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Old 02-07-13, 07:50 PM   #1
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Found a Kwauhara Tandem---Is it any good

Hello Everyone....

I have been restoring vintage rides (Single road bikes) for about a year----came across a 1982? Kwauhara Tandem today and bought it for $150.00
Its complete, but needs to be taken down to the bearings. The frame is real clean----and should clean up well. My questions-----where does this tandem rank in the world of tandems----anything I should be aware of...not real familiar with the Disc Brake in the rear. What do you suppose it would be worth following ground up restoration? How many of these things are still around? Can't find any history on the company

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Old 02-08-13, 10:21 AM   #2
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You might have more luck with a search if you get the spelling right: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwahara_(bicycle_company)
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We owned a Kuwahara Tandem in the eighties.At the time I was working at a bike shop and we sold them. Kuwahara was known for their BMX bikes and were built in Japan.
We put many miles on it and it was comparable with Santana Tandems at the time.We bought it for about 2k and sold it 10 years later for 600.00.
It was a great tandem and had no major issues with it.
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A Kuwahara Tandem... huh! Had not run into those previously. I will keep an eye out for one to add to me collection.

Sounds like the OP got a good buy on it. Figuring out the value however might best be pursued in one of the C&V valuation forums.
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Old 02-09-13, 01:12 PM   #5
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We owned a Kuwahara Tandem in the eighties.At the time I was working at a bike shop and we sold them. Kuwahara was known for their BMX bikes and were built in Japan.
We put many miles on it and it was comparable with Santana Tandems at the time.We bought it for about 2k and sold it 10 years later for 600.00.
It was a great tandem and had no major issues with it.
Unrelated to tandems, but were these the "BMX" branded bikes I saw all over in the '80s? There were a tiny handful of us who had Schwinn Predators, but a great many other kids' bicycles had the name "BMX" slathered all over them and were allegedly quite good.
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Longtime tandem rider here.
Have seen a couple Kuwaharas on the road back in the 80s. Most were white but did see a blue one. All had decent components for the time.The paint job was accented with mutli-colored bands.
Don't blow a lot of $$ restoring it but enjoy riding it TWOgether!
Pedal on!
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