The Honda Davidson.

A guy had jokes. That’s cool. People are into different things. If you ride/build Hondas, you are going to get that. The funny part, it normally comes from those that don’t have a bike, and probably doesn’t know how to ride one.

1992 Honda Shadow

Really, because of this site, I have no reason to have a Harley. The video below, it’s 26 seconds why I never need to mess with a Harley.

Pretty proud of that! 😁

The comments about Honda, they don’t really bother me. I build what I can afford. I love Harleys too, they are beautiful bikes, but nothing I plan on messing with.

Saved my money up to buy a Harley, bought another Shadow…

I’m a Honda guy, working on being a guru. That means I need to know everything I can learn about a Honda Motorcycle. So, let’s learn about the Honda Davidson!

Picture provided by Lee Bean 82 Honda Magna

It was 1982, Honda was producing several different styles, and making a killing. They had been doing this for a while. There is nothing wrong with providing a motorcycle people can afford!

Photo provided by Johnny Olafsen 1993 Honda Magna V45

Harley Davidson wasn’t having it. They wanted all the money, and had a plan to get it. Harley was struggling at the time, and was willing to do anything. They still made millions in t-shirt sells during this time. Until around 1993, Harley Davidson shirts were the thing! At least it was in the Southern United State.

83 and 82. Compare them. Notice the dramatic changes?

Harley changed them. No, Honda was never built by Harley. Harley forced Honda to redesign their line of motorcycle. Harley made these Hondas.

Great question.

Things work differently in America. What would be seen as bad politics, and corruption, elsewhere, is normal politics. See, human kind had started realizing our pollution was destroying the world. 

We were killing the ozone.

Harley would use this, and the science that says motorcycles are worse than cars, to turn the tables on Honda. HD went shopping.

Everyone is for sell.

Harley Davidson would buy them a President of the United States of America! Yes, this really happened. They would use their new purchase to focus on stopping Honda. They would buy themselves laws that said Honda would pay half the motorcycles value in tariffs, for every bike over 700 ccs.

I’m not really sure… But it should be.

Harley, and their do boy, focused only on Japan.  These practices worked for Harley Davidson. Doing this secured their success well into the 90s.

Japan wasn’t having it.

Honda would not be bested in this type of way. People think Honda Motorcycles, and think negative. That’s a stereotype, a wrong one. Honda makes great, everything.

This is what a modern day giant looks like.
This is what a struggling motorcycle company looks like. Not too shabby!

To convert that for you, Honda is worth $129 billion dollars more than Harley. Disrespect is a huge deal in Japan. Honda felt it.

She’s hot!

The 1983 V45 Honda Magna! Honda has as many scientists, as Harley has employees. They would throw this education at their motorcycle. They would retool the engine, meeting the new standards, avoiding the tariffs.

It’s pretty slick…

And true! They tooled the bike down, getting less ccs, and then figured out how to give it even more power! The V45 is a very punchy bike, pulling a total of 143mph!

Well that’s the tail end of it!

If you want a fast, vintage bike, that a normal person can afford, the 83 V45 Magnum is an excellent choice! “It ran when I parked it… In 1984…” Will run you up to $1000. That depends on where they parked it.

FIRE!  🔥🔥🔥

The, “I loved it since the day I got it!”, can cost up to $3500. That’s not bad for a fast cruiser, with a great history! That’s it for this one! Thanks for reading!

Up next, we are doing the other Honda Davidson!

Photos: Johnny Olafsen Lee Bean

For allowing me to gather pictures: Honda Shadow Customs on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/508683239603721/?ref=share

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