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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?



    More photos:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/c.liam.brown/Bike?authkey=Gv1sRgCPHtiqrO4Mr0dQ&feat=directlink


    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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    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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