I had a Hodaka powered bike at one time.
I think it was called a "Kia", but the more i think of it the more i think i'm wrong about the name.
I remember seeing one in an old "ModernCycle" magazine i had, but i can't seem to find it now.
The bike in the magazine was a dirt only version, but the one i had was a 100cc dual-purpose. Gosh i hate it when i can't remember these things! LOL
Must be alzheimers.
I have a 75 Road Toad. My father-in-law got it at a yard sale for me a couple years ago. The motor needs rebuilt but other than that it is in pretty good shape and all original. I was amazed that there are so many NOS and repro parts available. There almost isn't any part you can't find. I'm gettin' ready to fully restore it. I don't know why, so don't ask.
Hey any sunday I think I know what your taking about. When i was a kid i remember a magazine article about some co. that stuff a 100cc hodaka motor into a smaller frame bike. It looked like a pretty trick set up! Bet it was the same article!! i also went froma 72 ct 70 to my dirt squirt. then on to my bro's ossa. i'm suprised i got so many replies I'm the only guy i know that had one in my neck of the woods. If i find one at a yard sale i just might pick it up!!
Henk - I think the names originated from the staff at Hodaka's US importer, PABATCO, up in Oregon. Don't know where I heard this - probably an old magazine - but it has been imbedded in my brain for decades.
My riding buddy had a '71 or so Hodaka 100 Wombat. He later bought a 125 Combat Wombat engine direct from Hodaka for some ridiculously low amount (under $50), dropped it in and raced the bike for years.
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I worked my way through college as a mechanic in a Hodaka/Penton shop (guess that dates me). So yes, I've had a few. '71 Ace 100B+, '72 125 Wombat, '73 125 Combat Wombat. Still have the '72 Wombat just so the kids can see what it was like in the good old days(?).
Dirt Bike Dave: I'm pretty sure that all Wombats were 125CC unless they had an engine swap.
Rich: Either you are not married or have one heck of an understanding wife. I had a brand new KTM in the dining room for a winter one time, but the old Hodaka? Don't think I could pull that one off.
I thought the funky names were an aussie thing. Correct me if i'm wrong but weren't the bikes made in austrailia? Hence the wombat name which is an animal of some sort in oz. Am i on the right track here??
The name thing was certainly something weird about Hodaka. While the Super Rat was a cool name they definitely went too far. Wombat was bad enough but Road Toad and Thunder Dog? Why would anyone want to admit that they owned a bike with a name like that?
The Wombat is indeed an animal from Australia but to the best of my knowledge the Hodaka's were engineered in the U.S. and built in Japan.
Wow! You guys are making me feel really old (not that I look it)! We used to race Hodaka's back in the day. We had Ace 100's, Super Rats (one with Ceriani forks), Wombats and Combat Wombats. Ahhhh...the Corduroy Enduro, Little Burr, Jackpine, ISDT Qualifiers. At one time I was even going to buy a Thunder Dog, but Hodaka folded about then and I ended up buying a 1976 Husky WR250 (with finned Girling shocks). We even built a reed valved Super Rat engine and put it into a Wassel trials frame....one sweet lightweight trialer. It kicked TL125 Honda and 125 Montesa Cota butt.