This is what Moto3 will sound like

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Honda’s been teasing a bike it calls the “Next Racing Standard 250” online for ages, but today they’ve finally released a more detailed image (above) and a sound clip (below). It’s believed that the Honda NRS250 will begin racing next year, entering the four-stroke 250 Moto3 class when it replaces 125GP in 2012.

What you’re listening to, if it complies with Moto3 rules, is a four-stroke 250cc single-cylinder with a bore of 81mm and a 14,000cc rev limit. It can’t have more than four valves and variable timing is not permitted. This engine should be putting out something in the low 50bhp range and will have to power a total rider/machine package that can’t weigh less than 148kg/326lbs.

via TwoWheelsBlog

  • tomwito

    Sounds good, probably cause it has a super radical cam and 15:1 compression. But the sound of a 2 stroke gives me goosebumps, this not so much. 4 stroke dirt bikes ruined supercross for me.

  • Ducky

    50bhp? I wonder if it’ll be like the engine in the old CBR250RRs… the ones that revved to 18K+ RPM. Doesn’t quite sound the same though, but damn…

    • Ducky

      I meant in concept. The CBR250RRs have I4s (whoops)

  • Cheese302

    although odd, still pretty cool. does really sound like 1/4 of a motogp engine.

  • seanslides

    This is pretty damn cool. Looks like they went and built a completely new motor for this.

  • scottydigital

    Subscribed!!! Can not wait!!

    • mugget

      Pardon, but what did you subscribe to??

  • jpenney

    Awesome. I’ve come to love the sound of a Thumper.

    The DR Big post also sounded great!

  • reverend_rider

    Somewhere, deep in the most secret crevice of my hopeful heart, there’s a tiny candle burning for a road version of this…something to make the CBR250R seem limp wristed…

    Pleeeeeeeeaaase, Mr Honda?

  • rohorn

    Please let this be the return of the affordable club racer! I like to think that something like this could cost less than a street legal pretend racebike. Or at least less than a race prepped pretend racebike.

    Nobody has to turn “dualsport” bikes into dirtbikes to race MX – I find it hard to believe that sales of real racebikes to club racers at a reasonable price wouldn’t work.