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Honda History


 
 
 
Web sources of Honda Motorcycle History
 
 
 
General Honda History
 
Here's an interesting story on Honda Motorcycles - A Five Decade Journey.
 
More details (from Honda Media Newsroom web site's, Heritage section).
Here's an interesting article on Soichiro Honda.
 
History of Honda Dirt Bikes
 
Here's an article on History of Honda Dirt Bikes, from an unusual web location, however, no annoying advertisements (like most web sites that have this article) and it's the easiest we've found to read, even if it does have a watermark background. Some have mentioned that the above article is not correct in everything it says, but they have also not provided proof to correct it. So, read and judge on your own.
 
 
The Honda Collection Hall
 
This link to the Honda Collection Hall web site, will take you to the first web page of the motorcycle collection, once there you will want to look around.
Port Cub C240 (1962)
Hunter Cub C105H (1963)
Super Cub CM90 (1964)
Super Cub C50 (1966)
Super Cub C50 ( 1971)
Little Cub C50 ( 1997)
And some very neat early Honda motorcycles.
Bicycle Auxiliary Engine (1946)
Model A (1947)
Model C (1949)
Honda Cub F (1952)
BS Motor 31 (1953)
Benly JC56 ( 1955)
Dream SA (1955)
Dream C70 ( 1957)
RC112 (1962)
CR110 Cub Racing (1962)


 
Book sources of Honda Motorcycle History
 
 
These are books found on Amazon.com (the source of the information below) and other book sources.
 
Honda Motorcycles (Hardcover)
Author: Arron Frank
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks (May 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760310777
ISBN-13: 978-0760310779
Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.4 x 0.9 inches
Book Description:
This beautiful book is the foremost account of the history of Honda. The result of $3,200 and a dream in 1948, The Honda Motor Company has become synonymous with innovation and quality and leads the world in motorcycle technology. With every passing year and each new model, the Honda name becomes even more prestigious in the motorcycling world. Motorcycle enthusiasts crave a comprehensive look at these bikes and the company that produces them, and this outstanding chronicle offers a truly remarkable perspective of more than fifty years of Honda's prowess.

 
Classic Honda Motorcycles (Illustrated Buyer's Guide) (Paperback)
Author: Bill Silver
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks International (December 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760307490
ISBN-13: 978-0760307496
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
Book Description
This all-new Illustrated Buyers Guide gives prospective buyers a leg up on the current market for groundbreaking classics like the CB77 Super Hawk, Dream 300, as well as 1970 to 1979 models that are quickly becoming classics in their own right. Photos of the models are accompanied by complete descriptions of specifications, components, paint codes, and serial numbers.

 
Classic Japanese Motorcycles (Illustrated Buyer's Guide) (Paperback)
Author: Ron Burton
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks (November 25, 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760307652
ISBN-13: 978-0760307656
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
Book Description
This buyers guide divides the world of classic Japanese motorcycles by the four major manufacturers Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Suzuki. Photos are accompanied by complete descriptions of specs, components, paint codes, and serial numbers. A rating system grades the bikes while the author highlights common repair and restoration needs, and suggests sources for collectible models.

 
Honda Motorcycles The Ultimate Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Every Honda Motorcycle Ever Built (Paperback)
Author: Doug Mitchel
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Krause Publications (October 18, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0873499662
ISBN-13: 978-0873499668
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
Book Description
Collectors will love the 250 spectacular full-color photos featured in this reference on the original and reigning Japanese import! Everyone from life-long Honda motorcycle collectors to enthusiasts who remember taking a spin on a V65 Saber will appreciate the wealth of technical detail, and historical information in Honda Motorcycles. The company that redefined the industry in the late 1950s with motorcycles that handled well, showcased quality craftsmanship and were attractive to new and young riders is covered in exhaustive detail. The full story of Soichiro Honda's innovative approach to motorcycle design, performance data and options for every model from the collectible 750-Four and Super Hawks to today's CBX models, as well as up-to-date collector values are included in this must-have guide.
-Updated collector pricing helps collectors maintain collections and assess new purchases
-250 vibrant color photos serve as a quick reference
-Technical data for all models of Honda

 
Honda Production Motorcycles 1946-1980 (Crowood Motoclassics) (Hardcover)
Author: Mick Walker
Hardcover: 216 pages
Publisher: The Crowood Press (June 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1861268203
ISBN-13: 978-1861268204
Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 0.8 inches
Book Description
Founded not long after World War II, Honda quickly grew to be a very successful company, manufacturing motorized vehicles and equipment. Perhaps its biggest impact has been caused by its motorcycles, which through their economy, good design and excellent performance severely affected the once-dominant British motorcycle industry and built up an enthusiastic following across the world.

 
Classic Motorcycles: Honda (Hardcover)
Author: Hugo Wilson
Hardcover: 43 pages
Publisher: Dk Pub (T); Illustrate edition (September 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0789435098
ISBN-13: 978-0789435095
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 6.5 inches
Editorial Review:
Chicago Sun-Times
"DK's four Classic Motorcycles mini-volumes...bring the publisher's distinctive detailed illustrations, with copious captions, to the subject in clever pocket-sized hardcover form."
Sacramento Bee
"One of the niftiest new collections...you can never have owned a motorcycle and still appreciate the loving detail in these books."

 
Honda: The Early Classic Motorcycles : All the Singles, Twins and Fours, Including Production Racers and Gold Wing-1947 to 1977 (Hardcover)
Author: Roy Bacon
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Motorbooks Intl; Reprint edition (January 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1855790289
ISBN-13: 978-1855790285
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 8.8 inches
Reader Review:
This book covers Honda from inception right up to the Gold Wing introduction. The book has a wealth of information with background stories on many key models, including a warts-and-all review of these bikes. There is also a chapter on Honda's racing efforts. Although I never had much interest in this specific subject, the book provides another insight on development that also had an impact on production models. At the back end of the book there is an appendix that has tables on bike specifications, model recognition and production years ['47 to '80]. This part alone has been an invaluable resource for me. A must have for anyone seriously into vintage Hondas!
 

 
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