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post #241 of 276 (permalink) Old 10-15-2012, 10:59 PM
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1950's......Hardtop convertibles
1950's......Crown Victoria with glass roof
1957-58...Thunderbird
1969........Shelby Mustang and BOSS
1973-76...Ranchero

As for Honda, they make too many MC in too many classes to single out one.

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"The best" would be a very personal thing but "the most important" would be the Honda 50 Cub, the motorcycle that changed the world and is still being produced. As of 2013, 87 MILLION have been produced - the most prolific motor vehicle ever produced!
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VTX 1800 without a doubt
+1 VTX 1800 with absolute certainty

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The CB750 is hands down the best bike Honda ever made. It revolutionized the industry. For my money though, I'll take my '92 Honda Nighthawk 750. There is a reason describe them with mostly one word: Bulletproof
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There is a reason describe them with mostly one word: Bulletproof
Yep - Bulletproof. That goes for just about ALL Honda MC's...

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1975 Honda 550F Supersport by far.
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Map.

You asked what put Honda on the map.
That can only be the original 50cc scooter.
Later if the question was about the around town map, then the Dream.
The big bike map, the CB750, and in the dirt, the Elsinore.

All others are after the fact. For those that disagree, study your motorcycle history.

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I can only think of one Honda that inspired a song.

Honda Super Cub
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I can only think of one Honda that inspired a song.

Honda Super Cub
I used that song in the adds we ran in the early seventies.

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I have never owned a Honda but I loved the 50's but I would much prefer 90s. I still Jones for one and would buy one of the new ones if they were street legal. I will say though that I believe that the 305 Superhawk and Scramblers are what opened up m/c to adults. I was never a fan of the Dream mostly because of the front suspension and only 1 carb. but I know some really liked them better that the Hawk and Scrambler. That 305 SH would out run most bikes on acceleration other than maybe a Bonneville and an XLCH Sportster and I am not sure about the Bonneville.

In my home town there was young man that had a old Jeep that he had installed a SBC (283 I think) and he could not out accelerate the ole 305 SH for several city blocks. I saw it done. For the time that Jeep had a rep for being FAST and was known city wide.

Honda was the machine to own for a hot rod bike,,, and cheap 795 I think. A Bonneville was a 1400 bike and the XLCH was higher. The big Glide was even higher.

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There are three bikes that put Honda on the map:

1959 Super Cub

1969 CB750

1975 Gold Wing GL1000

Each of those bikes put Honda way ahead of the rest of the industry.

The Gold Wing is still in production today with basically the same engine design, and I believe is the longest running single model motorcycle produced.

The CB750 changed the motorcycle industry forever. Nothing like it was ever seen before, and everyone else tried to copy it to keep up with Honda.

The Super Cub is the single biggest selling model motorcycle ever, with over 60 million sold world wide!

Soichiro Honda sure knew what he was doing!!!

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I believe that all that Wingman said is true. I would like to add that the Hawks and Super Hawks and the Scramblers of the early to mid 60's got many young adults on two wheels. These were 250cc and 305cc bikes. The 350 and 360cc models were nothing but bigger versions of the same machines as well. I should have included the Dream models with the 250 and 305's. They had singe carb engines instead of the dual carbs. The whole motorcycle industry has much to thank Honda for. Harley was in a dying mode at the time and then AMF bought them and almost put them into the death throws. This is all just my opinion.
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Don't know a lot about Honda's but the 1972 CB350 I owned was Bulletproof ..

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There was a whole crew of Honda owners where I worked during that era and all of them rode 350's. They went everywhere on them and as a group many times. They rode them hard enough that at least one of the owners would put in a set of colder spark plugs just for the hard rides and used the normal plugs for the everyday rides. They beat them pretty hard and I doubt that some of them were properly serviced either. Most of them moved up to the 450 when it came out. As time went along most went to either the 750 or Wing. One or two went to the Electra Glide as they had been spoiled by electric start. ..... That is a funny sounding statement in this day and age.
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I have never owned a Goldwing, although I did test drive a used one once.

I have, however, owned two Shadows. One was a 1986 and one was a 1993. I found similar characteristics to both bikes as well as some changes, and both bikes were dependable

I haven't read through all the responses in this Thread, so I apologize if my response is somewhat redundant; but I would say that the GoldWing and Shadow models, (imho) have been the two flagship bikes for Honda for many years.

My experience with the two Shadows that I owned, agrees with what most people will say. "Honda builds dependable bikes." Period.
if I were to migrate away from the HD Road Glide that I currently own, to move over to a different brand of touring bike, the only one that I would seriously consider, would be a Goldwing, BECAUSE
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The Gold Wing is still in production today with basically the same engine design, and I believe is the longest running single model motorcycle produced.
The Harley Sportster has been in continuous production since 1957.
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I had a '72 CB450 that wasn't made in one of those factories that make the "bullet proof" Hondas. It was probably a decent bike when it was new, but when I got it was only 4 or 5 years old but was almost completely worn out.

It sure was fun though!
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I personally never cared for the cb450. If for no other reason the seat height was too high for me. It was tippy toes at a stop light.
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The bike that really put Honda on the map as a large bike maker was the early 1970s 750 4 cylinder. It could almost keep up with the 500cc 2 stroke Kawasaki and had moire creature comforts by far. It also did nicely against the HD baggers of the day in terms of performance.


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My biased vote is for the CBR1100XX Blackbird. Big motor, big gas tank and a center stand on a decent handling road burner that doesn't look like a Transformer or weigh 700 pounds.
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Honda Trail 90 man I got some memories on that one.
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They were also indestructible and lasted forever I still see ones from the 70's come up for sale now and then.
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What put Honda motorcycles on the map was a very effective advertising campaign that created a market where there was none. Honda alone started the first motorcycle craze in the 60s. The CB305 was very popular back then. My dad had one, my friend Woody had one and I started on one. We all moved up to bigger bikes within two years but the little 305 was a great bike to learn on.
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Amen brother. The 305 was a fine machine in its day. It got a lot of adults on two wheels and the 50 got many a youngster on two wheels.
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I still have one, a '77 model. Had it out for a ride last weekend!
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Obviously the best was the 1978 Honda CB400TII Hawk II.

It was my very first real motorcycle, a hell of a step up from the moped that I was riding, I could get on the highway and everything!

I loved the fact that it was kick start as well as electric, it could sit around outside in the yard with a dead battery and still start right up. I bought it for $500 from my little brother, it was his first bike as well, and was his only transportation for about a year, he rode that thing 5 miles to work in ice, snow, rain, nothing stopped it. I know he dropped it at least once on slush over ice, picked it up, got back on and kept going. The only reason he stopped riding it was he upgraded slightly to a ZX-10 Ninja..and his first ride on that is a great story for another day!

The CB400T was a rusty beater by the time I got it but it ran like new, it was 100% reliable, I don't think I ever dropped it but it wouldnt have made much difference anyway so I might be conveniently forgetting a few incidents.

I wish I still had it, or even a picture of it

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The whole story....

My baby brother had decided it was time for an upgrade from the trusty 1978 Honda 400T, typical for him he obviously needed to do this in epic fashion and in top secret.

He calls me up one day says he needs a ride in a few minutes to go pick up his new bike. New bike? OK, I can do that, this I gotta see!

I pick him up, all the way there he is showing me brochures and telling me all about how he had bought the absolute fastest bike on Earth, the latest to hit the road, the result of years of research and development into metallurgy, horsepower, and racing machine design. This aluminum framed suicide rocket on wheels was the 1988 Ninja ZX-10, which was supposed to be able to hit some ridiculous for the time speed like 175 mph, and he was getting the absolute first one delivered, so he would be the fastest biker in the world or something for a little while at least. You'd have to know him to expect this..I didn't pay much attention.
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We get the the dealer, he shows me the floor model of the bike, I sit on it and make motor noises while he signs some papers, and we head outside to take delivery, the salesman tells me he'll sell me one later.

The salesman gives him a walk through of all the features, the usual stuff, then asks him a question with a worried voice that I can hear to this day..."This is a pretty fast bike, I hope it's not your first?" I'm not sure what he would have done if it was, but my brother calmly assured him that he'll be fine, he's been riding for years, he rides every day, rides like a pro, etc. The salesman relaxes a bit, and tells him "OK, you'll be fine then, just take it easy for a bit till your used to it and it's broken in anyway, I tried one yesterday and the throttle is a BIT touchy, other than that it rides great!"

They finish the prep talk, and then he tells my brother who has been sitting on the bike in his sneakers, shorts and Tshirt with it idling why not take a little slow ride around the lot to feel it out, then come back in and get your helmet and leathers (he bought all new leathers and helmet to match the bike, of course) and hit the road to break in your sweet new ride?

Two seconds later, an angry snarling 120 decibel scream like a giant bee on steroids fills the air, a tire screeches and my brother takes off like he was shot out of a cannon, and with the front wheel well clear of the ground and headed skyward is headed between parked vehicles into the back of the lot at warp speed and still accelerating. I cringed, the salesman cringed, and we waited for whatever was going to happen next. I don't think the salesman saw my brothers face but I did, and I've seen sheer terror before, and that was the look I saw as he went flying past me, so close that I could see his arms bulging from death gripping the bars to hang onto the howling beast he was riding..I think he almost slid backwards off the seat.

I'll give him credit, he regained composure and got it slowed down and stopped a FEW feet short of the back fence, and he made a reasonably presentable U-turn and came back, slowly and silently, then he shut it down and in his coolest top gun pilot style voice said, "Yup, she's a bit touchy on the throttle, but it does seem to go pretty well, once it's broken in I'll have to open her up to see what it can do. Let's go in and I can dress for the ride home"

He rode it home without incident, but when I asked him later on about it he admitted that none of that was planned, he just was trying to chirp the tire a little to impress the sales guy with his riding skills, and it got just a BIT out of hand.


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Now that is funny especially since it ended up well.
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Yepper, that is a funny story. Just think how it might have turned out on one of these new road rockets
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