Motorcycling in America – 1984

Life In America
1984 –Household income averages is up, $21,600. Aids has been identified and is not as wide spread as first believed, Apple introduces the Macintosh computer. 70 US banks fail. The Olympic Games are held in LA and for once traffic is bearable. Comedies are big at the box office with Beverly Hills Cop, and Ghost Busters scoring big. Bill Cosby debuts, The Cosby Show, and a new cop show, Miami Vice, have folks glued to the TV screen. Cyndi Lauper is trying to convince us that, Girls Just Want To Have Fun, and Van Halen wants us to Jump. Gas is down to $1.10 per gallon. The just introduced Ninja 900 MSRP is $4399.

Number One Motorcycle Trend For 1984:
The “standard” motorcycle has all but vanished from the market. Cycle World Editor Paul Dean points out that there are only two “standards” left on the market, the Kawasaki KZ700 and the BMW K100. Everything else is either a sport bike or a cruiser.

European Brands

BMW: K100RS. Husqvarna: WR250, 400WR. KTM: 250MXC. Laverda: RGS1000 Corsa. Moto Guzzi: 1000SP.

Asian Brands
Honda: CB700SC, GL1000 Aspencade, XR200, XR250, XL350R, Interceptor 1000, CR250R, VF500F, VF700 Interceptor, CR500RVF700 Sabre. Kawasaki: GPz750, GPz750 Turbo, Ninja 900, KDX250, KX125, KL600R. Suzuki: RM125, GS1150ES, RM250, GV700GL. Yamaha: YZ250, FJ600, RZ350, YZ490, FJ1100, IT200, XT600, XV1000 Virago.

North American Brands
Harley-Davidson: XLX Sportster, FXRDG, FXST Softail. Can-Am: 250 ASE.

Kenny Roberts announces retirement from Grands Prix racing, although he may run a few selected road races.

Randy Mamola is without a ride for ’94.

Wayne Rainey joins Kenny Roberts International 250GP team.

Terry Vance wants to sell his Top Fuel bike, asking price: $35,000.

Daytona. Roberts comes out of retirement to win the F1 200 mile race. Wayne Rainey wins the 250cc class on his Yamaha. Freddie Spencer wins the Superbike race. With Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha out of Superbike racing, of the top 10 finishers all are Hondas except for two independents, Dale Quarterly on a Kawasaki and Jimmy Adamo on a Cagiva. David Bailey wins the Supercross for Honda.

David Bailey wins his second GNC Motocross title and once again leads a sweep of Americans to capture the Motocross and Trophee Des Nations.

Ricky Graham wins the Flat Track GNC aboard a Honda. Honda wins over 50% of the 25 races in the series.

Other Issues
British industrialist, John Bloor, buys five-year rights to the name and manufacturing rights of Triumph motorcycles. Expects to be in production by 1986.

Harley-Davidson wins CHP police bike contract breaking Kawasaki stranglehold.

Harley introduces Harley-Davidson beer at Daytona, 35,000 cases are sold.

Harley introduces test rides at Daytona. 25,000 people line up, some waiting as long as two hours for a ride.

CARB backs of requirements of catalytic converters for motorcycles sold in California. Evaporative system requirements are left in place.

In addition to lowering prices, some Japanese manufacturers are now offering cash rebates of up to $300 as well.

Radial tires for motorcycles are on the horizon; Dunlop and Michelin are both working on them. Yokohama and Bridgestone radials are OE on a bike in Europe and one in Japan, but neither available in the United States.

Harley’s venerable shovel-head motor makes its final appearance in a limited edition Electra Glide.

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