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I en­joy your ar­ti­cles on early and odd Ja­panese bikes, as New Zealand had im­port re­stric­tions in the late 1950s and through the 1960s, so only known brands and mod­els were brought into the coun­try. The ar­ti­cle on Bridge­stone 350GTR (OBA43) men­tioned that this bike was made for another two years un­til 1972, af­ter Bridge­stone closed their mo­tor­cy­cle divi­sion, for the Amer­i­can mar­ket, but still made in Ja­pan. When Bridge­stone stopped pro­duc­ing mo­tor­cy­cles in 1969 they had three mod­els not re­leased, 100cc Taka Trail, 60cc Tora and Chibi mini bikes. Their Amer­i­can dis­trib­u­tors Rock­ford Mo­tors bought the mod­els and tool­ing and had Tanaka Ko­gyo Ltd in Ja­pan man­u­fac­ture for them, and were sold in Amer­ica as Rock­fords, so it would ap­pear that they also built the 350GTR in their fac­tory. These three mod­els were sold in the Pa­cific Basin in­clud­ing New Zealand as TAS eg. Taka by Tas Mo­tor. This car­ried on un­til 1975 when the tool­ing was sold to Tai­wan where they were pro­duced and sold as Buf­falo. The photo above shows two Rock­fords, three Tas and a Buf­falo in Ron’s Toy Shed Mo­tor Cy­cle Mu­seum in Sed­don, Marl­bor­ough, New Zealand. Ron Heb­berd Sed­den, NZ

ABOVE L-R Rock­ford Taka and Tora, TAS Taka, Tora, and Chibbi, Buf­falo Mini Trail.

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