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The Nishiki brand was created for West Coast Cycle in Los Angeles by Howie Cohen. 1) 2) Nishiki mountain bikes were all made by Kawamura from 1982 → 1987 3) Nishiki also suppplied mountain bikes to Canadian firm Norco who then resold some of the same bikes into the US via Sekai.
In 1982, Cohen obtained the rights from Hollywood to sell Kuwahara BMX bikes with E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial name. 4) 5) Up until 1986, all Nishiki branded bicycles were made by Kawamara. Today, the Nishiki brand continues to exist to sell bikes in particular markets. For example, in the US, Dick's Sporting Goods uses Nishiki decals on their own department store imports, sold at their lowest tier.
Howie Cohen with Yukio Kawamura, 1964
1982 Nishiki Caribou
1982 Caribou mtbr
1983 Bushwacker flickr
This is another Norco Nishiki, as it has a sticker on the non drive side chainstay that reads “Mountain series designed by Norco.” By this time Norco had already fully branded their own Nishikis, so perhaps this is a transitional branding. In any case, the bicycle to the right was purchased in Canada. There are very few early US Nishikis with decent drive side pictures.
1984 Kodiak bikeforums
Nishiki had perhaps six mountain models by this point 7) Hopefully a catalog will show up to verify this.
1985 Barbarian flickr
This has the very unique SunTour XC 3 Pulley (1986).
1986 Cascade bikeindex
Deore XT. The last year of Kuwamara production.
1987 Pinnacle https://1987nishiki.wordpress.com/
SunTour XC Sport 7000 (1987-88)
1988 Backroads facebook
Shimano Exage Motion (1989)
1989 Pueblo tropicar-guadeloupe
1990 Alien ACX
Richard Cunningham design8). Al and steel bolted together. Tange Switchblades, Deore XT.
1990 Alien ACX |worthpoint
Shimano Exage 200GS (1990-91).
1991 Manitoba pinterest