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#1 2007-12-10 9:31am

DirtBiter
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1981 AMF Hawk

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1981 AMF Hawk

Rare department store survivor

This is a 1981 AMF Hawk I recently accuired.Complete original bike. I changed out the crank to a mid 90's DB crank, but still have the original.Steel Lester mags. I've never seen this bike before. Anyone with some info would be cool.I noticed there was only one AMF in the museum, so I thought it would be great for refrence.


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#2 2007-12-29 6:09pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Yeah the bike is pretty cool and those mags rule. Be cool to one day do a whole exhibit of department store bikes. Im sure tons of BMXrs got their start on AMFs, Huffys, Murrays and Roadmasters.


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#3 2008-08-31 1:44pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

I had one of these circa 1892.  I beleive mine came from Service Merchandise or AAFES from Nellis Air Force Base.  Broke the forks riding "the whip" in east Las Vegas.


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#4 2008-09-10 11:27am

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

I had a AMF 'Hawk 1' new around 1981 or so. It was bought at a Woolworth's dept store here in Canada. Mine was a basic blue and chrome 'Hawk 1' (coaster brake, padded saddle, single bolt stem) but I remember there were 'Hawk 2' and 'Hawk 3'and maybe even 'Hawk 4' models. The owners manual pictured the various models available at Woolworths. The others were better equipped depending on the model featuring motomag wheels, pad sets, caliper brakes and anodized components. I clearly recall as a 9 or 10 year old drooling over a fully loaded AMF Hawk model with all the cool pieces of the time. But I was happy to get the basic model and wish I still had it today.

-Steve

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#5 2008-09-19 8:05pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

i got that very bike for my 9 thbirth day 2/7/81 i striped it except for mags and forks aded all aloy red and reline bars it got stolen in early 83 i thought i would never see one again i just bought bike on ebay that has that round hole in the same place

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#6 2009-01-18 5:43pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Isn't that the bike Mikey rode in Goonies

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#7 2009-01-20 12:48pm

shadow27
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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

I had this exact bike when I was a kid, in fact it had to be my first 20" bike. Mine had plain wire spoked wheels. My dad got it from a "mission" warehouse that he worked at when I was a kid. Stores would donate items that didnt sell over Christmas and they got a ton of cool things. They let him buy stuff cheap and it was a new bike at the time. I remember trying to pop a wheelie at about 9 years old and losing the front wheel. Yeah, that one hurt! Thanks for posting the cool old bike!

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#8 2010-02-03 6:00pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

My first BMX bike was a Hawk too.....got it around '81 as well.  Mine was blue with the coaster.  Great bike.....my dad picked it up at Service Merchandise too I believe.  Upgraded to a supergoose when it came time to start racing.  The Hawk was an awesome starter BMX bike though!!  Wish I still had mine!  Great job picking it up for the museum.....you brought back great memories for me!


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#9 2010-04-30 12:07pm

Nancy
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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Does anyone know about a AMF All Pro gas powered bike?

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#10 2010-04-30 12:44pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Sweet Survivor!


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#11 2010-05-09 2:24pm

jpaulf
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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Sweet find. I had an AMF Hawk III. I just googled it and found your thread. My frame was the same but red, same neck and fork. handle bars were not V-bars more of a "U" shape with a straight crossbar. coaster and rear caliper brakes. chain guard, frame and handlebar pads with vinyl covers as I recall. it had one piece cranks with a spocket that was way to small! after ten feet off the line every other bike in the neighborhood would overtake me. Not sure where it was purchased but I'm thinking it was around christmas 80 or 81. I'd love to see an original one today. nice site guys.

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#12 2012-05-24 11:21pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Killer bike. My buddy just picked up and rebuilt a hawk 6. I'm trying to get it lol, its a super cool bike. He has some good video of it posted on YouTube. His channel is called invalidtye. Check it out! Shimano 2 speed!


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#13 2012-07-03 7:04pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

My first BMX bike was an AMF Super Hawk bought at Alexander's Dept Store, the mags were aluminum or magnesium coated with a thick red plastic coating and had bright accents.   Loved that bike until I learned about "real" BMX bikes.  Due to gearing it was very, very fast on the street....I remember I raced my friend who was a BMX racer and had a cro-mo Torker with 3 pc cranks and all the bells and whistles, beat him over and over again, and he was older and much more muscular.


WTB Bully stem.
WTB Peregrine Super Pros, not pitted.
WTB Kuwahara freestyle stem engraved.
WTB Pro-Neck axle extenders, pegs

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#14 2012-07-03 7:20pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Just found out this is the bike used in "The Goonies" http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y40/goonies_boy/dataBike/GooniesBikeMikeyCrop.jpg


WTB Bully stem.
WTB Peregrine Super Pros, not pitted.
WTB Kuwahara freestyle stem engraved.
WTB Pro-Neck axle extenders, pegs

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#15 2012-07-03 7:35pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Mine is the red one.....now I kinda wish I still had it. http://i.ebayimg.com/t/1980-AMF-Roadmaster-HAWK-BMX-ad-page-/15/!B62gthw!2k~$(KGrHqIOKpgEy+jC)cqkBMygpJz7o!~~-1_3.JPG


WTB Bully stem.
WTB Peregrine Super Pros, not pitted.
WTB Kuwahara freestyle stem engraved.
WTB Pro-Neck axle extenders, pegs

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#16 2012-07-03 7:43pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

My parents actually sued AMF and won, the fork separated from the fork tube, my brother ended up landing face first gashing his chin requiring many stitches and left a scar that he has till today.  He was riding on flat ground.   Later we got the bike rewelded and the same bike cost me my front teeth, chain popped off I went flying over handlebars there went my teeth.....come to think of it that bike is like the devil!


WTB Bully stem.
WTB Peregrine Super Pros, not pitted.
WTB Kuwahara freestyle stem engraved.
WTB Pro-Neck axle extenders, pegs

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#17 2012-09-26 7:00pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Hi I'm Glenn. I had an AMF in 1980, my father bought it for me at a toy store, I think Toys R Us....it was blue and it had those same cool mags!!! seeing these pictures, I really wish I had it back now!!!!! do you know what type of fork it had? I remember the Tange fork on my friends bike, think it was a Mongoose or a Roger DeCoster

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#18 2012-09-26 7:42pm

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Re: 1981 AMF Hawk

Fork was AMF


WTB Bully stem.
WTB Peregrine Super Pros, not pitted.
WTB Kuwahara freestyle stem engraved.
WTB Pro-Neck axle extenders, pegs

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