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Old 05-12-11, 12:23 PM
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I think I solved it. I believe it to be an '83 or early '84 SR Semi-Pro Touring. Evidently the California distributor asked to come up with some touring bikes based upon SR's Semi-pro, and they simply converted the first lot (explains the messed-up rack mounts) and produced them properly after that. The frame is almost exactly like all of the early-mid 80's SR semi-pros that I can find. If I could only get some input on SR serial numbers to confrim it, I would be satisfied.
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My friend's SR Semi-Pro is Tange Champion No. 2. I may have seen another one that was No. 5, however.
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Yes, SR Semi Pro is Champion #2 tubing. Not to say that they didn't purposely "beef it up" for a touring model by using #5. Here is a serial number from an early 80's SR Semi Pro.
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%^%^$! Serial number sequence is different. Attached is an example of an early 80's SR semi Pro:

https://velospace.org/node/34585

The tubing, lugs, fork, and dropouts are idenical, as is the chainstay derailleur cable stop.

This one is similar paint and detals, but the lugs are a bit different and I think it is butted tubing:

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...375627329.html

This is the closest I have found.
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The fork crown is the biggest difference I see. The SR I had didn't use that fork crown. Another Japanese touring bike I almost picked up last year was a Yokota Ranger, maybe we can find some pics of that to compare it to. What is the serial number on your bike?
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Serial # HE87496
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i've got an '83 SR Pro and the serial is ARYF242757, if that helps any.

fwiw, whatever you have may have been made in the same factory as several different japanese brands. SRs were made in mexico, but the frames were probably built in japan.
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The ARY prefix would suggest to me that the SR pro was made by Araya (who made some VERY nice bikes). My serial number almost (ALMOST) matches some of the Nishiki serial numbers, but the paint and other features match SR's better. I am going to pull the fork out on the small chance that there may be some other clues hidden within.
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Originally Posted by balindamood
I am going to pull the fork out on the small chance that there may be some other clues hidden within.
Chances are it will be stamped TANGE with a two digit date code.
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The bike gods are toying with me. On Craiglist today was the exact same bike, 1-inch taller, same paint, same components (with a Hatta BB), same messed up rack mounts, NO EFFING DECALS!!. Serial number HE 86966, about 500 away from mine. It is rather pathetic to think I drove all the way across town in answer to a CL ad simply to try to figure out more about the bike I already own.
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Originally Posted by balindamood
The bike gods are toying with me. On Craiglist today was the exact same bike, 1-inch taller, same paint, same components (with a Hatta BB), same messed up rack mounts, NO EFFING DECALS!!. Serial number HE 86966, about 500 away from mine. It is rather pathetic to think I drove all the way across town in answer to a CL ad simply to try to figure out more about the bike I already own.
St-range...
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There was a bike exactly like that for sale on the SF Craigslist last year. It had the original decals and name, but I cannot remember what make it was for the life of me. If I find a pic or more info. I'll post.
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