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The 52° Honda V-twin

Introduced in 1987, this watercooled 52° Honda V-twin delivered a decent 50 horsepower. It comes equipped with a single overhead camshaft, operating two intake valves and a single exhaust valve. Its robust construction resulted in a virtually indestructible powersource for a remarkable all-purpose vehicle.

This particular engine was used to train certified Honda mechanics and after many years of service found its way to the Transalp Club of the Netherlands. There it found a second life educating members on the inner workings of this interesting little engine. More recently I opened up the engine casings to reveal the inner mechanisms such that the meshing of gears, shifting mechanism and valve train can be explored. The crankshaft can be operated by hand and all moving bits and pieces are still functioning.