Hodaka was a joint Japanese and American company that manufactured motorcycles from 1964 through 1978. Close to 150,000 motorcycles were produced within that time. The worldwide distributor of Hodakas was PABATCO, for Pacific Basin Trading Company.Its headquarters were in the rural town of Athena, Oregon. Hodaka/PABATCO is credited by some with starting the trail bike craze in the United States. However, by 1974, Hodaka was beginning to face serious competition from the larger Japanese motorcycle manufacturers who had been taking serious notice of the growing market for offroad bikes. The final blow came when Shell Oil, which had purchased PABATCO, checked the books, decided that it was losing money and shut down the operation in 1978.