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    Blog — Model History

    European Challenger: The Honda CB900F

    European Challenger: The Honda CB900F
    What’s that saying? “If you complain enough, you’ll eventually get what you want”? Well, that may not be the way the saying actually goes but that’s exactly how the Honda CB900F came to be.

    From 1981 to 1983, Honda manufactured and sold the Honda CB900F, a bike that introduced Honda as a contender into the “naked bike” field that made motorcycles show off actual machine parts. As you’ll learn, the introduction of the Honda CB900F represented a bike that had already been tested on European and Australian roads, so the bike itself become known for its longevity, comfort, and performance - but it only got the United States because we complained enough about not being able to get one.

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    Last Of The 305 Scramblers: The Honda CL77

    Last Of The 305 Scramblers: The Honda CL77
    If you wanted to go off-road with a motorcycle in the 1960s, your options were fairly limited to larger, slower bikes that were pushrod-driven and not all that much fun to drive. 

    Honda entered the market with the Honda CL77 in an effort to contrast the lackluster efforts of other manufacturers by adding a more modern up to date design with a smaller, but more rev-happy engine. The result? Between 1965 and 1968, Honda sold an incredible number of the Honda CL77s as a fun, lightweight road bike that could handle off-road trips too. It was just what America was asking for. 

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    Water Cooled V-Twin: The Honda CX500

    Water Cooled V-Twin: The Honda CX500
    For a company to make a splash in the motorcycle world, they either have to make a big claim or have a revolutionary new design. 

    Taking a place in the Honda lineup from 1978 to 1983, the Honda CX500 did a little of each. Rocking the nearly hyperbolic headline “First into the future”, they were actually pretty serious about having a new vision for what motorcycles should look like. 

    This article examines the history of the Honda CX500 from its development and initial reactions to its reception by motorcycle driving audiences.

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    The Motorcycle: The Unsung Hero of the Military

    The Motorcycle: The Unsung Hero of the Military
    It is challenging to comprehend that battles were fought primarily on horseback just over a century ago when troops went to war.  Today, countries could battle their enemies half a world away virtually with the press of a button, thanks to advances in technology. 

    Before World War I, technological advancements brought the motorcycle into military service, and it continues to serve in various capacities today.  Though it could be argued that battles, if not entire wars, were won on the back of a bike, the motorcycle does not receive the credit it deserves for its loyal military service.

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    Big Twin Evolution: Harley-Davidson Shovelhead

    Big Twin Evolution: Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
    Through the long and complicated history of Harley-Davidson, there have been several infamous yet well-loved engines. 

    Among the most infamous and yet the most sought after today is the Harley-Davidson shovelhead. Name for its unique head design that looks like an old coal shovel flipped upside down, the shovelhead represented a troubling time for Harley-Davidson. Despite the challenges, Harley-Davidson sold motorcycles with the shovelhead engine from 1966 to 1984 and enjoyed an ever-increasing market share. 

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