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**NEW ENTRY** 1974 Hodaka Super Rat Dirt-bike

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Friday 13th & Saturday 14th November 2020

  • 13-11-2020
  • Memorabilia Start Time: 00:00
  • Vehicles Start Time: 18:00

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1974 Hodaka Super Rat Dirt-bike

The vendor has supplied the following information.

A chrome-plated 1971 100cc Hodaka Super Rat, one of Hodaka's most popular models.

In 1969, Hodaka started making purpose built bikes for various forms of competition, giving them fun, wacky names that only added to their popularity. The first out of the gate was the Hodaka Super Rat, a motocross version of the Ace 100 and a bike that saw plenty of racing action. ''You could win races with a Super Rat right out of the box'' Stewart says. 1972 saw the Wombat 125 and the appearance in ads of the Hodaka Wombat, Hodaka's mascot and a happy beast wearing a helmet. 1973 Dirt Squirt was designed as an off-road fun machine and advertised using cartoons featuring the world's fastest clam, Racer Clam.

The Hodaka phenomenon of the 1960's and 70's was caused by a unique sequence of events. The Baby Boom generation was then in their teens, there were a lot of unpaved roads in rural areas and Honda had popularized riding small motorcycles. Following Honda's success, many Japanese motorcycle companies sought to export their products to the United States. Yamaguchi, one of Japan's oldest motorcycle manufacturers, with it's roots back to 1941, was one such company. At the same time, Pacific Basin Trading Company, PABATCO, then a Privacy of Farm Chemicals of Oregon, was looking to trade Oregon farm products for goods from other countries. PABATCO had headquarters in Athena, a little town in Northeast Oregon, just North of Pendleton. Starting about 1961, PABATCO, began importing Yamaguchi motorcycles, first in 49cc and later in 80cc versions and these proved quite profitable for the Oregon based company. But the fierce competition between Japanese motorcycle companies in the early sixties hit the smaller companies hard and Yamaguchi went under in 1963. The last engine used by Yamaguchi was an 80cc three speed made by Hodaka, a Japanese builder of two stroke engines. With their most profitable item no longer available, yet with dealers in place and strong demand for small motorcycles, Harry 'Hank' Koepke, Adolph Schwartz and other PABATCO employees decided to collaborate in designing a motorcycle for the US market. With Hodaka already in place to supply engines, they looked to Hodaka to build their new bike. Rumour has it that much of the initial sketching was done at the local Green Lantern Tavern, with the help of a few cocktails.

Bigger changes came in 1968 with the Ace 100, when the single-cylinder engine was enlarged to 98cc and maximum horsepower rose to 9.8 ponies at 7,500 RPM. Hodaka also added another gear, for a total of five and beefed up the rear shocks. Like the Ace 90, the Hodaka Ace 100 was fully street legal but a hot  performer off-road. Hodaka sales continued to increase and as they did Hodaka made engines available to frame builders, with engines sold to builders having an E after the serial number. In 1970, famed English frame builder Rickman made a beautiful chrome and blue off-road bike using the Hodaka engine. Stewart has one in his collection.

Please note that descriptions are produced from information provided by the vendors. We highly recommend that you view in person any potential purchase and take time to inspect paperwork.

On display at our Thornton le Dale site – Roxby Garage, Pickering Road Thornton le Dale YO18 7LH - viewings welcome, please call us on 01751 474455. Thank you.

 

Specification

  • Lot Number: 333
  • Year: 1974
  • Make: Hodaka
  • Model: Super Rat
  • Engine Size: 100
  • Estimate: £670 >>>
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