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vonfilm 12-13-13 10:04 AM

Can someone knowledgeable school me on the hierarchy of the different Voyageur models, their tubing and original weights and desireability?

Metacortex 12-13-13 11:28 AM

The '73 World Voyageur and the '74-'76 Voyageur II were essentially the same bike (with only frame size and color choice differences between them), made for Schwinn by Panasonic. They had frames of 4130 chrome-moly DB tubing and the components were the same throughout the run (with minor updates). The frames were fully chromed underneath the paint, with exposed chrome lugs on the head tube, chainstays and fork ends. I consider both of these models to be very desirable.

There were no Voyageurs from '77 through '79, then in '80 the model name reappeared on an all new bike, also made for Schwinn by Panasonic. You can see a detailed chart showing the differences between the '80 through '91 models here: http://sandro.knot.org/blog/wp-conte...comparison.pdf

Many of these are very desirable too, especially the Voyageur SP and full-chrome Voyageur 11.8 models.

Darth Lefty 12-13-13 11:36 AM

I'm keeping an eye out for one to modernize. I like my Paramount but am loathe to update it since it's so campy-encrusted; but I like modern gearing and shifting too!

The Golden Boy 12-13-13 12:53 PM


Originally Posted by lord_athlon (Post 16326786)
I feel theyre underated because the average bike snob looks at anything that says Schwinn and dismisses it instantly. Vintage guys are a whole different niche.

I've seen that.

It seems that there's people that think that ANY Schwinn is a 40 pound paperboy tank.

I would figure that anyone that knows a little about this style of bike would understand what it is- even if they were unfamiliar with the Voyageur name.

As far as "underrating" anything- the Passage is one of those orphan bikes- it looks like it's quality tubing in the frame and stays, but the fork is Hi-Ten. Otherwise the rest of the bike looks to be pretty much close to Class A componentry.

rsacilotto 12-13-13 09:49 PM

My '88 Voyageur, excellent commuter

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5473/1...3cf17bc7c7.jpg

Don Marco 12-14-13 08:14 PM

Posted this on the Orange bike thread but I like it enough to share again. Lucky you, huh?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/1...da9ce950_b.jpg

lord_athlon 12-14-13 09:10 PM


Originally Posted by Don Marco (Post 16330810)
Posted this on the Orange bike thread but I like it enough to share again. Lucky you, huh?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/1...da9ce950_b.jpg

Is there a drooling emoticon?

brockd15 12-14-13 09:46 PM

Here's my '83 Voyageur SP. To be honest, I don't ride it much. It's not the bike's fault, though. I really don't like the half-step + granny setup, the tires are too heavy, I need a different saddle, I don't like the bar end shifters (added after this picture), I'm not crazy about the Nitto Noodle bars, etc...but for some reason, I really like the bike. I want to change things up a bit and see if it makes the difference I think it will.

http://i705.photobucket.com/albums/w...r/IMG_3197.jpg

lord_athlon 12-14-13 09:54 PM


Originally Posted by brockd15 (Post 16330968)
Here's my '83 Voyageur SP. To be honest, I don't ride it much. It's not the bike's fault, though. I really don't like the half-step + granny setup, the tires are too heavy, I need a different saddle, I don't like the bar end shifters (added after this picture), I'm not crazy about the Nitto Noodle bars, etc...but for some reason, I really like the bike. I want to change things up a bit and see if it makes the difference I think it will.

Its a superbe tech!

Schwinn was all about adopting weird derailleurs. My Crisscross has an s1 mounting tab (which was basically a copy of an altenburger from the 40's)

Don Marco 12-14-13 11:00 PM


Originally Posted by lord_athlon (Post 16330901)
Is there a drooling emoticon?

Thank you:) It was a $150 CL find. I got it from the son of the original owner, who bought it at age 55 and rode it, apparently, only 55 miles, then parked it the basement. Mechanicals are great but there's a little rust here and there, like the bottom side of the headtube lugs. It was so under-used that the first time I was mashing it up the hill by my house I felt the freewheel tighten up by a few degrees.

The Golden Boy 12-15-13 07:10 AM


Originally Posted by Don Marco (Post 16330810)
Posted this on the Orange bike thread but I like it enough to share again. Lucky you, huh?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/1...da9ce950_b.jpg


In the immortal words of Paris Hilton: "That's Hot."

I love the brake lever covers and the "Schwinn Approved" shifter covers.

Throw a Cyclone on there and you're in domination land!

pastorbobnlnh 12-15-13 11:46 AM


Originally Posted by Don Marco (Post 16330810)
Posted this on the Orange bike thread but I like it enough to share again. Lucky you, huh?

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7456/1...da9ce950_b.jpg

If I were to ever paint or PC my very patina covered silve Voyageur II, I'd have to do so in orange. Just stunning!

jjames1452 12-15-13 06:19 PM

3 Attachment(s)
Two - kind of in service.
My every weekend rider - an '84 or '85 Voyageur with some improvements:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=355200

This was a picture from last winter - and yes I adjusted the seat. I have a couple of faster bikes, but I tend to grab the Voyageur to ride on the weekends.
It makes for an enjoyable afternoon. I put many hundreds of miles on this bike this year.

1981 Chrome Voyageur - that I need to service and start riding:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=355198http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=355199

Truthfully, I purchased the bike and have only put a couple of miles on it. It is ready to go. All bearings have been serviced, new inner cables installed, frame saver applied, etc. Once I install a decent seat and put air in the tires it would be good to go. It has been for sale a couple of times - but I am really torn on the idea of selling it. I feel guilty for not riding such a beautiful and classic bike.


I have an '84 Voyageur donor bike, and a few mid-80's Voyageur frames for another winter project.

brandenjs 12-15-13 08:56 PM

Picked up this 1980 Voyageur 11.8 over the summer. It is in pretty rough shape in this picture, but it is one that I am looking forward to restoring. The girl I picked it up from got pretty emotional when I got it from her. This bike was her main transportation all through her college years. I reassured her it would be taken care of in the future.

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/d...ps3e5253f5.jpg

badger_biker 12-15-13 10:04 PM

Well it isn't as pretty and classic as some of the World Voyageurs in this thread but here is my workhorse touring version of the Schwinn namesake.

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n...s/IMG_0932.jpg

dveneman 12-15-13 11:35 PM

Very nice. Here is a similar version that I had for a while.
http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/a...cycles/019.jpg

Don Marco 12-20-13 12:26 PM

Another of mine. Nice to get it out today... in the mid 50s!

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3693/1...f3fb0c36_b.jpg

bikemore 12-20-13 01:48 PM

I've posted this picture a few times.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/FullSize.jpg

I don't ride it because it is too big. I have two others that do fit :)

southpawboston 12-20-13 01:54 PM

I've posted this elsewhere before, but here's my 1988 Schwinn Voyageur, which left the stable awhile ago (now in the stewardship of forum member Bogester):

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6002/5...be02b1bd_b.jpg

echo victor 12-20-13 03:28 PM

Alright, here's a bad cell phone pic of my recently acquired (and a bit beat-up-looking) World Voyageur. This was the day I got it. Note the lack of bar tape or outer covering on the saddle. And especially take time to appreciate the rust on the stays and the areas of the top tube where the paint has chipped off to reveal the chrome. Ah, patina.

http://www.routinezero.com/bikes/wor...ageur_2_sm.jpg

So, yeah, there's some work to do here... but she rides great. And the wheels are as true as anything used that I've seen. I've had brand new wheels that weren't so true.

lord_athlon 12-21-13 01:01 AM


Originally Posted by bikemore (Post 16346734)
I've posted this picture a few times.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l8...r/FullSize.jpg

I don't ride it because it is too big. I have two others that do fit :)

Just send it my way. Ill give it a good home ;)

cb400bill 12-21-13 06:23 AM

Here is a 90-91 voyager that I picked up off of CL. It proved to be too small for me but was a wonderful bike.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n...o/P1020414.JPG

The Golden Boy 12-21-13 08:50 AM


Originally Posted by echo victor (Post 16347145)
Alright, here's a bad cell phone pic of my recently acquired (and a bit beat-up-looking) World Voyageur. This was the day I got it. Note the lack of bar tape or outer covering on the saddle. And especially take time to appreciate the rust on the stays and the areas of the top tube where the paint has chipped off to reveal the chrome. Ah, patina.

http://www.routinezero.com/bikes/wor...ageur_2_sm.jpg

So, yeah, there's some work to do here... but she rides great. And the wheels are as true as anything used that I've seen. I've had brand new wheels that weren't so true.

Are those the stock bars?

It seems like you've got acres of real estate on the ramps behind the brake levers!

bikemig 12-21-13 08:55 AM


Originally Posted by Hoss Cartright (Post 16322631)
Mine's pretty close to NOS. Wrong saddle, missing the toe-clips. Too small for me, hangs on the wall in my man-cave. The odometer says 111 miles.

http://www.jims59.com/vintageschwinn...ur_rt_rear.jpg

That's a serious blast from the past; I like it.

KenNC 12-21-13 02:32 PM

4 Attachment(s)
I have posted this before but since you ask....http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=356116http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=356117http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=356118http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=356119


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