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HONDA GB500 TT  (Tourist Trophy) 

Country of Manufacture:
Year: 1989
Vin #: Frame: JH2PC1603KK000057, Engine: PC16E2000071
Frame: “Retro” single down-tube, dual cradle
   Front:  35mm Showa telescopic forks
   Rear: Swingarm with dual Showa adjustable dampers
Wheels: Borrani alloy rims with spokes
    Front: Brembo twin hydraulic disk
    Rear:    Rod operated drum
Weight (dry):
363 lb (164.7 kg)  
Tank Capacity: 4.6 gal (US), 17.4 Litres
Horsepower: 43 hp @ 7000 rpm
Gearbox: Honda 5 speed
Type: 4 stroke
Cylinders: 1 single
Cylinder Head: Light alloy-single overhead camshaft                                  
Displacement: 498cc
Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
Ignition: Capacitor discharged-electronically triggered
Clutch: Multi plate, wet
Primary & Final Drive: Chain and sprocket
Carburetors: 1 39mm Keihin constant velocity
Exhaust System: 1 pipe with HM MK6 muffler
Top Speed: 109 mph (175 kmh)

History/Production:Entering the market when multi cylinder, large capacity, angular shaped bikes were all the rage, Honda set out  to build a single cylinder (“thumper”) 1950’s style “café racer” taking in  design elements of the period such as the BSA Goldstar Clubman, the Norton Manx and the Velocette Venom. While a moderate success in Japan, US sales were hindered by the American love of large engines and a dislike for high prices.  Consequently, it was built for just 2 years. Due to its classic proportions (subsequently popular) and very limited production run, today it is considered a cult bike and a rapidly appreciating collectible. Powered by a modified, smooth running dirt bike single, the only obvious accommodation to modern times were the single front disk brake and turn signals.
Production numbers are unknown. It is believed 2000 went to the USA with 1000 of these being re-exported to Europe, particularly England and Germany. 1700 were sold in Japan.  There were also limited exports to Australia and New Zealand but numbers while undoubtedly small, are unknown.

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