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Old 12-22-17, 07:35 PM
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Bike on Magnum PI Episode

Just for fun. I was watching an episode today and he was about to embark on an Ironman type of event. This bike was "ordered" for him.
I'm thinking a Bianchi but decals were covered up. Water bottle looks like it still says Bianchi on it.
Thoughts?
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Old 12-22-17, 08:00 PM
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Nice bike.

I didn't realize that Tom Selleck was supposed to be 6'4"
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It's a 1980 Bianchi and appears to be Super Leggera. The head emblem is Piaggio, who owned Bianchi during 1980-1984. The episode aired in April 1981 but was shot during the 1980 event, which was the last year it was held on Oahu.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
It's a 1980 Bianchi and appears to be Super Leggera. The head emblem is Piaggio, who owned Bianchi during 1980-1984. The episode aired in April 1981 but was shot during the 1980 event, which was the last year it was held on Oahu.
Thank you for the detailed background, T-Mar. (How does he do it, ladies and gentlemen? )
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Thank you for the detailed background, T-Mar. (How does he do it, ladies and gentlemen? )
Not only does he have the most extensive catalog collection- he also boasts and encyclopedic knowledge about the Magnum PI universe.
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Cool. It's clearly a Bianchi circa about 1980. Piaggio emblem headbadge. Those look like Universal 77 brakes, so it's a notch down from a Superleggera. Campione del Mondo maybe? I don't recall all the exact models from that time, but I do remember drooling over the catalog. Anyone have a catalog from then?
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I haven't thought about Magnum PI for quite some time.

I wonder when they'll come out with a remake. I'd imagine the Ferrari could use an update. And that Bianchi... not even Carbon Fiber
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Nice bike.

I didn't realize that Tom Selleck was supposed to be 6'4"
Well, he is 6'4" so it's not THAT crazy.
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Old 12-22-17, 10:30 PM
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Always fun to catch a C&V on a show. I watch NCIS and every once in a while there is a bike to be seen in Gibbs' (Mark Harmon) house. Never a good shot like this one, though.
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Does that look like a Gipiemme crank with the interrupted flute to anyone else? Rekord maybe?

Edit: Also, did the '80 Super Leggera have chrome lugs like the '81 did? I don't have a catalog from 1980.
I was bored so I just watched that episode too. Didn't get any better shots of the bike than are pictured here, but I did have a good laugh at the (ahem...) $2,700 price tag and "Do you know a bike like that only weighs 7lbs!" Seeing a 308 again also brought back traumatic memories of tuning and balancing triple/quad-Weber DCNF engines. And I have to admit I did spend some time wondering why he was wearing pregnancy pants in the early part of the episode.

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In fairness to him he is sitting nicely in the drops. They set it up for him or he already was a rider.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I haven't thought about Magnum PI for quite some time.

I wonder when they'll come out with a remake. I'd imagine the Ferrari could use an update. And that Bianchi... not even Carbon Fiber
Hi Clifford, I don’t think the Ferrari needs an update anymore than that nice looking Bianchi! Rosa Corsa and Celeste Green would look great on the same set.

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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I haven't thought about Magnum PI for quite some time.

I wonder when they'll come out with a remake. I'd imagine the Ferrari could use an update. And that Bianchi... not even Carbon Fiber
It is in the planning stages right now, they wanted to redo it with either his daughter or niece taking over the reins for Thomas in the early part of the 2000's but it was dropped.

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The aerodynamic drag on that mustache is going to cost him in the standings. But on the plus side he’ll have the sexiest date at the party later.
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Originally Posted by cinco View Post
Does that look like a Gipiemme crank with the interrupted flute to anyone else? Rekord maybe?

Edit: Also, did the '80 Super Leggera have chrome lugs like the '81 did? I don't have a catalog from 1980.
I was bored so I just watched that episode too. Didn't get any better shots of the bike than are pictured here, but I did have a good laugh at the (ahem...) $2,700 price tag and "Do you know a bike like that only weighs 7lbs!" Seeing a 308 again also brought back traumatic memories of tuning and balancing triple/quad-Weber DCNF engines. And I have to admit I did spend some time wondering why he was wearing pregnancy pants in the early part of the episode.

Good call. Gipemme crank. Yes. Looks like it's a Nuovo Racing. My LBS sold these. I'm thinking it was around 700-800 at the time. Later Nuovo Racing were made in Japan and less expensive.

Top of the line Super Corsa wouldn't have been that much less than $2700 at full retail. 2200 perhaps? Weight probably around 19.5 lbs.

I found this catalog. No doubt most have already seen it.

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The aerodynamic drag on that mustache is going to cost him in the standings. But on the plus side he’ll have the sexiest date at the party later.
Drag on the moustache? I seem to recall some sprinters of the era who had lip fairings similar to what Sellick was sporting. Didn't seem to slow them down.
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heh, lip fairing to keep your head down in the curves?
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The aerodynamic drag on that mustache is going to cost him in the standings. But on the plus side he’ll have the sexiest date at the party later.
He still rocks the thick 'stache. Tom is now a good bit heavier, and he is no spring chicken, (like the rest of us.) I watch the original on a Starz channel every afternoon. Blue Bloods is my favorite show.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
It's a 1980 Bianchi and appears to be Super Leggera. The head emblem is Piaggio, who owned Bianchi during 1980-1984. The episode aired in April 1981 but was shot during the 1980 event, which was the last year it was held on Oahu.
Because of the combination of the Piaggio logo and gear cables routing above the BB, I think of a cheaper model than a Super Leggera. First of all, a Record 748. The Gipiemme crankarms and the 3ttt Record stem (not the most up-to-date Record 78) also reinforce my impression. And I do not see chrome on the frame, though the pics are not too sharp
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Running shorts while riding? In a short course race, perhaps, but an Ironman distance?

He is sporting some actual bike shoes, it would appear.
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