Mick Doohan’s 1998 championship winning NSR500
With Phil Aynsley
Continuing on from the last column (Doohan 1994 Honda NSR500 – Link), the other NSR from Mick Doohan’s collection I shot was the 1998 bike.
For the 1997 season Mick requested that his bikes revert back to the 180 degree “screamer” motor.
Advances to the electronics and tyres since 1991 meant the power (now near 200hp), while not totally tamed, was able to be used by those riders with the most ability.
The 1998 bike retained the “screamer” motor but power was reduced by up to five per cent due the new regulations requiring the use of unleaded fuel.
However torque was improved resulting in better traction and acceleration.