Whitehouse, Jungle Scooter create Bridgestone 350GTR replica

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Whitehouse_350GTR_2.jpgThe current centerpiece at Le Garage in Tokyo, Whitehouse and Jungle Scooters have created a near-accurate replica of the 1967 Bridgestone 350GTR for sale in 2008. We say near-accurate because the bikes include period-correct modifications like smaller headlights, NGK wires and a cleaned-up look in addition to modern upgrades like the tiny LED supplementary headlight.
>Bridgestone_350GTR.jpgBridgestone, better known as a tire maker today, used to be a
manufacturer of all sorts of transport-related products, including some
of the most desirable bicycle frames; which are still in production
today. The company produced motorcycles from 1958 through 1971. The
two-stroke 350GTR was the company’s range topping model, combining a
number of, for the time, advanced features like direct oil injection
and adjustable suspension. It’s rumored that the company ceased
motorcycle production, in part, due to pressure from other Japanese
motorcycle makers who threatened to stop using the firm’s tires unless
Bridgestone stopped making such competitive models.

Whitehouse_350GTR.jpg
A kick-start, dry clutch 40bhp 350cc two-stroke on skinny bias plys
sounds like pretty much our ideal city bike. Won’t someone please offer
something this cool for sale stateside?

Whitehouse

  • http://www.knjmoto.com Matt

    Very cool. I hope more of this type of bike starts showing up now that petrol is headed towards the sky. I want one.

  • Wes Siler

    I wouldn’t count on one of these being too good on fuel, but at least it’ll smell good.

  • Ken

    These guys have the production of dog ass ugly bikes pretty well down pat. The way they turned a very attractive 60s bike into a turd with only a very few changes is quite impressive.