Bikes You Should Know appears weekly as part of Two Wheel Tuesdays. Since Hooniverse primarily caters to automotive enthusiasts, this column focuses on historically or culturally significant motorcycles that are likely to interest a non-riding audience.
Anybody who wishes to claim any knowledge of motorcycle development in the twentieth century has to know what “The Six” is. There have been a fair number of six-cylinder motorcycles from various makers over the years, but in much the same way as the Isle of Man is “the island” and the Roman Catholic church is “the church,” THE Six refers to Honda’s FIM Grand Prix race bikes of 1965-1967. Yes, that’s correct — “bikes,” plural. The Six was actually four different models. But the cumulative bitch-slap they gave to the face of the motorcycling establishment was a singularly shocking wake-up call.
… Continue Reading