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Bridgestone SR175 Twin – 1967

By the 1960’s, Bridgestone was a one of Japan’s largest companies, building cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and of course – tires. The motorcycles were technically a step above the competition, but the higher price and the choice of Rockford Motors in Rockford, Illinois as the distributor probably hurt sales. By 1971, Bridgestone was out of the motorcycle business.

The SR175 was a hand assembled factory racer, with features like dual rotary valves, polished ports, stuffed crank and a tube steel frame. Quarter mile performance was listed on the brochure as 15.3 seconds – fast!

It’s amazing that this model never really took off in popularity; especially in scrambles were there was a 200cc class.

This machine is unrestored and in original condition. Check the tires – very little time on this little jewel.

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