[FrontPage] [TitleIndex

V4 History

It began back in 1979 with the introduction of the NR500 grand prix racebike. Rather than fielding a 500cc two-stroke engine, Honda used a four-stroke oval-piston V-4 motor – essentially a V-8 with four cylinders that could be revved to 19,500 rpm! The oval cylinder area was so large that it used eight valves in each cylinder!

The First Honda V4

1979 Honda NR500 oval-piston racer.jpg

1987 NR750 pistons:


OEM Honda's V4 Heritage (Click the drop down to "V4 Heritage")

Early Honda V4 History

Wikipedia V4 History

70 Early Honda V4 Bulletins

Cam Supersessions

VFR History


V45 Magna and V65 Magna "Touring Bike", "Cycle World", "Cycle Canada" magazine reviews