1949 - The Honda Dream D-Type, Honda’s first motorcycle. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Oct. 30, 2008 1949 Honda Dream Honda first motorcycle was named the Dream, a name that seemed to symbolize Honda itself. This machine was the embodiment of the company’s dream of becoming a full-fledged motorcycle manufacturer. TOKYO – Honda today announced that Honda's cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 200 million-unit milestone last month. Honda achieved this milestone in the 60th year since the company began motorcycle production in 1949 with the Dream D-type (shown). It was just 11-years ago when Honda passed the one-hundred million mark. The history of Honda’s motorcycle business began with the start of mass-production of the Dream D-type in 1949. The Dream D-Type was Honda’s first full scale motorcycle that no longer had the look of a bicycle with an auxiliary engine. The design had evolved into something appropriate for a motorcycle with an innovative for the time, clutchless transmission… Production outside of Japan began at Honda’s motorcycle plant in Belgium in 1963, and since then Honda has been expanding its local production to many countries around the world based on Honda’s commitment to “build products close to the customer.” Honda first cultivates new markets and establishes a business foundation with motorcycles, which later serves as the foundation of automobile business. Honda currently produces motorcycles at 32 plants in 22 countries around the world. Moreover, Honda established local motorcycle R&D operations in the U.S., Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, and India dedicating its effort to develop motorcycles that meet the needs of local customers. Honda Motorcycle Milestone’s 1949 - Honda Dream launched 1951 - Honda’s E-Type 4-stroke 1959 - American Honda Established 1963 - Motorcycle Production in Belgium 1969 - Honda CB750 Four 1976 - CG125 Large Scale Production in Brazil 1979 - Return to the Motorcycle World Grand Prix 1997 - 100 Million Motorcycles sold worldwide 2008 - 200 Million Motorcycles sold worldwide Honda’s annual worldwide motorcycle sales exceeded 10 million units in 2004. Honda envisions sales of more than 18 million units in 2010.