The Invisible Circle is a film about motorcycle safety from the 1960s, although it’s obviously dated, it actually contains a remarkable amount of valuable information – information that could save your life today, 60 years after the release of the film.
Motorbikes have always been popular for low cost transport, the adoption of motorbikes exploded after World War II as they provided a transport option that could be purchased inexpensively, consumed fuel sparingly and were generally good market to register and insure.
In the 1960s, Japanese motorcycles began to enter the United States, the largest single-country motorcycle market in the world at the time.
Perhaps the most important Japanese motorcycle of that time was also one of the smallest – the Honda Super Cub.
The Super Cub has been compared to the Model T Ford, Volkswagen Beetle, Mini, Jeep and Land Rover – it was a revolutionary design that has now become the most produced motor vehicle in world history, selling over 100 million vehicles built.
This movie about motorcycle safety was funded by the American Honda Motor Company Inc. – which certainly explains why all the motorcycles you’ll see in the movie are Hondas.
That said, it’s worth noting that the film isn’t a blatant promotion for Honda, and it contains plenty of driving lessons that many (including me) might find surprisingly useful.
If you want to learn more about the history of the Honda Super Cub, you can click here to see an excellent timeline that follows it from 1958 to the present day.
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