At the end of the Second World War a large stock of two-stroke engines made for the use in various naval craft and submarines was laying idle unused. Soichiro Honda purchased these engines for the price of scrap. Thereafter making bicycles on stronger frames in his workshop and fitting two-stroke engines he converted them into motorcycles. From such a small beginning Honda Motor Company’s multi-national business commenced.
The credit for creating a worldwide craze for motorcycle goes to Japan – especially to the Japanese engineer named Soichiro Honda (see photo). Just as scooter was innovated as an affordable vehicle for the common man in postwar Europe, Honda concentrated on the motorcycle. He inspired Kawasaki, Yamaha and Suzuki to follow him in this field.