Honda reaches 300 million unit milestone in cumulative global motorcycle production
Tuesday 25th November, 2014 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that Honda’s cumulative worldwide motorcycle production reached the 300 million-unit milestone in September 2014, and held a ceremony at Kumamoto Factory, Honda’s primary motorcycle production plant in Japan, to commemorate this remarkable milestone. A 2015 model Gold Wing produced at Kumamoto Factory became the 300 millionth motorcycle that Honda has produced globally.

The 300 million-unit milestone was reached in the 66th year since Honda began motorcycle production in 1949 with the Dream Type-D.

The history of Honda’s motorcycle business began with the start of mass-production in Japan in 1949. Production outside of Japan began 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.” With a longstanding passion to create technologies that make people’s lives more convenient and fun, Honda has been developing and offering products that accommodate the diverse needs of customers in a large number of countries and regions around the world.

Having grown into a brand beloved by many customers around the world, Honda is currently producing motorcycles at 33 plants in 22 countries, sharing joys with its customers. Honda will continue offering products which fulfil the needs of its customers around the world.

Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

“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.”


  • Founded in 1948 by Soichiro Honda, Honda is the world’s largest engine manufacturer.
  • Since 1986, it has been actively involved in robotics, and released the first ASIMO humanoid robot in 2000.
  • In 2006, Honda announced its plan to enter the aviation market with a compact business jet aircraft. The HondaJet is now entering the final stages of certification process.

Honda motorcycle facts

  • In 2013 Honda sold 16.8 million motorcycles worldwide, an increase of 8.7% compared to 2012.
  • It has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959.
  • The Honda Super Cub is the most-produced motorcycle in history. Cumulative worldwide production reached 87 million units in March 2014. It has been sold in more than 160 countries.
  • The Honda Gold Wing celebrates its 40th anniversary of production in 2015, This milestone is being commemorated with a Special Edition colour scheme for the GL1800 Gold Wing.
  • Honda has an unequalled record of success in motorcycle racing, having won 21 Constructors Titles in the premier class (known currently as MotoGP), 63 Constructors Championships and 697 races across all categories in the premier class.
  • 21 year old 2014 MotoGP champion Marc Marquez won a record 13 Grand Prix in the 2014 season.
  • Over 30,000 motorcycles equipped with Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission have been sold in Europe since its introduction in 2010.

Kumamoto Factory

  • Established: 1976
  • Location: 1500 Hirakawa, Ohzu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto, Japan
  • Business: Production of motorcycles and power products
  • Area:  Approximately 1,616,000m2
  • Production capacity: 160,000 units/year (including ATVs)
  • Employees: Approximately 2,600 associates
  • Main production models: GL1800 Gold Wing, CBR1000RR Fireblade, VFR800F, CRF off-road models, NM4 Vultus, power product engines, etc




Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS) proving to be highly popular with customers

RIBS proving to be highly popular

RIBS proving to be highly popular

Whether for lagoon or sea usage, Honda-powered RIBS are proving to be a favourite with Honda Marine customers. Their overall versatility of usage applications, combined with their safety benefits are making them a much in demand boating choice for those looking at maximizing upon their available leisure time.

Often in the past, the reputation of RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Boats), also known as SRi’s (Semi-rigid Inflatables), has been tarnished by the use of inferior materials combined with basic build techniques, resulting in major quality issues.

In recent years however, these issues have been addressed and overcome by manufacturers using stronger imported materials and by employing fail-proof thermo-bonded tube technology. As a result RIBS’s now find themselves as one of the most rapidly growing sectors within the marine industry. They are lighter and easier to operate than conventional GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) boats and they are versatile in terms of usage whether it’s for a commercial, safety, recue, diving or leisure application, being equally at home in dams, rivers, lagoons, breaking surf and open sea conditions.

Their single biggest advantage is the safety aspect. RIBS are extremely stable boats, possessing a low centre of gravity and a greater buoyancy than conventional craft. Their tubular structure acts like a big shock absorber, giving them a softer dryer ride and an unparalleled degree of seaworthiness, allowing them to withstand the most treacherous and hazardous sea conditions. That’s why under normal circumstances they are practically impossible to capsize, making them the favoured choice for Sea Rescue, Police, Navy, Port Authorities and many other organizations.

Also with them being lighter than conventional craft, they’re easier to launch and retrieve, and they need a smaller engine to power them making them more economical to run. They also have a higher ‘loading capacity’ area due to their much greater level of buoyancy, allowing them to carry more load.

Most importantly from a leisure perspective they are lots of fun, giving you perhaps a greater sense of adventure, whether you have a centre or jockey console RIB. They are also highly affordable in comparison to certain GRP boat equivalents, giving you excellent boating value for your money.

So maybe the next time you’re looking for your boat of choice, check out the practicalities of getting a RIB. Consult your nearest Honda Marine dealer for more information.


Many Marine Customers are choosing the Honda Elite 125 Scooter as their favoured ‘Run-around’ transport of choice during the busy festive season

Honda Elite 125cc Scooter

Honda Elite 125cc Scooters – All SOLD!

Since opening a Honda motorcycle dealership alongside their Marine operation, Honda Wing/ Marine Knysna has been inundated with orders for the reliable, superior quality Honda Elite 125cc Scooter as a highly affordable transport solution to the hustle and bustle of a busy summer season.

As Dave Hoets, the dealer principal says, “It’s amazing just how well this awesome scooter has been received. It’s affordable, convenient and reliable and allows our customers to move around a busy town with ease, whether it’s to quickly get to the boat mooring or to do some last minute shopping. Whatever the need, The Honda Elite will get you there.”

Elite 125 – For affordable and stylish commuting
The powerful and efficient Elite 125cc Scooter sports class leading torque and returns fuel consumption of approximately 40km/l and is lively enough to get you to any destination. It’s the perfect mix of style and affordability, which makes it the ideal way to get around.

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Honda Marine Knysna successfully and efficiently powered by a Honda 5.5kVa EP6500CX AVR Generator during all-too frequent power outages

Honda EP6500CX powering Honda Marine Knysna

Honda EP6500CX powering Honda Marine Knysna

This is the generator of choice for Honda Marine Knysna who for the last 9 years has relied on a Honda EP6500CX Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) generator to power them through the all-too regular power outages. To date this extremely reliable generator has never missed a beat, however long or frequent the power outage, allowing this marine business to be open, operational and online at all times.

Whether you’re at home or at work, today’s sophisticated electronic appliances need an equally sophisticated generator, one with Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR), ensuring that you get a smooth delivery of power without spiking, lowering your chances of a blown appliance, and this is exactly what you get from a Honda EP6500CX generator.

Specifications                                                                      EP6500CX          

AC frequency                                                                         50Hz

AC output voltage                                                                  220V

Rated AC output                                                                    5.0kVa

Maximum AC output                                                              5.5kVa

Model                                                                                    GX390K1

DC Output                                                                             12V-8.3A

Engine type                                                                            Air-cooled, 4-stroke, OHV single cylinder

Displacement                                                                         389cm3

Ignition system                                                                       Transistorised magneto

Starting system                                                                      Recoil

Fuel tank capacity (litres)                                                        25

Maximum engine power output @3 600rpm                          13.0PS (9.6kW)

Continuous operating hours                                                  9.2

Operating noise level @ 7m                                                   72dB

Dry weight                                                                            85kg

Dimensions (L x W xH)                                                         680 x 510 x 540mm

Automatic voltage regulator                                                  Yes

Fuel gauge                                                                           Yes

Voltmeter                                                                              Yes

Oil alert                                                                                 Yes

AC circuit breaker                                                                 Yes

Large capacity air cleaner                                                     Yes

Accessory AC plug                                                               Yes

Electric Starter                                                                         –



Honda’s AVR system automatically compensates for power fluctuations

Low noise and low vibration, top-level fuel efficiency

High output performance

Oil alert system stops the engine automatically when oil level is too low

Large-size air cleaner ensures excellent air intake efficiency for optimum engine power output

Large ‘silent’ mufflers minimize engine noise

Easy-to-use AC/DC circuit breakers cut the power in the event of electrical overload while
leaving the main power switch on

Sturdy frame with upper guard pipes protects the machine, while making it easier to transport

Backlight voltmeter allows you to check the generator output even in the dark

Large fuel gauge allows you to check fuel level at a glance


Full range of Marine & Watersport Accessories including the latest offerings from OBRIEN now available from Honda Marine Knysna
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For ‘One Stop Shopping’ on Marine and Watersport Accessories, you’ll not be disappointed when you pay Honda Marine Knysna a visit where you’ll find their Lifestyle Centre fitted out with all your boating equipment needs, from safety through to watersports, including an exclusive range of skiis and wakeboards from renowned manufacturer OBRIEN.

Contact Honda Marine Knysna on Tel.: 044 382 4090 to make sure that they have what you need…