Honda vehicle wins Delta award for industrial design • Total Motorcycle
New Montesa Cota 301RR got one of our country’s most important design recognitions, the Delta in the Industrial Design category, which is a real finishing touch to a very special year for the brand, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The Delta are awards given by the ADI-FAD (Industrial Design Association for the Promotion of Arts and Design), one of the benchmark institutions at European level in terms of design, this distinction therefore makes even greater relevance.
Montesa continues to demonstrate its capacity for innovation and design in all of its products, which has already earned it two Delta awards for two of its most popular and iconic models: the Gold Delta for the Impala and Silver Delta for level 247 . On this occasion, the Cota 301RR got the Bronze Delta .
Historically, the Delta selection wanted to recognize the work of industrial designers and production companies and for many years it has been a benchmark for the sector and a valuable platform for promotion and public recognition.
In this sense, it is worth highlighting the work carried out by the Montesa Honda factory located in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, hence the Cota 4RT260 and Race Replica, the 4RIDE and the Cota 301RR are manufactured exclusively for the whole world. It should be noted that all manufacturing process are carried out in the factory, in particular: the assembly of the engine, the plastic injection, the manufacture of the aluminum frame, the fuel tank and the swingarm, processes which guarantee the high levels of quality of the mark.
The Cota the model now has has been in continuous production for 52 years . It is the only motorcycle sold continuously since 1968 in Spain. Its formula for success is based on R&D efforts and high technological quality, adapting at all times to market needs. In this way, the Montesa Cota is the oldest motorcycle manufactured in Spain and the only motorcycle, not a scooter, of continuous production in Europe for five decades . Since its launch on the market, more than 160,000 units have been sold .
During these 52 years of production, from the first Cota 247 to the Cota 301RR, no less than 44 variants of the Cota model have been released, a figure which demonstrates the great development and production capacity of the Montesa factory, certified by the more than 1,276,000 units (441,000 Montesa and 835,000 Honda) produced between 1945 and 2017.
The products of the Delta selection will be part of the exposure ‘ The best design of the year ‘, which will take place in spring 2021. The selected products will also be published in the ADI Book , the book that includes all the content generated by the ADI Award .
About the Montesa Cota 301RR
The Montesa Cota 301RR is distinguished by its exclusivity in terms of technological solutions , but also for being a model of the highest quality, which has undoubtedly won it the Delta Award.
This model, like its 260cc sisters, equips a Compact and revolutionary 4-stroke and 4-valve engine powered by electronic fuel injection PGM-FI , without battery, resulting very efficient in terms of pollutant emissions at the same time as for its important values of torque and power. This is undoubtedly one of its main characteristics that sets it apart from the competition, which mainly equips two-stroke engines.
The general concept of the Cota seeks to reduce the weight of the assembly as much as possible thanks to the use of lightweight materials while simplifying the number of components. In this sense, it is worth highlighting the use of aluminum in the frame, swingarm, wheels, wheel hubs, front suspension, footrests and fuel tank. Another innovative technical solution is the no subframe , the function of which is provided by the same air filter housing, which supports elements such as the rear fender and muffler. In addition, the advanced fuel injection system requires no battery and the rear rim design with a central rib allows the use of tubeless tires, solutions that help reduce overall weight.
The rear rim design in turn allows easy spoke tension, a very necessary aspect in testing, since the rear wheel is under constant tension due to the large number of impacts to which it is subjected.
The model also uses carbon as an element of great lightness and impact resistance in the side covers of the engine.
The rear fender assembly has ribs that provide greater flexural strength without the need for a metal structure. Its design allows reasonable protection against dirt and mud, as well as easy access to the air filter for easy maintenance.
The motorcycle design is based on the need for the rider to be able to control the motorcycle with his legs while having maximum freedom of movement. In this sense, the Cota 301RR removes superfluous elements that could mean interference thanks to a compact design where everything is perfectly integrated and at the same time protected in the event of a fall. It is also worth noting the excellent quality of the plastics, which are practically unbreakable.
In addition to compactness, the test models require high ground clearance to avoid impact with the underside of the engine. For this, a strong crankcase cover plate is used, also made of aluminum, which in turn acts as a strong part of the frame assembly.
In terms of safety, it has a “man overboard” device connected to the pilot which immediately stops the engine in the event of an accident. If the engine is not disconnected through this device, the model has a tilt sensor that automatically stops the engine.
Another safety measure is solid core brake discs to protect the extremities, mainly the fingers of the hands, when the wheels are in motion.
The clutch system is hydraulically actuated, thus ensuring a greater level of control by the rider, in addition to reducing his level of fatigue.
The rear suspension benefits from an advanced Pro-Link progressivity system, which allows a large travel of the rear suspension with the help of a small shock absorber with which the objectives of compactness and lightness required in this model are achieved.
The 301RR is the most powerful Cota mass-produced. It is a motorcycle designed for competition, hence its surname RR (Race Ready). The model has the proven experience inherited from the competition machines used by Montesa racers in the World trial championship , from which it takes most of its components and technical solutions.
Regarding its design, the new Cota 301RR present more aggressive and angular lines , bringing a more sporty and modern touch. In this sense, it is worth highlighting the New, upper rear fender and the new fuel tank design , which leaves behind its rounded shapes to give way to a more Racing design. It should also be noted the new LED racing headlight .
But without a doubt, one of the aspects that will attract the most attention is the new colors of this model, unheard of so far at Montesa and in trials . It’s a dark gray color which, elegantly combined with the inimitable Montesa red and some white details, gives it an originality and an unprecedented radiance. This innovative combination is also enhanced by the elegant gold on the fork legs and some other components. Additionally, for the more nostalgic, the Cota 301RR is also available with a red and black option, more in line with its predecessor, the Cota 300RR.