Honda introduced it’s first motorcycles to the United States with the advertising slogan, “you meet the nicest people on a Honda.” Today, Honda is the largest motorcycle manufacturing company in Japan and is a leader around the world. Honda motorbikes are known for reliability, ease of ridership, and an excellent horsepower-to-weight ratio. Many young motorcycle mechanics start out with a Honda motorbike repair manual and a well-used bike and learn as they go.
Honda first gained popularity when employees were seen riding Honda Super Cub scooters at the companies San Francisco base of operations in the early 1960’s. Honda had intended on competing with American manufacturers, but because of the popularity of the companies small bikes, Honda became known in the U.S. as the go-to company for scooters, mopeds, and lightweight motorcycles.
Today, Honda sells a wide range of motorcycles that includes massive interstate cruisers, rocket-fast street bikes, scooters, and off-road motorcycles. The company is also well-known for it’s small engines used in everything from lawnmowers to million dollar racing all-terrain vehicles.
Honda built a reputation for reliability that has translated into the company being one of the worlds largest sellers of automobiles, but it was the companies motorbikes that earned the reputation. Early Honda motorcycles competed against American and British motorbikes for buyers attention. Honda boasted an excellent series of small engines that produced plenty of power without the weight so many other companies motorcycles carried. This differential in weight and power allows a small Honda motorcycle to be significantly faster than a larger, more powerful bike.
The United States is an important market for Honda motorbikes, but increasingly, buyers in India that seek small motorcycles and scooters for inter-city transit have come to rely on the built-in reliability and ease of service for which Honda is known. Honda is today the sales leader of scooters in India.
Low-cost, ease of service, and potent power position many classic and vintage motorcycles from Honda to be collector items, that is if the customizers don’t scoop them up first. Honda motorbikes are popular bikes to convert to cafe-racer style. Cafe racers are ultra-lightweight, stripped down bikes with low handlebars. Honda motorcycles are commonly used in rider training programs because of the ease of riding the bike offers.
An owner of a Honda motorbike can repair and replace most components easily and inexpensively. These Honda motorcycle repair guides provide step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams, and all the specifications a rider needs to tune and customize a Honda motorbike.