For The Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin. For this installment of the series, Bourne finds himself in Moscow, Turin, Paris, London, Madrid, New York City, and Tangiers. The Tangiers location is the on most important for we motorcycle enthusiasts.
While in Tangiers, Bourne must evade assassins sent by the CIA. To do so he steals a motorcycle that is often hard to identify, as it is not a common bike in America. Since it’s so hard to identify by sight, many riders who watch the movie wind up wondering what bike Bourne is riding. It is actually a Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260.
Bourne–or more accurately, his stunt rider–performs a number of fairly advanced tricks on the bike, including a nose turn and a 5 foot wall climb. These would be difficult on anything but a dedicated trials machine like the Cota 4RT260, which weighs just 160 pounds.
The Bourne Bike: Montesa Cota 4RT260
Montesa Honda is Honda’s motorcycle conduit into the lucrative European market. The company assembles motorcycles and bicycles at its plant in Barcelona, Spain. More than 75 percent of the units produced remain in Europe, explaining why it is so hard for Americans to recognize the Montesa Cota 4RT260.
What’s more, the bike has been customized with a vintage metal gas tank, and generally made to look more like a battered urban curb-jumper than a cutting-edge trials machine.
According to Honda’s U.K. Website:
”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.”
- Engine: four-stroke 258.9 cc liquid-cooled, four valve SOHC, compression ratio 10.5:1.
- Torque: 17 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm.
- Transmission: five-speed.
- Wet weight: 160 lbs.
The Honda Montesa Cota 4RT260 is sold in the United States in limited numbers. We stopped over at Honda’s dedicated website for the bike (http://powersports.honda.com/trials.aspx), only to find that it has been sold out for the current model year and that there is no option to get on a list of the 2017 model.
In a bit of good news, there is a Honda Montesa Cota 4RT300 as well. It offers a 288cc engine and is a few pounds lighter than the 4RT260. It is sold out as well, but it sounds like an exciting bike. Maybe Honda will increase import numbers for 2017 or build a few at their motorcycle plant in Ohio in the near future.
Bourne Ultimatum Motorcycle Chase Scene
Here’s a clip of the chase scene in Tangiers between Bourne and Desh.