The Interceptor debuted in late ’82 at Honda’s dealer meeting, and although it created a buzz, response was tempered somewhat by the crush of all-new bikes announced that evening. “1983 was the year of the V65 Magna, and it sort of stole the show,” Row says. “Remember, ’83 was the heroin high point for new model releases, and dealers were like junkies. I doubt most were able to fathom the significance of the Interceptor since there were so many other new models diverting their attention—16 all-new bikes and 56 in the lineup total! The Interceptor and big-bore Magna, CB1100F, 750 and 500 Shadows, 650 Turbo, GL650 Interstate, new Nighthawk 650 and 550s, V-twin Ascot, XR350, more new CRs, upgraded ATVs, and more… It was unreal.” Yamaha had very definitely awoken a sleeping giant.