The second time Doohan won the world 500 championship was on this NSR500. Doohan instantly became attached to the bike and continued his dominance with seven wins, three seconds, two non-finishes and a fourth to wrap up the championship. It was also the year Doohan said racing was boring without Schwantz and Rainey. In a later statement he back-pedalled, though he later repeated that claim.
Even though Doohan was on the best bike out there he still got chased to the championship title by surprise contender Darryl Beattie. But this NSR continued Doohan’s dominance and led the NSR on to what we know it as today.
1995 HONDA NSR500
Liquid-cooled, 494cc two-stroke V4. 2 x 36mm Keihin carbs. Electronically controlled exhaust valve
Primary drive, single plate, dry clutch, six gears, chain-drive
HRC twin-spar aluminium frame with carbon-fibre rear subframe
Showa inverted forks, adjustments
for pre-load, rebound damping and
Showa rear shock with rising-rate linkage, adjustments for pre-load, rebound and compression damping and ride height
Michelin slicks; 180/50 x 17 rear, 120/45 x 17 front
Front: Twin Brembo 320mm
carbon-fibre discs with 4-piston calipers. Rear: Honda 190mm disc with 2-piston caliper
22 litres (4.84 gall)