Honda is the largest motorcycle manufacturer in Japan and has been since it started production in 1955. At its peak
in 1982, Honda manufactured almost 3 million motorcycles annually. By 2006 this figure had reduced to around 550,000
but was still higher than its three domestic competitors.
During the 1960s, when it was a small manufacturer, Honda broke out of the Japanese motorcycle market and began
exporting to the U.S. Taking Honda’s story as an archetype of the smaller manufacturer entering a new market already
occupied by highly dominant competitors, the story of their market entry, and their subsequent huge success in the U.
S. and around the world, has been the subject of some academic controversy. Competing explanations have been
advanced to explain Honda’s strategy and the reasons for their success.
|Equipped with a handful of features that are unique for its time, the
CB900 included air assisted suspension front and rear, shaft drive,
and most notably, a dual range sub-transmission that allows the
operator to "split" any of the five gears in the main transmission for a
total of ten driveline ratios -- all perfect for a Sidecar!!
'80 Honda CB900 Custom Sidecar project...
Honda Goldwing sidecar project... Still in the werks!
The plan is to attach this
Russian Sidecar to the Honda,
with a lot of modification to
Honda Goldwing Racing Sidecar project...