Normally, we would roast a brand for bringing a “bold new graphics” model to market, but in the case of the 2017 Montesa Cota 4RT260, we will give the Spanish firm a pass…purely because we think trials riding is AWESOME.
So, yup…for the 2017 model year, Montessa is brining basically the same machine to market, with the big changes being the red, white, and blue HRC-inspired color scheme, along with the chromed fork tubes that have black-painted lowers.
If it counts as a technical change, the kickstarter lever has been made longer than on what is found on the 2016 model, and of course there is a “race replica” version, which drips in carbon fiber, Showa suspension pieces, and has the traditional Repsol livery.
Both machines are based around the same 259cc Honda engine, and have two riding modes (one for full-power and the other for low-traction conditions). Since 2015, the Montesa bikes have had a high-power fuel pump and refined ECU mapping, for maximum performance.
So far both the Cota 4RT260 and the Race Replica have only been announced for the European market (which for now includes the UK), though we would expect American Honda to import at least one of the machines to the USA as well.
Expect to see the 2017 Montesa Cota 4RT260 in European dealerships, starting September 2016.
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2017 Montesa Cota 4RT260 Race Replica: