You are definitely familiar with Mazda cars. Most Americans became familiar with Mazda in the early 1970s, when the RX-3 was heavily touted under the slogan “Mazda Engine Hmm.” What most fans of cars with innovative rotary engines didn’t know was that Mazda was about to become a motorcycle maker in 1930. This is the history of Mazda motorcycles you have never heard of.
Mazda was established in Hiroshima in 1920 as a cork product manufacturer with Shinpachi Shimura as the president. However, a year later, the situation changed completely when the businessman Jujiro Matsuda took over. What was known as Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. has been transformed into a machine tool maker.
Prototype cars and tricycles were produced, and the 1931 tricycle Mazda Go was a huge success in Japan. Truck-style vehicles have introduced the name of Mazda, which is alive to this day. The Mitsubishi zaibatsu sold Mazda Go at home and abroad.
Mazda Go is the result of a motorcycle project and has created a production model.
Motorcycle racing was popular in Japan, as was the case in many parts of the world in the 1920s. There was no Japanese motorcycle manufacturer yet, so Toyo Kogyo decided to enter the business. Development began in 1929. As a result, the 250cc 4-stroke single that debuted in October 1930 was completed.
In the first race, Toyo Kogyo 250 beat all visitors, especially Ariel. At that time, Ariel was a highly regarded brand in Japan.
Sadly for the motorcycle world, Toyo Kogyo produced only 30 motorcycles before focusing on Mazda Go at the expense of motorcycles.
Mazda was again closest to the motorcycle on the pickup truck line. The stylish 1950 Mazda Type-CA pickup did not arrive in the United States, but its descendants crossed the Pacific Ocean. Mazda was a Ford Courier builder in 1972, and the rotationally powered Mazda pickups made their debut in 1974.
It was not uncommon to see dirt bikes in bed at the time. Mazda truck. If history was different, there might have been Mazda motorcycles on the bed of those trucks.
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