TWO-STROKE TUESDAY | DONNIE HANSEN’S 1982 RC250
The 1982 RC250.
There was a time when works bikes were truly one-off works of art. Before the AMA clamped down on factory bikes, race teams could do about anything and everything. Factory bikes are still by no means stock, but they are hardly as trick as the machines of eons past. Honda is known for winning. Donnie Hansen is among the elite to have won a championship for the Japanese manufacturer. The California native started racing professionally near the end of the 1970’s. While his career was short-lived due to injury, he won both the Supercross and National Championships in 1982. The Honda museum in Torrance, California has his machine out on display. Let’s take a closer look at the works bike.