1966, HONDA RC116 (50cc, 2 cylinders)
The HONDA RC116 was built by HONDA Japan to compete in the 50cc class of the World Championship, succeeding the previous RC115. In 1966 he won 3 races (out of 6). At the controls of this model, Ralph Bryans was second and Luigi Taveri was third in the championship, with HONDA achieving the constructors' title in this class. The engine that equips the RC116 is a 4T twin cylinder, double overhead camshaft with 4 valves per cylinder. It develops a maximum power of more than 14 hp at 21,500 rpm, has a transistor ignition and a 9-speed transmission. It weighs 50 kg dry and has re-introduced (in disuse since the 1920s) the cable-operated shim brake system (similar to the usual system on bicycles), with the brake lanes being, therefore, the sides of the aluminum rims which, for this reason, in this case, become wear material.