“Trials riding is a very unique style of competition that’s spectacular to watch and incredibly difficult to do well,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. “Last year we unveiled the COTA 4RT Race Replica, a hard-core bike made for national-level competition. That bike returns for 2015 with some important new features. The new COTA 4RT 260 we’re introducing is designed and priced for riders entering the sport; those who compete at local and regional levels, rather than in national-level and pro events. Together, this pair allows trials riders to pick the one that best suits their tastes and budget.”
Updates to the 4RT Race Replica include a new four-piston monobloc front brake caliper and an updated shift lever. The triple clamps and handlebar receive a new black finish while the front fender has been slimmed-down and reshaped for a sleeker aspect. Honda also includes a restyled final-drive rear sprocket.
The 259cc liquid-cooled Single equipped on the 2014 iteration remains, as does the close-ratio five-speed transmission, 39mm Showa fork and Pro-Link Showa rear shock. The 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels and Michelin tires, extra-wide aluminum footpegs and swath of carbon fiber also carry-over from the previous model year. Though much remains the same, the few tweaks that were made have resulted in a price bump for 2015, and the 4RT Race Replica carries an MSRP of $9499 for 2015. That’s up $500 more than the 2014 model.
The 4RT 260 features the same aluminum frame and engine as the Race Replica version, but comes with a different suspension package. Out front a 39mm TECH fork soaks up bumps while a Pro-Link R16V shock is equipped out back. Suspension travel is rated the same as the Race Replica though, at 6.9-inches (front) and 6.7-inches (rear).
The primary difference with the 260 is the inclusion of a larger seat than the Race Replica, allowing riders to sit more comfortably while waiting for the next obstacle if needed. The seat can be removed or swapped out for more aggressive competition. MSRP for the 260 is listed at $7799. Both versions at expected to be available January 2015, and requests for the machines will be accepted on the American Honda website starting August 1, 2014.