1989 Huffy Vortex
Redefining "RAD" for the 21st Century.
As a kid back in the 80s I had always wanted a Huffy Vortex. But I never did get that one. Instead I ended up getting a Huffy Sonic 6 for Christmas. I think I was about 10 when the Vortex made its debut. But it's just as well because of course, being the careless, destructive kid that I was, it would have either been lost, stolen or wrecked over time. As was my Sonic 6. But even still, I remember wanting that bike and never getting one.
So fast forward to 2012 and I decide to try hard to locate one. I end up getting lucky and locating 2. Also I found a Sonic 6 just by mere chance and good timing during my Vortex search on ebay. So that gave me the idea to get both bikes and create a bad-ass Huffy hybrid and implement current modern parts & technology onto the bikes overall design & construction. Thus began the project.
Once I had all 3 bikes in my possession, I stripped them of anything that I wanted to use, and disregarded the rest. All I wanted from the Sonic 6 was the front shield and the gear shifter. The bike itself went to my friend. As for the Vortexes, well I had a lot of cleaning and repainting to do. But I had the idea for what I wanted it to look like in my head. The Knight Rider of BMX bikes. Mostly black. I never liked that the Vortex had white tires and red detailing. That had to change.
The shield & shifter were stripped clean of their original decals and then repainted. I wanted a really kool lion logo for the shield since I have a thing for white lions. The Detroit Lions logo seemed pretty much perfect, and easy to find a chrome decal the right size. I don't even watch football. lol But I heard they are doing good this year, so that's a plus.
Once everything was ready, I went to a really great local bike shop called Pedalers West. The staff there was very receptive of my idea and extremely helpful. Plus this is a full service shop with everything under the sun parts & tools wise. A guy named David did most of the reconstruction work with my direction of what I wanted. He really knows his BMX stuff and did a fantastic job bringing this idea to fruition.
And thus was born the Huffy "Sonic" Vortex. The only one of its kind (that I know of.) In the end it came out even better than I could have hoped for. There are some minor touch-ups that still need to be applied, such as repainting the seat post, but they'll get done. I thought they'd have a new one that I could get, but nothing of this exact size & shape, so David suggested keeping the original.
New non-original parts include the hand brakes, gear sprockets, chain, wheels, tires, cables, pads, handle grips, and pretty much every screw, nut, bolt & rod on & in this piece of work. Also some kool LED lights will soon be implemented as well to make it even more up to date & safe at night. I found a red rear light that has 5 LEDs that move back & forth like Knight Rider. Perfect
So that's pretty much the story here. As a now "responsible" adult, I am confident the bike will stay in great shape for years to come, and it rides like a dream. Smooth as silk. Lastly, the bike's new home will be Japan as of 2013, for that is where I am relocating to from L.A. Bikes over there are practically a way of life, and far more commonly used than that of a car. So it's time to represent American style & ingenuity over there where BMX bikes are concerned. :D
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