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#1 2008-05-26 10:05am

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1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

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1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

Taiwanese Roadway (Model SK-101) Master Series - Curb Master 14" freestyle scooter survivor with upgraded parts. Rebuilt may 2008.

I found this awesome 14" freestyle scooter in well used condition from a guy in Germany. Thank you Tom! In the time of purchase the scoot had no brakes, pegs or rotor and it needed some cleaning. Good cleaning. It also came with one of those crazy "Scooter heads" figures (Homer Simpson) attached to the handlebars, who knows why. But that alone was a good enough reason to get this machine.
Anyway, freestyle scooters are a whole new experience for me. I have never owned or ridden one ever in my life. Freestyle scooters never really landed here in Finland and the scooter craze was more less over by the time i got into freestyle bikes. But i remember seeing those scoots allover in the magazines in the late 80's but i didn't really care nor paid much attention to them. These scooters fall into the undefined twilight zone category, more less. They are not exactly a bike or a skateboard, either. In fact they were pretty confusing piece of work in all the variety of frame designs, spare decks with silly slogans like NoPed or hence, the "Curb Master". Maybe they're the bastard son of BMX invented for people who can't choose between a bike and skateboard. But i know it took me some 20 years to realize how much FUN they are and now that i do, there is no way back! I'm hooked. Big time. But better late than never they say.
"Roadway"
Now that if anything sounds like a generic taiwanese brand, which it pretty obviously is. The frame appears to be made of hi-ten steel, no way this is chromoly but that's cool. And looking at the bent down tubes caused by aggressive stylin' there's no doubt about it. I was happily surprised to find out these things have serial numbers and why wouldn't they? Cool. So maybe there is actually a Roadway cousin somewhere out there in the world who knows. The steering angle is laid back to say the least, it's not like uncomfortably laid back but i wouldn't mind having a slightly quicker steering angle, either. The frame and fork have the original paint and original set of decals which is very nice bonus. Some battle scars here and there on the frame & forks and plenty of them in the bottom from curb slides, grinds and whatnot but they kinda add to the street cred character and ofcourse history of this vehicle so they're cool too. Besides, how could you call it the "Curb Master" without some scars huh? I have never heard of "Roadway" before but who cares! Generic doesn't mean it couldn't ROCK! Right?
Ever since i saw the auction photo i thought "that baby needs not only TLC but also some decent parts on it and it needs them bad". So, i have upgraded the scoot with various quality parts like Dia-Compe Tech 6 (128) levers, Tange Spin-Z rotor, ODI Mushroom grips, beat up CW stem and GT pegs, Dia-Compe Bulldog brakes and Dia-Compe Freestyle brake pads to make it more trick looking. I even added the Freestylin' stickers and a handlebar pad for those definitive and era correct stylin' looks.
When the scoot arrived the first thing i was worried the most were the gumwall tires because i knew they would be victims of merciless dry-rot. At first glance they looked bad. But after some thorough cleaning and polishing with few coats of silicone, they turned out looking "ok" and more importantly, they still function despite those rotten gumwalls. New black wall tires just wouldn't have been the same, wouldn't they?
The costs on this build were consciously kept at minimum because i wanted to join the club called "i just used some leftover parts i had lying around the house" using spare parts from my all my previous builds and projects. All i needed to purchase new was a fresh set of inner tubes and cables. The scoot alltogehter cost me somewhere around 90 USD with shipping.
Conclusion:
So, this is my first freestyle scooter i have ever owned or ridden and so far it simply kicks ass!! I love it. Forget those folding alloy new school toy scooters with them horrible rollerblade wheels because they're just a waste of time and money and get youself (or you kids) kickin' on a REAL freestyle scooter they can be proud of!! They're out there still, just keep your eyes open.
Rideablity:
Before anything else, scooters are loads of fun!! However it requires quote a bit of leg muscles if you're actually going farther than just the driveway or your local street. Kicking this thing around the city is definitely faster than on a skateboard but obviously slower than on a bike. The steering angle on this creation is waaay mellow, you can easily see that in the pics. Therefore there isn't much leg room to really get good solid hard kicks without a) pushing the scoot forward a bit simultaneosly on each kick b) and, it makes steering this thing quite a task. Due to mellow steering angle, and because of it, bars pushed way forward, means the front end will want to tuck in very easily if you're not careful. It's very responsive (in a bad way) and that's not good if you're going fast, say on a downhill. So you have to be very cautious with this thing until you get used to it. Brakes work surprisingly well! Seems as if the Dia Compe freestyle pads is the perfect combo with those plastic rims. I might change the grips as the stretched Mushrooms feel too big and mushy.
Thanks for reading.

Parts & Specs:

* Frame: 14" Roadway Master Series "Curb Master" Freestyle scooter
* Construction: Steel
* Serial #: K 87 60093
* Fork: steel 1" threaded, for 14" wheels (original stck)
* Headset: Tioga Beartrap 2 w/additional rotor cup (NOS)
* Stem: CW freestyle 21.1 quill (used)
* Handlebars: generic Team Cycle type with high positioned cross bar, 27" by 9½" (original stock)
* Grips: ODI Mushroom (used)
* Bar ends: ODI (new, modified)
* Levers: Dia Compe Tech 6 "128" (used)
* Detangler system: japanese made Tange "Spin-Z" rotor, aluminum body, steel gyrating rotor (NOS)
* Wheels: [i][i]14-inch, 5-spoked nylon/plastic mag wheels w/caged bearings made by
[/i]Great Plastic Industrial Co.LTD type: "R-B Type, Free Style, Steel-Lon" ..whatever that stands for (original stock)
* Tires: Kenda 14" x 2.125" Comp III style tread black/gumwall ..with slight case of dry rot but nothing a little spray silicone couldn't handle (original stock)
* Tubes: Kenda 14" x 2.125" schrader (auto) valve w/red dice valve caps
* Pegs: GT alloy, threaded 26T (used)
* Brakes/pads front: Dia-Compe 884 Bulldog w/black Dia-Compe Freestyle pads (used)
* Brakes/pads rear: Dia-Compe 884 Bulldog w/black Dia-Compe Freestyle pads (used)
* Rear cable(s): teflon coated upper/lower (new)
* Front cable: Shimano (new)
* Deck: Fiberglass deck  with "Curb Master" print, bleached for getting rid of yellowness (original stock)
* Wheelbase:  (axle-to-axle) 38½"
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Previous updates:
* October 2008: switched to white Dia Compe Tech 6 ("128") levers and moved the blue Odyssey RX-3 levers for upcoming another 14" scooter project. The white Dia Compe levers do have scars but so does the whole scoot so they match perfectly.

* Replaced the red Skyway Tuffpads with black Dia Compe freestyle pads for superior (noise & discoloration free) braking performance.
* Also changed the white dice caps to red ones to maintain the color balance.
* Added a "Speed Metal" sticker to the bars for the hell of it. Guess it's new school brand of some sort as i have no idea, but it looks cool.
* Last but definitely not least, put Homer back (after a bath) to where he truly belongs smile


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#2 2008-05-26 12:13pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

Vau! Onko toi sun uusin löytösi? tongue

Wow! Is that your latest catch? tongue

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#3 2008-05-26 1:30pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

Joo, saksan ebaystä vähän aikaa sitten. Olisit vaan nähnyt missä kunnossa se oli alunperin, puhdistettavaa riitti smile Mä lisäsin siihen jarrut, stemin, gripit, rotorin, jarrukahvat ja tapit sekä tietysti tankoon pädin jossa on salama. Se oli sitä ennen melko pelkistetty ilman mitään. Nyt sillä uskaltaa sentään vetää tuolla kadulla. Tarkoitus on lisätä kuvia sinne reunaan kunhan ehdin.

Yep it is. Added some decent quality parts like the brakes, rotor, levers, pegs and whatnot. When i got it there was just the frame, fork, wheels, tires, bars, stem and some horrible generic grips all coveres in dirt and grime from the years.

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#4 2008-05-26 2:45pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

The "before" pic, check out the Homer:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/Timo2Fresh/Curb%20Master%20Scoot/CurbMasterscooter.jpg

The bold "after" pic after the facelift:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/Timo2Fresh/Curb%20Master%20Scoot/CurbMaster250520083copy.jpg

One thing that has sort of been bothering me whenever i have viewed some of the scooters here or elsewhere is, there are quite a few awesome freestyle scooters among the bike collectors but only rarely, if ever, i see someone actually RIDING them.

Well, we are going to take care of that right now..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/Timo2Fresh/Curb%20Master%20Scoot/Scooterradness240520083copy.jpg
Footplant at the local kiddie pool.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/Timo2Fresh/Curb%20Master%20Scoot/Scooterradness2405200813copy.jpg
"2 Fast 4 You"

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Scuffin'

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/Timo2Fresh/Curb%20Master%20Scoot/Scooterradness240520084copy.jpg
Even had the missus kicking it one footed smile

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Summer, here i come!

Thanks,

-Timo

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#5 2008-05-26 8:59pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

Dude I got to get me one of those yours is freakin awesome.


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#6 2008-05-28 6:54am

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Haha! lol Those riding pics is awesomes! Is those pool pics from ''tattipuuli''? big_smile

I'm pretty sad because i just sold my GT sad I maybe bought sometime new and better!

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#7 2008-05-28 7:00am

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LOL, thanks Lasse. big_smile Yeah those pics were infact shot at "tattipool" in Töölö.

Minkä takia menit myymään GT:n? Sehän oli hieno.

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#8 2008-05-28 12:04pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

etkai sä vihaa  ua ku mä menin sen myymään? sad oli niin iso rahantarve muutenkin uuteen pyörään.

http://www.huuto.net/fi/showitem.php3?itemid=79392040 what you gonna say about that cool
i think to buy that wink




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#9 2008-05-28 1:54pm

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Heh, no en tod big_smile
Toi Murray on ihan hieno.

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#10 2008-06-10 10:53pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

nice scooter and good job. lots of fun have a few myself

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#11 2008-06-11 4:05am

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

Thanks koondogg.

The scooter (with yours truly posing) was featured in the june issue of a local freebie magazine called We Are Helsinki "shopping on a budget". An article about flea markets/flea market finds although mine was purchased from german ebay it goes with the theme. It's a full page, A5 size, 20.000 printed copies and distributed here in the capital Helsinki area. Pretty stoked about it. A friend of mine who works as a photographer (Kai Kuusisto) took the photo and asked if it was okay to use it. I said sure, why not.

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#12 2008-07-15 7:10pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

wow dude, i just picked up a light blue one, for only $6!!! it just needs a new back brake cable, new tires, and new back mag,

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#13 2008-07-15 11:26pm

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You mean Roadway Curb Master? Sounds like a great deal! Post pics please if you can, curious to see it in blue! Congrats man.

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#14 2008-07-17 11:38am

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Thanks man! big_smile

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#15 2008-08-04 6:52pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

That Yellow Scooter is FRESH

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#16 2008-09-09 12:51pm

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It's 2-Fresh big_smile
No seriously, thanks so much for the kind words. Lookign forward to update the levers in the near future because i need the blue RX's for other project.

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#17 2008-09-18 8:06pm

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Dude, you love that scoot and rightfully so. I just picked up a Mongoose one at a swapmeet for $10. I found some 12" comp III gumwall lookalikes and a new set of brakes and grips, a little going thru new grease, pad bolts and gave it to my 7 year old. He folded up his razor and has not ridden it since! All the neighborhood kids are green with envy!!! Too bad all kids don't have a chance to get one. Heck, someone start making these again and you'll be a millionaire by New Years Eve!!!


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#18 2008-10-11 2:23am

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You know Seano72, i have been thinking the same many times. Kids these days with their folding alloy scooters don't have any idea what they're missing! Inflatlable tires, much better performance than those silly small rollerblade wheels. A proper deck to stand/do tricks on. Real handlebars instead of short pice of straight alloy acting as a handlebar, real brakes, real brake levers, pegs, gyro/rotor, real grips etc. etc. the list goes on and on. And most importantly, killer graphics! lol!
In fact, theese old style scooter are still around and being made but their quality is terrible, they are like the worst quality chinese crap. However the frame geometrics are more or less the same to what you and i are used to, so that's one thing that hasn't changed. Usually they're 16" though, not 12" or 14" which is a shame. Let me  find a pic..

Ok, here are couple examples of what you might stumble upon browsing ebay. Cheap, low end chinese made scooters which use the ever-popular frame design, but have horrible knock-off parts. I'm not sying mine has the best Q parts in the world, but come on, just look at these things! If you're familiar at all with 80's freestyle scooters you're bound to notice that the quality in these is just terrible. There's something not right and they scream CHEAP!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/Timo2Fresh/Curb%20Master%20Scoot/16inchchinesescoot2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/Timo2Fresh/Curb%20Master%20Scoot/16inchchinesescoot.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/Timo2Fresh/Curb%20Master%20Scoot/12inchchinesescoot.jpg

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#19 2008-10-12 3:33pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

Scoot updated with white D-C tech 6 levers for ultimate colour balance and ofcourse with all new photos.

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#20 2008-12-02 4:41pm

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

how much i can offer 89.00 or trade 94 diamondback viper

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#21 2008-12-02 10:45pm

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It's not for sale, sorry.

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#22 2009-06-23 2:55pm

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verey cool build!cool  love what you did with that scooter.


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#23 2009-08-06 7:20am

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Re: 1987 Roadway SK-101 Curb Master

hi  your scooter is cool i was wounding if u ever hourd of a freestyle scooter called team cycle? i can find some bmx parts named team cycle from the 80s   but not hole bikes or scooters. the scooter has the band brake like the old mongoose in the early 80s. thanks for your time.

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#24 2009-08-13 7:03pm

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lol i think i have this same scooter , its got the same frame , serial number is sb-75u1684 lol im guessing mines a lil older , stripping it down now and removing old chrome to get powder coated , sick bro sick


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#25 2009-08-13 7:12pm

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was the plastic foot plate made by chang plastic industry co ltd ? , it'll say on the underside ?


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