Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

1978 Zebrakenko Storm

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

1978 Zebrakenko Storm

Old 05-28-18, 05:36 PM
  #1  
Trueblood
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: North East
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
1978 Zebrakenko Storm

Finally got around to restoring a 78 Zebrakenko I purchased 7 years ago. Added a few modern amenities, replaced the steel wheels with alloy (27 X 1 1/4), Tortec Velocity rear rack, SKS longboard mudguards (what fun that install was.....), Velo Orange skewers, computer, etc. Chrome is courtesy of Blue Magic. The original paint was in remarkable condition when I purchased it, but some nail polish was required here and there. The hoods are original and in great shape. Definitely keeping the dork disc, but debating about the bash guard. It's original, and does serve a purpose when riding while wearing long trousers. It is slightly pitted though - Blue Magic can only do so much. All in all though, I think it came together well for a 40 year old bike. I have a couple of Zebra's, always liked them. The next project will be a bright red 1980 Storm, Going to use upright bars instead of drops.






Trueblood is offline  
Old 05-28-18, 05:49 PM
  #2  
CroMo Mike 
Senior Member
 
CroMo Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 1,261

Bikes: Listed in my signature.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 109 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
Wow! She looks like new.
CroMo Mike is offline  
Old 05-28-18, 05:53 PM
  #3  
juvela
Senior Member
 
juvela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alta California
Posts: 9,352
Mentioned: 262 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2073 Post(s)
Liked 301 Times in 265 Posts
-----

Beautifu job, appears showroom.

Looks to be a 5V, is that correct?

Mentioning as '78 was first year some manufacturers converted their whole range to 6V.

Shall look forward to seeing your 1980 when the time is right.

​​​​​​​-----
juvela is offline  
Old 05-28-18, 06:00 PM
  #4  
Trueblood
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: North East
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by juvela View Post
-----

Beautifu job, appears showroom.

Looks to be a 5V, is that correct?

Mentioning as '78 was first year some manufacturers converted their whole range to 6V.

Shall look forward to seeing your 1980 when the time is right.

​​​​​​​-----
5v or 6v, sorry, are you referring to the freewheel?
Trueblood is offline  
Old 05-28-18, 06:34 PM
  #5  
juvela
Senior Member
 
juvela's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Alta California
Posts: 9,352
Mentioned: 262 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2073 Post(s)
Liked 301 Times in 265 Posts
-----

Yes, thank you for the response.

​​​​​​​-----
juvela is offline  
Old 05-28-18, 07:09 PM
  #6  
TugaDude
Senior Member
 
TugaDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2,277
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 215 Post(s)
Liked 86 Times in 78 Posts
How's the ride? I briefly owned a light blue Zebrakenko and it had a "dead" feel to it. You did a great job on yours.
TugaDude is online now  
Old 05-28-18, 08:17 PM
  #7  
ryansu 
Ride.Smile.Repeat
 
ryansu's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Seattle WA
Posts: 2,536

Bikes: 2009 Handsome Devil, 1978 Motobecane Grand Touring, 1987 Nishiki Cresta GT, Former bikes; 1986 Miyata Trail Runner, 1979 Miyata 912, 2011 VO Rando, 1999 Cannondale R800, 2012 Soma Smoothie, 1986 Schwinn Passage

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 675 Post(s)
Liked 316 Times in 232 Posts
Very nicely done sir, I have always liked the head badge on those bikes, my second favorite after the Bridgestone Kabuki. I really appreciate the stock bash guard on my Motobecane Grand touring as it saves me a whole 5 seconds on rides to the farmers market since I don't have roll up my pant leg....
ryansu is offline  
Old 05-28-18, 08:32 PM
  #8  
Trueblood
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: North East
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Originally Posted by TugaDude View Post
How's the ride? I briefly owned a light blue Zebrakenko and it had a "dead" feel to it. You did a great job on yours.
Thanks. I've seen other posts regarding Japanese steel bikes from that era as having a 'dead' feel. I must say I don't sense that with this bike. Perhaps it is because I otherwise ride steel touring bikes, but this bike seems very responsive. I have a 1977 Zebrakenko Wind I restored 3 years ago that feels a bit different, but I would still not call the feeling 'dead'.

I remember that light blue color on ZK's. When they were new, the blue had an opalescent shimmer to it. I like that the Zebrakenko bikes from the 70's had no brand decals other than on the seat tube. The decals on the fork and at the top of the seat tube say HT-4500, and are referring to the steel.
Trueblood is offline  
Old 05-28-18, 11:14 PM
  #9  
mstateglfr 
Sunshine
 
mstateglfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Des Moines, IA
Posts: 10,262

Bikes: '18 class built steel roadbike, '19 Fairlight Secan, '87 Schwinn Prelude, Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross V4, '89 Novara Trionfo, '18 Diamondback Syncr

Mentioned: 92 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3998 Post(s)
Liked 960 Times in 617 Posts
Always love seeing a Zebrakenko! I refurbished a 65cm Thunder model a few years ago and used it as an evening commuter to sand volleyball for the summer.
odd mix- hiten frame, but almost all aluminum components.

friction 2x5 shifting is fun for those 10min rides- its so easy to change gears with all that room and only 5 in back.

you did a great job on this Storm!
mstateglfr is offline  
Old 05-29-18, 09:23 AM
  #10  
TugaDude
Senior Member
 
TugaDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2,277
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 215 Post(s)
Liked 86 Times in 78 Posts
I agree about the headbadge. The gold and the matte black textured background made it really pop.
TugaDude is online now  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
thedave80
Classic & Vintage
11
04-24-19 05:49 PM
rakirker
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
10
07-09-18 04:39 PM
dan3324
Classic & Vintage
19
09-15-17 07:22 PM
markk900
Classic & Vintage
10
11-18-15 10:53 PM
KonAaron Snake
Classic & Vintage
102
05-15-13 08:24 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.