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1983 Pro Miyata evaluation

Old 01-25-24, 12:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
Yes definitely, I snapped up a 1980 without hesitation. I like the fact that my 80 has campy style shifter bosses.
Those shifter bosses definitely make it easier to retro-mod the frame with modern control levers.
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BMC_Kid: Thanks for the offer but the freight from TX to AB would be a killer. Nice looking frame though.
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All these years I can never really figure out if Miyata bikes are Japanese or Dutch.....
The name surely says Japanese cause it sounds Japanese, but I know that there's definitely a Dutch side to the story.....
Or could the name "Miyata" just be a derivative of the German word "Miata" (Apparently means "Reward".)......which for some reason sounds very Japanese too??!

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Koga is Dutch, Miyata is Japanese.

Founder worked at Batavus then started a new venture with his wife importing Miyatas.
(Wife's last name was KOwalik, guy's last name was GAastra.)

When they sold the business the name got slashed to just KOGA.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1
All these years I can never really figure out if Miyata bikes are Japanese or Dutch.....
The name surely says Japanese cause it sounds Japanese, but I know that there's definitely a Dutch side to the story.....
Or could the name "Miyata" just be a derivstive of the German word "Miata" (Apparently means "Reward".)......which for some reason sounds very Japanese too??!
There's much more history out there but here's some background on KOGA-Miyata, essentially a joint venture back in the day between the two companies.

KOGA History

Miyata not only got their bikes into the European market through KOGA but also the world's attention in the European stage racing through their sponsored professional team.

Among my Miyata collection, I have a 1981 KOGA Miyata similar to the bike Peter Winnen rode winning the L’Alpe d’Huez stage in the '81 Tour de France.

I still haven't been able to figure out why a 7-Eleven rider would be riding a Team Miyata-SL in '84/'85.



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