Honda bike was the setting for mental love
In the very early '60s, it became my good fortune to be the individual at SI responsible for the then-just-beginning-to-come-to-the-U.S.A. Japanese companies.
I probably was the initial media representative to regularly call on those then little-known firms. It later became my privilege to host Mr. Honda here a number of times at Bel Air for golf, and on one occasion our family was asked if we would provide a 'typical American family dinner' for him, which we did at our home.
At that time, I had a Honda Scrambler motorcycle. When Mr. Honda visited our home, we went out to my garage in our blue suits. He asked me if I had ever looked up at the bottom my motorcycle engine.
So in my best blue suit, I got down on my back to look. To my astonishment, the fins had been buffed. I asked him, "Why do you polish the cooling fins?"
He said, "We want our owners to go out to their garages at night to make mental love to our machines."
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