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Bridgestone Classic Motorcycles

While heading Bridgestone's US bicycle division, Petersen was able to express and evangelize his passions for traditional good designs. A passion that had been fed by old world cycling traditions from Europe and spread with the bike boom of the 1970's. But was endangered by the marketing and flash culture surrounding the rise of the mountain bike. Petersen was able to use Bridgestone's massive production capacity to make inexpensive, high quality bikes that were aimed at a market that valued long term use as well as performance. So the Bridgestone team took the inherent advantages of the steel frame, mated them with well thought out components and produced bikes that supported longer rides, greater comfort, durability, everyday use and of course style without sacrificing performance. They looked back at the Fin de Siecle bike boom and promoted the classic aesthetics of that period. The bikes, which had always been nice now began to look nicer, riders had the opportunity to sport Bridgestone manufactured classic wool jerseys with nut buttoned shoulders and classic looks.

The bikes became better and better, new designs were less flashy but better thought out than the rest of the market, especially among major producers, which Bridgestone was. However, at some point things began to go wrong. The Bridgestone ideology began to undermine sales. Quiet quality will sell bikes to educated consumers but for any number of reasons a shiny cheap bike will sell as quick. Bridgestone finally disappeared from the American market when the rising yen made profitability impossible.

Bridgestone Motorcycle History Highlights;

  • 1945-Bridgestone Bicycle Corporation Formed
  • 1953-BS-21 “BAMBI” Production Begins
  • 1963-Bridgestone Motorcycles Comes To America
  • 1964-Bridgestone BS-90 Production Begins
  • 1965-Bridgestone BS-50 Production Begins
  • 1965-Bridgestone DT-175 Production Begins
  • 1966-Bridgestone SR-Racer Production Begins
  • 1967-Bridgestone 350 GTR Production Begins
  • 1969 Bridgestone 100/GP & 100/TMX Production Begins
  • 1969 Bridgestone Motorcycle Factory Production Ends
  • 1971-Rockford Motors Cycle Production Begins
  • 1975-Rockford Motors Cycle Production Ends

Bike Image Description
1960's Bridgestone Hurricane Scrambler 1960's Bridgestone Hurricane Scrambler  
Bridgestone 90 Series Bridgestone 90 Series

With the introduction of the 90 series to America in 1964 the Bridgestone 90’s placed Bridgestone in the American motorcycle market as a serious and dominating force.

With a total production sales of 51,000 by 1966 the 90 series was truly the model that proved it. Offered in nine different models the 90 series had the most models of any other series offered by Bridgestone to the U.S. market.

The 90 Models;

  • Deluxe
  • Mountain W/Oil Injection
  • Mountain WO/Oil Injection
  • Racer
  • Sport W/Oil Injection
  • Sport WO/Oil Injection
  • Standard
  • Trail W/Oil Injection
  • Trail WO/Oil Injection
Bridgestone 50 Sport Bridgestone 50 Sport

Introduced in 1965, The 50 Sport was the bike to beat in the 50 c.c. class!, with it's 48 c.c. 4.8 h.p. rotary valve, 4-speed transmission and an amazing 50 mph + top speed.

Offered only in America as the 50 Sport version , but offered in several versions in Japan including a SR version .

Bridgestone 60 Sport Bridgestone 60 Sport Introduced in 1966 the Bridgestone 60 Sport should have been named longevity, with it's durable 60 c.c. single cylinder rotary valve 4 speed transmission 5.8 hp motor it stayed in the lineup for more year's than any other Bridgestone model.
1965 Bridgestone 90 Sport Bridgestone 90 Sport

2 stroke, single cylinder, disk valve "Sports" 90 cc. Smaller cousin of the GTR350 and 175 Dual Twin.

This bike was built in competition to the Honda CB92 & C92 and Yamaha YA5 YAS1 etc. but was actually the top bike in Japanese 90cc racing class, when it was tuned with the appropriate equipment.. A rare alternative to the FS1E B100P or SS90.

1966 Bridgestone 175DT Bridgestone 175DT

Introduced in 1965,The DT175 was the bike to beat in it's class!

With it's 177 c.c. 20 h.p. twin, dual rotary valve, chrome bore cylinders, selective 4-speed/5-speed transmission, full time oil injection. Offered in 2 versions, the DT being the street version and the Hurricane Scrambler being the scrambler version.

1966 Bridgestone 1966 Bridgestone 175cc
1968 Bridgestone 50cc 1968 Bridgestone 50cc 50 cc 1968 Bridgestone motorcycle, model BS-50/SP, serial # 13W025598.
1968 Bridgestone 350 GTR Bridgestone 350 GTR Picture taken in 1978 prior to the addition of expansion chambers. Sport version has quarter fairing, low bars, bar-end mirrors, all-chrome gas tank, oil tank and side cover, Mulholland Shocks, ACCEL transistorized ignition, solid-state rectifier, halogen headlamp, Michelin Sport Compound tires. Speed withdrawals while in the military forced acquisition of this replacement for the '71 I left behind.
1969 Bridgestone GTR350 1969 Bridgestone GTR350 Here's what one leading motorcycle magazine said when they tested the 350 GTR: "The engine/transmission unit is fantastic ... It is so good, in fact, that only a real technician can fully appreciate all the details." Another said this, "As big and as fast as any 500—and considerably faster than most." Six speeds, 40 HP, oil injection, dual rotary valves are only part of the story. Your Bridgestone dealer will show you a host of design innovations that make the 350 GTR unlike anything you've ever seen or ridden.
1969 Bridgestone Mach II Bridgestone Mach II 200cc
1970 Bridgestone 200RS 1970 Bridgestone 200RS 200cc Twin
1970 Bridgestone 350 GTR 1970 Bridgestone 350 GTR  
1970 Bridgestone 350 GTR 1970 Bridgestone 350 GTR Touring version has quarter fairing, low bars, bar-end mirrors, Rockford saddle bags, Metzler ME33 Lazer Sport Compound front tire & Pirelli Phantom rear.
1970 Bridgestone 350 GTO 1970 Bridgestone 350 GTO 350cc
Bridgestone 350 GTR Bridgestone 350 GTR
  • Engine - 345cc, air-cooled, disc-valve, two-stroke twin
  • Top Speed - 93mph
  • Horsepower - 37bhp @ 7500rpm
  • Transmission - 6-speed
  • Frame - tubular double cradle
  • Brakes - 2LS drum/drum
  • 1971 Bridgestone TMX100 Scrambler Bridgestone TMX100 Scrambler Picture provided courtesey of
    1971 Bridgestone 350 GTO Bridgestone 350 GTO Introduced in 1969 the Bridgestone 350 GTO was the scrambler version of the FTR that was a familiar model in the dual twin Bridgestone family. With it's stylish upswept pipes, lower gearing and true tracking type skid plate made it a natural light off road machine if you was brave enough!
    1969 Bridgestone TMX100 Bridgestone TMX100  
    1969 Bridgestone Mach II-RS and Mach II-SS Bridgestone Mach II-RS and Mach II-SS Both feature the new Bridgestone 200 cc dual rotary valve twin that already holds 2 world land speed records in its class at Bonneville! Five speeds, oil injection, alloy cylinders with chromed bores, dual carbs. suede-finish saddles, new candy finish, bracket mounted instrumentation are just part of the story.
    1969 Bridgestone 175 SR Bridgestone 175 SR This limited production racer is without equal in its class. Wins at Daytona and N.H.R.A. World Dragstrip record prove it unbeatable. Features hand-polished ports, stuffed crankshaft. special exhaust system, oversize dual carbs, modified dual rotary valves, special ignition. Each 175 S/R is dyno tuned, ready to race and win out of the box.

    1969 Bridgestone 50 Sport Bridgestone 50 Sport Big performance at a mini price. Rotary valve 2-stroke and 4-speed transmission delivers more speed and acceleration than anything in its class.
    1969 Bridgestone 100 Sport Bridgestone 100 Sport The race-proven Bridgestone 100 cc rotary valve 2-stroke with 4-speed constant mesh transmission puts a full 9.5 horses on the road. Oil injection is standard. The 100 Sport is acknowledged to be one of the best handling, hottest performing lightweights on the road.
    1970 Bridgestone 175 1970 Bridgestone 175 177cc.

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