Honda produces 300 millionth motorcycle

The first of 300 million bikes produced by Honda so far

Earlier this month the Philae lander space probe successfully landed on a comet 300 million miles away from the Earth.

Meanwhile, over in Japan the Honda Motor Co., Ltd. surpassed the 300 million mark themselves. Not in miles but in the number of motorcycles produced since the first, a Dream Type-D, in 1949.

Bike number 300 million - GL1800 Gold WingSixty-five years later and the employees at the company's Kumamoto Factory in Japan, Honda's primary motorcycle production plant, held a special commemorative ceremony as the 300 millionth bike rolled off the production line, a 40th Anniversary Edition Gold Wing.

Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., said, “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. We will continue to provide products that will please our customers in each country and region in the world.”

Honda first started producing motorcycles outside of Japan in 1963 in Belgium. Since then the world's largest engine manufacturer and the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer is now producing bikes at 33 plants across 22 countries.

And, get this, Honda produced 16.8 million motorcycles worldwide in 2013 alone!

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