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2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260
2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260

2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260
2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260

2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260
2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260

2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260
2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260

2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 Review

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Revolution on two wheels…

The 4RT260 is a cutting-edge trials bike, the perfect combination of Honda’s engine technology and Montesa’s world-championship trials experience. Responsive handling is provided by the lightweight aluminum frame and swingarm, along with high-quality suspension components and Dunlop tires. The 4RT260 boasts a unique removable seat to adapt to different riding applications, and it also has a convenient under-seat storage area.

Capping off a season that saw Repsol Honda trials rider Toni Bou land an incredible 20th World Championship (10 outdoor, 10 indoor), while U.S. Montesa Honda rider Marc Freixa landed the AMA/NATC MotoTrials National Championship, American Honda announces its lineup of 2017 Montesa trials motorcycles. Between the exclusive Cota 300RR and the capable Cota 4RT260, Honda Montesa has something for trials riders of every level.

“No one is more passionate about their pastime than trials enthusiasts, so it’s gratifying to continue supporting these customers in the U.S., particularly given the success Honda has enjoyed this year in international and domestic competition,” said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications at American Honda.

A cutting-edge machine that is attainable both for trials enthusiasts and those looking for a cross-training tool, the 4RT260 was first introduced to the U.S. market in 2015. Now offered in a striking new White/Blue/Red livery, the 2017 version also has the longer kick-start lever from the 300RR, making starting easier. The aesthetic changes can also be noticed on the fork, now included with a chromed tube and black leg. The 4RT260 retains the reliable 260cc four-stroke engine that was improved last year, boasting a strong power curve, with an emphasis on bottom end and midrange. A clever crankcase decompressing system reduces the engine-braking effect at closed throttle, improving handling and making the bike feel lighter. Also standard is top-level suspension, with a fork from Tech and a shock from R16V—both well known in the trials world.

In an age of electronic rider aids and MotoGP bikes that easily break 200 miles per hour, the Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 and Cota 300RR Race Replica are a completely different way of experiencing the best of what motorcycling can offer. It’s a genius concept: Take Montesa’s legendary know-how when it comes to building world-championship trials bikes, combine that with a Honda engine, top it off with state-of-the-art suspension, and you get two of the best specialist motorcycles available in the world. Just ask trials rider Toni Bou, who used his Cota to win an incredible 20th World Championship (10 outdoor, 10 indoor), or Marc Freixa who won the AMA/NATC Moto Trials National Championship.

Check out these two great options: The Cota 4RT260 is a cutting-edge trials bike, the perfect combination of Honda’s engine technology and Montesa’s world-championship trials experience. Want to ride what the champions ride? Then check out the Cota 300RR Race Replica, with its 288cc engine. It’s even lighter than the feathery Cota 4RT260.

For 2017, both Cota models get some new color and graphic updates. Now both bikes also feature a longer kickstarter, so one-kick starts are the norm. And both offer twin ignition maps for varying course conditions. But no matter which Cota you choose, you’re getting one of the best pure trials bikes ever built—a marriage made in motorcycling heaven.

Revolution on two wheels.

The Montesa Honda Cota 4RT began a revolution in the trials arena since its introduction in 2006, bringing the environmental benefits of four-stroke technology, along with strong power and torque delivery, to a world previously dominated by two-stroke machinery.

Step up

The journey goes on.

When things start to get more competitive, you need a bike that can step up with you. That’s where the new Cota 4RT260 comes in. Featuring a brand new exterior with white, red and blue detail, it feels sportier than ever before. The tech fork has been fitted with a chromed tube and a black leg, whilst the 260cc engine has improved traction and engine breaking that’s been further minimised to make it feel even lighter.

Cota 4RT260 World performance, superior quality and proven reliability.



2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 Key Features

Honda Unicam power

The Cota 4RT260 uses an exclusive Honda 259 cc liquid-cooled 4-valve Unicam engine that was designed and tuned specifically for the unique demands of trials riding, including the need for ultra-strong low-rpm power.

Power boost

A high-pressure fuel pump helps to boost midrange and top-end performance while maintaining the engine’s excellent power delivery at low rpm.

Easy to modulate

Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) with a narrow, high-velocity 28 mm throttle body ensures rapid fuel/air flow and precise cylinder filling, resulting in crisp power delivery that’s easy to modulate – so critical in trials riding.

Battery-less ignition

Battery-less digital ignition includes a bank-angle sensor to switch off the ignition when the motorcycle is lying horizontal.

Linear power curve

Precise mapping of the ignition system’s ECU gives the engine a consistent power curve, particularly in the low and mid ranges.

Reduced engine braking

A crankcase decompression system limits engine braking when closing the throttle for improved rider control, making the bike feel lighter and easier to handle.

Optimum fan placement

The radiator fan is positioned in a manner that promotes evacuation of dirt, pebbles or other objects and prevents blockage of the fan itself.

Smooth, accurate shifting

Gearing in the close-ratio five-speed transmission was selected to perfectly match the engine’s powerband so you always have the perfect gear for whatever section you’re riding.

Dual Map ECU

Traction different from one section to the next? No problem. The Cota’s ECU lets you choose between two ignition maps with the flick of a handlebar-mounted switch.

Classic quality

The Cota 4RT260 features an aluminum chassis with a gorgeous finish, showcasing classic Montesa styling and impeccable manufacturing quality.

Tight packaging

Every component was painstakingly designed to be as compact and to fit as tightly as possible, resulting in a bike that’s incredibly svelte and smooth, with a minimum of jutting surfaces to inhibit your movement.

Premium suspension

A 39 mm TECH cartridge-type adjustable fork provides 175 mm (6.9 in.) of travel. The Repsol Race Replica edition steps up to a premium Showa competition-spec fork.

Pro-Link performance

At the back, the Pro-Link suspension features an adjustable R16V damper and 170 mm (6.7 in.) of travel, while the Race Replica edition features a competition-spec Showa adjustable shock.

Innovative rear wheel

The 32-spoke rear wheel features an innovative system incorporating central-adjustment spokes for a significant weight reduction. The system also allows the Cota to use a tubeless rear tire.

Traction and handling

Dunlop D803GP tires provide incredible traction while also giving the Cota more-responsive handling.

Strong and light

Compact and lightweight front brake system uses a 4-piston caliper (monoblock on the Race Replica edition), 183 mm rotor and sintered metal pads. The rear brake features a 2-piston caliper, 150 mm hydraulic disc and sintered metal pads.

Secure grip

Wide, adjustable footrests provide extra grip and confidence in the toughest sections.

Best of both

Weighing just 74.2 kg (163.7 lb) with fuel, the Cota 4RT260 is a cutting-edge trials bike – the perfect combination of Honda’s engine technology and Montesa’s world-championship trials experience.

Removable seat

The 4RT260 includes an easily installed additional seat that incorporates a handy storage area, so you can use your Cota for both serious competition and fun play riding.

Carbon-fibre protection

The Repsol Race Replica edition comes equipped with beautiful carbon-fibre guards on the fork, engine cases and muffler that look trick and provide additional protection.




2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 Features and Benefits

•Competition-ready, 259cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder four-stroke engine features a special crankcase decompression system that reduces engine braking, allowing even more control in challenging trials conditions.
•Close-ratio 5-speed transmission.
•Optional HRC FI tuning kit allows customers to fine-tune the Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and ignition maps to match riding conditions.

Chassis/ Suspension
•39mm TECH cartridge-type telescopic fork with preload and rebound adjustments and 6.9 inches of travel.
•Pro-Link R16V rear suspension damper with preload and rebound adjustments and 6.7 inches of travel.
•Wide, adjustable foot pegs provide maximum comfort and control.
•Hydraulic disc brakes with four-piston front and two-piston rear calipers.
•Slim tank and seat area for unrestricted movement.
•Consult owner’s manual for optional racing parts
•Meets current CARB and EPA emissions standards


2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7899 USD

Engine Type 259cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore and Stroke 78.0mm x 54.2mm
Induction Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) 28mm throttle body
Ignition Electronically controlled digital transistorized
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Valve Train Unicam®, 4 valves
Transmission Close-ratio five-speed transmission
Final Drive #520 chain; 10T/41T
Front Suspension 39mm TECH cartridge-type telescopic fork with Pre-load extension adjustments; 6.9 inch stroke
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® system, R16V single shock absorber with preload extension adjustment; 6.7 inch stroke
Front Brake Single 185mm hydraulic disc with 4-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Rear Brake Single 150mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Front Tire 2.75-21 Dunlop
Rear Tire 4.00-18 Dunlop
Wheelbase 52.0 inches
Rake (Caster Angle) 23.0°
Trail 63mm (2.48 inches)
Seat Height 25.6 inches
Curb Weight** 163.7 pounds
Fuel Capacity 0.5 gallons
Ground Clearance 13.2 inches
Model ID MRT260H
Available Colors White/Blue/Red



2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $10999 CDN

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine Type
Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke
259 cc
Bore & Stroke
78.0 mm x 54.2 mm
Compression Ratio
Valve Train
Unicam, 4 valves
Fuel Delivery
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Close-ratio five-speed
Final Drive
#520 Chain; 10T/41T
Chassis & Suspension
Front Suspension
39 mm TECH fork with pre-load extension adjustments; 175 mm (6.9 in.) travel. Race Replica Model: 39 mm Showa fork with pre-load, compression and extension adjustments; 175 mm (6.9 in.) travel
Rear Suspension
Pro-Link, R16V damper with pre-load and extension adjustments; 170 mm (6.7 in.) travel. Race Replica Model: Pro-Link, Showa damper with pre-load and extensions adjustments; 170 mm (6.7 in.) travel
Additional Information
Front: 80/100-21 Dunlop D803GP Rear: 120/100-18 Dunlop D803GP Race Replica Model: Front: 2.75-21 Michelin Trail Competition Rear: 4.00-18 Michelin Trail Competition X11
Front: 183 mm hydraulic disc with four-piston caliper and sintered metal pads Rear: 150 mm hydraulic disc with two-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Ground Clearance
335 mm (13.2 in.)
Seat Height
650 mm (25.6 in.)
1,321 mm (52 in.)
Curb Weight
74.3 kg (163.7 lbs.) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
Fuel Capacity
1.9 litres
Red, Repsol Team Replica


2017 Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 – European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £5699 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Bore × Stroke (mm) 78 x 54.2
Carburation Electronic fuel injection PGM-FI
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1
Engine Displacement (cc) 258.9
Engine Type (cm³) Single, 4-strokes, 4 valves, SOHC, liquid cooled
Starter Kick starter


Brakes Front 185 × 3.5 mm hydraulic disc with 4-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Brakes Rear 150 × 2.5 mm hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Suspension Front 39 mm TECH telescopic fork with compression and rebound adjustment. 175mm stroke
Suspension Rear Pro-Link system, R16V shock with compression and rebound adjustment. 170 mm stroke
Tyres Front Front 80/100 21 (Dunlop)
Tyres Rear Rear 120/100 R18 (Dunlop)
Wheels Front Aluminium rims/ wire spokes
Wheels Rear Aluminium rims/ wire spokes

Dimensions and Weights

Caster Angle 23°
Dimensions (L×W×H) (mm) 2,016 × 830 × 1,130 mm
Frame type Diamond, aluminium twin spar
Ground Clearance (mm) 335 mm
Seat Height (mm) 650 mm
Trail (mm) 63 mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1321 mm


Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
Final Drive Roller chain
Transmission Type 5-speed

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