Honda is the world largest motorcycle manufacturers. The company has dominated the world of motorcycles since its inception in 1946 by Soichiro Honda. The company is based in Tokyo, Japan and came into full limelight after the debut of the super Cub in 1958. The company still makes the Super Cub but in the models of Gold Wing, CRF and the CBR. In terms of technological advancements in the world of two-wheel automobiles, Honda and Yamaha has always been a force and have consistently maintained their great standard over the years.
The founder, Shichiro Honda, used to be a race driver and fought for the company’s international racing right from the unset. Honda fielded five bikes in the Isle of Man TT in 1959, the company stamped its dominance in the world of motorcycles and to over almost all other race competitions in the world.
The company, however, did not reach any major milestone despite making one of the most powerful bike engines. The company had to go back to the drawing board and re-strategize on how to fine tune their chassis to match the power of the engines. After successfully fixing this glitch, Honda won its first Prix Victories by Mike Hailwood in the 125cc and 250cc classes. Mike went on to win Honda’s first Senior TT titles in ’66 and ’67.
The company suffered a setback which cut them off GP racing up until 1979. Honda won its first 500cc Grand Prix World Championship which was delivered by the legendary Freddie Spencer. From here on, Honda dominated the Motorcycle Grand Prix racing. The company won numerous racing championship and boasts of riders like Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi. Honda has won over 600 international titles and is not showing any sign of slowing down.
The company developed its own racing corporation called the Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) which was formed by Richard Hynda in 1983. The corporation is responsible for all the factory production for all the units used for worldwide racing. The Corporation is also in charge of the production of several racing motorcycles and even provides technical support for satellite riding team.
Honda has dominated the Grand Prix racing competition using their revered CBR line up that features two of the world bestselling sportbikes in the world; the CBR1000RR and CBR600RR. These bikes have repeatedly dominated the world of bike racing as they have won the company numerous race titles. the bikes now have the ABS option for all the models from the year 2009. this makes them the first purebred sportbike of their kind.
Honda never stops impressing its millions of fans with cutting-edge innovations in the world of motorcycles. They now have the all four-strokes machines that features a fuel injection, (the 09’ CRF450R) and the upgraded CRF25OR bikes. These innovations have kept them on top of the food chain and they are not slowing down.
So if you are a bike enthusiast and don’t own a Honda bike, you really don’t know what you are missing.