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Help Pre vs Post 94' MC22s - Noticable power difference?

Discussion in 'Honda 250cc In-line 4's' started by Queestce, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Queestce

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    G'day All,

    I'm in the market for an MC22 to turn into a track bike and hopefully race in P6 250 prod classes. I have been looking for pre 94' models because due the newer ones being restricted from factory. I wondered if this is worth it or a waste of time?... Is the power difference noticeable, or am I likely going to find the lower initial power of the newer bike might be made up for by the fact that it could be almost a decade newer?!…

    Appreciate any insight of advice.

    Cheers,

    Tom
     
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    @danlar81 can you help, you have one of each as race bikes
     
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    To be honest, I have owned both and never really felt the difference, but that was for road use. from what I understand there are differences in the cylinder head, carbs, insulators , wiring harness, left hand switch block and headers. From what I have read, the L and the N models have 45hp, in 1994 this was dropped to 40hp due to changes in Japanese law. The R models made from 1994 onwards do have more torque which helped mask the hp drop .

    If you are racing it then I’d chase down an L or N model , but they are staring to get a bit tired due to age and having the beans revved out of them as they were the ultimate learner bike. There are still go ones out there , make sure you get the clearances done as most learner riders never did them.

    Team out teamtiger.com.au as he some great tips on setting up a mc22 for racing
     
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    Thanks mate, appreciate the insight. I hadn't actually realised the R models had TQ gain. Probably not too much use on the track though as I reckon I'll spend most of the time ringing the poor things tits off :D Finding a good L/N model is proving difficult. Many seem to be so poorly maintained. Lots of sloppy throttles, levers, brakes etc. Not hard fixes but it all adds up. I'll keep looking, gotta be some good ones out there. I can't fathom spending the $4000 odd that some people ask. I'm trying to find a decent one for < $2000. Seems like it should be achievable for a 30 year old 250 that's probably been thrashed, but we'll see...

    The Team Tiger tips are great, will take those onboard for sure!
     
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    I believe you won't notice any difference. Although the L & N are slightly different to the R model, these bikes are from 20 to 30 years old. Once upon a time, you could notice the difference in performance between them, but they are now so old that it won't matter anymore. Now, it all depends on how good the engine is. Ken Watson races a 98 model and his bike performs as good as his 1990 model.
    Just make sure the bike has a good engine. You might want to check with Ken and Keo Watson if they have any bikes for sale. They are always building bikes for the track and comply with P6 rules.
     
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