History of the Honda Magna

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Magna History

The birth of the cruiser

Early Japanese pretty much came in one the style commonly known as the In the late seventies and early motorcycles began to evolve different styles based on the of the consumer.

In the early 80’s, created an entirely new niche of with the introduction of the Magna. took the basic concept of a motorcycle and added a sport engine. This new bike was the V45 Magna.

This gave the a unique combination of performance, and style. The Magna possesses the slightly chopped, style of cruisers and along with the performance of the Interceptor sport engine. This allowed the to achieve a level of performance was unmatched at the time.

Cruisers designed to accelerate and blur the way that the Magna could. was the birth of an entire new concept of the sport cruiser, or “musclebike” and sometimes referred to.

The Magna is more than a kick-… engine stuffed a cruiser. Honda added a 5 + overdrive transmission, anti-dive suspension, gas shocks with and hydraulic clutch and front All of these features were of in a cruiser.

The end result was a 750cc that could blow the off any other cruiser on the road.

The V45 so named because of the V configuration and 45 inch displacement, produced 78 and could propel the Magna to a top of 240 km/h. The V45 Magna could do a quarter mile in 12.8 which was Ferrari territory in days.

The V45 Magna was introduced in and was a huge seller due to the fact it had no competition.

In 1983 Honda the V65 Magna, an 1100 cc monster. V65 Magna hit the streets like a 600 lb sledgehammer” Just to completely any remaining doubt as to its street Honda brought their V65 to County’s International raceway and had legend Jay “Pee-Wee” Gleason the V65 in an asphalt burning 10.92 standing quarter mile. established the V65 as not only the fastest production motorcycle but the fastest production vehicle of any kind.

As to be expected, sales were brisk during the early to mid However, there were things that would put a on the Magna’s glory. They the V4 camshaft problem, the consumer’s towards big V-twins and the Vmax.

The V4 problem:

Honda makes engines. That almost without saying. So when a engine maker like makes an engine that a problem, it becomes big news.

The V4 that Honda used in the Sabre and Interceptor had developed a where the camshafts would prematurely. The problem was not with the themselves but rather the oil pump provided inadequate oil pressure idle, thus causing lubrication to the upper engine Honda immediately fixed the on their engines.

Worried about their Honda changed the name of Interceptor to the CBR, discontinued the and redesigned the Magna.

Consumer’s towards big V-twins:

The Shadow, other competing cruiser, was well and the consumer demand was toward that distinctive look and sound reminiscent of a Davidson. V-twin cruisers big, heavy and expensive. of them performed very but the Magna was hard to beat. The V65 soon after the Vmax on the scene.

The V45 Magna was restyled to a V-twin even though it was a V4. The was changed to simply Magna. The character of the Magna remained.

It was a little muscle cruiser did everything well. As the trend Honda made the decision to the Magna in 2003 with the a huge V-twin with cc’s. The VTX is a great bike in its own but the Magna will still it in spite of having less half the VTX’s engine

The Vmax:

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Not to be outdone, Honda’s Yamaha had muscle bike of their own. In 1986, released the Vmax, a motorcycle with one thing in mind; make that ACCELERATION.

the V65 Magna in their crosshairs, made the Vmax a 1200cc It became the new acceleration champ, a the Vmax would hold for than 15 years. The Vmax off the V65 sales but the V45 remained.

Even the Vmax can out accelerate the Magna, the is considered by most to be a better machine for handling, comfort and everyday use.


remain the dominant genre in the market, comprising more 60% market share. Today’s are big, powerful and refined engine sizes that some cars today. have evolved from an alternative transportation to more of a man’s toy.

They are mostly all large, and are designed more for show for go, although some of them go good.

All is not lost for the musclebike There are two excellent choices available. The Vmax is still virtually unchanged from its 20 years ago although there is an model in the works (it’s time).

Another consideration is the Rocket III which is now considered the champion.

Collectable significance of the

The Honda Magna was the original bike and has earned a place in no less significant that Delorean’s Pontiac GTO, is considered to be the original muscle

In spite of the performance advantage of its counterparts, the Magna remains the handling and best balanced cruiser ever produced. Honda invented the muscle it currently has no offering in that and the Magna remains its only into genre that invented. The Magna is currently not known in motorcycle circles due to most cruiser enthusiasts with big V-twins but that may as this punchy little continues to leave the big V-twins in the

The Honda Magna is one of the best secrets in the motorcycle world. this website will let that secret out of the saddlebag.

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