1985 Honda RS250TA
TL 125 (Joan F.,The Honda Trials History)
Thanks to Pascal Deliège for these great pictures from his nice TL 125 Kit Pro 180cc
The TLR200 REFLEX used same TLR200 engine based on XR200 Honda engine, 194cc displacement 4 stroke. Honda Reflex was equiped with seat and lights acording USA standard road rules.
The TLR200 TRANSMISSION
Based on the RTL 250S, HRC made this prototype for Eddy Lejeune in 1985. An enlarged engine to 360cc Capacity.
Today this unique prototype was perfectly restored by Franck Chaplain for Patrick from RTLR Club.
Telford off road show in February 2014 and display of nice Honda 360 from the RTLR Club Europe. (Picture thanks to Patrick)
The huge Four-stroke 359cc Capacity, Bore 82mm and stroke 68mm with more than 20Cv at 6.000rpm. (Picture thanks © to Toon Van de Vilet)
Picture thanks © to Toon Van de Vilet
1988 RTL250S pink model (no disck brakes yet). Picture thanks to John Stuart.
The RTL250S 1987 Pink, blue, white colors.
An RTL or TLR?
Friends Philiuppe Delwiche (Honda dealership owner) from Belgium and Bernard Hubaut, mechanical and trials passionate joined with the idea of transforming a TLR in a RTL.
Hubaut and Delwiche thought this was a way to achieve a better price for an RTL, a bike that at that time was virtually inaccessible by its high price.
Thus, set to work starting from an standard TLR engine and developing a new frame with monoshock suspension using special Fournales shock absorber diractely mounted on the chassis almost horizontally.
To improve TLR engine performance Hubaut changed the main jet modified the air filter and exhaust muffler was substantially improved.
Delwiche and Hubaut offered different possibilities for acquiring the bike with different prices.
It was also possible to buy this transformation from a TLR 200 to which he increased the displacement to 250cc
As the RTL were, this model also had a shell-covering made in polyester with a seat included and that hid the petrol tank sandwiched between the frame tubes.
The first bikes were painted red chassis and shell in blue / white / red, but later went mounted with different colors depending on demand.
According Bernard Hubaut, about 60 units were made.
My thanks to David Malfait for the documentation and pictures that kindly he sent me.
The Honda RTL50S
At the end of 1988 Honda made a replica of the successful Honda RTL250S for trials beginners (kids).
Honda made a really nice replica using a two-stroke 50cc. engine.
Colors of this little machine matched with the RTL250S pink version.
Today, thanks to my site friend Stephane Zache I have rediscovered one of the Honda Trials bikes that I'm sure helped a lot of trials beginners like Stephane. (picture below)
Really nice RTL250s Disck brakes Rothmans painted. One of the nicest units I've never saw!! thanks to Valter Ponzo from Italy. At 3rd picture you can see all the spares raedy to be assembled. Good work Valter.
Thanks to Pedro Pablo from Madrid, The bike was only cleaned after 20 years stored and out of use. Pedro Pablo found the bike 100% original condition and he told me that is today running perfectly!!
Thanks to Justyn Jr. who is learning and practicing trial with this nice RTL unit his father bought him.
Special exhaust you can see was according the US regulation.
From Holland, Toon van de Vilet
The TITANIUM RTL250S Special by Franck Chaplain from France
This special project was sent by the friend of this website Franck Chaplain, with the help of his father on his own workshop, he made a very professional and high quality job replacing big part of steel components to Titanium or aluminum. He replaced screws, nuts, washers, shafts, axes, levers, kick start lever, cylinder head, rear dumper, front fork, Showa and Ohlins inside, ...
Incredible job!! Also part of the frame was made in Titanium, amazing believeme!!
Take a look at following pictures to believe that all I'm saying it's true, 100% true!
Thanks Franck :)
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Shichiro Irimajiri First HRC President
Toshiki Nishiyama 1975 TL 250 Japanese rider
Patrick Frei TlL250
Carlo RTL 360
Patrick Pissis RTLR Club
Tommy Sandham TL250
Joan F. "The Honda Trials History"
Jean Caillou RTLR Club