Honda Powersports brings 2021 Honda Montesa Cota 301RR
A new-model announcement from Honda today included a pair of off-road Powersports products for very different applications.
One is the nimble, lightweight, focused 2021 Montesa Cota 301RR trials bike. The other is the rugged, heavy-duty, versatile 2022 FourTrax Rincon multipurpose ATV.
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Both are undoubtedly the right choices for their specific purposes. And together, they exemplify the wide-ranging nature of Honda’s Powersports lineup.
The Cota 301RR celebrates an essential milestone for Montesa.With unique graphics denoting the Honda subsidiary’s 75th anniversary.
Of course, it also boasts performance-oriented components that are worthy of 28-time FIM World Champion Toni Bou.
Meanwhile, the Rincon—Honda’s largest ATV—offers an ideal combination of comfort. And performance, thanks to the premium, long-travel Independent Rear Suspension and a robust.
675cc single-cylinder engine is positioned longitudinally in the chassis to minimise power loss.
It also comes standard with rugged bodywork and steel front and rear cargo racks to carry loads. (Due to a regulatory change, the 2022 Rincon is a 49-state model and is not for sale in California).
“Off-road enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes, and as demonstrated by today’s announcement. The same is true of Honda’s off-road vehicles,” said Brandon Wilson, Manager of Sports and Experiential at American Honda.
“No other manufacturer produces such a varied family of Powersports vehicles. And both the Montesa Cota 301RR and the FourTrax Rincon are extremely effective for their respective applications.”
2021 MONTESA COTA 301RR
Celebrating a rich history goes back even longer than that of Honda, Montesa marks its 75th anniversary with a special edition of its elite trials machine. Which gets a new look to commemorate the occasion.
Manufactured in the trials hotbed of Barcelona, Spain, the Montesa Cota 301RR now has a red fuel tank in a tribute to early Montesa models. And a gold “75th Anniversary” emblem adorns the fuel-tank cover and fork legs.
A competition-focused model adopts most of its components and technical solutions from the 28-time FIM World Champion Toni Bou machine.
And it boasts a powerful but tractable 299cc four-stroke engine and advanced Tech forks with aluminium stanchions.
- Colour: Red
- MSRP: $11,699
- Availability: July 2021
ENGINE / DRIVETRAIN
- With bore and stroke figures of 81.5 mm and 57.2 mm, displacement is 298cc. The maximum allowed in the Trial2 World Championship.
- Power is biased to the low end and midrange for the smooth. Tractable delivery comes vital for maintaining traction in technical conditions, even with the sudden bursts of acceleration standard in trials riding.
- The three-ring piston and specially designed crankshaft reduce vibration.
- Honda has programmed electronic fuel injection for smooth running in varying conditions.
- It arrives with a lightweight aluminium muffler with a large-diameter inner tube and significant overall volume for maximum torque across the rev range. In addition, a carbon fibre exhaust shield is incorporated for protection.
- The light-but-tough carbon fibre guard protects the clutch on the engine’s right side.
- The decompression system features a large, 2.3 mm crankcase breather tube for reduced engine braking, helping to maintain traction during deceleration.
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
- The 39 mm Formula Tech fork is light, in part because of its aluminium stanchions.
- The Pro-Link® rear-suspension system with single Showa shock absorbs trials sections’ gnarliest obstacles.
- Lightweight aluminium frame and swingarm for agile handling.
- Aluminium wheel hubs minimise unsprung weight for easy steering and predictable handling.
- Petal-style rotors front and rear for optimum braking power and modulation. A four-piston front calliper offers robust and predictable braking, and a plastic guard protects it.
- A large aluminium skid plate with a rubber cushion protects the engine from the impacts against rocks so common in trials.
- An aluminium side stand lets the rider easily park the bike when waiting for his or her turn to enter a section.
- Aluminium fuel tank.
- The rear fender flares out at the end to better protect the rider from mud and water in transfer sections.
- Minimalist LED headlight adds illumination in dark conditions (not road legal).