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Scored a pretty nice Takara, any info on model names?

Old 05-10-10, 09:42 PM
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Scored a pretty nice Takara, any info on model names?

Picked up a pretty nice Takara...something (that makes 2 in my collection now) via CL today for $40. I can't find any catalog scans or anything to figure out what model it is. Anybody know how I could find out what it is?

It has a sticker on the seat tube that says "Guaranteed Special" tubing. And it looks like 10-11 behind the words. Says Kuwahara on one of the little rings on the headset. Rims say, Urai and appear to me aluminum and nice. I can't find a serial number anywhere.

Here's some pics, sorry if some are not entirely clear. I used my cell phone for these.



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Rims are aluminum and they have 38 spokes including the front. Nice score. V-GT luxe was top of the line Suntour touring long cage RD. Add the barcons, the huge fork rake and the long stays and this high tensile 70s bike could be a mean touring machine.

One thing though: make sure that the rack is adjusted properly so it is horizontal (you might want to use the other set of eyelets on the bottom; I suspect that there is one)

Great find
(and I have no clue about the model name, btw)
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I have a 70s Takara catalog and will post a scan later this morning when I have a bit more time. But it looks like you might have a Model 732 (all models are numbered, not named). Tubing is "Takara high carbon steel." Promo copy says, "Takara's combination of a fine pleasure bicycle and practical excursion machine is our Model 732. Featuring Takara's famous Agile-light Ride, this genial model comes complete with positive action fingertip gear controls, alloy cotterless crank set and alloy quick release wheels. Compare features and finish; then take it for a ride! Takara, the Ride-A-Way bicycle."

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Strange that they would equip the bike with Suntour and then put Shimano hubs on it. I would have expected Sunshine or Suzue.
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Did they really make 38 hole wheels? Weird.

That definitely looks like it's my bike, but I don't remember seeing Araya anywhere on the rims and mine is black, which isn't listed as an available color. Did they change the available colors each year?

Also, the front quick-release hub does say Sunshine on it.

PS. Thanks for posting that catalog page nlerner!
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The rims are probably Ukai branded. I've never seen a 38 hole hub. Typically they'll be integer multiples of 4, i.e. 32, 36, 40...
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That was a typo on E's part--I count 36 spokes per wheel from the first pic. And I'm afraid I don't know about other colors available or other model years. I just have the one catalog, which isn't dated. Fwiw, the address listed is Oklahoma City, so perhaps that's the place to find a hidden cache of NOS Takaras!

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Originally Posted by EjustE View Post
Rims are aluminum and they have 38 spokes including the front. Nice score. V-GT luxe was top of the line Suntour touring long cage RD. Add the barcons, the huge fork rake and the long stays and this high tensile 70s bike could be a mean touring machine.

One thing though: make sure that the rack is adjusted properly so it is horizontal (you might want to use the other set of eyelets on the bottom; I suspect that there is one)

Great find
(and I have no clue about the model name, btw)
I don't know a whole lot about Takaras but this bike had a lot of those little finishing touches that mark a good bike, so I went for it. That rack is on securely, the clamp on the stays has just loosened and slid down. I will definitely straighten it up.

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The rims are probably Ukai branded. I've never seen a 38 hole hub. Typically they'll be integer multiples of 4, i.e. 32, 36, 40...
You are probably right, I was just going from memory when I typed that.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
That was a typo on E's part--I count 36 spokes per wheel from the first pic. And I'm afraid I don't know about other colors available or other model years. I just have the one catalog, which isn't dated. Fwiw, the address listed is Oklahoma City, so perhaps that's the place to find a hidden cache of NOS Takaras!

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Could be! I'm not too far from OKC...... I know takaras aren't high-end bikes, but the two that I know own seem to be pretty solid and I like them.

My only problem now is how to fit this one into my collection. I want to keep it as it's certainly the nicest or second nicest bike I have now. But I already have a Raleigh Sports around the neighborhood/bike path bike, a Raleigh Technium converted to 3 speed commuter and a Takara something grocery store/beer bike with basket.

This new Takara is almost too nice to be a grocery/beer bike and I don't see it replacing my 2 3 speeds. Would this Takara have a reasonable geometry for a front basket? Because, my other Takara with the front basket is really floppy in the front with it on. I guess I could make it my longer distances bike, but I don't really ride long distances and I would like my keeper collection to stay at 3 bikes.
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