A short note on the history of Honda

The Honda VTR1000F is a motorcycle invented by Honda. In 1997 Honda started producing a street-oriented GT motorcycle using a traditionally important name: Superhawk. The earlier (60's) Superhawk was a parallel twin motorcycle that Robert M. Pirsig rode in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". The original Superhawk was a profitable success, that's why the name is being recycled. The latest Superhawk was introduced after the Ducati 916 made V-twin sport bikes well-liked again. The new Superhawk uses an all new 90 degree V-twin. The bike introduced numerous new design concepts for example the "pivotless frame", side radiators, single casting engine case, involving rods with cap screws rather than nuts, and the biggest carburetors Honda ever put on a motorcycle. "Pivotless frame" intended that engine was a stressed member with the swing arm bolted straightforwardly to the engine. The bike was come into public in 1997 as an early release 1998 model year. One motorcycle magazine recommended (circa 2000) that this bike was the fastest 0-60 mph production bike at that time. A racing version of the bike was anticipated from Honda. The Honda produced in 2000 the RVT1000R (RC51) recognized outside the United States as the VTR1000SP, though the bike had only four engine parts in general with the modern Superhawk. The RC51 was completely new V-twin racing platform that won the World Superbike championship its first year racing with the Colin Edwards and Castrol team.

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