Additional photos of this Bridgestone TMX Project are available here for your perusal.
The Bridgestone Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of tires and other rubber products such as industrial materials and sporting goods, but for a couple of decades they also made motorcycles. They started building bikes in 1958 and were highly successful on the race track thanks to several features that were ahead of their time. So why did they stop making bikes? Well, their Japanese motorcycle competitors were also their customers when it came to tires, and the dramatic (but unconfirmed) rumor is that companies like Honda and Yamaha made it clear that they wouldn’t supply their products with Bridgestone tires if they continued to build motorcycles.
In 1964, Bridgestone introduced a lineup of bikes ranging from 50cc to 350cc – on the smaller side was the 100cc TMX, a tiny trail bike that feature some quality tech.
Said technology included rotary valves, tubular frames, oil injection, and twin rear wheel sprockets.
The engine was good for 10.5 horsepower – translating to about 100hp/liter!
This example is VIN: EC1000529. The seller acquired it in 2008 from a close friend in Japan who sent over a shipping container’s worth of Bridgestones.
The odometer shows 5,115 miles.
The seller’s plan was to restore it but he hasn’t had the time and realizes he won’t get to it so he wants it to find a new home.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
Inside of the tank:
It is riding on Nitto tires which have aged out.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Bridgestone is offered on a clean California title. Have any TMX stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!
Total Bids Placed: 4
Auction has ended.
Highest bidder was: apexing
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