Mike Hailwood’s Honda Six Cylinder 250cc RC166

Motorcyclists from every era have one bike that for them is the best bike of all time.

I asked the late great Czech Speedway Champion Franta Juhan what his favorite bike was and and he told me.

“Sonny” (his nickname for me) I have raced many great bikes including the Gilera Four in Monza, The Vellocette KTT which I rode to a new lap record in Switzerland and rode in the Isle of Man TT. I had a DKW 240 Speedway bike and a 1000cc Covenry Eagle and raced Jawa in the Six Days Trial. I have ridden JawaVincentGileraMoto Guzzi and MV Agusta but my favorite was the Jawa 350 Speedway Bike.” Franta was a big imposing gentleman and is eyes got a far away look when he hung his arm over my shoulder and talked of these bikes.

I was what you could call a child of the sixties and my own personal best was the incredible Honda RC166.

You can see it here an my vlog Duncan Fraser Reads.

One Reply to “Mike Hailwood’s Honda Six Cylinder 250cc RC166”

  1. Nice évocation..The pic from Volker Rauch ,French GP Charade 250cc is 1967,not 1966…Mike was leading by one minute when gearbox problem stop him to a pit stop. He finished 3rd after restart this day….

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