Honda Motorcycle History

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Honda Motorcycle History

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Honda was founded in the late as Japan struggled to rebuild the second World War. founder Soichiro Honda began manufacturing piston before turning his attention to motorcycles. Mr. Honda always had a for engineering, and this became by the wild sales success of his in the 1960s and by competing head-to-head the world’s best on racetracks.

Honda is a juggernaut, offering machines in most every

1906: Soichiro Honda is in Hamamatsu, Japan. His father a blacksmith shop that repairs bicycles. As a young Honda is an apprentice in an automotive in Tokyo.

1928: Honda to Hamamatsu to open his own auto shop. Enamored with he builds his own race car.

Honda is injured in an auto accident.

1937: He forms a to manufacture piston rings. a shaky start (owing to his complete lack of formal in metallurgy) his company becomes He is a key supplier to Toyota, which manufacturing cars at about the time.

1946: Soichiro sells his piston-ring business. is struggling to regain some of normalcy, after having bombed flat at the end of WWII. realizes the need for affordable and begins grafting war-surplus motors onto bicycles. motors had originally been for use on portable generators for military

1948: Honda Motor Co. Ltd is Soichiro Honda focuses on the side of the business, while operations are controlled by Takeo

1949: The company produces its real motorcycle, powered by a a two-… motor. When an sees the first one assembled and it is outside the factory, he says, like a dream.” The name was adopted for the bike, officially as Model D.

1951: Mr. Honda is infuriated by the smell and fumes from the motorbikes (including his own) crowd Japanese city In response, the company creates its four-… motorcycle, the Dream E

1952: Despite the fact he despises such “primitive” Honda flirts with his notion of auxiliary motors for The Cub F (two-…, 50cc) clip-on is sold through thousands of bicycle shops across It is only manufactured for two years, but it the “Cub” trademark, which be popular for decades in various

1953: The Benly J (4-…, is released. At least some of were sold with tank-badges, and carried the Honda on engine cases only. The series also lasted a time, and ushered in an era of improved

They were immediately with Japan’s amateur

1954: Soichiro Honda his own dream, of success in Grand motorcycle racing. He writes, “My dream was to be a champion of motor with a machine built by However, before becoming champion, it is strongly required to a stable corporate structure, with precise production and superior product design. this point of view we been concentrating on providing quality products to meet domestic consumer demand and we not had enough time to pour our in motor cycle racing now… I here avow my that I will participate in the TT and I proclaim with my fellow that I will pour all my and creative powers into

Mr. Honda attended the Isle of Man as an observer that year, particular attention to the German-made NSU that dominated the 125 and 250 classes. it is widely believed Honda these machines, it is not true; the NSU were singles with cams–nothing like the early racers.

1957: The leading manufacturers, including MV Agusta, and Mondial announce that will withdraw from Championship racing, citing costs. MV Agusta will on this agreement and continue Honda buys one of the last race bikes.

The Japanese doesn’t copy the Italian but it does use it as a source of inspiration and an of the standard they need to

1958: The Super Cub (aka aka CA100, aka simply “the 50”) hits the market. It a pressed-steel frame, leading-link step-through design and a 50cc motor. It is destined to be sold various names, and will grow to 70cc, and finally

It will become the most motorcycle–indeed, the most popular vehicle of any kind.

1959: enters the famed Isle of Man TT for the first time. The company five machines in the 125cc class. The bikes are 125cc of the type raced the previous in Japanese national competition. Tanaguchi achieves the team’s the TT result, finishing sixth.

wins the manufacturer’s trophy in the

Honda opens American Motor Co. in Los Angeles.

1961: dominates both the 125cc and classes at the TT. Mike Hailwood both races, with finishing 1st through 5th positions in case. The Isle of Man Examiner says simply, “It was a devastating win for the

1963: This year, focuses on F-1 car racing, and the motorcycle program suffers. Sales of bikes remain strong, the Super Cub is awarded the French Cup; Honda opens its overseas plant in Belgium; Advertising unveils the famous meet the nicest people on a campaign. Early the following Honda buys commercial in the Academy Awards for a “nicest television ad featuring the Super

1964: Two-… motors to dominate the smaller-displacement racing In order to remain competitive in the classes, while still on four-… motors, Honda a six-cylinder 250, the 3RC164. engineering marvel dazzles the world, but it is not enough to prevent Read from winning the on his Yamaha ’stroker.

In ’66 and ’67, Mike Hailwood will use the six to win the World Championship.

1968: 19 after the company’s first rolled out of the factory, Honda its 10 millionth motorcycle.

1969: unveiled the CB750 at the Tokyo Show in late ’68, but it hit the market until early It is impossible to overstate the impact bike made, as the first mass-market four, and the first bike to come with a brake. Until well 1970, CB750s were with sand-cast, not …-cast cases. In truth, …-cast were lighter, stronger, and oil tight.

But it’s the sand-cast that are prized by collectors.

Honda entered four in the Daytona 200, but only Mann–finished. The three DNFs completely overshadowed by Mann’s It was a huge win for Honda in America.

year, the 200 grid also all-new triples from and BSA, and the first XR750 Although the factory bikes are referred to as CR750 models, the was never sold as a complete it was only a kit of parts to be assembled on a donor bike. The factory were built by Honda’s Services Center (the of today’s HRC) and officially “CB750 Racing Type.”

1972: Honda finally that in order to build a 250cc motocrosser, the company has to another two-… motor. “Elsinore” reaches the U.S. in ’73. It is immediately the most production race bike in its and Gary Jones wins the AMA championship on it in its first year.

Soichiro Honda retires as the President. He remains on the Board of which grant him the honorific ‘Supreme Advisor’ in 1983.

The first Gold Wing, the is introduced at Cologne. It reaches the market in early ’75. The is the first Japanese production to be water-cooled. It also features drive and is one of the first production to be fitted with a fuel

The pump is required because the in the normal position is actually an bay and conceals the radiator overflow, the real fuel tank is the seat, to help keep the of gravity low.

1978: In an to build a competitive four-… for the 500GP World Championship, produces the oval-piston NR500. It was a “four-cylinder V-8, with 8 rods and 32 valves. It is a technological but manufacturing challenges prevent it racing until late in the ’79

Honda EXP-2

Honda persists with the through the ’81 season, but even Spencer can’t manage to win on it.

1981: Honda Gold production moves from to a new factory in Ohio.

1983: Spencer wins the 500cc Championship. For the first time, wins the “blue riband” (The company first won the Championship in the 500cc class in

1986: After a shaky the V-four “VF” series of bikes is redeemed with the VFR750F “Interceptor”. Its gear-drive cams once and for all banish cam and wear problems, and the model is acknowledged as being the “best road bike” for most of the ten years.

1987: The CBR600F is Honda’s first fully-faired, street bike.

1990: The (aka RC30) finally in the U.S. three years it is first sold in Japan. a true homologation special, and a race bike for the street, for twice the price of a stock

1991: The company mourns the of Soichiro Honda.

1992: 200 of the legendary NR (aka NR 750) are This is a street-legal version of the NR500 Grand Prix which sells for a breathtaking It’s loaded with features including carbon-fiber a digital dash, underseat a single-sided swingarm, and fuel

In spite of lavish use of carbon and alloy, it weighs nearly 500 and most of the people who have it (still a small statistical are underwhelmed.

1993: The CBR900RR the sportbike world. Designed by Baba, the “Fireblade” combines the of an open-class motorcycle with the and handling of a 600.

1995: The EXP-2 (two-… 400cc) its class in the Granada-Dakar rally. The is the proof-of-concept for a cleaner burning and powerful two-… engine that uses a pivoting to close the exhaust port.

2001: Valentino Rossi the last ever 500cc Championship on the NSR500 two-….

All change. Or not. Rossi the first World Championship in the MotoGP era, on the five-cylinder RC211V.

Valentino Rossi the last ever 500cc Championship on the NSR500 two-….

Honda prototypes a motorcycle by a fuel cell.

2006: The Super Cub is sold.

2007: is the first manufacturer to offer a with air bag crash protection.

The VFR1200F is introduced. While it a sportbike like anticipated, significant in that it’s the production motorcycle with an dual clutch transmission, true push-button shifting.

in early 2009 as a 2010 Honda breaks the mold the chopper-inspired Fury. Powered by a V-Twin, it’s something of a for the traditionally conservative company.

Due to the surrounding the new AMA regime following its by the Daytona Motorsports Group, decides to withdraw from the stating the “current AMA/DMG environment does not align the company goals.”

2011: In an to tap into the burgeoning beginner-bike the CBR250R is introduced. Powered by a single-cylinder engine, the mini CBR is in Honda’s Thailand plant and worldwide.

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