Erik Johnson’s 1999 Honda Magna, belonging to either the 4th or 5th generation (depending on how you count the V30 and V45), takes center stage in this post for a couple of compelling reasons. Firstly, Erik has generously contributed to feature his bike, and secondly, the Honda Magna holds a special place in the author’s heart.
Personal Connection and Appreciation
Reflecting on the author’s own experience with a 1995 Magna in a striking yellow hue, the bike left an indelible mark. Having covered approximately 10,000 miles, the Magna proved to be more than just a ride; it was a source of thrills and fond memories.
Power and Performance
This generation of Magna, powered by the VFR750 engine, delivered a spirited performance with 75 to 85 horsepower and 46 to 51 foot-pounds of torque. While specific numbers might vary due to tuning variations and measurement points, the bike offered a thrilling ride on the road.
Design and Styling
Erik’s Magna stands out as a well-maintained example of an understated and often underappreciated cruiser. The graphics on the Magna, resembling stylized flames or speed-induced striations, add a touch of uniqueness to the design.
The bike boasts a straightforward design with a drum rear brake, single disc front brake, and a simple instrument cluster. Weighing a little over 525 pounds when ready to ride, the Magna falls on the lighter side for a cruiser. The rider’s position, described as “relaxed forward controls,” offers comfort without extremes.
Personalization and Plans
The author shares personal modifications made to enhance comfort, such as a small shield and a replacement seat. Plans for a cross-country trip and additional luggage options, including saddlebags and a Givi trunk, showcase the bike’s versatility and potential for customization.
Decorated with chrome accents, including chrome airbox covers, the Magna achieves a nice balance between style and functionality. Erik’s commitment to keeping the bike in top condition is evident in the pristine appearance, notably the well-maintained wheels.
As the author faces knee issues, the Magna emerges as a potential future choice due to its ergonomic friendliness. Despite being built from 1993 to 2003 with minimal mechanical changes, the Magna’s timeless design and performance still hold appeal.
In essence, Erik Johnson’s 1999 Honda Magna embodies the spirit of a classic cruiser, cherished for its unique design, reliable performance, and the countless memories it continues to create.