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Old 04-30-07, 10:50 AM
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identifying bicycle

Hello all, I'm new and this is my first post. Seems like a happening community so I decided to join.

I found this bike in a dumpster, I had assumed it was abandoned and after taking a look at it I decided to take it home and rebuild it, since sitting in a dumpster isn't exactly what it was made to do. That was about ten years ago, I'd say. Anyways, I stripped the frame with furniture stripped and revealed the original colour, black. It had some stickers and other markings on it. "1982" was stamped on the rim, and the head tube had a sticker on it saying 'All-Pro'. On the seat post tube of the frame it had a disclaimer saying this bike wasn't actually made for dirt jumping and you shouldn't really use it for that purpose. Anyways, I've researched this beast before. The original seat it came with had MOTOBIKE written across the side so I google'd that and found a plethora of Yamaha stuff from the late 70's and early 80's.

Here is a rather large picture of the bike.



It is very similar to the Yamaha models but they do have some differences.. Can anybody tell me more about this bike? I'm probably going to rebuild it this summer again, this time with new and stronger components.
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Old 04-30-07, 10:56 AM
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You need to check out the classic and vintage forum for this one. It's some sort of old chopper. Raliegh made one similar to this in response to the introduction of BMX bikes in America, but this looks more Schwinn-like. Yeah, definitely ask at classic and vintage.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/
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Old 04-30-07, 12:00 PM
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That's a beast!

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Welcome, and thank you for typing things out correctly (unlike some people here). That is a rather interesting bike, and I have never seen anything like it before. I'm not quite sure anyone here will be able to identify that one for you.
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Old 04-30-07, 12:51 PM
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I can't identify the bike but you should paint it and put some new parts on it.
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First thing I thought was Yamaha but it has a few differences.
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the back end is a little different then a yamaha
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So is the gusset in the front, the seat/sissy bars and stanctions. But it still had the STR frame design.

Also, Yammi's didn't have 1peice cranks to my knowledge or high flange hubs, but I could be wrong.
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Hehe, yeah, I've painted it twice now. The rims used to be chrome, but they were badly pitted so I scuffed them up nicely and gave them 10 coats of that delicious John Deere yellow. It's starting to chip off now, so I'm thinking of getting some nice high spoke low rider style wheels for it. Most of the chrome is badly pitted, especially on the fork tubes. I'd like to find some replacement parts to bring it back to it's former glory but I'm afraid the years of dumpster sitting have taken their toll.

I've painted the frame twice, first navy blue then this metallic green that didn't really turn out too metallic.

Anyways, the current parts on it are junk. I've crashed the bike a couple times disobeying the 'don't jump this bike' sticker and it bent the crank arms and the front cog, so I bent them back as straight as I could. The chain falls off a ton, the hubs and loose and the bearings and shot, but it's still a dandy cruiser and I don't think I'll ever part with it.

Should I go with high end BMX parts? I don't want to spend too much money, I just want it to be a solid dependable bike, which is currently is not. I'm thinking I'll just get new wheels, hubs, spokes and a complete drivetrain and leave the coaster brake on. Thoughts?
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a guy down the street from me had a bike like that.It's a cool bike though
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If it's not a Yamaha, it's an almost direct knock off. Could it be a later version, with the gusset? Stupid question: was that the original saddle?

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Victoria Motocross (w/o the tank)
it's listed on this page

a neighbor kid had one when I was growing up...i had a Huffy Monoshock...
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Originally Posted by East Hill
If it's not a Yamaha, it's an almost direct knock off. Could it be a later version, with the gusset? Stupid question: was that the original saddle?

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Definatley not a Yamaha, early or late. I have one in my shed.
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WOW new_dharma that is EXACTLY my bike.

The fenders, the tag on the seat post tube, the motocross on the saddle, the black paint. the bike came with two fenders but they were badly damaged so I threw em out. The tank was long gone, as was the number plate. My god, I certainly owe you one! Some things are a bit different, the crank/grips and other junk but whatever, mine's like a hot rod :]

Thanks a ton! That is my bicycle! Mystery solved
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Hoorah, and thanks to new_dharma for the win!

WTP, you've got one of those Yamahas in the shed? How does it handle? It looks seriously heavy, and built to withstand a lot of abuse.

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i like vintage bikes...big ones, fat ones, tall ones, short ones...nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills...oops, forgot what I was talking about
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Originally Posted by East Hill
Hoorah, and thanks to new_dharma for the win!

WTP, you've got one of those Yamahas in the shed? How does it handle? It looks seriously heavy, and built to withstand a lot of abuse.

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Handles like a tractor, big, slow and almost 70lbs.
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Originally Posted by East Hill
Hoorah, and thanks to new_dharma for the win!

WTP, you've got one of those Yamahas in the shed? How does it handle? It looks seriously heavy, and built to withstand a lot of abuse.

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Handles like a tractor, big, slow and almost 70lbs.
Yamaha Delevelopment Guy 1: Maybe we should make a BMX bicycle.
Yamaha Delevelopment Guy 2: Bicycle? But we make motorcycles.
Yamaha Delevelopment Guy 1: Yea, but look at the market...parent won't buy the kid a motorcycle, but WILL buy a bicycle.
Yamaha Delevelopment Guy 2: But what do WE know about bicycles?
Yamaha Delevelopment Guy 1: Nothing...lets use a motorcycle frame and suspension, because every kid WANTS suspension for that true motorcycle feel, and modify it! Add some pedals, and we are good to go!
Yamaha Delevelopment Guy 2: That sound like a swell idea!

...hence the 70# frame!

...or something like that
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^^^^^
That's hilarious. 70 pounds? I can just see the conversations, just as new_dharma laid out...

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