was this 2-stroke powered CR250M. Although this was a production bike, at the time its aluminum tank and light weight components made it every bit as trick as some factory race bikes.
Honda engines were considered the key to Formula One racing success between 1983 and 1992. During that time Honda-powered race cars claimed six manufacturer titles to go along with five driver championships.
This is an example of Honda trying to help make the lives of humans, easier. This heavy-duty scooter was powered by a Cub-series engine with a dual-range transmission that featured gears suited for work. It could climb hills as steep as 23-degrees so it was probably fun to ride too.
This motorcycle was another case where lessons learned on the track were transferred to the street. Powering the MVX250F is a 3-cylinder 2-stroke developed using the technology of the NS500 Grand prix bike.
This V4 powered 4-Stroke 500 was on display during the 1983 Tokyo Motor Show. It featured advanced composites in its design including titanium, magnesium, carbon brakes and carbon fiber fork tubes.
Honda believed in, and was racing, the oval-piston technology as early as 1979. This NR500 OX was piloted by Takazumi Katayama during the 1979 British GP.
Although this magnificent motorcycle never made an impact on the sales floor the technology employed in its design was the culmination of years of effort on the race tracks of the world. At the heart of the NR750 was an oval-piston V4 that featured 8-valves per cylinder.
Powered by the oval-piston NR750 engine, this motorcycle was supposed to establish the unique engine design with a good showing at the 1987 le mans 24 Hour Race. After qualifying second fastest the team failed to complete the race.
Honda’s first liquid-cooled 3-cylinder 2-stroker powered 500cc road racing motorcycle. American Freddie Spencer rode this motorcycle to victory at the 1982 Belgian and San Marino GP.
Max Biaggi claimed the 1997 250cc World Championship on the NSR250, winning five of the fifteen round series on the way to the title.
This example of the 1997 Honda NSR500 was ridden to the 1997 World Championship by Mick Doohan. It was a dominant year for the Big Red machine as the top five motorcycles in the championship standings were all Hondas.
In 1987 Wayne Gardner rode the all new V4-powered NSR500 to victory in 7 of 15 races during the season and setting the stage for a dominant era for Honda in the heyday of Grand Prix motorcycles during the 80s and 90s.
Piloted by Eddie Lawson to the 1989 500cc GP championship, this NSR500 featured a gull-style swingarm.
On display at the Collection Hall, is this example of how the 32-valve oval piston configuration looks: Very interesting indeed.
Honda Collection Hall Tour
The world’s first 4-stroke Twin cylinder powered road racer was the RC112. Tommy Robb rode the bike to victory at the first All-Japan Road Race at Suzuka.
The stuff of legends in the off-road community, this double pro-link front system equipped dirt bike dominated the All-Japan Championship in 1981. Unfortunately, the technology never made an impact in the states, but it sure looked cool and it graced the pages of off-road magazines anticipating its arrival in the US for many years.
During the 1961-1962 seasons, Luigi Taveri won the FIM Road racing World Championship and claimed all 10 of the championship races in 1962, seven of which were won by Taveri.
This machine, ridden by Makoto Tamada was a 2-time winner in 2004. Honda claimed 7 of 16 races that season.
American Nicky Hayden rode the number 69 Repsol Honda RC211V to his first and only MotoGP championship to date in 2006.
One of the most dominant superbikes of its era, the RC45 claimed AMA Superbike, World Superbike, World Endurance and a number of Suzuka 8 Hours championships in the 1990s.
Freddie Spencer rode this 1025cc V4 to a runner-up finish at the 1982 Daytona 200.
In 1985, American Freddie Spencer established himself as a racing legend when he rode this RS250RW to the 250cc championship. The critical part of the equation was that he also won the 500cc class the same year.
This is the 1984 World Endurance Champiosnhip winning RS750R motorcycle that was piloted by Gerard Coudray, Patrick Igoa and Alex Vieira.
Ridden to a third place finish in the 1983 Suzuka 8 Hours race against larger displacement 1000cc motorcycles, the 850R proved that bigger is not always better.
In 1991 the dream team of Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan raced this RVF750 (RC45) to victory in the Suzuka 8 Hours.
The VFR400R was powered by a DOHC V4 engine, had a single sided swing arm and twin-spar aluminum frame. It was essentially a small displacement, street-legal version of the successful RVF (Rc30-RC45) superbikes.
In 1986 the VFR750F was Honda’s premier road-sport motorcycle. It was powered by the company’s famous V4 engine and was well on its way to becoming a benchmark machine in the motorcycle industry.
This is the Honda W3XCR77 ridden to a second place finish in the 350cc class by the legendary Jim Redman in the 1963 Finland GP. Based on the CR77, this motorcycle was massaged from the ground up and in order to make it competitive with the European machines on the circuit at that time.
Honda has been a staple in the SCORE Baja off-road racing history with 19-overall race titles to its credit. Although Scott Summers and Johnny Campbell didn’t win the race in 1992, it was the start of one of the most dominant eras for Honda in the history of Baja.
The MV won 8 of 9 races in the 500cc class in 1965 with Mike Hailwood at the controls.
In 1977 this motorcycle won 6 of 8 races in the World Championship. Powered by a water-cooled square four engine, the RGA500 was the dominant motorcycle for two years with the legendary Barry Sheene at the controls.