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Old 07-12-12, 09:59 PM
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Is my bike a Lotus

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I am new to bikes and have just bought myself an old road bike. I am trying to find out what it is, as it does not have any badges or decals......... I've tried searching the internet, my best guess is a Lotus Excelle??, but not everything seems to match. I thought if I list what it has, somebody may be able to help:

Frame says: Made in Japan
Serial Number: JN6E0305 (on the
Frame Tubing: Tange 900 cr-mo
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Shift Levers: Shimano on the down tube.
Cable Guides: Under the bottom bracket.
Brakes: Dia Compe
Hubs: Sansin
Rims: UKAI 27 x 1 1/8 w/o LA
Crank: Sakae SA
Saddle: Kashimax
Colour: Green Frame with Yellow forks.

Any help appreciated...

Also, I live in Australia, not sure if that influences anything...?

Thanks..........
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Welcome to the forum. Pictures will help you get a much better response and hopefully ID. I would imagine a Lotus would be very, very rare in Australia. They were based in New York and imported bikes from Japan... I think they are most likely found regionally. Of course anything is possible.

Have you checked this page yet? https://www.vintagelotusbicycles.com/
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Did you search the internet images for Lotus Excelle? Right off the bat the fork is wrong.

What year is the bike?

Tange 900 as far as I know was never used on a Lotus bike, Excelle came with Tange Triple Butted tubes.

And the big killer is the serial number does not match any serial number found here: https://www.vintagelotusbicycles.com/...mber_chart.php Also check out that site for images and see if the frame looks the same as Excelle

And Taiwan made Lotus bikes all began with the letter P.

However JN does match a 1977 Schwinn series of numbers.
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Thanks for the feedback, I will take some pictures and post.....
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Admittedly, this needs a bit of a clean up, but it's a little project to keep me busy....... lete know if you think other photo's will help identify the bike..
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A worthy project, whatever it is.
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Eye-catching use of yellow on the bartape and fork.
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The head badge rivet holes are wrong for a Lotus, i'd say that rules Lotus out.
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I agree, it also rules out Schwinn because the holes are too close together.
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Shogun...I think. Crap, there are 2 of these rolling around here and I can't quite make out the decals in my brain. Lol.
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Originally Posted by realestvin7
Shogun...I think. Crap, there are 2 of these rolling around here and I can't quite make out the decals in my brain. Lol.
I'm not sure though it could be possible because Shogun did have some serial numbers that had the N6E part of the serial number but no J in front of it that I could find. Maybe it was a department store off brand of Shogun and the J signifies that? Problem with that theory is most department store bikes didn't used better investment casted rear dropouts which it appears that the bike in the pic has Suntour dropouts, but I can't see any stamping that says that so it could be generic investment casted dropout that never got stamped and just put on a bike maybe designated for a department store?
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Perhaps Maruishi before they went to stickered headbadges?
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Shogun and Maruishi headbadge rivets are side-by-side horizontal not vertical.

I second the rivets are too close for Lotus.

And not a Nishiki or Miyata either (based on rivets).

Yellow fork could be a repaint.

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I don't think the fork is a repaint due to the rust showing through and not a spec of blue paint. I think the bike was wrecked which bent the fork and then someone found a fork and put it on. Unless the OP can take a real close look at and find specs of underlying blue paint...or maybe the bike was yellow and repainted blue, again close inspection would show underlying yellow paint on the frame.
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