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#1 2008-08-04 7:33am

JoeKat
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1979 Kuwahara KZ

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1979 Kuwahara KZ

A rare 1979 KZ

This is a bike I located for my brother so we could relive our youth.

I have since sourced my brother an 81 KZ-1 which is what he had bitd and this F&F now is officially mine again. A build for it is on the back, back burner.

For refernce the SN is T9J1585


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#2 2008-08-04 9:40am

bonepicker
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

What a nice brother. nice Kuwi


ONE MAN'S JUNK IS ANOTHER MAN'S TREASURE

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#3 2008-08-05 2:39pm

ShinobiKE-1
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

That is the rare KZ-1 Proto-model notice the rear drop outs and front fork are KE-1.  This model was the hybrid model between the first Kuwahara BMX the KE-1 and the 2nd design this one, then next came the KZ-1 with three holes in the rear drop and round tube Tange forks.  This frame was made by the Koizumi Factory in Japan which also produced HUTCH, Diamond Back and more BMX frames for various companies. 

A very rare frame and a cool story as well!

On a side note the frame decals you have are for the Late 81'-83 Kz-1 your frame requires the earlier decal with a flag on the side of the "K".  But this is a small issue your bike is rare and looks birlliant!

Take big_smile care,

Mike

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#4 2008-08-05 7:57pm

JoeKat
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

ShinobiKE-1 wrote:

That is the rare KZ-1 Proto-model notice the rear drop outs and front fork are KE-1.  This model was the hybrid model between the first Kuwahara BMX the KE-1 and the 2nd design this one, then next came the KZ-1 with three holes in the rear drop and round tube Tange forks.  This frame was made by the Koizumi Factory in Japan which also produced HUTCH, Diamond Back and more BMX frames for various companies. 

A very rare frame and a cool story as well!

On a side note the frame decals you have are for the Late 81'-83 Kz-1 your frame requires the earlier decal with a flag on the side of the "K".  But this is a small issue your bike is rare and looks birlliant!

Take big_smile care,

Mike

Many thanks for the info Mike. I recall when I bought this on ebay I was asked, by a 3rd party if I would trade the forks for KZ-1 forks. I think the guy assumed that the frame was a KZ-1 that had KE-1 forks. I also remember spending a couple hours on Jamie's Kuwahara website and I couldn't place what model this was. Thanks again for the info. 
I just checked the sn# T9J1585
It's a 1979

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#5 2008-08-08 5:44am

shivadread
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

That is one very rare Kuwi and you've built it up just right


RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT

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#6 2008-08-08 7:16am

hoffan
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

Very cool Bike. I still remember dreaming about having a KZ-1 as a kid. Now all I have left is the drive side suntour Crank arm. LOL. Need to find myself another one.
I heard that Kuwahara made custom frames for Gary Ellis when he rode for them. Longer top tubes. Be cool to find one of those.


looking for: Early to mid 80's GT, Kuwahara, Torker, Mongoose Race frame and fork.

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#7 2008-08-11 10:22am

JoeKat
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

More pics
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u185/joekat27/IMG_0201.jpg
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u185/joekat27/picsAug32008150.jpg
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u185/joekat27/picsAug32008149.jpg
http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u185/joekat27/picsAug32008148.jpg

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#8 2008-09-11 4:09pm

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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

Now thats what i like about Kuwas

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#9 2008-10-20 10:58pm

natty1972
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

Awesome! I do really like those blue parts smile


Looking for Araya 7B,
Weinmann 7B style,
Hutch racing parts,
Hutch Cruiser Bars

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#10 2010-07-26 7:03pm

donkey02
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

Awesome . I also have a rare Kuwi frame and fork .A:cool 1980 KE1 with Chrome forks .love them Kuwi's smile

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#11 2011-03-05 8:15pm

amdnz
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

nice build there

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#12 2011-04-20 1:06am

sabel
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

wow nice one mate.. here mine...

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a307/sayapdewa/kz6.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a307/sayapdewa/kz5.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a307/sayapdewa/kz4.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a307/sayapdewa/kz3copy.jpg
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a307/sayapdewa/27032011262.jpg

sabel's

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#13 2014-03-26 7:45pm

Knarly
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Re: 1979 Kuwahara KZ

Great job, really nice looking Kuwi


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"WHEN IN DOUBT, CRANK IT !"

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