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#1 2015-01-29 12:40pm

Leviathan
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1977 Raleigh Rampar

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1977 Raleigh Rampar

My Childhood BMX Bike

Thanks to Glynnyboy and Greg for helping me to aquire this frame and fork.  I've been searching for a blue one like this for many years.  This frame is identical to my childhood BMX race bike, which was given to me by my best friend when I was 14, (he had a red one).  A handful of these Raleigh/Rampars were sold locally here in Colorado.  One red, one blue and one gold ano frame, (at least to my knowledge) and all three that were sold here had a Rampar "R" head-badge riveted onto the front (like the steel frames).  This is unlike any other Raleigh Rampar's that I've seen since, which leads me to believe that this may have been a local thing that the shop did and not a factory thing. 
Like many kids obsessed with BMX, this bike was everything to me.  I'd never owned a good BMX bike before this, we just couldn't afford one. My life seemed to revolve around it and it was nothing for me to ride 30-40 miles on a Saturday. I'd hand wash her twice a week and tear down the headset, axles and BB to replace the grease at least every month.  When I first got the bike, she was blue with many red parts, which I traded with my friends over the next 2 years, to get her all blue (except for the Race Inc. "centerline's" which I spray bombed on my own).  I also remember drilling the rivets off the Rampar head badge and placing a Race Inc. decal on it (I thought Race Inc. was super-cool).  As you can imagine, I was devistated when she was stolen in 1983, the day after I moved to Thornton, CO.  I had no idea of how rare this frame was then, I just thought it was another Race Inc. made frame.  It would take about 30 years to find out why.  Unlike most Race Inc. built frames which were just re-decaled RA-7's, this frame was specifically made for Rampar.  This was a 18 3/8" frame,  a perfect fit between their RA-8 or "Jr." (17") and the RA-7 (20") and  a perfect fit for my 14 y.o. height and 100 lb. weight. 
I am currently building this bike the way mine was BITD and I will add pics when it's all done.  The frame and decals are og and in survivor condition, the parts I use to build it will be as well. I also wanted to save one pic to display this frame the way it was, when purchased by it's original owner.   
 
UPDATE: Bike is now complete, here is my list of parts, built from memory of 1982. '77 Raleigh Rampar frame Race Inc. "centerline" fork Race Inc. chromoly bars Oakley 3 grips Araya 7X rims Shimano DX LF hubs Kashimax Aero seat Xcaliber clamp Fluted seat post Haro Series One plate Tuf-Neck stem [tiger/square] Flitecamo pads set Takagi MX OPC Takaki spider MKS BMX-7 pedals Sugino 44t sprocket 80's snakebelly tires DC MX 1000 rear cliper DC Tech 2 brake lever Matthauser finned shoes ODI bb dust boot


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Last edited by Leviathan (2015-03-08 1:04pm)


Looking for: Rampar aluminum BMX Frame (looks like Race Inc. Jr), Race Inc. forks, Cycle Pro Foiler's, Spoiler's, Laguna GT's & FMF's in original finish. Needed: Shimano DX or PD pedals blue, IRC Snakebelly 1.75".

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#2 2015-01-29 1:19pm

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

Nice starting point,can't wait to see it all built up.


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#3 2015-01-29 2:16pm

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

Nice, I've seen a Stamped rampar SR ms300 stem a few times...

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#4 2015-01-30 3:55am

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

Nice job Leviathan! Great story. It's nice to see the frame that started the whole thing. I'll check back for updates. It'll be awesome to see it finished. cool


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#5 2015-01-30 4:18am

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

I too am currently tracking down an old Rampar that I had as a kid. I thought it was a Race Inc. bike as well, but after reading your post a few months ago, I realized what it was. I know the last known location of the bike, I just need to gain access to the property to look for it.

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#6 2015-01-30 4:35am

TaylorRides
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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

I am so happy for you.  I am still on the hunt for my childhood bike.  EDIT:  Childhood bike has been found and should be home soon!!!

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#7 2015-01-30 11:41am

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

So so cool. Cant wait to see it built. Awesome story too.


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#8 2015-02-11 1:35pm

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

^ all the above  coolcoolcool

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#9 2015-03-09 5:18pm

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

Beautiful addition to your collection, Ron!  This one is siiiick!


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#10 2015-03-09 6:32pm

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

More Aluminum Porn-THANKS... big_smile


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#11 2015-03-14 2:27pm

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

Ron,

If this is like the one you had as a kid, it's no wonder why you keep chasing these Bill Bastian bikes.

This one's a beaut and it's an instant fave.

Best,

Ivan


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#12 2015-03-21 9:43pm

Shotgun
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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

Well, the bike that I thought might be a Rampar turned out to not be. I could have sworn that there were two holes in the head tube, but they were not there, but I got my bike back!!

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#13 2015-06-08 9:51pm

jimmy65
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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

cool bike great story  great memory,reminds me of my pk, thanks

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#14 2015-10-07 2:30pm

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

I had a blue Race Inc. at one point that looked really close to this. I thought they were cool as well. I don't understand what came first? did Raleigh make these for race inc OR did race inc make them for Raleigh?

anyway, great bike and story ... glad you got it

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#15 2016-07-05 6:45pm

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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

what a great story Ron! Sweet bike for sure!


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#16 2016-11-30 9:20pm

Shotgun
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Re: 1977 Raleigh Rampar

I now have the twin to your bike:

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