Over the years, Honda has become a global phenomenon. The Japanese company produces a very wide spectrum of products ranging from cars, jets, power equipment, engines and of course motorcycles. And, the number of motorcycles the company has built is staggering.
400 million bikes
On December 19th, 2019 the company celebrated the production of its 400,000,000th (four hundred million) bike. They reached this amazing feat after 70 years of producing motorcycles/scooters. That means that on average, Honda produced approximately 5.7 million bikes a year since it’s inception. No matter how you cut it, that’s a lot of bikes.
Founded in 1948, Honda first started motorcycle mass production outside of Japan in 1963. That factory was located in Belgium. Since then, Honda globally produces two-wheelers in 35 facilities in 25 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
In producing 400 bikes, Honda had several milestones along the way. It took 48 years for Honda to reach its 100 million milestone. That was in 1997. Only 17 years later, in 2014, Honda reached the production of 300 million bikes. And now that it is 2019, Honda is celebrating the production of a further 100 million bikes to reach its 400 millionth bike milestone.
According to Takahiro Hachigo, Hond Motor Co. Ltd’s Chief Executive Officer:
“For 70 years Honda has provided to customers worldwide motorcycles that make life easier and enjoyable. As a result, we have achieved our 400 million-unit milestone. I am grateful to all of our customers, and everyone involved in development, manufacturing, sales and service of our products. We will continue to do our best to provide attractive products that meet the needs and dreams of customers worldwide
Honda’s production journey has brought us some pretty iconic bikes. Here is a smattering of some the milestones that Honda has achieved:
- 1948 Honda Motor Co., Ltd founded
- 1949 The Dream D-Type went on sale
- 1958 The iconic Super Cub and Super Cub C100 join the Honda range
- 1959 Honda becomes worlds largest motorcycle manufacturer
- 1969 The CB750 goes on sale
- 1975 The GL1000 Gold Wing goes on sale
- 1986 The XRV650 Africa Twin joins the range
- 1992 The CBR900RR FireBlade goes on sale
- 2001 The SH125i goes on sale
- 2009 The VFR1200F is unveiled at the Tokyo Motorshow – the world’s first dual-clutch motorcycle
- 2014 The Honda Super Cub becomes the most produced motorcycle in history (87 million units sold in 160 countries
- 2015 The Gold Wing celebrates its 40th Anniversary
- 2017 Fireblade celebrates its 25th Anniversary
- 2019 CB750 celebrates its 50th Anniversary
- 100,000 DCT equipped motorcycles sold in Europe since its introduction in 2010