Hello everyone. Well, much to the dislike of the wife I picked up another thrift bike today! :-) A Takara "Deluxe Touring" 12spd. It's in almost perfect condition. Really nice blue paint with a cool headset tag and neat pinstriping around the lugs. Alloy rims, perfect tires, no seat tears, etc. Only thing rough is the bar tape. The components are Shimano Altus, so they don't do much for me. Nice things are the Dia-Compe drop forged stem and the Nikko alloy bars. Alloy chainrings too. Brakes are Shimano 500. I think this will make a really nice road bike. Nothing exotic, but a nice mid level bike. Seat is date coded "81", and that looks like the right era. Swap on some better derailleurs and new bar tape and I think this will be a good workhorse.
Anyone ever have/see one of these? I've found little info on the net.
Take care, and thanks ahead for the input. You folks are great to keep entertaining my old bike habit!