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    Panasonic DX-5000

    I picked up this Panasonic DX-5000 this week and I know nothing about it. Searched the forums and found that this was one of Panasonic's high end bikes. It is a luxurious ride, light as a feather, indexed shifting, complete Shimano 600 group. Checked Sheldon B's article about Japanese bikes, which had a formula for interpreting the serial number which would make this a 1975 bike. Seems newer than that, maybe 80's? Does anyone know how old it might be? You folks are a font of knowledge. The only thing that makes me nervous is the seat, which is silver and says "Turbo" on it 4 times. I'm not that fast.
    Thanks so much.

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    A silver turbo saddle? That sounds pretty cool, do you have any pictures of the bike?

    I have a Turbo copy made by Vetta and think it is really comfortable (even more than my brooks...{duck**)
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    DX-5000 Photos

    Thanks for all the valuable info! I knew I could count on the Forum. Sorry I'm slow with photos. They should be attached to this post. I think you'll like the color on the bike, sort of silvery lavender. It seems to have come out of a time capsule. The only work it needed was washing, a bit of rust removal, the usual adjustments, and air in the tires.
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    Wow, that does look really nice. That is one tall frame too!
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    1985 to 1987, maybe 1988.
    Panasonic's offerings were generally about a year behind the bikes they made for Centurion, as far as components.
    I.E. a year after Centurion's rolled on 600 tricolor, Panasonic did, so it could be as late as 1988 for the 600EX, but I doubt earlier than '85.

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    Nice looking bike.

    Did Panasonic/Matsush(i)ta Electric ever use Ishiwata tubing in their branded or contract bikes?

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    It's an '86

    Checked the Panasonic Bike Museum site and it looks like my bike is an '86. And that is one of the tallest frames I've ever ridden.

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    Thanks for all the advice! I'll be doing the bearings soon.
    The seat stay caps on the DX-5000 are flat with a "Panasonic" decal on each side, not wrapping around the seat post as in the photo. The brake levers are clearly marked "Shimano 600." From all I can see, the bike has a complete Shimano 600 group.

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    Very nice bike! I ride an '85 Dx-4000. This is mine:http://panasonicbikemuseum.info/?cat=58

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    The cool thing about the 1986 DX-5000 is that it shares the paint scheme with the 1985 Team Europe II model. Not many "Grape Dust" colored bikes out there. :-)
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