Makita makes quite a few tools that have yet to be seen in the USA, such as their new super-compact LXT brushless impact driver and their MakPac tool boxes. Those are products that American Makita users would probably be very interested in buying.
But there are also certain tools that would never be of interest to the US market, at least among Makita’s core user base.
Shown here is the Makita 18V LXT cordless bicycle, which I am sure Makita would insist is designed exclusively for professional users and tradesmen. Yes, this is a real Makita motor-assisted pedal-powered bicycle.
The BBY180 bicycle has 5 levels of adjustable motor-assisted pedaling power, to help reduce muscle fatigue. It also comes stock with a built-in battery fuel gauge and an LED headlight. There’s even a little bell!
Travel distance, with the third motor-assist mode, is 5.3 miles with a 3.0Ah battery and 2.5 miles with a 1.5Ah battery. This is with a single battery, but you can also use two batteries in parallel to double the motor-assisted travel distance.
The bicycle folds up into a compact package for storage and transport.
More Info(Flash-Based Flyer via Makita)
Honestly, as silly as this might seem, I like to see brands branch out into new market areas. I cannot really imagine seeing the average American tradesmen roll into a jobsite on a Makita cordless motor-assisted bicycle, but this looks like a great product for workers in urban communities, especially in cities where bicycles are more popular modes of transportation than cars and trucks.
You can see the bike in action in this user video. At the ~0:26 second mark, you can hear the ring ding ding of the Makita bicycle bell.