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19th July 2005

Honda CR79 Replica

It's not a Honda and there wasn't an original CR79 to replicate, but one look at this pared to the bone special from Disco Volante and you won't care a jot...

Disco Volante are based in Wales and have earned an excellent reputation for supplying top quality parts and accessories for classic motorcycles and café racers; they can supply Tarozzi cast rearset pedals by return of post, for example, a service that Real Mart has personally had to put to the test. Ahem.

Supplying incredibly shiny and almost edible bits and bobs to café racer connoisseurs obviously isn't enough, so what you see here in glorious Pixelo-Vision is the logical next step.

Their CR 79 Replica is based around Honda's CR77 'over the counter' double overhead cam twin cylinder race bike. Honda never produced a CR79, but Disco Volante's Jim Morgan is pretty sure that if they had followed it up with an updated model, this is what it would have looked like.

The replica has a 397cc 4 cylinder DOHC Yamaha engine, fitted with 26mm Mikuni flatslide carburettors. The power feeds through a six speed gearbox to a Tagasako WM3x18 rear wheel fitted with a Smith Kanrin 200mm TLS brake. The front wheel is a matching Tagasako hoop with a 230mm Smith Kanrin four leading shoe brake, and race compound Avon Roadrunners keep the rims off the ground.

The chassis is manufactured from T45 tubing, and is based closely on the Honda RC171 works machine. The 145 kilogramme weight (about 320lbs) is kept down by the use of Titanium fasteners throughout, and with a healthy 50bhp produced at a yowling 14,000rpm, performance should be around the 140mph mark.

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Only 15 CR79 Replicas will be produced, all numbered and with corresponding invoices.

The price? £15,000 plus VAT.

If you're interested in a little bit of exclusivity, contact Jim at Disco Volante, and tell him we sent you….

Should a replica be a Replica? Discuss....


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