PABATCO eventually recognized that even though components could be upgraded, there were inherent limitations to the Ace models. In 1970 the company introduced its Super Rat, which used the same frame, engine, and transmission as the Ace 100 but featured improved forks and shocks, an enhanced exhaust, and an enlarged airbox. Next came the Wombat, which had a new 125cc engine, a longer wheelbase, and added indicator lights and a larger taillight. A competition version — the Combat Wombat — followed soon after.
PABATCO believed there was a demand for smaller, stripped-down, economical models and produced the Dirt Squirt. The spartan model had the proven Ace 100cc engine; the clutch, transmission, and frame from the Wombat; and smaller tires for a lower stance. Then came the Dirt Squirt’s road-friendly brother: the Road Toad.
Larger 175cc and 250cc enduro-style models trickled out in the mid-’70s, but PABATCO found itself struggling to keep the lights on and stay afloat. The market for enduro-style motorcycles was limited, and the enthusiasm to promote them waned.