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#1 2009-08-16 8:11am

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Complete Pink '85 Haro Master finally found

After searching over 6 years, I finally was able to get one of these. The story I've been told and have somewhat confirmed, is that it was a trial color used on 5 Masters and 5 Sports in late '85. This one is serial 85112814. So now this is the only complete, but member 84MASTER has owned a pink frame set for several years, and a guy down South has a pink frame only he has owned since new. Member VERT1GO has a complete Sport, and 84MASTER has a Sport frame only with very little original pink paint left in the bb shell.

The only parts changed on this bike were the tires (it had a Snakebelly on it), the brake cables (originals were broke) and the grips (the originals were black Tri's, at least when I got it). Entire bike was completely cleaned and non factory stickers removed.

It was found by a young lady at a garage sale in North Jersey. She phoned pics to her husband who has been a very good customer and friend of mine since I started C4. Before he even picked it up, he called me to arrange a deal knowing exactly what it was and how long I've been trying to find one.

I was very proud to display it at Brian P's knowing his show would be the most appropriate, and it would fit well with the kind of bikes a lot attending appreciate.

Thanks to all the people that commented on it at Summer Slam, and big thanks to Brian P for making it his "pick" for the show.

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#2 2009-08-16 8:24am

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Rad... That's all I can say, and thanks for the background on the bike as well. Crazy that Haro released the 10 trial colors to the public. That was true market research I guess, BITD.

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#3 2009-08-16 8:30am

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As cool as you said it was!  Nice find Chip!


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#4 2009-08-16 8:44am

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So are you going to get someone to powder it? LOL


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#5 2009-08-16 8:55am

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You're search is over...awesome Chip!!!!


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#6 2009-08-16 8:57am

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Awesome save. The wear only improves the bike because it was used as intended.


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#7 2009-08-16 9:39am

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Super cool bike.  I bet it was a big hit at Brian P's.  Nice to have a rare piece of history right there.


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#8 2009-08-16 9:51am

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Re: Complete Pink '85 Haro Master finally found

that was one of the bikes that stood out at brians. i walked up to it and looked it over. i was thinking ,someone must have painted this thing way back, ive never seen a pink master. that was one of the best bikes there.i think i met you at some point in the day.very nice  i love those kind of bikes. cool


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#9 2009-08-16 9:58am

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Super cool find; it sure is "pretty in pink" The blue on it really matches well.


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#10 2009-08-16 11:58am

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real sweet find a true piece of history.

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#11 2009-08-16 12:37pm

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Re: Complete Pink '85 Haro Master finally found

glenn1011 wrote:

So are you going to get someone to powder it? LOL


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+1 lol, nice find Chip and even better, very nice of your friend to hook you up with the bike.
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#12 2009-08-16 12:39pm

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sweet bike big_smilebig_smile  BTW love the bike stand....


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#13 2009-08-16 1:25pm

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Re: Complete Pink '85 Haro Master finally found

This just shows those who don't know, I'm a collector at heart and don't powder, or pit/cruiser convert everything. My daughter now wants a pit version, but we won't be using this bike to make it. The beer was part of the awards given at the show.


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#14 2009-08-16 1:30pm

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Very cool Chip, you know own one of the rarest Haros in existence!  Pretty amazing feeling.  If you can please post more photos.  One of these days, maybe our bikes will meet up for the first time since they were made in 1985 smile  Naturally, if you're ever compelled to sell that bike, please let me know!

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#15 2009-08-16 1:36pm

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Great find Chip.  I'm friends with 84master and I love his Pink Haro finds.  He has a PINK Master and SPORT!

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#16 2009-08-16 3:29pm

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Chip, it looks like you and I are the only ones that own factory completes in this color.  That pink Master just looks killer, what a score!

My Sport resides on a stand right next to my dusty GHP for now, until my BMX room is finished here.

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#17 2009-08-16 3:46pm

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Re: Complete Pink '85 Haro Master finally found

I was contacting 84MASTER almost anually for several years trying to buy his frame set. He was kind enough to "loan" me the forks to get the color matched about 4 years ago. Until I got this bike, I had never actually seen an original pink frame in person. I have to imagine that of the two others left, at least one was put away like that Sport was. Hopefully someday it will surface. This one, and the other two found, have been rode hard. The lady that sold it told my friends she knew it was unique from her son who owned it. I can only wonder if he knows it was sold.


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#18 2009-08-16 4:07pm

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thats awesome!! congrats on the find!


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#19 2009-08-16 4:18pm

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I think it would be really cool if another surfaces, but also remember that these bikes were owned by kids back in the day, and the idea of collecting bikes or them becoming special one day would have seemed very strange.  After all of these years, I would think if someone was intentionally keeping a pink Haro specifically as a collector piece, it would surely have surfaced on one of these message boards.  I guess time will tell.  Every time I look at mine, I'm amazed at how well preserved it is.  It literally looks NOS - the finish looks so smooth and new.  I've managed to talk to the original owner several times, and he told me the story about this bike and how he never rode it partly because of its color, and also because he was riding another bike at the time.  He said his mom loved the color pink, and she bought the bike to surprise him. LOL!

 

#20 2009-08-16 4:49pm

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I bought one from a neighbor back in 88. Pink Master, Sugino stamped 400 cranks and black Z-rims. The kid needed 50 more bucks to buy a GT so people would stop ragging him about riding a pink bike. My Dad was a car painter so we stripped it and painted it black. I remember the cranks being a real PITA to remove. If i knew then how rare it was it would've stayed pink.


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#21 2009-08-16 5:19pm

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Hi Chip smile I'm glad you found your pink one!

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#22 2009-08-16 5:22pm

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nice find.  that thing was sweet at the summerslam..i unfortunetly didn't get to meet you there


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#23 2009-08-16 5:57pm

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I would have loved to stay near it and talk to people all day, but the heat drained me in a minute, most of the day I just stayed planted in the shade only watching people shake thier heads at it. Of the people I did talk to about it, more then a few thought it was repainted pink back in the day or something because they never heard they were offered in pink. To my friends who are Hutch or other brand collectors, I tell them it's almost like finding an original candy green Trickstar. I've heard similar stories of those over the years.
I bought a set of NOS pink Sport decals from flannel Camel years ago, and Dan bought a set of Master decals from Earl a while back. We used both sets on repainted NOS frames after I got the color. That was as close as I ever got to owning one before.
I was told that a certain dealer known to have a lot of rare stuff actually had an NOS Master frame in pink, but the story was a bit mixed up at times, and it has not surfaced yet. I've chased many stories over the years, it was nice that this one just came to me.

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#24 2009-08-16 6:21pm

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Chip - I was really glad you brought this one along yesterday. It is a true unicorn and it was definitely a hit! I can vouch for chip chilling at the event...posted a pic of you on the official slam thread!

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#25 2009-08-16 6:57pm

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Re: Complete Pink '85 Haro Master finally found

I remember a kid riding a pink sport back in 86 or 87 in Strongsville Ohio in a drug store parking lot.  Until I became a member here I didn't know that they had any pink ones, I thought the kid had repainted it.

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