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#1 2009-04-18 9:52pm

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1975 Mongoose Motomag

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1975 Mongoose Motomag

This is the oldest known Mongoose in the world... #10057 (the 57th one ever made).

This Mongoose belongs to Mel Stoutsenburger. Mel is a seminal BMX pioneer from the San Fernando Valley in California. He was a great racer in the earliest days of BMX and rode for Rick's Bike Shop among others. He also worked for Skip Hess at BMX Products along side of Rick Twomey during the early years. He was there from the beginning as a top racer and as an employee for one of the most important companies in the history of the sport. This is pretty much how some of the the first bikes were being raced back then, Banana seats, "Ape Hanger" bars and rubber pedals, etc. Notice the flared seat stay "Triangle Brace" which is indicative of the 1975 Mongoose. Keep in mind there were only 3 or 4 months of production where the frames had this feature. The brake tab is the original two-ply "Trapezoid" shape which was a characteristic of the very first run. Later versions of the '75 eventually came out with the one piece "Flattened Hourglass" shape which continued until brake tabs were phased out entirely sometime in 1979. This is probably one of the most important BMX bikes in America in my opinion... Not only is it one of the first factory made BMX frames ever manufactured, but it is also a perfect time capsule which has survived in it's original state, just as Mel raced it, some 34 years later.


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A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#2 2009-04-18 11:23pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Cool bit of history right there.. although the seat has seen it's better days. big_smile


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#3 2009-04-19 12:57am

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Sounds like you did your home work , thanks for filling us in .


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#4 2009-04-19 7:31am

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

I never had to really do any homework on this one... Mel told me all the details about it. This bike get's talked about a lot! smile


A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#5 2009-04-19 4:03pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

A true time capsule!


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

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#6 2009-04-19 7:39pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

awesome piece of bmx history cool

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#7 2009-04-20 11:19pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

yikes That's pretty awesome!


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#8 2009-04-25 2:28pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

a ratrod version of the first Goose! tongue


mongoose the bike that's built to fly

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#9 2009-04-29 12:14pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Gorgeous! It surely deserves to be kept as is. Awesome piece of history.

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#10 2009-05-03 4:41pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

some one get me a chair, that like way better than sex....I just wana ride it! I feal faint, this is perfection!!!


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#11 2009-05-13 6:23pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

sweet! like the padding lol


out with the new in with the old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! smile
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#12 2009-05-16 8:59pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

nice...


Looking for a 75 Mongoose

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#13 2009-05-28 5:45am

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

I love history lesson's, I grew up in the San Gabriel area.


I love my bikes!

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#14 2009-10-06 8:37pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

i love that this is possibly one of the most important bmx bikes in the world lol not saying it's not true i totally buy it i just think it's funny. immagine telling somone outside the hobby that they would be like what the f. awesome history

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#15 2009-10-06 8:42pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

i think there is an older one found in bristow OK.....secret secret:cool:coolbig_smile

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#16 2009-10-06 8:49pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Even without the deep rooted history you can tell just from the pics it has SOUL.
beutiful without being pretty!
I love it, belongs in a REAL life museum...


RIP Autumn Pasquale

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#17 2009-12-01 10:43pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

68l89 wrote:

i think there is an older one found in bristow OK.....secret secret:cool:coolbig_smile

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Umm... That would be a Racer X right? Not a "Mongoose" per say, but I know about that one... Very cool frame.

There is also the very first Mongoose ever made, called the "Black Bird". It's a prototype. Rarest of the rare, along with Magnesium Motomags. 

I know where it is... Just give me some time. LOL! cool


A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#18 2009-12-16 8:48am

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Awesome piece of history... wink


  Items like this always make me wonder:

  To properly be displayed and pay proper tribute, would you 

    A) keep it EXACTLY as is (ratty seat, rust, etc)

          Or
  B) should it be treated to a minor "refreshing"? back to its period correct glory.

       Before you answer, lets assume for a moment this would be displayed in your living room.   

       Just curious, as this is obviously a significant piece of our past. 

            Gar

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#19 2010-05-10 12:12pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Is there something wrong with me for finding this to be the sexiest bikes in the museum.


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#20 2010-05-10 12:30pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

agreed!

kuwasakid wrote:

Is there something wrong with me for finding this to be the sexiest bikes in the museum.

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#21 2010-05-10 1:06pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Cool bike:cool:

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#22 2010-05-15 2:41pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

smile

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#23 2010-08-06 10:54am

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

kuwasakid wrote:

Is there something wrong with me for finding this to be the sexiest bikes in the museum.

Aint nothing wrong w/you my brother. That bike oozes sexy

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#24 2010-08-07 11:41am

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Guyster wrote:

kuwasakid wrote:

Is there something wrong with me for finding this to be the sexiest bikes in the museum.

Aint nothing wrong w/you my brother. That bike oozes sexy

I agree


Looking for a 75 Mongoose

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#25 2010-08-07 12:03pm

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Re: 1975 Mongoose Motomag

Are you willing to trade? Any need for a left or right nut?










LoL, J/K  That thing is just insane!! Awesome bike.


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Looking for an early to mid 90's RObinson cruiser F/F.

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