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#1 2008-07-17 8:02am

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1976 Torker MX

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1976 Torker MX

First produced frame by Torker and rare due to no drilled caliper support and serial #93

The first frame design was actually introduced by Steve Rink of Peddlepower Cycles as John's son, Doug, wanted a lighter frame to race with in 1975.  Steve Rink and John Johnson had the first frame built under the Texon name.  A very young Steve Johnson took over and called the company Johnson Engineering in 1976.  Approximately 50 Rink Raider frames were made and the double top tube design captured everyone's attention, especially for the larger riders.  Steve Rink and Steven Johnson went separate ways, Johnson Engineering became Torker and Peddlepower became Powerlite.
The head tube was quite mellow at 70 degrees and the seat tube was ultra mellow compared to Redline and Mongoose. The other noticeable difference was the "fish tailed" gussets and forward pressed/welded dropouts. This unique combination combination along with a Speedo dual position fork gave for some superb handling. Soon after the test Steve began production of Torker forks. The pre-production Torker MX frames did not have a drilled caliper mount but when the frames were designed as complete bikes they started to drill them for calipers. My Torker is a pre-production MX frame serial #93.
As stated by Bob Osborn, "What does this mean for a purchaser of a Torker MX? Well folks, because of the additional surfaced area and the double joint contact at the steering head afforded by double top tubes, and because of the highly effective location of gussets, and because the entire frame is made of 4130 chromoly, this bugger is exceptionally strong." Bob continues on handling, "The Torker MX handled flawlessly under all conditions: bookin' down straights, blasting berms, or sailing over jumps."
The bike features all the parts from 1976/77 and this was the year that Redline introduced the Pro Line stem. Pictured is a prototype with square clamps versus the rounded Redline stamped clamps that became famous. The Femco rims were never laced. All the spokes and nipples were polished to get that new look. The inspiration on this was the July 1977 double coverage by the BMX News featuring Kevin McNeal on the cover and Bicycle Motocross Action featuring RL Osborn during the testing of the MX.
1978 Torker introduced the Low Profile model for younger riders like myself and swooped up one to replace my 1974 Redline Square back. I was coined "The Torker Kid" from that point and rode a Torker to the end of their run in 1984.
VEHICLE
Frame - Torker MX, pre-production MX non-drilled caliper with serial #93
Fork - Speedo dual
Stem - Redline prototype with square clamps
Bars - Kawasaki
Grips - Hunt Wilde from Cash Matthews, NOS
Headset - Schwinn
Rims - Femco, NOS
Spokes - .105 gauge polished
Front hub - ACS
Rear hub - Bendix
Front Tire - Motocross 20 x 2.125, NOS
Rear Tire - Motocross 20 x 2.125, NOS
Chain - Schwinn
Chain ring - Addicks 46 teeth, NOS
Cranks - Ashtabula 7 1/2", NOS
Bottom Bracket - Schwinn
Pedals - Union rat traps from Cash Matthews, NOS
Seat - Mesinger padded, NOS
Seat post - Redline
Seat post clamp - Prototype Redline never mass produced
Pad set - Torker didn't make pads yet
Enjoy!


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Last edited by JT (2009-08-01 10:40am)


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#2 2008-07-17 8:16am

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Wow, now that should be in the Smithsonian. Super Cool man, thanks for sharing. cool


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#3 2008-07-19 8:28am

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Dig the Torkers and didn't realize they made forward dropouts?  Dual dropout forks I thought DB made those but looks like Speedo made them first, that is way cool!  The tires scream 70's and they are totally NOS!  That stem rocks too!

No wonder why it was called a Big boy, look at that seat angle!  Torkers are way cool and this bike is stellar!

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#4 2008-07-21 6:00am

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

You have a bit of BMX history, take care of it


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#5 2008-08-02 8:14am

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Yes, the forward dropouts were totally Old School...even for 1977 where most of the frames had rear dropouts.  Torker eventually modified the rear to include the rear facing drop and drilled brake bridge.

Speedo's worked well with the Torker and yes Diamond Back also made the dual dropout fork.

The Torker racing fork dropouts stayed consistent until the end in 1984.

Not seeing too many 70's bikes lately in the museum so had to add one to show some roots of BMX.

Thanks for the + feedback!


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#6 2008-09-22 3:59am

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Great peek into the past of my favorite bmx company's of all time . Thanks a bunch. Fantastic post.


Seriously considering a torker/redline midlife crisis project ^_^

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#7 2008-10-04 1:14pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Glad to share the history of Torker and have a ton more to share just need to get it all updated on my site.

If you are lookin' for an Eddy King frame with original chrome, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

I have more Torkers ready to add to the Museum, just pacing myself.


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#8 2009-03-15 11:04am

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

I love it one of the top ten bikes in the musium one of my faves.PEACE(MYONE) HOME GROWN ON THE MONGOOSE FARM.


Everybody sing GOOOOO YANKEES !!!                      MAH!! COULD WE GET SOME MEATLOAF ??????????

Your gonna wear the shirt of the band your going to see??? DONT BE THAT GUY!!!!!!
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#9 2009-05-11 8:20pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

This is one of my all time favorites too, screams 70's  Anymore Torkers to display?

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#10 2010-08-17 10:04pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Amazing !!!


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#11 2011-04-14 12:48pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

killer Turker!!!


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#12 2013-02-23 7:37pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Smokin Torker Bro!

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#13 2013-03-07 4:11pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

remember having a old BRC that had the same forward drop outs and twin top tubes, but no gussets up front...guess where the frame broke...

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#14 2014-03-27 7:15pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX


Old School Peddlepower and Powerlite stuff...

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#15 2015-01-24 12:19pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Love it...

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#16 2016-09-29 4:30am

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

Why am I just now seeing this?

BEAUTIFUL!!!


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#17 2017-04-14 5:46pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

My favorite bike ever

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#18 2017-06-23 3:49pm

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Re: 1976 Torker MX

So sweet! Awesome write-up too. Thsnk s for the history lesson. cool


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