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#1 2009-04-02 9:26am

kuwasakid
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1983 Kuwahara KYZ

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1983 Kuwahara KYZ

A classic looptail cromoly/Hi-ten steel frame with race components. One owner since 1983. Thanks to info from Gooser, I can call it a KYZ with confidence.

This was my first real BMX, which I got in 83. After seeing ET, I had to have a Kuwa. When I left home, it was lent to my cousin to get him to and from school. The bike was stored in my parents' garage in the 90s when he left school. I pulled it out in 2005 for restoration. UPDATE: My KYZ will soon be an ET with gold parts (similar to the ET-1 in the ad with the boy looking out of the window). The frame is being sprayed and I'll post pics as soon as the whole job is done. I'm making the ET the way I always wished it should've been, in 1983. I didn't like the original ET frame, which I thought felt clumsy and heavy, so I chose the KYZ due to the lighter frame and better racing components. But I remember always wishing my bike looked like an ET... just like Elliot's. Time to do something about that.

Thanks to Uli in Germany and Adam in the UK, I have a set of ET pads coming my way (two original 80s and repro handlebar pad).  I intend to use the ET pads for show, while the lightning pads will be used when riding. Kevin Murphy in the States is a great guy to get stuff from and to deal with, thanks sfor the lightning pads Kevin. This project is getting so exciting as I'm finding the more correct parts. So new pics will show the changes. Also a huge thanks to Howie Cohen with all his advice that helps me push this build to another level, beyond my expectations, and to my friend Grant Dekker for getting the framed sprayed. Bru, I'm so chuffed with the result.

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NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

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#2 2009-04-02 10:21am

markyp
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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

isnt that a kyz?because its a loopy??nice resto anyhows!love the kuwis

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#3 2009-04-02 2:50pm

kuwasakid
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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

Thanks. But there was a lengthy discussion on this bike in the name it section. I think from the answers given, KZ 2.5 seemed to come up more often. So I went with that. Thanks for the compliment. Kuwis are just so well made. I especially like the way the welding is done on both sides of each of the gussets. Small details like that really show what care is taken in the making of these bikes.


NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

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#4 2009-04-02 11:28pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

Nice Kuwi cool , it's cool that you still have it after all these years.


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#5 2009-04-03 12:47am

kuwasakid
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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

Yup, only one owner. I intend to keep it that way until I my son wants it.


NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

Keep it rad bru!!!!
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#6 2009-04-03 2:46am

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

It is so cool to here of dudes managing to hold on to the bikes of their youth.  Nothing replaces to actual bike you thrashed (and crashed) on BITD!


Into collecting BMX before old school was old school...

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#7 2009-04-03 4:08am

kuwasakid
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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

And I still have scars on my shins from those very pedals. So much of my history is in that bike. It may not be the most collectible BMX, but it sure is the most valuable BMX to me.


NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

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#8 2010-05-05 6:42pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

Nice bike bro....


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#9 2010-08-25 6:16pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

Home Phone...Beeee Gooood big_smile


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#10 2010-08-31 4:42am

kuwasakid
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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

lol Gooser, the good kids never have fun. It was much better to see how much mischief we could get up to on our bikes. After seeing ET we used to try and get the cops in our town to chase us. They almost caught us on a few occasions.


NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

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#11 2011-02-18 5:33am

AJ
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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

That wheelie pic is classic. Suits the bike---classic!

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#12 2011-02-18 11:55am

kuwasakid
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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

Thanks AJ. That pic was taken in our street, Belgrave Road in Kimberley in 83.


NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

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#13 2011-03-01 7:55pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

You know if you had a basket on the front with an alien in it you could have got the back wheel off the ground at the same time. big_smile

Saw this other kid do it, his name was Elliott.

Bikes looking good mate.


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#14 2011-03-04 1:25pm

kuwasakid
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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

Gooser you and everyone else must check out the ultimate ET collection. Look for Elliot. It will blow you away when you see what this guy has. I go to his page for inspiration.


NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

Keep it rad bru!!!!
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#15 2011-03-13 1:09am

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara KYZ

big_smile
Take some pics when you display it and post them.

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