Honda NS500

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Honda NS500
Honda 1982 NS500 in the Honda Collection Hall.JPG
Manufacturer Honda Racing Corporation
Production 1982-1983
Predecessor Honda NR500
Successor Honda NSR500
Engine 500 cc two-stroke V3

The Honda NS500 is a 500cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle of the early 1980s, powered by a two-stroke V3 engine. Created as a replacement for the innovative but unsuccessful four-stroke NR500, the bike went against Honda's preference for four-stroke machines but proved very effective and quickly won the 1983 500cc World Championship with Freddie Spencer on board.[1] Spencer was able to use the lower weight and superior handling of the NS500 to achieve higher cornering speeds, and getting on the power earlier leaving corners.[2] Ron Haslam also won the 1983 Macau Grand Prix.

After a relatively short lifespan the bike was replaced by the even more successful two-stroke V4 engine powered NSR500.


  1. ^ Young, Roger (1997). American MotorcyclistVol. 51, No. 8. American Motorcyclist. p. 34. ISSN 0277-9358. 
  2. ^ Walker, Mick (2002). Mick Walker's Japanese Grand Prix Racing Motorcycles. United Kingdom: Redline Books. p. 220. ISBN 9780953131181.