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HONDA MOTORCYCLES 1959-1985: ENTHUSIASTS GUIDE

Author: Doug Mitchel

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144 pages

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8 total reviews


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Honda Motorcycles 1959 to 1985: Enthusiasts Guide is designed to aid the non-professional motorcycle collector trying to decide whether to buy and restore Honda motorcycles produced between 1959 and 1985.

For each of these models, author Doug Mitchel provides four to six paragraphs describing the bike in general terms, including differences and similarities between the model being discussed and similar models. In addition, bullet points for each model include helpful information: the cost to acquire each project, the value when finished, which bikes and models should not be restored due to declining value, and where to find the frame and engine numbers. This book also includes what to look for when checking the condition of items such as the paint and decals, chrome, seat, rubber parts, and suspension.

A general section at the back of the book offers the reader help deciding where to buy classic bikes, where to get parts, who to call for help, and which parts of the restoration should be farmed out to experts with specific skills.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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BILL CURREN
Dream bikes

It is good, but there are different models I had hoped for

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Douglas Mcintyre
Honda Motorcycles 1959-1985: Enthusiasts Guide

It's missing information on what the ratings mean; how is a 2 out of 7 relevant to a 4 or 5 out of 7? I've read a little over half the manual and have not seen a 7 of 7 yet, How are those ratings determined? A lot of repetitive information; exhaust systems are almost always difficult to source. Again should be in a front chapter devoted to how the book is laid out, the repetitive. Not sure this book was meant to be read cover to cover as I'm doing. Have found some misinformation regarding subsequent models to other base models. Disclosure: I worked in the American Honda Motorcycle Publications Department for 31 years.

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Grant Thomas
Abbreviated Guide for enthusiasts.

Could be a little more inclusive of small volume machines and subsets (specialized versions of models/ie.- CL450).

J
John Griffin
Good Pictures; Mediocre Text

Pics, layout, and organization of this little handbook are pretty good. As such, it serves well as a rough index of 60's and 70's Honda models. That's the good news. The accompanying text, however, is pretty bad. It reads like a last minute high school essay by someone who clearly didn't do their homework. Ditto with the spec summaries provided for some models - lots of errors, etc.
So, worth having to help identify that old Honda on Craigslist, but look elsewhere for solid information.

M
Marc Waddell
Great book!

Nostalgia runs wild in this book since the very first one, the CA 95, was my very first bike! The book lists so many bikes, and many details I never knew before.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
38%
(3)
13%
(1)
38%
(3)
13%
(1)
0%
(0)
B
BILL CURREN
Dream bikes

It is good, but there are different models I had hoped for

D
Douglas Mcintyre
Honda Motorcycles 1959-1985: Enthusiasts Guide

It's missing information on what the ratings mean; how is a 2 out of 7 relevant to a 4 or 5 out of 7? I've read a little over half the manual and have not seen a 7 of 7 yet, How are those ratings determined? A lot of repetitive information; exhaust systems are almost always difficult to source. Again should be in a front chapter devoted to how the book is laid out, the repetitive. Not sure this book was meant to be read cover to cover as I'm doing. Have found some misinformation regarding subsequent models to other base models. Disclosure: I worked in the American Honda Motorcycle Publications Department for 31 years.

G
Grant Thomas
Abbreviated Guide for enthusiasts.

Could be a little more inclusive of small volume machines and subsets (specialized versions of models/ie.- CL450).

J
John Griffin
Good Pictures; Mediocre Text

Pics, layout, and organization of this little handbook are pretty good. As such, it serves well as a rough index of 60's and 70's Honda models. That's the good news. The accompanying text, however, is pretty bad. It reads like a last minute high school essay by someone who clearly didn't do their homework. Ditto with the spec summaries provided for some models - lots of errors, etc.
So, worth having to help identify that old Honda on Craigslist, but look elsewhere for solid information.

M
Marc Waddell
Great book!

Nostalgia runs wild in this book since the very first one, the CA 95, was my very first bike! The book lists so many bikes, and many details I never knew before.