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The Dream

In the real world, seldom shows up overnight. it’s typically a gradual that moves forward propelled by bright ideas, a will and a commitment to work And while all of these traits may hurry a person down a path, there’s a larger to be asked: What is the goal? direction, that driving begins with clear-minded with the truly great, it begins with a dream.

Honda possessed all of the above but perhaps most important of he had a dream.

Soichiro Honda’s began taking shape the ruins of a ravaged postwar Following World War II, the entire entered the long and difficult of rebuilding, and along with it a huge demand for inexpensive Honda began by purchasing a of small-displacement army-surplus engines used to power radio which he attached to bicycles to the rear wheel by a drive

This proved to be a profitable venture, but the meager supply of was soon exhausted, prompting to design his first powerplant in A-type engine.

Honda associates quickly a nickname to this 1-horsepower, 50cc two-… engine. called it the “chimney” thanks to its single cylinder, but also it smoked ferociously when fed the fuel available at that a turpentine-based oil extracted from trees.

By the next year, Honda introduced a new engine 90cc for use in the Model B, a three-wheeler a large cargo box residing the two rear wheels. Later year Honda revealed his C powered bicycle that an upgraded engine now displacing and producing about 3 bhp at 3000 Although the Model C still pedals and a belt drive, machine now sprouted some of the associated with motorcycle

In August 1949, the fledgling Motor Company completed the of its first wholly built In keeping with what soon become a company this pioneering machine a number of Honda firsts a kickstarter (in place of bicycle chain final drive efficient than the then-standard drive), two-speed transmission, frame and a telescopic front At the heart of this machine a 98cc two-… single a square bore-and-… of 50mm x good for 3 horsepower at its peak of rpm.

According to company lore, on day, the workshop was cleared to space for a modest celebration. As Honda and his 20 employees celebrated toasts of home-brewed sake, one murmured, “It’s like a Immediately, Mr. Honda seized little bit of inspiration and shouted, it! Dream!” And so the motorcycle’s name was the Dream Type D.

It would be to say that the Dream D proved to be a success, and that Honda Company flourished from day forward. But that was not the case. At the there were more 200 motorcycle manufacturers all battling for a of the marketplace in Japan.

To feed market, Honda sold engines as well as complete D motorbikes to its distributors. The sales showed Mr. Honda something A Honda engine in a competitor’s was outselling the Dream D. Something had to be

Soichiro Honda possessed a for mechanical engineering and production, but on he realized he needed a savvy partner. So Honda joined with Takeo Fujisawa, and Mr. decided to take on the sales of the Dream D in eyeball-to-eyeball style.

Mr. Fujisawa summarily announced to that sales of the Dream D and the engine package would be an either/or proposition. Distributors opt to sell the Dream. Or they buy the engine alone.

But not both.

did not take this sea change in policy lightly. Such tactics angered some of the to the point that a handful threatened Mr. Fujisawa at knifepoint.

But the remained in place.

At the same Soichiro Honda fully that the Dream D needed a of improvements to pull in front in congested marketplace. Fuel was scarce at this time, so by 1949 some of Honda’s had turned to the more economical engine design. After consideration, Mr. Honda decided to upon the four-… path as

This was an ambitious undertaking: the company had to risk expensive to produce such engines, the would have to be a good But Mr. Honda was willing to wager on the strength of bold engineering and so he moved forward on production of the E in 1951, a daring endeavor would begin the company’s to the top of the motorcycle industry.

The Dream E incorporated an overhead-valve four-… engine, an idea far of its time in Japanese motorcycle where the vast majority of used lawnmower-like flathead An OHV engine allows higher speeds because it offers airflow restriction. Also, engines feature more combustion chambers and allow a boost in compression ratio to more power along enhanced fuel efficiency.

In the Dream E featured two intake and one exhaust for superior breathing and witnessed by its use in many engines to day. Once the Dream E reality, this single-cylinder Honda could travel distances on a gallon of fuel delivering 5.5 horsepower—performance that far every other machine on the

On the day the prototype E was completed, engineer Kawashima (who would president of the company 22 years upon Mr. Honda’s retirement) aboard the bike and set off on an impromptu run up the Hakone Mountains in a pounding while Mr. Honda and Mr.

Fujiwara followed behind in a automobile. As the inclines steepened, Mr. and the Dream E pulled away from the car—while in top gear!—and into the mist.

At the rain-battered top of the the three men were reunited and joined in ecstatic celebration—the was a complete success.

The worth of the E was more than born out in the of hearty sales. In fact, the E’s commercial success allowed the to raise new funds to renovate plants and build new ones, and purchase the latest, most machine tools and production This modernization process Honda Motor Co. to reduce its on outside suppliers and also set up its own network.

All in all, the Dream E the turning point in Honda’s history.

In addition, the Dream E Mr. Honda’s technological genius and his far-reaching vision and quest for Honda pushed an entire forward, and did so faster than any company could imagine. manufacturers could not develop with the degree of sophistication and that Honda displayed, nor as

As a result, of the more than 200 manufacturers that once the domestic motorcycle industry, four remain today.

The E stands as the sterling example of a in time—the first of more to Mr. Honda bet the works on the strength of an and came away a winner. tough times were in the offing for the fledgling company, but Motor Company had already to do business in a way that would it to grow into a worldwide in the decades to come.


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