1987 Redline RL-20II
Replica of a friends bike back in 87/88
Redline RL20II Replica
Ok, so I’ve been working on this for a while. I’m calling it pretty much finished at this point. There’s one piece that isn’t correct, but tired of looking for it, and will find it eventually.
Here’s my RL20II replica of a guy's bike that inspired me to get into freestyle back in the 80’s. I was 12ish, and he was probably 16/17 years old. He and his group of friends rode around town, all sported the best bikes of the late 80’s. In my eyes, they were some of the best freestylers I had ever seen. I didn’t get to any of the shows in the big city, as I grew up in a small town about 1.5 hours south of St Paul/Minneapolis.
Anyway, these guys were my inspiration, even though I (and my friends) took a lot of heat from them. They’d mess with us constantly, put chocolate bars on our seats, take our quarters at the “Ice Cream Shoppe" (Favorite local hangout w/ Super Mario Bros), little things like that. Really, it was just a part of growing up. It was all harmless, and either way, we all wanted to be like these guys.
Back to the bike. So Chris had top notch bikes, as did the rest. Most rode Haro, including him, until 88. He had an 88 Haro Team Master, and then bought a Black RL20ii. It might as well have been compared to him rolling up in a Ferrari in our small town. All the Haros were beautiful, of course, but this was different, exotic even… The sight of the bike is forever burned into my brain.
So, last year, I stumbled upon some old pictures of us at a local show, and saw the bike again. Immediately, I wanted to re-create it.
Here are some of the old pictures of him:
And of course… Me.. haha!
Here’s the bike!
I tried to capture as much of the detail as I could. Again, he moved all of the 88 Team Master parts over to the RL20II F/F. Of course the gyro didn’t work, so he went with a SpinTech stem. Only thing I couldn’t source (If anyone has one, please let me know), was what I believe was an 87 GT Seat. Hard to tell by the photos, but I’m sure that’s what it was. One of the coolest things I found, was a Haro Team Disc, with original stickers on the back of it. Only addition that I’d like to do, besides the Seat, is grab some repop decals perhaps for the seat post.
All original paint, and original parts..
So, here it is!
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