By June 1961, sales of motorcycles by American Honda Motor (American Honda)were registering some momentum. At about this time, Honda established a wholly owned sales company, European Honda GmbH (European Honda, presently Honda Motor Europe (North) GmbH) in Hamburg, Germany (then West Germany), in order to expand its exports overseas. Just as it had done in the U.S., Honda took up the challenge of opening a European motorcycle market.
Ironically, that month Honda swept the top five spots in the 250 cc and 125 cc classes at the Isle of Man TT racing event in the U.K. It was only the third year that Honda had participated in the event. Honda was indeed making a name for itself throughout Europe and the U.K.