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Tas Tanaka (Chibi, Tora, Taka)
« on: May 01, 2019, 06:18:57 PM »
I found this very interesting site
https://www.oldjapanesebikes.com/other_jdm_machines/page-88
Make sure you also click the link to other Japanese machines
RayK
« Last Edit: May 02, 2019, 04:25:03 PM by RayK »
BS 175DT, BS 50 Sport x 1, BS 90 Mountain x 3, BS 90 Deluxe, BS 90 Sport x1, BS 60 Sport, BS 90 Trail, BS100 Sport.

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Re: Tas Tanaka (Chibi, Tora, Taka)
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2019, 11:26:18 AM »
RayK......You're referencing the late BS bikes of BS Tailung to Tas Tanaka, who ceased ops in '62. Is there a connection I'm unaware of? Thanks.
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Re: Tas Tanaka (Chibi, Tora, Taka)
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2019, 01:00:35 PM »
Thanks for posting, Ray. Very interesting. I love the springer seat bikes...;-)
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Re: Tas Tanaka (Chibi, Tora, Taka)
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2019, 01:07:13 PM »
Ditto on the springer seats!  banana
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Re: Tas Tanaka (Chibi, Tora, Taka)
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2019, 04:23:54 PM »
Old BS Guy please note 1968 in timeline in link below:
https://www.metabo-hpt.com/us/main-navigation/tanaka-history
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Re: Tas Tanaka (Chibi, Tora, Taka)
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2019, 07:15:31 PM »
Thanks for the link. It's fascinating. I was never aware of the company at all, and everything I'd read to date credits BS Tailung after the cease of production in '71. So apparently there was another line being carried by Rockford earlier in the US? I'll do more reading. Fascinating history. Thanks.
'65 BS Homer 50, '69 Mach II RS 200, '67 350 GTR,(2), '66 Sport 90 o.i., '65 90M Surf Rider, '68 100 Trail, '71 100 TMX ,'79 Honda CBX, '82 Yam 650 Turbo, '74 RD-350, '70 Triumph 500 Trophy, '72 Harley Sprint SS 350, 67 Honda CL77 305 Scrambler.

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Re: Tas Tanaka (Chibi, Tora, Taka)
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2019, 04:52:27 AM »
Old BS guy
I think BS Tailung in Taiwan took over Bridgestone tooling for the 50 & 90cc engines. I have bought many nos repro 50cc and 90cc parts on eBay from Thailand which were marked as made in Taiwan. So I summise that Graham Weekes was in error attributing the 60 and 100cc to Taiwan. My Chibi was clearly marked ' Made in Japan' on the serial number tag and had 'Chibi by Tas Motor' written on the tank.
I am confident that this information is correct.
RayK Australia

« Last Edit: May 03, 2019, 05:12:34 AM by RayK »
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Re: Tas Tanaka (Chibi, Tora, Taka)
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2019, 05:07:31 AM »
Aussie Chibi
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