Honda has a well-established and hard-earned reputation among riders in a variety of motorsports, and the “observed trial” riders are no exception. Introducing the 2015 Montesa Cota 4RT260 and Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica; two variations of a bike that honors its heritage that goes all the way back to the Honda-Montesa merger of the mid-1980’s. While this tribute is mainly cosmetic, consisting of the name and race-replica trim package, the competitive nature of this bike is hard to ignore, and it combines two of the best-known names in this relatively niche market.

  • 2015 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Displacement:
    259 cc
  • Price:
    9499

Design

2015 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica Exterior
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Typical of trial-bike design, these rides look somewhat like a banana with two wheels and an engine, which happens to be ideal for its designed purpose. Honda graced them with a newly designed front mudguard and shifter that lends a slimmer and more elegant look than previous models, and the new blacked-out handlebar design and colored triple-tree provide an instant visual cue to aid in identifying the 2015 models at a glance. The 4RT Race Replica also comes with various carbon-fiber components that differentiate it from the 4RT260.

Chassis

2015 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica Exterior Drivetrain
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While both models share a lightweight aluminum frame, Honda’s choice of suspension components represents another marked difference between the two. The 4RT260 rides on fully-adjustable 39 mm TECH front forks and an R16V with the Pro-Link rear suspension, and the Race Replica version sports all-around, fully-adjustable Showa suspension components, both of which provide the same front- and rear-travel at 6.9 and 6.7 inches, respectively – ample cushion for even the most demanding trial course.

While comfort is not exactly what you would call a common buzzword in these circles, Honda did what it could by offering a removable seat (that almost never gets used), and wide foot pegs help combat the dreaded bruised foot arches that can develop after particularly demanding courses. Curb weight is a feather-light 165.1 pounds, which includes the meager but sufficient 1/2-gallon fuel capacity. A single 185 mm front disc and 150 mm rear disc with monoblock hydraulic calipers provide all the braking power necessary for precise control when negotiating the difficult terrain associated with this sport.

Drivetrain

2015 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica Exterior Drivetrain
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A liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke, 259 cc engine provides the power for these rides. The engine takes advantage of Honda’s “Unicam” technology that actuates the four valves within the head. The Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) through a 28 mm throttle body manages fuel delivery, and the electronically controlled digital transistorized ignition controls the spark.

An optional HRC kit provides riders with the ability to tweak the fuel- and ignition-mapping with the aid of a laptop computer to adjust for personal preference, course conditions and weather. Another nifty innovation is the crankcase-decompression function that decreases engine braking, providing even more of the surgical precision demanded by this sport, and its competitive riders.

Price

2015 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica Exterior
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Base price on both models falls just below the 10K mark at $9,499, and the color schemes come with a choice of blue-, orange-, white- or red-dominant patterns. Additionally, the Race Replica comes with the graphics and colors of the Team Honda Repsol bikes used by Toni Bou and Takashi Fujinami.

He Said:

“Observed-trial competitions are my second-favorite type of ’races’ to watch, right after national-level Supercross. Partly because of the incredible control and skill required for the sport (of which I have none), but also because the impossible terrain they navigate that would give pause to a mountain goat!”

She Said

My wife and fellow writer, Allyn Hinton, says, "Oh I love these guys that ride the motorcycle trials. This requires a skillset that I appreciate so much more than just riding fast. Yes, I know riding fast has its own skillset, but these trial competitions are awesome. If you have the opportunity to watch one of these events, do it. The precision control the riders demonstrate over obstacles in rugged terrain is poetry in motion. The 2015 Montesa Cota 4RT Race Replica is a carryover from 2014, but with a few updates such as the flashy decorations, new angular front mudguard, new monoblock four-piston front caliper and a final transmission ratio that takes advantage of a new 41-tooth rear sprocket."

Specifications

Engine Type: Liquid-Cooled Single-Cylinder Four-Stroke
Displacement: 259 cc
Bore And Stroke: 78.0 mm X 54.2 mm
Induction: Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) 28mm Throttle Body
Ignition: Electronically Controlled Digital Transistorized
Compression Ratio: 10.5 to 1
Valve Train: Unicam®, Four Valve
Transmission: Close-Ratio Five-Speed Transmission
Front Suspension: 39 mm Showa® Cartridge-Type Telescopic Fork With Pre-Load Compression And Extension Adjustments. 175 mm = 6.9 Inches
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link®, Showa® Damper With Pre-Load And Extension Adjustments. 170 mm = 6.7inches
Front Brake: Single 185 mm Hydraulic Disc With Four-Piston Caliper And Sintered Metal Pads
Rear Brake: Single 150mm Hydraulic Disc With Dual-Piston Caliper And Sintered Metal Pads
Front Tire: 2.75-21 Michelin
Rear Tire: 4.00-18 Michelin
Wheelbase: 52.0 Inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 23.0 Degrees
Trail: 2.48 Inches
Seat Height: 25.6 Inches
Curb Weight: 162.3 Pounds, 165.1 Pounds With Fuel
Fuel Capacity: 0.5 Gallons
Ground Clearance: 13.2 Inches
Model: ID MRT2604F
Available Colors: Blue/Orange/White/Red
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