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Old 03-22-19, 04:25 PM
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My First Asian Bike

Picked this up for 65 bucks Canadian today. Looks like it just needs servicing and new cables etc. I think it is 1988. Ishiwata triple butted EX tubing. .Shimano SIS Shifters. Dia Compe Brakes,Shimano cranks After a year at this hobby i think i may have to sell a bike or two ,or not.



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Old 03-22-19, 04:28 PM
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Looks like a quality bike that's in serious need of an overhaul. Are the seat post and stem free?
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That should clean up nicely!
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Is someone telling you to steel some? Cause it ain’t us!

Nice addition to the fleet. Fits I hope!
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I agree with the Golden Boy. It looks like another great project and you didn't break the bank either!
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That saddle could use some Sugru.
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Sugru! Never heard of it but looks interesting
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Does anybody know what model this bike would be? I think the bike is 1988. Tubing is EX Chrome Moly 4130 triple butted.

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Looks alot like my Kuwahara built 1987 Nishiki Cresta GT which I really like -Nice score for $65 OP



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Originally Posted by garryg View Post
Does anybody know what model this bike would be? I think the bike is 1988. Tubing is EX Chrome Moly 4130 triple butted.
Nice bike!
Sadly there isn't a lot of info floating around on Kuwahara road bikes. From what I understand not many were around. At least, not as many as they bikes the rebranded for Norco and Nishiki.
Great bikes. Well made with a great feel. I ride a Cyclone which is similar but lacked eyelets on the dropouts and was Suntour equipped. It's quite light and quick for what it is. Yours is well worth $85.
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I have owned only one Asian bike, my 1971 American Eagle Semi-Pro (Nishiki Competition) -- great components, mediocre frame. Mine was not a fair sample, since their frames improved considerably during the decade that followed, but for a long time I considered the sweet spot to be a European frame with a Japanese transmission. Today if I were in the market for another bicycle I would definitely consider a mid-to-high end Japanese frame.
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The subject bicycle is a very late 1980s, entry level, Kuwahara Newport. Since it was manufactured by Kuwahara, the serial number should be on the lower, non-drive side of the seat tube and open format, yy mm xxxxx. Please report the serial number TIA.

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Old 03-23-19, 10:22 PM
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Kuwahara Looks like an honest road bike, pretty nice for lower level.

I had to look over the bike room, only one Japanese bike, Maruishi NJS track bike. I bought it to ride the track with a bike that I would not cry over if it got bent. It is nice, solid construction, good geometry, at the time cheap.
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