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Old 09-26-16, 05:24 PM
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Hon California Folding Bike Stainless

Hello everyone.

I picked this up at an estate sale. I'm curious as to year, model, etc. and what it is worth. The bike came from a retired LAPD officer that moved to Florida. I did some initial research about how serial numbers on older models were engraved. I found numbers on the bike and in manual. Please See pictures. I will probably sell it but after having it for awhile I might keep it!

Thank you in advance for any info.
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The number engraved by hand (104-32-4800) appears to be a Social Security Number based on the format. Owners frequently engrave their SSNs on bikes and other property to assist in recovery if stolen. The number 312072 is the serial number.

It looks a lot like an early Dahon from the 1980s. Dahon is a company founded by Dr. David Hon in Southern California.

Is there a tubing sticker anywhere on the frame? Dahon apparently did make some stainless steel folders for stowing aboard sailboats and used for local transportation at different ports.

Here's one that was posted on the folder forum here on BikeForums:



Here's an ad for two of them for sale at $275 each, or $500 for both.

Dahon Stainless Steel Mariner Folding Bikes

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Thank you for the information.
So Based on the Dahon website instruction for serial numbers, it looks like the serial number would indicate the item was made in December 1983 "312". Is that how you interpret it?
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I am unable to find any serial number information on the Dahon website. You can contact them by email at contact@dahon.com and ask them when your bike was made.

You can also download an owner's manual (pdf) for the 1987 folder which appears to be similar to yours at Dahon Support - Manuals
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Thanks.
I tried contacting them before I posted here and still have not received a response.

Here is the info from Dahon I was referring to for determining age.

DAHON How Old is my DAHON? - DAHON

I wasn't sure if I interpreted it right but I think it is a 1983 because of etching on frame and the fact that it says "Hon" and not Dahon which I think started in 1984. All very hard to decipher

Info is much appreciated.
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After reading what's at your link, I'd agree it's probably a 1983.
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