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1992: 1/8th Kyosho hanging on rider (HOR)

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The hanging on rider bike, otherwise known as the HOR, active rider, and Mark 2 (German for version 2), was introduced by Kyosho in 1992. In four years time, Kyosho completely redesigned the Mark 1 frame to closely resemble that of a real 500cc GP bike - complete with USD forks, a radiator cover, and a compact gearbox. However the absolute genius of their new design was that the rider was jointed at the shoulders, hips, arms, and knees and moved in snyc w/steering (hence, the rider "hangs on" while turning). The HOR comes in two different versions - 1992 Lucky Strike Suzuki Kevin Schwantz or Doug Chandler body/paint scheme and 1991 Rothmans Honda Wayne Gardner or Mick Doohan body/paint scheme.


Ian's HOR hopup guide rev8 - 4.7MB (updated 9/17/05)

I think that most "Kyosho riders" would agree that using a broom (or your hands) to sweep away debris and rocks from your bike's eventual track path is the best modification you can do to prevent a majority of the crashes that happen with the smaller 1/8th scale bikes. Since they are made mostly from plastic, any rocks that happen to cross under the front wheel tend to do very bad things! Do you and your bike a favor and scan the surface everytime before you run.

Advantage to the lexan front fairing is that it is lighter, easier to paint, and also more resistant to chips since the paint is on the inside. Materials needed: 3 liter clear soda bottle, Kyosho plastic fairing, permanent marker, lexan curved scissors, hair dryer, hole reamer, lexan paint.
1) Rinse out the bottle and cut off the top and bottom. Cut right down one side so you have a curve sheet of lexan.
2) Shape the top curved part of the bottle onto the Kyosho fairing and use the marker to trace the shape. It's hard to do both halves so I usually trace the top half and do the lower half later (with plenty of overlap).
3) Cut it out and align with the fairing. I usually leave the shape as is but you can use a heat gun to conform more to the Kyosho shape.
4) Line the fairing up with your modded frame and punch holes for the crash bar mounts. Paint the inside with lexan paint.
5) Cut a line on the bottom of the lower fairing for easier battery replacement. Line the insides with tape to protect the paint from scratching on the frame. 




The crash bars are one of the most important components of an R/C bike. Too long and you won’t be able to lean the bike over as much and carry any corner speed, while too short the fairing will scrape against the ground and you risk not being able to get your bike back up from a full lean! The problem with the stock crash bars for the HOR is the latter. Many options to fix this – bending the crash bars downwards, increasing the front fork length to increase ride height, running w/o the fairing, etc., but this mod will allow you to setup the lean angle to your liking. Can also be used on the Mark 1 bike.

Materials needed: Set of four metal setscrew wing mounts (Trinity makes them, search "wing mount" on, 0.078” dia. music wire, four long 4-40 steel setscrews, threadlock.

1.        First do the crash bar mount area mod listed above. This gives you fresh 4-40 tapped holes.

2.        Take the setscrews and thread lock them into the wing mount. Try to leave around 3/8"-1/2" of setscrew exposed. Let it dry, then thread them into each hole of the frame (w/fairing attached).

3.        Now for the tricky part – using a vice, pliers, a curved surface, and a cutter, size two crash bars keeping in mind the distance between the couplers and also how far the bar sticks out. Make sure the tip of the crash bar is not pointed. You don't have to make it curved, it can be a U shape with three straight edges. I like it curved however so you can easily slide on a nylon cylinder on it and CA glue it in place.

4.        Next put them snugly into the mounts, tighten the setscrews, and check your angle of lean. If something is touching the ground, chances are it will catch as you ride the bike. Shorten/make new ones/bend them down as necessary.

5.        Another way to make the crash bars are to bend the music wire into the same shape as the stock ones, but longer. A bit tougher but it works. See pic #2.



Thanks to Pat of the rcgroups forum, functional dual disc front brakes now exist for the Kyosho bikes. They are actuated by a micro servo in the chassis and brake cables that squeeze the small brake pads onto the discs. Nice work Pat!! To buy them, click on the link below and send a request to Pat.



For maximum power, top speed, and run time, with low maintenance and in a compact design, try installing the latest brushless motor systems out there. Before they were only available for small airplanes (no brakes) but now there are many decent controllers out there (w/fully proportional brakes) for cars such as the Mini-T and HPI Micro RS4. Pictured here is the Mamba 6800Kv brushless system. Can also be used on the Mark 1 bike.

For those of you considering the Speed 300, you should know that the hole pattern doesn't fit into the gearbox! Actually it is a bit wider than what is provided. You have two options, either drill the wider holes in the gearbox (plastic or alum. gearboxes) or get an adapter that makes the holes closer together.
Read a review for the Speed 300 here:
Can also be used on the Mark 1 bike.


The gearboxes look realistic but for tightening and swapping setscrew-type motor pinions, they're not very good because there's no room for your allen wrench. Take a dremel and carve out a slot on the lower left hand corner of the case and now you have room to servce your pinions.



When you take a look at the Mark 2 frame you’ll notice that the backsides of the rear crashbar mounting holes are pretty thin. They break easily from hard landings, so beefing up this section will definitely save you from buying a replacement frame set. Obviously you could beef up the whole frame but these sections are most likely to crack (but in addition to the rear mounts I also beef up the front mounts in the same manner). Can also be used on the Mark 1 bike.


sandpaper, 4-40 hex driver, 4-40 drill and tap, ” 4-40 hex socket screw x2, transparent tape, Devcon 2-Ton epoxy (2-part w/syringe), dremel


1)      Disassemble the frame into halves and scratch off the innersides of the rear crash bar mounts with some sandpaper. If you’re modifying the chrome plated frame set make sure to get all the chrome off this and the surrounding sections as well, or else the epoxy won’t stick.

2)      Take the 4-40 drill bit and enlarge the mounting hole. Just make one slow pass in and out. Then tap the hole with 4-40 thread all the way through. Thread a fairly long 4-40 hex socket screw all the way into the holes.

3)      Tape off the edges of the whole section using transparent tape. This creates a temporary wall that prevents the epoxy from dripping all over the place.

4)      Next, pour a small amount of the 2-part epoxy on a disposable plate and mix with the plastic stirrer. With the stirrer, scoop small amounts of the epoxy onto the backside section until you get about a ” of depth.

5)      Once you get enough epoxy in there fix the orientation of the frame so that the epoxy pretty much stays in place. Leave overnight. When you take a look at it again you’ll notice that it is rock hard. Take your hex wrench and slowly back the screw out. Then remove the tape.

6)      The right side frame is now complete - for the left side, you must dremel off some epoxy so that the gearbox can easily fit. And that’s it!  




If you decide to use the kit plastic front body set you will run into a few problems while running the bikes. First of all, at full lean the bike will drag away at the lower fairing and scratch up your paint job! Next, with the way the lower fairing snaps into the upper cowling, it is very easy to come off while running. An easy fix for the two problems is to run without the lower fairing, but if you want to run with it on try these mods. Can also be used on the Mark 1 bike.

1)     Buy some Team Associated clear chassis protector sheet #6312 and cut two 1“x1” sections. Place them on each side of the lower front side of the fairing to take up the scratches.

2)     Take two short strips of carbon fiber plate (or plastic if convenient) and drill a hole on one end large enough to fit a 3mm screw, and CA glue a 3mm nut on a side of the hole.

3)     Put the side of the hole w/o the nut onto the top cowling (on a flat area) and drill a hole aligned with the screw. Make sure a short piece of the carbon fiber is trailing off. Then screw it in place with a 3mm screw. This will be the place where the bottom fairing mounts to the cowling.

4)     Attach the lower fairing on and CA glue the trailed off carbon fiber plate onto the fairing. Now you have a way to secure on the fairing during races!



Also, in high speed crashes the windshield is likely to crack off because of the thin sections held by the screws. Consider replacing these two metal screws with 2-56 plastic acetal screws and nuts from your local model train hobby shop so in a crash they break off instead, keeping the windshield intact. Same can also be done to the Mark 1 bike.



Depending upon your preference, the front end could use a little bit more height to avoid scratching up the bottom fairing during cornering at full lean. Try lengthening your front forks by adding in spacers to the top of the forks before you insert them into the triple clamp assembly. You can also lengthen them a bit more by unscrewing the bottom axle carriers a little bit from the fork shafts.


Jimmy from the rcgroups forum makes and sells these! Email him at


By using the stock “swivel” steering method the bike will be very slow to react to driver input because you are essentially running on a flat front tire. To properly simulate air pressure for the Kyosho tires, mold an insert out of silicone. The difference in handling is like night and day.

Materials: OOMOO 25 two-part silicone mold making rubber from (or art store), vaseline, kit front rim, kit front tire (after this procedure it cannot be used for running), flywheel (optional), syringe to inject silicone, x-acto knife.

1) Coat the inside of the front tire with a thin layer of vaseline to prevent the silicone from sticking.

2) Assemble the front tire to the front rim and use an x-acto knife to cutout a small hole for the syringe to fit in. Using the flywheel is optional (different handling characteristics with this).

3)  Mix the two-part silicone 1:1 as per the instructions, place into syringe, and inject into the tire hole until it is COMPLETELY full. In fact, overfill it to make sure. Allow to sit overnight.

4) Carefully peel the insert off the rim and use the x-acto knife to trim off the excess flashing. Then install onto clean rim and tire, making sure that the insert sits correctly and evenly. Done!



Despite the kit coming with none whatsoever we recommend you put some decent foam inserts in the rear tires. Inserts come with the Kyosho high grip tire set #GPW14, but these are way too soft. For a more consistent rear bite try using ”D round foam backer rod from your local hardware store. Cut the ends at an angle and fit it into the rear tire. Also you can use rubber cement to glue the ends of the foam together, but if you press fit the foam snug tight then don’t worry about it. Same can also be done to the Mark 1 bike.


In some of the more spectacular crashes the top cover of the rider's back may dislodge and fall off. Before races consider wrapping a zip-tie around the rider's body to prevent this. Then cut it off before your victory photo shoot!


This is another one of those convenience/reliability mods if you plan to race the HORs. This sounds a little funny but when you crash, the arms can dislocate from the elbows! That's because the loop on the black plastic piece that connects the joint has a slot in it where the arm can dislodge easily. The way to fix this is to make a similar piece out of carbon fiber sheet (or plastic if convenient) and make it so that the loops are CLOSED. Then reassemble the arms as usual. Instant fix!

The instruction manual says to install the servo "pin" onto the servo horn on the innermost hole, but for more response mount the pin on the topmost hole. With the longer torque arm you get more consistency from your steering servo.


Standard 7.2V 6-cell 600mah and 270mah batteries have a small amount of play when installed into the battery tray. This can cause it to move around a bit and dislodge. Consider attaching a few pieces of thick foam tape (HPI Part #6273) to the rear ends of your batteries to get rid of the slop. Can also be used on the Mark 1 bike.


Last updated: 3/14/06


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