Yamaguchi Bicycle 1914-1964
Beginning in 1953, Yamaguchi Bicycle was a motorcycle assembler using their own frames etc., but with the engines and transmissions sourced from Fuji Motors (FMC) and Hodaka Industrial Co., Ltd. both of whom who also supplied engines to other manufacturers. Yamaguchi ranked as the sixth largest producer in Japan between 1956 and 1957, but then rapidly fell behind the big four as the 1950's closed. In 1961, Yamaguchi signed an agreement to supply PABATCO with a range of machines for sale in the USA, and between 1961 and 1963 perhaps 5000 machines were exported under that agreement. Due to continued declining sales, Yamaguchi closed down in April of 1963 and the business was wound up in 1964.
Yamaguchi offered motorcycles ranging from 90cc, 125cc, 150cc singles through to a 250cc twin.
Models exported to the USA by PABATCO included:
- SPB 50cc Scrambler (1962/1963)
- Ace 80cc (1963)
The Ace 80 was resurrected as the Hodaka Ace 90 in 1964.