1. JB1025
    May 21, 2016 @ 5:40 pm

    Bridgstone was a good if not better product then the other Japanese players at the time.


  2. Unknown
    May 22, 2016 @ 12:55 am

    As everyone knows Japanese bikes of this era have been pretty much at a plateau much higher than 5 years ago. I'll bet there is plenty of room upward as nicer bikes, and this is a nice one, get bought up on spec. Especially scramblers in any make.

    About 3 years ago I fixed up a 72' Kawi 100 scrambler. Had about $500 into it an could have sold a dozen of them at $1000 last year.

    My daughter road it up when we had a house in Vermont. Now that she and her guy are in Portlandia, I just sent her the Craigslist link. These little bikes are a pisser.

    Found out it was great in the snow! I have an old Vimeo around of my now son-in-law blasting around in 3 ft of snow. Very cool.


  3. Geraldine
    May 23, 2016 @ 2:57 pm

    That rotary shift thing looks neat. It's not often you run across a vehicle with a different shift pattern than the norm. I wonder how it is in practice. I had to research it to find out what it was:

    "When the Bridgestone 175 was introduced, it was especially unusual in having a two-way transmission. With the flip of a lever, you could have a 4-speed "rotary-shift" transmission, in which neutral was between 1st and 4th and you could get 1, 2, 3, 4, N, 1, 2, etc. endlessly by pressing down on the shift lever. " source:

    Looks to me like the rotary mode would be useful going from stoplight to stoplight, where regular shifting might be better in the woods where downshifting for hills, corners etc. would be more desirable.

    I wonder if it died because of patent issues or because it was silly.


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