A few months back, I happened to visit a department store and the bicycle section was promoting rust removal solvents, touch-up paint, chrome polish and other bicycle restoration goods. There on display was a great "attention-getter", an old motorized bicycle. Upon close inspection it turned out to be a bicycle manufactured by Maruishi, a company still in the bicycle business.
It is hard to believe but the famous motorcycle and automobile manufacturer Honda first started out by producing a similar motorized bicycle back in 1947, the Honda A-Type, also, referred to in Japanese as the Bata-Bata Bike, taken from the sound the engine made.
Heavy duty spring to smooth out the bumps. Road conditions over half a century ago where certainly nowhere near what they are today.
Japan has come a long way; espescially when one considers two wheeled motorized transportation. None of the big four Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki or Suzuki were producing motorcycles prior to WWII.
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