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Motorcycle R&D Center, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.Project to develop an electric-powered marathon lead motorcycle

Project members who were available for the interview
Project members who were available for the interview

(From right)
Yuji Ono, Assistant Chief Engineer
Kiyoharu Okubo
Yoshihiro Namiki, Assistant Chief Engineer
Takafumi Yamaguchi
Takeo Numata
Tomoyuki Okamoto, Assistant Chief Engineer
Manabu Hasebe
Tsuyoshi Moriya
Takashi Murayama, Assistant Chief Engineer
Yuji Ono, Assistant Chief Engineer
Yuji Ono, Assistant Chief Engineer
Joined Honda R&D in 1984. Took a leadership role in development of the first-generation Dream Queen. Having served as lead motorcycle rider in several marathons, now also coordinates with competition staff and manages the project.
Kiyoharu Okubo
Kiyoharu Okubo
Joined Honda R&D in 2009. Oversaw development of part of the motorcycle body, motorcycle design and paint scheme, and the rider's uniform. "We took care to give the motorcycle and rider a strong presence, but not as much as the runners."
Yoshihiro Namiki, Assistant Chief Engineer
Yoshihiro Namiki, Assistant Chief Engineer
Joined Honda R&D in 2005. Directed overall planning and implementation as LPL of the marathon lead motorcycle project using the EV-neo as the based model.
Takafumi Yamaguchi
Takafumi Yamaguchi
Joined Honda R&D in 2004. Participated in the project as a rider and mechanic. "The project is still not well known in the company so I want to promote the project so more people know about it."
Takeo Numata
Takeo Numata
Joined Honda R&D in 2007. Having taken part in product development of the EV-neo itself since 2009, served as test PL (project leader) for the marathon lead motorcycle. "My goal is to make the bike as easy to ride as possible."
Tomoyuki Okamoto, Assistant Chief Engineer
Tomoyuki Okamoto, Assistant Chief Engineer
Joined Honda R&D in 1984. As a participant in the project since the first-generation Dream Queen, helped build the motorcycle and also served as rider. "Eventually I'd like to make the news vehicles that run alongside the runners electric as well."
Manabu Hasebe
Manabu Hasebe
Joined Honda R&D in 2008. Oversaw development of the battery pack for the marathon lead motorcycle. "I'm working on improving the battery's performance with the hope that it will also lead to performance improvements for production motorcycles."
Tsuyoshi Moriya
Tsuyoshi Moriya
Joined Honda R&D in 2006. Oversaw energy efficiency calculations and maintenance of the marathon lead motorcycle. "I want to continue this project for as long as possible and promote more widespread use of electric motorcycles in the world of sports."
Takashi Murayama, Assistant Chief Engineer
Takashi Murayama, Assistant Chief Engineer
Joined Honda R&D in 1981. Conducted internal planning, implementation, and coordination with external marathon organizers as LPL of the first-generation Dream Queen project.
Kenichiro Ikeda, Chief Engineer
Kenichiro Ikeda, Chief Engineer
Joined Honda R&D in 1996. Oversaw design of the first-generation Dream Queen. Paved the way to the current phase of the project by giving physical form to the three applicants' dreams. (Now works in Thailand.)
Kunihiko Tanaka, Chief Engineer
Kunihiko Tanaka, Chief Engineer
Joined Honda R&D in 1980. Participated in the project since the first-generation Dream Queen. Served as technical coordinator for development of the second-generation Dream Queen. Tanaka’s charisma is what attracted many of the project's current members to the project.

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