Ok, here it is. Miyata originaly started out as a gun company. A gentleman approached Mr. Miyata about building him a bike. Over the years they have produced bicycles, cars, motorcycles, and what they are most known for, fire supression equiptment.
Greg Herbold, Downhill Mtn. bike world Champion won on a Miyata. They have fielded teams in the Tour de France and simply make the best, highest quality, most durable Japanese bikes out there. Frames are painted with 7-layers of primer and clear coat.
They pulled out of the American market when the Yen took a turn in the late eighties early nineties.
search for Koga-Miyata on the 'net.....
Oh yea, I have a picture of myself with Mr. Miyata when he visited the dealership I worked at.