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Old 09-23-07, 01:44 PM   #1
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Hello,

I picked up a Gran Turismo a few months back, and I don't know anything about it. The serial number is L970773 . I did some searching to see what I could find about serial identification, so I hope the number helps.

It has Suntour Seven derailleurs and Dia Compe brakes. It's a 15-speed.

I'd like to know the model year and frame construction if at all possible. The sticker for the frame material is nowhere to be found.

I'll try and put a couple of pictures up.

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Old 09-23-07, 01:55 PM   #2
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There are a few links to some quick shots. If pictures of others parts would help let me know.
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Hi, Does it look like this? If so it's around 79 or 80. The serial # on mine is H381940...I have no idea how to decipher this. There usually are date codes on the components that might give you a clue. If you have cantilevers I believe they came a couple years later than mine. Here's a link to a nice review of the 1980 Gran Turismo...

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...g-1980-03-A-3/

Came with 4040 Chrome-moly tubing. I love mine...in fact I'm leaving right now to go ride it.
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What an odd headline for it on the catalog page: "You won't miss the things more money could buy."
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I sold these at the shop I worked at when they were new. Timeframe should be approx 81/82. I don't recall the tubeset make/model/spec but it was definately a good quality butted chromoly mainframe and most likely full CroMo.I recall the Grand Tourismo as a super performance/value and one of the few affordable/midlevel bikes available with true touring geometry.

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Looks very similar to my Specialissima, but maybe slightly older. Mine is an '83. Any close-up shots of the hubs?
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Old 09-23-07, 05:02 PM   #7
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Hi, Does it look like this? If so it's around 79 or 80. The serial # on mine is H381940...I have no idea how to decipher this. There usually are date codes on the components that might give you a clue. If you have cantilevers I believe they came a couple years later than mine. Here's a link to a nice review of the 1980 Gran Turismo...

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...g-1980-03-A-3/

Came with 4040 Chrome-moly tubing. I love mine...in fact I'm leaving right now to go ride it.
Ha, I wish it looked like that! Your bike looks great. Mine has some chips and rust. Any tips on that? Is it a problem?

I'll look for some dates on the components. Thanks.
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Looks very similar to my Specialissima, but maybe slightly older. Mine is an '83. Any close-up shots of the hubs?
I'm not sure if these are the hub shots you're looking for. I'm new at the cycling thing, but here's what I took. Oh, I had it tuned up after I got it (or they did something. I'm not sure I got my money's worth), and I remember I had to get the rear hub replaced. I'm not sure about the front one though.

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Can anybody tell if those hubs look original? The spacers (if that's what they are) on the freewheel look brand new. You have found a very versatile bike. Rack and fender mounts, loads of tire clearance, etc.

Edit: The hubs don't look fresh enough to be new, maybe they said "freehub?" Of course this bike should have a freewheel instead of a freehub. Hmm...
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I have a date! . . . or two.

The hubs are Sun Shine Gyro-masters

The front one says 12 82 and the rear says 7 83



I guess that makes it pretty old.

I don't know what they did over at the LBS. I know that after I got it back, I took it for a test run, and the rear brake didn't work at all, so back it went. I found a part that said "Shimano". It's shiny, so I take it that's the new part. It looks like a bearing. Is there a better name for that specific one? It cost me $20 whatever it is. They mentioned something about fixing a lot of slack in the chain.

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A Shimano freewheel. That's the rear cluster of cogs and ratcheting mechanism which is what makes the clicking sound you hear when you coast. I bet that's what they replaced. Chances are the bike originally had a Suntour freewheel. Of course I don't know that for sure. Maybe someone else here could tell for certain.
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Kind of an odd way to update a two year old post.
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I know you like your bike, but you have just posted it in five separate threads, four of which are more than a year old.

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1984 Gran Turismo, mid range, grand touring model, original price $360 US. Manufactured by Miyata using their own brand of butted CrMo tubing in the main tubes. Forks and stays are lesser material, either CMn or hi-tensile steel.
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Old 10-12-09, 08:52 AM   #15
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I don't even have that bike anymore, a dropout broke... Sort of an amusing way to remind me of how time passes though.
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