Bridgestone was founded in 1925 by Shojiro Ishibashi, a Japanese National who had been the pioneer for the rubber shoe in Japan. It was not until 1960 that Bridgestone entered into the motorcycle manufacturing market with a 50 cc motorcycle to the US.
Sales however were not high and the cost of the motorcycle was more than the other competing Japanese motorcycles of the time.
Bridgestone Motorcycles had only been around for maybe 6-7 years by that time and had only released 4 models.
The Bridgestone Tire Company dropped their motorcycle line as quickly as they had started it.
Some believe that The Bridgestone Company was receiving undue pressure from the major Japanese Motorcycle manufacturers. This possibility has not been successfully proven.
Bridgestone Motorcycles can now be found in garage sales and for sale along the streets of America, sometime for prices as low as $50, due to the lack of replacement parts necessary to do any major repairs.
The Bridgestone Motorcycle was also a popular Enduro and Ice Racing bike in the northern states as well as Canada.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 02/06/2008