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Old 05-10-11, 01:47 PM   #1
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Beautiful early 80s Kuwahara road bike, original parts. What do you think?

I just bought this bike for a good price, and today a bike mechanic told me I could sell it for much more on eBay in its current state. What do you think?



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Parts:
Kuwahara frame
Ishiwata Cr Mo triple-butted tubes
Nitto stem
Nitto Olympiade handlebars
Dia-compe brakes and brake levers
Araya aluminum rims (27 x 1 1/4)
One Sansin hub, one Suzue hub
Suntour gear shift levers and derailleurs
Sugino crankset

In other words, almost completely original parts, and all of it is in excellent shape.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-10-11, 05:31 PM   #2
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I think it's a very nice bike. I have a Kuwahara road bike also. Mine is nowhere near as nice or original as yours. I can't help you with a value. I bought mine as a basket case and built it up. I do know it is a great riding bike. Mine is a Pulsar model.
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Thanks for the reply. I do agree that it's an excellent ride. If it were worth something and I sold it, it would be hard to see it go.
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It's a nice bike. It is a larger frame which can limit the market slightly. I would expect it would bring $100 as is and $150+ if properly lubed and tuned. It's won't command the intest of a Trek or similar high profile brand. These Japanese 12 speeds ar under appreciated.
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