Monday, 17 May 2010

YES THERE'S MORE - AUTO RACE BIKES FROM THE 70s

I really can't believe how many motorcycle and bicycle images I've collected over the years. I have just bought myself a diskette reader and transferred literally hundreds of old images to my laptop, most of which I had completely forgotten about. My previous posts about the Japanese auto race bikes prompted me to find these particular pictures again. I have no idea where most of them came from but they do prove that there's more to the Japanese motorcycle industry than just Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha!
350cc Kyokuto KT
Meguro... Eventually became part of the Kawasaki empire. This engine bares a remarkable resemblence to the British J.A.P. unit
Another Meguro, this time with external cam-chain instead of the push rods in the previous picture.
TOYO - I really don't know much about this make at all, but they were succesful on the pre-1960 Japanese dirt tracks and continued to be so on the tarmac auto race tracks.
Another TOYO from the 1970s

3 comments:

  1. Great stuff - brilliant aesthetic! I'm trying to cobble together some JAP engines and speedway frames.

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  2. Take a look at some of my earlier posts - there's plenty of speedway bike images to give you some inspiration. What type of JAP engines are you using and what frames do you have? I'd love to see them. I'm on the lookout for an ice speedway frame for a new project. Thanks for looking.

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