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Honda D2-492-10-08
Photo ou archives : D. Ganneau

Capacity : 100
Model : Dream type D
Production : 1949 - 1951
Category : (R) Street Bike


100 Dream / Type D - 1949

Dreams do come true

In 1949, Honda had only been established for two years, yet it already had three models in its catalogue: little workaday two-strokes which were badly needed in postwar Japan. But the company had wider ambitions. The resulting type D lived up to the hopes of its builder and was instantly given the name "Dream."

Modern – for a Japanese Bike!

While the Dream certainly represented a considerable advance over the other Japanese bikes of the period, it was strongly reminiscent of the Zündapp and Gnome & Rhone machines of the Thirties with its pressed steel frame devoid of rear suspension. The type D was nevertheless an instant success, placing Honda in the first rank of Japanese constructors: in 1950, it built 1000 out of a total of 2633 motorcycles produced in the country. In grateful remembrance, Honda would baptize several subsequent models "Dream."

Difficult Period of Expansion

However, the Dream's success caused the small-town Honda company its first growing pains, for at that time its distribution network consisted mainly of bicycle shops. By rapidly signing up the Fujisawa factoring company, by moving its commercial and industrial base to Tokyo, by rapidly creating a four-stroke model – the Type E – Honda quickly got back on target and the international career of the marque was off to a flying start.


Engine: air-cooled 98cc (50x50 mm) single-cylinder two-stroke

Power Rating: 3.5hp @ 4500rpm

Valves: crankcase induction

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 2 speeds; chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum

Wheels: 3.00x20in tires

Weight: 176 lb

Maximum Speed: 31 mph

Honda's first real motorcycle was still only a two-stroke single with, as its sole novelties, the crankcase induction system and the rear-facing exhaust port.

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This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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