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Great bikes of the past: Honda's Nighthawk S was a middle finger to mid-'80s import tariffs

From The Superbike Blog
Posted on Wed May 23 19:16:21 PDT 2012

Back in 1982, things weren't going so well for our friends at Harley-Davidson. In fact, the entire company was on the verge of folding. For a variety of economic and social reasons, the domestic motorcycle market was soft and not many Americans were rushing out to buy new bikes.This situation created several highly undesirable factors for everyone involved. The Japanese manufacturers found themselves with a huge stockpile of bikes in the US that their dealers weren't selling, which naturally drove prices down. The resultant price drops caused a general panic
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