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Sekine GTO - the Beau Brummel of Bikes

Old 02-24-19, 07:11 PM
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Sekine GTO - the Beau Brummel of Bikes

Maybe kind of a cross between Beau Brummel, Mister T and Snoopys' Christmas tree. Advertised locally for c$1850. Original owner apparently.

Just add your own flux capacitor... and go!







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Oh wow that is really something... I've never happened upon one before . I can't say I would be in the market for that
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There is a LOT going on there. ...and check Sekine bringing the disc-brake tech a day or two ahead of its time!
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I'm trying to remain speechless.

And keep dinner down, too.
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Does it have one of these...



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Oh man, The Special Fine-Tire!!! You go boy.
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The GTO stood for "Get Turned Off". This sort of industrial design reminds of how Filipinos would decorate their TransAms in the 1970's or how East Indians trick out their TukTuk taxis. Glitterball from the rear view mirror!
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It's glorious!
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That thing is pimp.
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That ride is Awesome. C double O-L.
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531
and check Sekine bringing the disc-brake tech a day or two ahead of its time!
Why do I suspect that this bike needs disc brakes?
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My new screensaver...

that’s one hell of a bicycle, not sure why i havent seen this before...
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What, no motor? Also needs neon.
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I see a brake light switch. That poor bottle generator!!!
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I've seen maybe a handful of these. I was able to obtain a serial number from one and it was mid-1970s. I was a Sekine dealer at the time and they were definitely not catalogued in the Canadian market. I've seen similar Asian models from brands such as Bridgestone, Miyata and National (Panasonic). Often, there were several models in the style in a catalog, so they appear to have been a popular style in Japan. Attached is a Bridgestone advertisement for a comparable model. The model name appears to be Astro GT. That's pretty similar to the Sekine GTO, so maybe the generic style was called GT/GTO bicycles?

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As Mr.T would say,"I pity the foo".
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The 60 mph Speedo is pretty impressive, although my guess is this bike couldn't hit 60 if it fell off a cliff!
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Bicycle Heaven might not even have one of those.
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One thing I just noted on the Sekine is that it has been assembled with the handlebars upside down. Obviously, this was assembled by a Canadian mechanic unfamiliar with the bar style or changed by the owner to obtain a more upright position. The latter is certainly possible, given that the stem appears to have raised above maximum safe height. Attached is the Japanese catalog page showing the correct handlebar orientation. This bar style was a common feature on these bicycles.
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Poke all the fun you want at the Japanese GT/GTO bicycles but they're more practical than the American balloon tyre bicycles with their faux gas tanks and girder forks. What does a Schwinn Black Phantom weigh? 75 lbs? With narrower, higher pressure tyres and derailleur gears the GT/GTO bicycles would ride a lot easier. The combination caliper and discs brakes would also stop a lot better than the coaster brake.
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Poke all the fun you want at the Japanese GT/GTO bicycles but they're more practical than the American balloon tyre bicycles with their faux gas tanks and girder forks. What does a Schwinn Black Phantom weigh? 75 lbs? With narrower, higher pressure tyres and derailleur gears the GT/GTO bicycles would ride a lot easier. The combination caliper and discs brakes would also stop a lot better than the coaster brake.
But the style is all-Japanese, not American looking at all, and it would look decidedly out of place on American streets.

And honestly, it looks like something that senile, eccentric guy that washes windows that every neighborhood has, would ride.

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