Mr. Honda attended the Isle of Man races as an observer that year, paying particular attention to the German-made NSU motorcycles that dominated the 125 and 250 classes. Although it is widely believed Honda “copied” these machines, it is not true; the NSU racers were singles with bevel-drive cams–nothing like the early Honda racers.
Honda opens American Honda Motor Co. in Los Angeles.
Introduced in early 2009 as a 2010 model, Honda breaks the mold with the chopper-inspired Fury. Powered by a 1300cc V-Twin, it’s something of a departure for the traditionally conservative company.
Due to the turmoil surrounding the new AMA regime following its purchase by the Daytona Motorsports Group, Honda decides to withdraw from the series, stating the “current AMA/DMG racing environment does not align with the company goals.”