Honda customer bike
From Crash.net Q&A session:
And it would be a full pneumatic valve engine, rather than the spring valves which Honda plan to use in their customer bike…
Don't let the spring valve aspect of the Honda scare you though, that thing's gonna be fast as hell. I've heard some numbers and lap times and compared to the prototypes, there's not much difference. They're pretty much on par.
Spring valves against pneumatic valves are sure a limitation rev wise, but if you sort the power out and put it where you want it you can ride valve springs.
So you think the customer Honda will be competitive?
Oh I know it's going to be competitive. As far as winning the world championship, probably not, but as far as being able to compete day in day out for a top 6 or 8 position, absolutely.
Honda aren't going to start any race program which isn't serious, you know that. ''
Sounds plausible to me, Colin Edwards is one of the most experienced guys around and he usually says it as it is. Also are the mighty Honda really going to embarrass themselves by putting a rubbish bike on the grid, why would they be interested in doing that? I suspect Colin is bang on with his assessment, that bike is not going to set the world alight but it will be there or thereabouts and would make a decent tool for Scott's learning year in the premier class. Or course a 2 year HRC deal on a works prototype would be nice but that doesn't appear to be option at the moment.