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Sixty Fiver 05-26-10 12:45 PM

Kuwahara Porn...
 
Most folks who know are aware of my love for those mid eighties Kuwaharas, especially the Shasta and Cascade models.

It all started 5 years ago when I got to check out my friend's 1988 Shasta and right after that started looking for the same bike and had to settle for my Cascade. :)

My friend's Shasta came to visit my shop and as it has always been too small for him he wanted to refit it for his better half and trekking bars seemed the way to go.

And when I say small...I am talking about a 47 cm lugged frame ! My bikes are 55cm tall with equal top tube measurements and the little Shasta also has a 55cm top tube which I find fascinating.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikepics/kuwieporn.JPG

My Cascade... she's ready to hit the Rockies now that I have added the low riders and fitted the VX derailleurs.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...010touring.JPG

My 1988 Shasta has been stripped to the bone and is a very lightweight urban assault vehicle and winter ride. It's Hurricanes have seen more than 10,000 km of trouble free riding in every kind of weather and are still looking pretty fresh.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...88shastafg.JPG

And my friend's 1988 Shasta is in such beautiful shape... the original headset needed to be replaced and used an NOS Tioga MTB Master and it got some fresh Schwalbe Hurricanes as I have never found a better 2.0 tyre. They roll out fast, corner like they are on rails, and offer an outstanding ride while offering some insane life and puncture protection.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...statrekker.JPG

Love the trekking bars...

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...rekkerbars.JPG

The Shasta was an $800.00 Cdn bike in '88 and second only to the Cascade... figure that after 22 years this is looking like a pretty good deal with a less than 40.00 / yr cost and the bike will last another 22 and probably another 22 after that.

darkmagus 05-26-10 12:52 PM

Is that a bell hooked up to a brake lever on the second bike?

Sixty Fiver 05-26-10 01:07 PM


Originally Posted by darkmagus (Post 10869399)
Is that a bell hooked up to a brake lever on the second bike?

I needed to use the dummy lever for something... :)

Maddox 05-26-10 01:19 PM


Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 10869503)
I needed to use the dummy lever for something... :)

That is remarkably ingenious.

Good spot, darkmagus!

DiegoFrogs 05-26-10 05:47 PM

I'm gong to have to do that to my fixed gear(s) now too...

AvenirFolder 09-21-14 08:00 PM

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I just picked up a 1987 Kuwahara Shasta for 50 bucks and am in the process of cleaning it up. Almost everything is original and little used. My dad had one of the same year that was a yellow-black combo. He paid a whopping $750 for it new back in the day. Triple butted, Biopace chainrings, Nitto stem and handlebars etc etc. Gotta love 'em!

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=407728

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=408619

MrB67 05-07-15 11:39 PM

1984 Kuwahara Pulsar
 
I have a 1984 Kuwahara Pulsar. Picked it up last year; I was in the market for a older road bike that I could rebuild (if needed) and use as a training bike. I love the "feel of steel" - lugged steel frames have a great ridding quality. For me the added weight of a steel frame and a older bike was exactly what I wanted in a training bike. Currently the bike is completely disassembled, and in the middle of the rebuild. I'm thinking of posting a rebuild thread. Anyway, here are some pics of it before I started to take it all apart:

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q...i/DSCN1560.jpg

Not too much info out there on 80's Kuwahara road bikes, mostly info on the BMX bikes.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q...i/DSCN1561.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q...i/DSCN1575.jpg


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