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The bike in this Kawasaki ad looks like the same motorcycle ridden by The Thing With Two Heads. The ad says it's a 250E, but it also looks like a Kawasaki F8 250 Bison. The 250E and F8 250 Bison might be the same motorcycle. Its funny Kawasaki uses this motorcycle in the ad to brag about their suspension, and Rosey Grier and another guy ride this bike at the same time in the movie The Thing With Two Heads. For those of you who don't know who Rosey Grier is, he was a professional football player in the 1950's and 60's and a big guy weighing almost 300 pounds. The weight of both actors on the motorcycle is over 400 pounds, but I don't know if Rosey Grier actually rode the motorcycle or his stunt double. Wouldn't it be interesting if this ad had something to do with them choosing this motorcycle for the movie knowing how much the actors weigh.

Check out this link for The Thing With Two Heads. You can watch the complete movie on YouTube and there is plenty of footage showing this motorcycle. The motorcycle footage starts at 51:32.

Kawasaki 250E advertisement

Movie poster for The Thing With Two Heads

The following ad is for Suzuki motorcycles in 1971. It's a four page advertisement and shows Suzuki's entire line up for that year. All motorcycle's range in size from 50cc to 500cc, and I believe they are all 2 stroke powered motorcycles. This is a perfect example of an American market that Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycle paid little attention to because the profit margin for smaller motorcycles is not as profitable as it is for big bikes. The invasion into this market started with the British twins and ended with small and fast Japanese motorcycles. Today Suzuki has a motorcycle line up that includes every size and every type of motorcycle sold today, and they even sell ATV's. I think it was a huge mistake for the American motorcycle industry to leave this market segment wide open for foreign competition. Harley Davidson's answer for the Japanese motorcycle invasion was to brand Italian, Aermacchi motorcycles with their label, but it didn't work; it was too little too late.


Velocette motorcycles were built by Veloce Ltd, a small motorcycle manufacturing company located in Hall Green, Birmingham, England. Veloce Ltd was founded by John Goodman in 1904, and they built their first motorcycle in 1905. Veloce Ltd went out of business in 1971. At first glance this looks like an advertisement for Velocette motorcycles but its primarily an advertisement looking for dealerships to sell Velocette motorcycles in USA.

GUNK is still around today so GUNK products must have sold well in 1955 to keep the company going. Notice the degreaser/cleaner is not in an aerosol can like it is today. You had to open the can and brush it on. Aerosol cans were patented in the 1920's so I'm not sure why it isn't used here. The price was only 35 cent in 1955 and now a can of GUNK is around $4.00 and I think it contains less GUNK. The can says "Sold exclusively by your Harley Davidson Dealer." It's hard to imagine a dealership sold cleaning products priced this low, or anyone complaining about the price back than, but I know the price had to be scoffed at just like prices are today at motorcycle dealerships. It probably went something like this:

"Good grief look at the price! I can get a gallon of diesel for 20 cents and it does the same thing." : )

Notice the label at the top of the can says "Inspected & Approved - Harley Davidson Accessories."

GUNK Website


This is the 1st half of a two page advertisement for Indian motorcycles in 1955. I posted the other half yesterday, but each page can actually stand on its own.

These Indian motorcycle's are really Royal Enfield bikes with the Indian label. Indian went out of business in 1953. Brockhouse Engineering bought into Indian Sales corp in a 1948 and in 1955 started importing Royal Enfield motorcycles using the Indian brand name.


This is actually the 2nd half of a two page advertisement for Indian motorcycles in 1955. I broke the ad in 2 because it really doesn't take away from the advertisement. I will post the first half tomorrow.

In the 1950's you had competitive British motorcycle companies exporting motorcycles to America and taking market share from Harley Davidson and Indian. Indian motorcycles went out of business in 1953. Brockhouse Engineering bought into Indian Sales corp in a 1948 and in 1955 started importing Royal Enfield motorcycles using the Indian brand name. The motorcycles in this advertisement are actually Royal Enfield motorcycle's using the Indian badge.  Harley Davidson's answer to the British motorcycle problem is the Sportster, which comes out two years later in 1957.

In retrospect you would think the problem for American motorcycle companies created by British motorcycles would be an eye opener. Smaller, compact and faster motorcycles sold well in America for British motorcycle companies. Not to long after 1955 you have the Japanese enter the American motorcycle market with improved smaller, compact and faster motorcycles and the rest is history.

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I guess John Bull motorcycle tires were distributed in USA by Flanders Company located in Pasadena, California.


Motorcycle tire safety by FireStone in 1955. I wonder if Safti-Sured Gum Dipped Cord Body is something still used today.

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