Honda has reached an impressive landmark, producing the 300 millionth motorcycle in the company’s 66-year history. The milestone motorcycle, a Gold Wing, was completed in September at Honda’s primary motorcycle factory in Kumamoto, Japan.
The 1832cc flat-six Gold Wing is quite a departure from Honda’s first motorcycle, the 1949 Dream Type-D and its 98cc Single, but the two bike share a common heritage. Right from the start, Honda’s first motorcycle was unique with its semi-automatic clutch system and a maroon paint scheme in a world full of black motorcycles.
Honda became the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer in 1959, the same year it entered the U.S. market. Today, the company has 33 motorcycle production facilities in 22 different countries worldwide.
“Thanks to support from our customers and all of the people involved in development, production and sales, Honda was able to reach the 300 million-unit milestone,” says Takanobu Ito, president and chief executive officer of Honda Motor Co. “We will continue to provide products that will please our customers in each country and region in the world.”