’58 Meguro S3 250cc Single
Every now and then I come across a unique motorcycle that I really know nothing about, this Meguro is one of those bikes. It didn’t take a lot of research to realize I knew more than I thought. Meguro Motor Works and Kawasaki Heavy Industries share a life.
Back in the early 1900’s, some say 1909 others 1920, so I feel pretty safe in saying ‘the early 1900’s’, Meguro started building motorcycles in Japan. As time went along, Meguro became the first ‘full’ motorcycle manufacturer. Japanese builders were, for the most part, buying parts from outside sources. Meguro made and assembled all their own parts into motorcycles in house.
At one time in Meguro’s life, it was rumored that BSA in England and Meguro had an agreement to build motorcycles for the British company but those stories have never been confirmed…however, look at the engines of both. The Japanese were well known for copying designs, change the logo’s and you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a BSA A7 and a Meguro…well from a distance at least.
In 1960 Kawasaki Aircraft bought up Meguro and brought out the W1 650 twin. It was a very good motorcycle for the time and the largest Japanese motorcycle being made. Kawasaki tried bringing it back decades later with no success sadly.
I came across a Meguro 250 cc single this morning on ebay that sent me on about an hours worth of research and curiosity satisfying. It’s an unrestored 1958 S3 250. it is an old bike that has been sitting for decades and it looks it but it doesn’t look bad, just old. The owner doesn’t look at the bike as a rider (after being restored) but more of a museum piece. Me, I would ride it, but that’s just me… you know, ‘ride ’em, don’t hide ’em’. It’s a very good motorcycle with a lot of potential, yeah it needs a couple of parts that might be hard to find, but the search would be worth it, and check this out…the bike comes with a spare engine and transmission, cool.Heck, the engine all polished up would make a nice coffee table decoration?! Maybe.
Click on the pic’s below for more pictures, info and a good amount of Meguro history. You know, when I was researching this motorcycle and the company this morning, it was a case of the more I looked the more I got sucked in. I think this bike is going to be a bit pricey but not out of the realm of reality. Give it a look if you’re into rare and unique motorcycles with some history.