Better known for their tires than their motorcycles, Japan's Bridgestone Corp. began producing bicycles in 1946. In 1950 they produced engines to fit their bicycles, and in 1952 they built their first complete motoroized cycle, a small 26cc 2-stroke bike. The first recognizable Bridgestone motorcycle was a 50cc 2-stroke with a 3-speed gearbox in 1958. Export to America began in 1963. The 1964 Deluxe Super 7 featured here was generously loaned to the National Motorcycle Museum by Thomas Zuccaro of Dubuque, Iowa.
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The 1967 Bridgestone 350 GTR