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#1 2012-10-30 2:19am

Lixy
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1979 Madison Taipan

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1979 Madison Taipan

My custom build of the Aussie DB Large Pro!

The rare '79 looptail Madison Taipan, off the same Koizumi factory line as the identical (in every way, bar the gusset hole) Diamondback Large Pro frame of the same year but even harder to find.
Light and beautifully made, as one would expect from Koizumi, I can count on one hand the number of these Koizumi Taipan frames that I know exist. A documented history of the early Taipan frames is limited, but both the 1979 'VM' serial Taipans (mooted to have come out of the Kuwahara factory, using Tange tubing, as with the early 'VM' DB Large Pro) and the succeeding 1979 'baseball' Koizumi Taipans (noticeably better welds + a few other minor differences), appear to have been commissioned as simply a gusset variant to the Diamondback Pro on the same production lines. The history and development of these, Japanese manufactured, looptail Madison Taipan frames appears inextricably linked to that of the early DB Pros.
Restoration of all the parts and the design and fabrication of the decalset and padset was done by me personally (I love the hands-on stuff!). The frame was beautifully refinished in Super Yellow gloss powder coat by Roberto's Custom Powder. It's easy to see that the early DB aesthetic was my inspiration for the build design, the custom decals and padset. I've nicknamed the build Bumblebee as a tribute to the world-famous-in-New-Zealand yellow and black HMX-500 BMXs of the same era. I mean, when you find a Japanese built, American designed, Aussie frame, why not name it after a slice of Kiwi history? wink
There's heaps more pics of the finished build, along with a detailed build blog with lots of design and parts restoration pics on my BMX blog here: http://www.lixbmx.com/madison-taipan
PARTS LISTFrame: 1979 Koizumi Madison Taipan, 4130 Chromoly, baseball serialForks: Akisu, stamped 1980 Wheels: Skyway Tuff II, sealed bearing,  with Dicta 16T freewheelCranks: Takagi Tourney 170Chain ring: Takagi 130BCD 44TSeat clamp: SuntourStem: Sugino DBDecals: Custom Madison Taipan Pro Decals, inspired by the DB Large Pro set of the eraPads: Custom Madison Taipan Pro pads, inspired by the DB Large Pro pads of the eraSeat: Kashimax MX, black suedeBrakes: Dia Compe 890, stamped Feb 1982 (+ Odyssey Slim by Four clear pads)Brake Levers: Dia Compe MX124, stamped July 1985Brake Cables: Hi-Tech,Headset: Neco, aluminium, sealed bearingBars: Race Inc, aluminiumGrips: Oury WaffleTires: Kenda Comp IIIChain: Izumi Chainring bolts: ChromolySeat Post: Fluted aluminiumPedals: Cycle Pro TTK (early 80s) polished aluminiumBottom Bracket: YST sealed square taper

ADDITIONAL SPECSMaterial: 4130 Chromoly Frame weight: 2.295 kgHead Tube angle: 75°Seat Tube angle: 68°Top Tube length: 480mm (18 7/8")Frame weight: 2.295kg (5lb 1oz)Rear dropout thickness: 3mm (1/8")Wheelbase: 930mm (36 5/8")Bottom bracket height: 290mm (11 7/16")Chainstay length: 375mm (14 3/4")Serial stamp: Inside left rear dropout
My initial build design sketch...
http://www.lixbmx.com/images/Koizumi-Taipan/Koizumi_Madison_Taipan_LixBMX_sketch_anim800.gif

More pics...http://www.lixbmx.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Taipan2012-1952_1000.jpg

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The 'Bee 'n' Me...
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#2 2012-10-30 3:26am

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Excellent..Love the page lay-out ,Bikes not bad either....lol

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#3 2012-10-30 11:21am

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

AMAZING coolcoolcoolcoolcoolcoolcoolcoolcool


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#4 2012-10-30 4:19pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Typical Lixy build .... Very sweet cool


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#5 2012-10-30 7:49pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

My Lordy girl, this build is a stunner! yikes Your eye for detail and planning is inspired...this is one of my favorite customs, EVER!
My hat is officially off! winkcool


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#6 2012-10-31 6:59pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Great story and build, and nice to see something different!  cool

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#7 2012-10-31 8:05pm

Lixy
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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

classof70 wrote:

Excellent..Love the page lay-out, Bikes not bad either....lol

Haha, cheers bro - killer page layouts are where it's at. tongue

Axel10 wrote:

AMAZING coolcoolcoolcoolcoolcoolcoolcoolcool

Thanks man! Now all I need are some tasty waves and a cool buzz... wink

BMXDAZE wrote:

Typical Lixy build .... Very sweet cool

Cheers Mark! Almost as cool as your mean Apollos... almost! big_smile

scruffah wrote:

My Lordy girl, this build is a stunner! yikes Your eye for detail and planning is inspired...this is one of my favorite customs, EVER!
My hat is officially off! winkcool

I'm honoured by your hat removal Darren! Put it back on quick though bro, you'll get sun stroke or something, haha, it's 32 here in BrizVegas today! cool

In all seriousness though, I really appreciate your comments and support man, you're a legend. Can't wait to see that HMX500 of yours wink

MickRich393 wrote:

Great story and build, and nice to see something different!  cool

Thanks heaps for the kind words! Love your profile pic - I'm a big Hokusai fan! And you actually live in Kanagawa?! Too cool. smile


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ARTIST : DESIGNER : MUSICIAN : BMXER

'86 HEALING FREESTYLER | '14 COLONY PRODY LTD ED | '82 PROFILE 24" | '07 P.K. RIPPER TEAM

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#8 2012-11-01 4:06am

scruffah
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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

scruffah wrote:

My Lordy girl, this build is a stunner! yikes Your eye for detail and planning is inspired...this is one of my favorite customs, EVER!
My hat is officially off! winkcool

I'm honoured by your hat removal Darren! Put it back on quick though bro, you'll get sun stroke or something, haha, it's 32 here in BrizVegas today! cool

In all seriousness though, I really appreciate your comments and support man, you're a legend. Can't wait to see that HMX500 of yours wink

Ha ha, i have a skinhead cut too so burning the noggin is an all too real occurance lol No worrys Lixy, credit where its due...you are beating most of the boys at their own game anyways, any builder would/should be taking notes on your builds...they are up there cool


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...and i had a bicycle accident that actually made my penis bigger..." - Sean

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#9 2012-11-02 2:02pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

That is one sweet little gem well done as always Lixy:D

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#10 2012-11-08 3:26am

Lixy
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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Fishie wrote:

That is one sweet little gem well done as always Lixy:D

Thanks heaps man!


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'86 HEALING FREESTYLER | '14 COLONY PRODY LTD ED | '82 PROFILE 24" | '07 P.K. RIPPER TEAM

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#11 2012-12-02 8:03pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Beautiful bike ...!  From Alaska!

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#12 2012-12-02 9:02pm

Lixy
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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

oddballlover wrote:

Beautiful bike ...!  From Alaska!

Cheers bro! Hope you're keeping warm up there! cool


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ARTIST : DESIGNER : MUSICIAN : BMXER

'86 HEALING FREESTYLER | '14 COLONY PRODY LTD ED | '82 PROFILE 24" | '07 P.K. RIPPER TEAM

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#13 2012-12-19 4:47am

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

wow this a beautiful build. cool


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#14 2013-02-23 11:34pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Clever and creative! Love the custom decals and pads...very cool!

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#15 2013-03-26 1:28am

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Really cool nice blog also.... Well done, wish there were more rad chicks into it smile especially here in sweden lol

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#16 2013-03-26 1:51am

Lixy
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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Fulthrotle73 wrote:

wow this a beautiful build. cool

Stoked you dig it! Thank you! cool

Brix wrote:

Clever and creative! Love the custom decals and pads...very cool!

Thanks so much dude, the custom decals and pads were a lot of fun to design and make smile

olnordicflyer wrote:

Really cool nice blog also.... Well done, wish there were more rad chicks into it smile especially here in sweden lol

I wish there were more rad chicks into old school BMX too man, sometimes I definitely feel like the odd one out in this scene... haha. Thanks heaps for your praise of my blog, really glad to hear you enjoyed it smile

Sending you a big 'Hi' all the way from Australia to Sweden!

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#17 2013-07-09 9:57pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Insanely cool.. Loved seeing this come together!! Page layout is awesome.. Love the creativity and attention to detail.. Way to think outta the box and do these builds the way you do em Lixy. Great work.

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#18 2013-08-28 4:10am

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Churrrrr bro!!!
Here's the thing..that build is simply ART.
Ticked every freakn box mate.
Btw my pride and joy is my hmx500 even like it over my 1980 s'goose as its the poverty pack that every kid had back in nz that I couldn't even afford.
S.E,Goose wasn't even on the radar therefore I have no emotional connection to the high end of town.
Actually won heaps of motos against the rich kids borrowing my mates hmx (we used to share between motos bitd)
Paul (melbourne)

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#19 2013-09-09 4:04am

kerm
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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Welcome To The Dark Side Lixy / The Other Side (site) lol lol lol

& Bee + all your Great Builds.

Kerm

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#20 2013-11-18 2:08am

Lixy
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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

FRESH wrote:

Insanely cool.. Loved seeing this come together!! Page layout is awesome.. Love the creativity and attention to detail.. Way to think outta the box and do these builds the way you do em Lixy. Great work.

Thanks so much man! smile

stuthompson4president wrote:

Churrrrr bro!!!
Here's the thing..that build is simply ART.
Ticked every freakn box mate.
Btw my pride and joy is my hmx500 even like it over my 1980 s'goose as its the poverty pack that every kid had back in nz that I couldn't even afford.
S.E,Goose wasn't even on the radar therefore I have no emotional connection to the high end of town.
Actually won heaps of motos against the rich kids borrowing my mates hmx (we used to share between motos bitd)
Paul (melbourne)

Haha, wicked! #Bumblebee4Lyfe

kerm wrote:

Welcome To The Dark Side Lixy / The Other Side (site) lol lol lol

& Bee + all your Great Builds.

Kerm

Hey Kerm!! Hope you're well bro and that Apollo is riding smoothly smile Bee says hi wink


Chick, bike builder, flatland rider, endangered species.

ARTIST : DESIGNER : MUSICIAN : BMXER

'86 HEALING FREESTYLER | '14 COLONY PRODY LTD ED | '82 PROFILE 24" | '07 P.K. RIPPER TEAM

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#21 2013-12-15 11:06am

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Very slick bike. That's an  Awesome layout on page. Attention to detail is amazing. Very nice. Cool to have the ladies building stuff. VERY cool

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#22 2013-12-15 12:49pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Wow great profile on that bike, looks mean and fast. cool


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#23 2013-12-15 2:36pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

84HaroSport wrote:

Very slick bike. That's an  Awesome layout on page. Attention to detail is amazing. Very nice. Cool to have the ladies building stuff. VERY cool

Thanks! Haha, yeah... we're few and far between! It'd be awesome to see more women getting into it. There are at least 3 of us that I know of building/riding/collecting old school and midschool bikes here in Queensland, Australia, which is a good start. smile

Backinthesaddle44 wrote:

Wow great profile on that bike, looks mean and fast. cool

Totally mean and fast!! wink It's light and beautifully balanced, always one of my favourites to ride! Cheers dude!


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ARTIST : DESIGNER : MUSICIAN : BMXER

'86 HEALING FREESTYLER | '14 COLONY PRODY LTD ED | '82 PROFILE 24" | '07 P.K. RIPPER TEAM

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#24 2015-02-11 2:41pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Very pimp ride !  Quite unique and very cleanly built.  FAVEd just now.    Nice!

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#25 2015-07-01 8:05pm

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Re: 1979 Madison Taipan

Stunning! Great job. cool


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