Update 13 March 2020 thanks to Colin Gibson:
Colin has kindly identified the machine as a Cabton, to be more precise a 1954 500cc model that has been accessorised with spot lights and crash bars. Like David B in the comments below Colin reckons the rider not to be a Policeman at all but just a regular private rider and perhaps even (given this American leaning style) an early Bosozuku gang member.
Thanks Colin for the extra info.
Another mystery bike photo. All I can say is that it is Japanese and looks to be from the fifties.
Is there anyone knowledgable on early Japanese bikes that can identify the marque? I'm guessing from the chap's uniform and the way the bike is accessorised he is probably a policeman and this is his work mount. The bike looks to be quite American flavoured but is too small to be a Rikuo.
Personally I'm fascinated by early Japanese machines from the days before the big four. They are a whole parallel universe of motorcycling, so many styling cues and engine formats borrowed from European models but mashed up together and subtly changed and in many cases improved.
|1950's Japanese Motorcycle Cop.|