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Honda's 1983 V65 Magna hit the street
like a 600-pound chrome sledgehammer. Americans had
built a long-term relationship with horsepower and
high style on four wheels, but a motorcycle with acres
of both was new. The V65 made big muscle look cool.
Thus the power cruiser was born. "The best part
of the V65," according to Cycle magazine's March
1983 road test, " is a mid-range punch that would
do justice to Larry Holmes."
The liquid-cooled, 1098cc, 90-degree V-4 engine delivered
a staggering flow of power from 1500 rpm to its 10,000
rpm redline. On 3rd October 1982, Honda brought drag-strip
maestro Jay "Pee-Wee" Gleason and a standard
V65 to Southern California's Orange County International
Raceway. Gleason's 10.92 — second 1/4-mile sprint
made the V65 America's fastest production street machine,
inspiring ads with one powerfully simple headline:
Bad News Travels Fast.
For street riders, the good news was Honda engineers
made sure the bike was easy to live with as well as
fast. The four-cam, 16-valve V-4 cruised through a
daily commute as happily as it devoured drag strips.
Around town, the V65 was surpassingly agile for its
size. A durable, diaphragm-type hydraulic clutch modulated
power to the shaft drive, and one-way sprag clutch
kept downshifts from chirping the rear tyre. Anti-dive
valving in the 41mm front fork helped stabilize the
chassis under braking. An overdrive top gear in the
six-speed transmission kept the V-4 serene at freeway
speeds. Strap on some saddlebags and the Magna was
comfortable enough to cruise to some town three or
four states away.
Riders expected such well-mannered versatility from
Honda. The V65's magnetism came from its totally radical
fusion of bad boy good looks and world-class quickness.
According to Cycle's March, 1983 test, "Its horsepower
translates directly into an immediate gut-wrenching
rush, unmatched by any other production street machine."
To anyone who ever felt it, that V65 rush boils down
to one word. Unforgettable.
|1983 Honda VF 1100C Magna V65
- Liquid cooled, four stroke, 90°V-four
cylinder, DOHC, 4 valve per cylinder.
- 6 speed
- 116bhp @ 9500rpm
- Disc brakes
|1983 Honda VF1100 Sabre
|1983 Honda VF1100C V65 Magna
|1985 Honda VF 1100C Magna V65
|1985 Honda VF1100 Sabre
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