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Old 03-07-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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The only thing Ford ever made was the 65 Mustang. I think you know what I mean.The F-150 came close, but they didn't have to make it. Its just a box and a frame.

Other companies, such as Honda, have made a wise variety of good products, and we like them all. Is there one that stuck out in your mind?

What put Honda Motorcycles on the map, or what is the product they have that no one else has been able to offer?

My choice is for the Honda 50s. If you didn't ride one, you waited to long to start riding.

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The CB700S Nighthawk.
Well, that's my favorite, anyway. You might be right on with the 50. My first ride ever was on an S65.
As for the most popular, I'd vote for the CB/CL 350. Honda sold more of those than any other motorcycle at the time, and possibly since. The CL was also my first motorcycle.
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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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Old 03-08-2008, 09:49 AM   #5
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I would say the wing or even the Valkerie. They are long lasting bikes. I have a Shadow Spirit 1100 myself that I love.

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Old 03-08-2008, 09:52 AM   #6
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:37 PM   #7
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Hey CoFats,

Heh-heh, hardly thought anyone ELSE out there even KNEW what a Ford Ranchero was?! Oh sure... EVERYBODY remembers the Chevy El Camino, But Ranchero (???).... forget it! I owned a 1973 Ranchero-500 (Gran-Tornino) w/400 Windsor, and still currently a 1978 Ranchero-GT (LTD-II) w/351MC. Poor old thing has sure seen better days, but still kickin'.

As far as Honda (Bikes) are concerned (I've owned about a 1/2 dozen or so past ones) my vote would be for the original Gold-Wing Flat-Fours. They seriously were made to last and LAST some more! Surely GL's had to of finally dispelled the myth that Far Eastern Metrics were just 'throw-away' machines?! The Wings said otherwise far as I'm concerned! ;-)

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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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Hey CoFats,

Heh-heh, hardly thought anyone ELSE out there even KNEW what a Ford Ranchero was?! Oh sure... EVERYBODY remembers the Chevy El Camino, But Ranchero (???).... forget it! I owned a 1973 Ranchero-500 (Gran-Tornino) w/400 Windsor, and still currently a 1978 Ranchero-GT (LTD-II) w/351MC. Poor old thing has sure seen better days, but still kickin'.

As far as Honda (Bikes) are concerned (I've owned about a 1/2 dozen or so past ones) my vote would be for the original Gold-Wing Flat-Fours. They seriously were made to last and LAST some more! Surely GL's had to of finally dispelled the myth that Far Eastern Metrics were just 'throw-away' machines?! The Wings said otherwise far as I'm concerned! ;-)

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I had a 1974 Ranchero Grand Torino! It was a fun and stylish comfortable 'truck'. When I got rid of it I was really upset, but it was about shot.

As far as the Goldwing, I have an original 1975 Goldwing. Trying to sell it right now. I don't like the newer Goldwings, they have to much junk and doodads on them. If you want all the comforts of a car, buy a convertable.

Radios, airbags, abs, CBs, air suspension, recliner like passenger seat, can't see the engine. The other thing I never liked was the frame mounted fairing. I want my windshield and head light to turn with me, not be aimed somewhere else!

Nah I'm not a fan of the Flagship Goldwing. I saw a T-shirt once that said it best: If you ride a couch, stay home!

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Heh-heh, exactly! You'll note I said the "Flat-Four", NOT the later 6! The original 1000's and 1100's used simple Screw-Adjusters on the Rocker Arms to take up Valve Lash, then the 1200-4 used even better Hydraulics to adjust em'! However the Flat-Six that followed went to &&$$##@@ Inverted Bucket Shims! I can't think of anything more ridiculous to engineer into a bike that was reknown for it's Long Distance / Low + EASE of Maintenance capabilities. Sigh.... sometimes progress isn't EVERYthing..., Nuff' said?!

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I had a 1974 Ranchero Grand Torino! It was a fun and stylish comfortable 'truck'. When I got rid of it I was really upset, but it was about shot.

As far as the Goldwing, I have an original 1975 Goldwing. Trying to sell it right now. I don't like the newer Goldwings, they have to much junk and doodads on them. If you want all the comforts of a car, buy a convertable.

Radios, airbags, abs, CBs, air suspension, recliner like passenger seat, can't see the engine. The other thing I never liked was the frame mounted fairing. I want my windshield and head light to turn with me, not be aimed somewhere else!

Nah I'm not a fan of the Flagship Goldwing. I saw a T-shirt once that said it best: If you ride a couch, stay home!

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Old 03-08-2008, 03:42 PM   #10
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Heh-heh, exactly! You'll note I said the "Flat-Four", NOT the later 6! The original 1000's and 1100's used simple Screw-Adjusters on the Rocker Arms to take up Valve Lash, then the 1200-4 used even better Hydraulics to adjust em'! However the Flat-Six that followed went to &&$$##@@ Inverted Bucket Shims! I can't think of anything more ridiculous to engineer into a bike that was reknown for it's Long Distance / Low + EASE of Maintenance capabilities. Sigh.... sometimes progress isn't EVERYthing..., Nuff' said?!

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My '98 Valkyrie is a modified 1500 F6. They changed the cam, used solid lifters, and put 6 carbs on it. It is a screamer, 96-106 hp. Never had a wrench on it other than scheduled maintenence items. 57,000 miles and still performs like it is new. Smoothest engine you ever saw. Have you seen the 'Nickel trick' I posted sometime back?

Don't know about the 1800 F6s.

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Old 03-16-2008, 05:27 PM   #11
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I learned on a trail 90,good learning m/c then went to the cb 350, now ride a 1100 Spirit,love every minute I am on it
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Old 03-16-2008, 11:58 PM   #12
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I would say the CT-70, 300 dream, CB350, CB750, Goldwing
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:28 AM   #13
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What put Honda Motorcycles on the map
The bikes they make now are high-tech marvels. They get astronomical amounts of hp from each cubic inch. But for sheer numbers of people having fun and great transportation, I think we need to look to the earlier small bikes, like the S90, the passport and the Cub.

The Honda 50 is a great choice. They also sold a bunch of the Honda 55's. The 70's were keepers too, the Passport 70 I think is the most common motorcyle in the world, going by the number produced. The Cub 90, which looks just like the Passport, is a big seller too. I may have these reversed, not 100% sure which was the biggest seller. I have owned a whole buncha Trail 90's. I like them too. SO durable. I had a Cub 90, rode it hundreds of miles, from Fresno CA down to Venice CA. 275 miles. I rode my Trail 90 from LA to almost the Canadian border in ID. 1400 miles. Great trip.

Currently I have one of the original Honda 50's, think a 1964 model. In original condition, too, un-restored because it doesn't need it. Also a Trail 90 in similar condition. I have a couple of knock-around CT70's too. 1969. One has a brand new engine in it, I got from a bud who worked for a Honda shop that went belly-up. It was still in the original packing. I fella just gave me a brand new 70cc engine from a Chinese import. It will fit, but I hafta squirrel around with the electrics. You can have a LOT of fun on a CT70.

The Honda 450 was never the world's favoite, but it was a significant motorcycle. It was Honda's first entry into the Big Motorcycle market. they really over-built in in some senses. They made it almost indestructible. Hot rod it or baby it, you could keep it forever cuz it never broke or wore out. It would blow off all but a handfull of the Big British twins. Don't raise your eyebrows at ME, son, I was there, I did it! I had two of them, a '65 and a '66. They first came out in 1965. People didn't like them because they turned such high rpm. The Harleys and the Limeys were all much lower rpm. I used to ride with the HD club hereabouts. Our runs were mostly in the foothills and mtns. I could out run them all. Most, I could take anywhere, some, I hadda take em from the light, or in the curves cuz some of the Sportsters could take me on the top end. But not the 'Glides, they couldn't stay with me. Once, coming north from Newport Beach on the Harbor Freeway, I was going right into the wind. The Santa Ana wind was REALLY kicking up. I was rocking back and forth between 3rd and 4th (they were four speeds till like 1970) trying to punch through the wind. It was also in a constructon zone. This bike cop had to call ahead to catch me. I was well into my ticket by the time the tired old Harley finally caught up to me where his bud had caught me. His bike was sitting there panting and creaking. And the cop wasn't too happy either. This was in 1969 I believe.

The accountants designed the Honda 350. It had lots of power and speed for a 350, but inside it was built SO cheaply. Nowhere near like the 450. But they sold a lot of them.

My vote, and my all-time favorite is the S90. It handles great, looks like a motorcycle, is easy to hop-up, is very durable, gets great mileage and is pretty fast. Easy to work on too. I had one almost completely restored. My bud cried and moaned until I let him have it, he wanted to finish the restore. Then he started stepping out on his ole lady and got divorced and gave my bike away to some chump (prolly, I don't know who got it).

It was fun riding it. Folks would pull up beside me, stare, the break out in a huge grin, "Hey! That's a Honda S90! That was my first bike! You wanna sell it?"

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Old 03-17-2008, 04:38 PM   #14
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I absolutely agree. In the 70's, the 750-fours were all anyone talked about.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:04 PM   #15
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Trail 90 they take a beating and keep on runing!
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:46 AM   #16
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What I remember most is when I started attending non-sectarian M/C Poker Runs, M/C Benefits and Road Tours starting in 1973 that it would seem the bike of choice (majority present) was the Honda CB750 SOHC Four. Then after 1975 the ride of choice at the runs was definitely the Honda Gold-Wings. Seems most everybody was running Vetter Fairings though (until Turn-Key Dressers came out). I'm wondering at what point did the Wings (?) fall from favor? And what is the most predominant ride at the M/C Runs now - Harleys? Certainly can't count the Black Hills, there are only H-D's here (or so it seems...)! ;-)

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Valkarie...hands down
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Trail 90 they take a beating and keep on runing!
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That's right. I have owned a number of them. I like em a lot. They don't handle well, really. But they are dead reliable. I drove one from LA to N. ID one time. Nice trip, took several days.

urrrg. My eyes went funny. I drank a big glass tumbler of red wine, Popular Science assures me that it contains stuff that will make me live longer. Oookaay.
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:49 PM   #19
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This post is making me proud to own a CB750 (my first Honda). Now I've just gotta get a day off to finally get 'er restored from winter
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Old 03-29-2008, 05:21 PM   #20
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the 1970 CB 750 the best ever made. I made 1,000 mile trips on this machine.
you could tighten the throttle screw and just cruise
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:47 PM   #22
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My vote would be the 305 Dream.
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Almost forgot.

69 Ford Mach 1
440 Sixpack in a Dodge Challenger T/A or 383 Magnum
1968 Chevy S.S. Malibu 396cu. or 454
1969 Pontiac Firebird 455 H.O

Man I'm droolin just rememberin.
Em wer tha good ol days.


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69 Ford Mach 1
440 Sixpack in a Dodge Challenger T/A or 383 Magnum
1968 Chevy S.S. Malibu 396cu. or 454
1969 Pontiac Firebird 455 H.O
1966 Corvette Stingray fastback, in black. With the classic American Racing 'flower' mags, with wide-ovals.

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Old 04-05-2008, 07:17 PM   #25
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The cb 750 is what really took off but...V65 Magna,Sabre and Interceptors are my favorite
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:28 PM   #27
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I think the Wings started falling out of favor when folks started sticking all sorts of aftermarket stick-on CRAP to every square inch of 'em. They were blinged out like the most tasteless pimpmobile you ever saw. It was like the riders had no pride in themselves.

As far as fork vs. frame mounted fairings, I'll take frame ANY day of the week. If you need the light to turn wherever you turn, you're going too slow for it to mean anything in the first place. At higher speeds, you're not going to notice whether it's on the side of the road or not. And it's harder to shock-isolate a high-intensity bulb in a fork-mounted headlight bucket or fairing that shakes with every crumb of gravel your front wheel hits. Not a problem in a frame-mounted fairing.
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:15 PM   #28
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The XR line of bikes!
Thye have seem more off road races, did more tough tours, have hauled people @ with little or no problems for 30 years!
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Unbelievable!!!!!!Not one mention of the ST 1100 models. With those detachable saddlebags and that large 7.4 gal. gas tank, you were assured of a 300 mile range. Pretty comfortable for long hauls in the saddle.
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The 750 keyster models are my favorite.

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Old 10-04-2008, 11:07 PM   #31
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750 Nighthawk

and I'm not saying that just because I own one, but the engines have been considered bulletproof because they have been making them for years and have most of the kinks worked out. My model (1991) was made all the way until 2003, same exact style, same exact everything. There must have been a reason they kept making it
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Of what I've owned I would say first gen. CBR 600 what a great very forgiving bike. Otherwise the CB series has to be it.
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:36 PM   #33
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Tough Question

I would have to say in general the CB Series of Hondas are great. I was very impressed with my CB900C. I often have to ask myself why I sold mine. If the question was reversed to what was ther worst bike it would still be very hard to answer.

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VFR800 Interceptor IMHO (no, I don't own one, just wish I did).
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Got to go with my vtx cause I absolutely love it. Completely maintanence free, fi, hop on and just cruise. Plenty of torque and power to get out of the way semis do not even phase it on the highway. Owned several cr and an xr in the past as well and again, no major issues there either. Let's face it, any Honda seems to be a great Honda!!!
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I'm sure it didn't put Honda on the map, but when they released it they sure did get some attention!
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the cb750 was light years ahead of the competition, and allmost put harley out of buisness....this was the bike that had the most impact on the industry
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IMHO
Best Overall: The GL1200's; most refined of the four cyl. Wings
Most Important: The original "Dream" where would we be without them
Most Earth Shaking: the "CB750 Fours"
The one I would have liked to have seen succesful: NR750R
Best Honorable Mention: XR600R the benh mark of all big bore offroad bikes
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i've gotta agree with roaddog, with about 40 yrs of bikes i sure liked the honda 305"s thay were tough & had plenty of power.as for car my fiist one sitting in my friends garage no longer mine,a 63 chev impala ss 2d,4spd 327.
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