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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1957 Showa Cruiser

1957 Showa Cruiser

1957 Showa Cruiser

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled, single-cylinder 2-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 10hp @ 5,500rpm
Bore x Stroke: 66mm x 72mm
Displacement: 246cc
Fuel System: Single Amal carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed
Suspension: Front leading link fork, twin shock rear
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 330lb
Top Speed: 62mph

1957 Showa Cruiser

Showa motorcycles are extremely rare; this machine was shipped back to San Diego in the 1960s by a serviceman stationed in Japan. General design and styling borrowed heavily from contemporary German machines. Today, Showa is better known as a manufacturer of high quality suspension components.

1957 Showa Cruiser

jonc
5/21/2015 1:32:15 PM

The engine in the Showa is not a 2-stroke as listed, even through the exhaust shape might suggest it. It is a side valve 4-stroke. This particular bike was restored by my good friend Scott Brown in San Diego