Starting in the mid-1960s, Honda was very reluctant to build two stroke motorcycles. It didn't fit with their philosophy of aligning their racing solutions to their production offerings, as we covered in our article about the RC166. When they finally committed to the two stroke again with the NS500, they got competitive very, very quickly.
In 1984, Honda designed it's second attempt at a two stroke motorcycle for the 500 cc Grand Prix World Championship with the NSR500. In doing so, they only designed what would prove to be one of the most dominant motorcycles in racing history.
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