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Old 07-05-08, 05:39 PM
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We haven't cracked the Araya codes yet, so the year is unknown. Which headbadge/decal does it have?
Sorry T-Mar, my freind sold the bike right after I took these pics. It had a head badge, not a decal and it had a red background. Other than that, it's difficult for me to remember.
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Here are some pics of my Nishiki Sport serial # GE707062. Any info on my bike is greatly appreciated. The frame is 4130 CroMo, Araya rims with Joytec hubs, Shimano Light action deraillers with SIS shifters, Diacompe brakes and levers, Sugino VP crankset, Vetta seat. Thanks!



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1984 NISHIKI Landau

From T-Mar's original post, the CD11660 serial # equates to a 1984 built for the Canadian market. T-Mar, where does this model reign in the NISHIKI hierarchy for that time period? Some specs that may help with a determination:

TANGE 900 CR-MO Double Butted Frame
DIA-COMPE G500 side pull brakes
Suntour Cyclone front deraileur
SUGINO RT 170mm cranks with 53/42 drillium chain wheels
Kusuki handle bars
700x25C rims

I also have another exact bike in well used/worn shape with a serial number CD11727.

Does anyone have sales brochures of these from that time frame? Thanks!

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Based on when I bought my Landau, I would put it a bit above the middle of the range. I posted a 1983 Nishiki catalogue in this thread.
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I have a Nishiki backroad GZ799032 it has a megarange 34t rear set up don't know the year so if you can tell me thanks http://www.bikeforums.net/images/editor/insertimage.gif
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Old 07-29-08, 02:34 PM
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My daughter has a Nishiki Century like the first two posted in this thread.

The BB has this stamped which I am not sure what it means:

9 N
0 C
8
4

Drive side drop out is stamped:

G 04 83 = Giant made in April of 1983.

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i have a nishiki sebring that i bought from a garage sale for 15 dollars.

its a large bike, probably about 61 or 62 cm (a guess)
the serial number is g0283

the frame says cr-mo 4130
it has dia-compe brakes
suntour ar real derailler
shimano front derailler (this must have been replacement)
Nisi aluminum rims (i think)
sunshine hubs
and a nice sugino crank

if you can tell me anything about this i would greatly appreciate it (from your info i suppose its an early 83 model built by giant) i have this and an 82 centurion lemans 12 and im trying to decide which one to sell and which to keep.

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Originally Posted by jcsulser View Post
i have a nishiki sebring that i bought from a garage sale for 15 dollars.

its a large bike, probably about 61 or 62 cm (a guess)
the serial number is g0283

the frame says cr-mo 4130
it has dia-compe brakes
suntour ar real derailler
shimano front derailler (this must have been replacement)
Nisi aluminum rims (i think)
sunshine hubs
and a nice sugino crank

if you can tell me anything about this i would greatly appreciate it (from your info i suppose its an early 83 model built by giant) i have this and an 82 centurion lemans 12 and im trying to decide which one to sell and which to keep.

thanks
You did real well on the price of the Nishiki. I paid way more than that for mine, same year same model. Mine is a soft beige metallic color. I assume yours is the same. As for which bike to keep, thats easy, which bike fits you better. Unless they are the same frame size, the same angles in each frame, the same top tube size, i.e. unless they are identical, one will fit you better and that's the one to keep.
I'm not sure about the level of the LeMans that year, but I do know the Nishiki Sebring is an entry level model with a plain guage, Chromoly frame. I believe the Sebring falls between the Nishiki Sport and the Custom Sport in 1983. That makes it a nice entry level bike, but nothing special. If the LeMans is a butted or double butted chromoly frame, then it would be a better frame.
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mine is dark blue actually
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here is a link to some pics of the bike, sorry i have to link it but they are too big for bikeforums and i dont feel like parring them down.

http://columbus.craigslist.org/bik/786282897.html
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Nishiki Olympic 10-speed - green w/ chrome fork bottoms - Serial # KS234638 - looks like this mighta been one of their earlier bikes... this thing a heavy steel tank?

NISHIKI OLYMPIC 10 SPEED BIKE
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Here's some shots and info on a Riviera I just bought today 9/2/08 for $140.

Serial # KD14560 figure 1984.

Set it up to ride and it felt great, comfortable over bumps, good speeds 12 speeds, about 22lbs. Just says Rivera no GT and has power shifters. Will go nice with my other bike and old Bottechia campy.

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http://www.cigarbest.com/sales/nishiki2.jpg
http://www.cigarbest.com/sales/nishiki3.jpg
http://www.cigarbest.com/sales/nishiki4.jpg

Oh Hi, new to this forum but ride every day. I'm known as guitarman on video electronics forums like avscience.
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Nishiki Olympic 10-speed - green w/ chrome fork bottoms - Serial # KS234638 - looks like this mighta been one of their earlier bikes... this thing a heavy steel tank?

NISHIKI OLYMPIC 10 SPEED BIKE
It's all relative. If you consider about 28lbs (depending on actual frame size) to be a tank, then it's a tank. However, this was typical of most Japanese, upper entry level models during the boom, FYI, it should be circa 1974. The link has expired. Do you have any other pics you could post?

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Here's some shots and info on a Riviera I just bought today 9/2/08 for $140.

Serial # KD14560 figure 1984.

Set it up to ride and it felt great, comfortable over bumps, good speeds 12 speeds, about 22lbs. Just says Rivera no GT and has power shifters. Will go nice with my other bike and old Bottechia campy...

Oh Hi, new to this forum but ride every day. I'm known as guitarman on video electronics forums like avscience.
Glad to join in here and thanks for all the info.

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Welcome aboard Tom. The bicycle is actualy a 1985 model manufactured in late 1984. Much like car manufacturers offering their new models in advance of the calendar year, bicycle manufacturers like to ensure the new models are the floor well before Christmas.
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It's all relative. If you consider about 28lbs (depending on actual frame size) to be a tank, then it's a tank. However, this was typical of most Japanese, upper entry level models during the boom, FYI, it should be circa 1974. The link has expired. Do you have any other pics you could post?
My bad... I should have attached the image from the ad.
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It's all relative. If you consider about 28lbs (depending on actual frame size) to be a tank, then it's a tank. However, this was typical of most Japanese, upper entry level models during the boom, FYI, it should be circa 1974. The link has expired. Do you have any other pics you could post?



Welcome aboard Tom. The bicycle is actualy a 1985 model manufactured in late 1984. Much like car manufacturers offering their new models in advance of the calendar year, bicycle manufacturers like to ensure the new models are the floor well before Christmas.
1985 matched the code on the suntour which is BB. Very good looks to be a good year for the tourer now to find some high presure high quality 27" tires. You think it's an ok fit to use 27 1 1/8 instead of 1 1/4's?
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1985 matched the code on the suntour which is BB. Very good looks to be a good year for the tourer now to find some high presure high quality 27" tires. You think it's an ok fit to use 27 1 1/8 instead of 1 1/4's?
No problem. However, if I was doing long distnce touring, with heavy loads, I would fit as wide a tire as possible.
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i just bought a used nashiki. serial is KA04297. read your post in http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...nishiki&page=4 so i know it should be the 4,297th frame made in the u.s. but what's the A for in the KA? hope you can help. i just got it a couple of days ago. going to work on cleanup tomorrow. some of the decals are bad. but the crest on the front of the bike says NISHIKI and it's it's red and some other colors. it's out in the shed now and it's getting dark. tomorrow i'll take before and after pictures. it i actually get to the after. it might take a while to clean well, although it looks pretty good. i even rode it half a block today. was afraid to go farther because it only has one brake cable. on the front.
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ok just re-read the post. apparently "A" in KA04297 means "1" so i'm guessing 1981 USA frame number 04297. can i go to the head of the class?
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...i know it should be the 4,297th frame made in the u.s. ....ok just re-read the post. apparently "A" in KA04297 means "1" so i'm guessing 1981 USA frame number 04297. can i go to the head of the class?
Yes, it was made in 1981 but not made in the USA. The K indicates your fras\me was intended for the US market, as opposed to the Canadian market, which got frames with serial numbers that started with a C. New evidence suggests that European market models may haveserial numbers that begin with E. All Nishiki models in my data base have been made in Asia, either Japan or Taiwan.
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The serial on my Continental is CC 11466.
But I did buy it in 84'.

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My new Sport

I just bought this Nishiki Sport. It reminded me of an International I had in the 70's. It arrived, and it is no international, but it is fun to ride, and it fits well. It has two numbers on the BB. The first is pretty easy, based on the data here; G0685, a Giant made June, 1985. The second number 5516503, means nothing to me. It's relatively light, for a steel frame. I'm gonna clean it up and enjoy it.
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nishiki custom sport

I am new here. I have a Nishiki Custom Sport, 12 speed, SN# KB 07861 with W on bottom, Suntour AR derailleurs, Suguino cranks, side pull brakes with quick releases, says chrome moly on the down tube at the top and Japan at the bottom. I think this makes it an '82? Has quick release hub on front but not on back. Red w yellow pinstriping on the lugs that matches the manufacturer logo and model name on the frame. Does not have the "Handcrafted by Kawamura" on the frame. Every component on it appears to be alloy. The rims appear to be the original alloy rims. They are Araya 27 x 1 1/4 Japan. Seat post says Mory (?). I put 27 x 1 1/4 tires on it and they look enormous. They are a cheap brand, I threw them on just so i could ride it. What would be a good tire for this bike? I like riding it and it seems to fit me, maybe a little small, haven't measured the frame yet. The original tires were so disintegrated I couldn't read the size on them, they might have been 1 1/8. It rides very rough on rough roads and the steering is very quick, too quick for my taste. I don't care too much about comfort I want the least amount of roling resistance from the tires. From other posts I gather this is not a butted frame? I also haven't weighed it yet. One post'er thought this is a pretty nice entry level bike and i agree. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

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It was manufactured in 1982 and the serial number is very low, making a 1982 model a safe bet. Original tires would have been 27 x 1-1/4". I'm wondering if the tires looked huge just because of the current trend of 700C tires in sub 1" widths? You can get 27" x 1-1/8" and 27" x 1" but they are getting harder to find, unless you live in a big city with a major LBS (local bicycle shop) or are willing go the mail order route. Personally, for bicycles such as this, I use the Kenda 27" x 1-1/4". They are availble in gum wall and are a pretty representaion of the orignal tires. I believe they are carried in Wal-Mart in the US. BTW. welcom to the forum. Thank-you for contributing.
thanks for the info. I guess I have only run 1 1/8" and 1" tires before so they look out sized to me. Would the smaller tires provide less rolling resistance and will they mount on these rims OK? Wal-Mart by be only has Bell tires and they are completely useless, thats whats on it now. I live in Los Angeles and also don't mind mail order as long as I have a trusted recommendation. May I also ask what seat is currently considered good as this one is fairly worked. I used to ride a 60's vintage aluminum reynolds 531 framed Dawes on tubular tires with top of the line mid 70's Campy all around about 20 years ago and am just getting back into riding. Thanks so much for the help.
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I am new here. i have a nishiki custom sport SN# KB 07861 with W on bottom, suntour AR derailleurs, suguino cranks, side pull brakes with quick releases, says chrome moly on the down tube at the top and japan at the bottom. I think this makes it an "82? Red w gold or yellow pinstriping. does not have the handcrafted by kawamura on it. the rims appear to be the original alloy rims. They are araya (SP?) 27x11/4 japan. seat tube says mory (?). i put 27x1/14 tires on it and they look enormous. They are a cheap brand, i threw them on just so i could ride it. what would be an excellent tire for this bike? I like riding it and it seems to fit me, haven't measured the frame yet. the original tires were so disintegrated i couldn't read the size on them. i didn't realize this bike was as cool as it was until i researched it and found this site. seems to be a lot of knowledgable cyclists here. any help would be appreciated, thanks.
It was manufactured in 1982 and the serial number is very low, making a 1982 model a safe bet. Original tires would have been 27 x 1-1/4". I'm wondering if the tires looked huge just because of the current trend of 700C tires in sub 1" widths? You can get 27" x 1-1/8" and 27" x 1" but they are getting harder to find, unless you live in a big city with a major LBS (local bicycle shop) or are willing go the mail order route. Personally, for bicycles such as this, I use the Kenda 27" x 1-1/4". They are availble in gum wall and are a pretty representaion of the orignal tires. I believe they are carried in Wal-Mart in the US. BTW. welcom to the forum. Thank-you for contributing.
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Yes, it was made in 1981 but not made in the USA. The K indicates your fras\me was intended for the US market, as opposed to the Canadian market, which got frames with serial numbers that started with a C. New evidence suggests that European market models may haveserial numbers that begin with E. All Nishiki models in my data base have been made in Asia, either Japan or Taiwan.
thanks T-Mar for clearing that up for me. i like knowing a little history of the bike. i am still working on cleaning in up. i still need a new front tire and new tape for the handle bars. and i have to find a tool to take apart the bottom bracket. actually one to get the cranks off so i can lube the bottom bracket. no telling when or if it's ever been lubed since leaving Asia. but i ride it almost every day. the only complaint is i'm sure it's too big for me. when i stand over the top bar flat footed, well, it aint something i want to do more than 2 seconds. the seat is lowered as far as it will go. when i pedal my legs never get quite straight, and i dont think they should. and i wish i could raise the stem a bit. i'm not racing it i'm riding it. all that being said, i love this bike and love riding it. big change from my old mountain bike.
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