Classic & Vintage - Shogun with all Shimano 600 parts
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04-02-08, 07:49 PM
Coming home from work tonight, I noticed a bicycle next to a trash can with a lawnmower and other stuff. I stopped and picked up the bike. It is a Shogun with all original parts and both wheels. When I picked it up to put in the car, I couldn't believe how light it was. I usually ride recumbents, but can't pass up a freeby. The chain is a bit rusty, but all the decals are there and there are only a few scrapes on the paint. I will post pictures when I get it cleaned up. The tires are a little weather checked, but otherwise it is in excellent shape.
It might be worth checking around to see if someone has reported a bike stolen.
04-02-08, 08:00 PM
I think it is a throw away. I just tryed to turn the rear axle and it is siezed up. The tires are flat. There was a fellow working on his car next to the dumpster and didn't seem to care that I was taking it.
04-03-08, 08:43 AM
Very cool, another Shogun, cant wait to see some pics. This must be Shogun throw away season, see my thread from last month http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=398413
04-03-08, 09:45 AM
My brother has a mid 80's Shogun with Exage parts. The thing rides great! Nice find.
04-03-08, 01:48 PM
What model is it? The frames went from 100 (Hi-Ten, total junk) to 800 or 1000. I have an 800, it came with all 600 parts and Shimano/Araya wheels, alloy everything. Tubing was Tange 2 CrMo, a really beautiful bike, and to top it off it has a beautiful cream and red paint job. Any pics of yours?
04-05-08, 08:09 PM
The bike I found is a 1000. It appears the only part that is not original is the left crank arm and possibly the pedals. The wheels have quick disconnect and the brakes have releases that are quite unique.
I would post pictures, but haven't figured out how yet.
04-05-08, 08:26 PM
One more try for a picture.
04-05-08, 10:04 PM
One more try for a picture.
This is very cool, booboo. We'd love to see more pics: drive-side full shot, drivetrain components, hubs, lugs, brakes, headbadge, decals--expecially the drive side crank arm -- maybe somebody has the left that you need to mate. Thanks for sharing your exciting find!
04-07-08, 09:10 PM
The Shogun is cleaning up nicely. I am using a Dremel with small wire brush to clean the rust from steel parts and a soft scouring pad for the aluminum parts. I think the handlebar wrap is probably original.
I went on Sheldon Brown's web site and got info on the serial number. It appears the bike was made in 1981 during the 13th or 14th week of the year.
The weight of the bare frame is about 5.4 pounds. The kicker is the frame can only handle a rider of about 200 pounds. Looks like I may have to lay off the high calories for a while to safely ride this thing.
04-07-08, 10:20 PM
Very very cool. Nice bike, and one more out of the waste stream. Sounds like you'll be cleaning and repacking bearings for a while, but that will just make the ride nicer. Where is that info about a weight limit for the frame coming from?
04-08-08, 08:40 AM
Sheldon Brown's website has quite a bit of information on Japanese bikes from the early 80's. This is a Tange Champion #2 frame, bare weight is 5.4 pounds or so.
that is a great find. I bet the weight limit was set by the company lawyers. I go about 210lb and my 400 holds up just fine
04-08-08, 12:47 PM
Good day. Does anyone know who made the Shoguns? For example, companies such as Kawamura and Tsunoda manufactured under a variety of names. Thanks.
04-09-08, 08:36 AM
Shogun bicycles were made by Tange Industries. Check out Japanese bikes at Sheldon Brown's web site. It is a very extensive bit of information and history.
04-09-08, 07:36 PM
As requested, more pics. I rode the bike last night and it is AWESOME!! So fast. Cleaned up well. Got new tires and tubes, cleaned and lubed everything.
I thought you all might find this interesting. I bought a Shogun 700 in 1987 and still ride it every week to his day. Infact, I have been leading 50 and 60 mile rides with it every weekend this summer. I have done very little to it, it is in flawless condition. Every year I change out the chain, cassette and pulleys on the wheel. I just FINALLY replaced the original wheels with crisp new lighter aluminum wheels. I replaced the original handle bars and brakes with a Profile Air wing. The next project this winter will be to replace and upgrade the derailleurs and shifters with the current precision shifting systems. Hang on to those Shoguns fellas! They will keep up with the new bikes and they will never let you down!
Definitely one of the coolest headbadges ever ;)
07-06-09, 06:51 PM
Yep on the head badge. My Shogun was a Cro-Mo 400 and had it. Great frame, Tange Champion #5, but smooth as silk. Everything else on it was, uh, doo-doo, so it's a single speed now, no cutting needed, with yellow deep dish wheels, saddle, and bars. I'm an unhipster.
so it's a single speed now, no cutting needed, with yellow deep dish wheels, saddle, and bars. I'm an unhipster.
Ha! Prove it! ...w/ pics :p
02-03-10, 07:56 PM
Nice Pic tolfan. My wife's Shogun 400 looks similar except hers has yellow lettering - so i just HAD to get a yellow bottle cage and yellow toeclip straps!
Wow, amazing find! How's it compare to a recumbent?
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