Honda was founded in 1940s Japan by Soichiro Honda. During this time, the Japanese economy was recovering from World War II. Honda's business began as a producer of piston rings. Soon after the company started manufacturing Honda Motorcycles. It was in the 1960s that these inexpensive cycles really rose to the height of popularity. The Honda cycles of this era were primarily known for competing on racetracks around the world. Today, the company makes industry-leading motorcycles in nearly every category. Honda Motorcycles started out as bicycles with two-stroke motors grafted onto them. It was in 1949 that they manufactured their first real motorcycle with a 98 cc two-stroke motor. It was called the Model D. Today, Honda produces a broad array of motorcycles of every class. They make mopeds and light motorcycles, motorcycle models, off-road models, dual-purpose models, motocross models, scooters, racing models, and all-terrain vehicles.
The company offers a number of well-known names in bikes. Perhaps the most recognized is the iconic Gold Wing, introduced in the US in 1975. It was one of the first production models fitted with a fuel pump. Honda ended production of the Gold Wing in 2009. Other popular models you may be familiar with include the CRF, Rebel, Ruckus, Shadow, and VTX.