Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Honda’s participation in World Championship racing, with the Honda RC142 has been restored.
Honda first participated in the World Championship Racing (WGP) Isle of Man TT Race in 1959. The motorcycle it developed for that race was the RC142 works machine, fitted with an air-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, 2-cylinder 125cc engine.
The RC142 made its WGP debut with a three-rider team of Honda associates. In the final, Naomi Taniguchi came in 6th, Giichi Suzuki placed 7th, and Junzo Suzuki finished 11th, with the team taking the Constructor’s Prize.
This was the first time for Honda to compete, yet the riders’ strong performance and the RC142’s technical excellence added up to these outstanding results.
Honda RC142 | Motorcycle Specifications
Engine: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, 2-cylinder
Displacement: 124.6 cc
Bore × Stroke: 44mm × 41mm
Max Power: 18 hp @ 13,000rpm
Carburetor: Flat piston valve
Lubrication: Force-feed and splash
Transmission: Constant-mesh, 6-speed
Tire Size: Front 2.50-18, Rear 2.75-18
Braking System: Front Twin leading drum, Rear Leading/trailing drum
The restored Honda RC 142 was road tested at Twin Ring Motegi Naomi Taniguchi (age 73) in 2009.
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