1987 Haro Group 1 RS1
Original owner, totally restored. Total weight 21.5 lbs.
I originally had an RS-3 and I loved the bike and raced it into the ground. It was 1987, and "Pistol Pete Loncarevich" was the ABA and NBL #1 rider and he rode this bike, i wanted the bike that the champ rode. I wanted to upgrade to the RS-1 but if I was going to spend that kind of money it made no sense to buy a bike like that and replace expensive parts with more expensive parts so instead i built my own starting with the frame and fork. I was thirteen years old when i started this bike and I raced pretty heavy at the time.
Over the winter and before the next race season of 1988 I started with just the frame and fork and wanted every best part available on the market at the time. Even though I was thirteen going on fourteen i had a job and every penny went into building this bike from scratch, part by part. I was also always a leader and never a follower and i wanted a bike completely different from anyone else, not only did it have to perform above the others but it also had to turn heads.
I admire the guys who restore a bike to factory specs but as far as I am concerned this bike is restored to MY original specs. When tore this bike down after it sitting around for so many years it had some scratched paint etc. but it was mostly intact. I stripped the paint from it's original blue/black combo and planned to have it repainted but i was shocked at the perfectly preserved chrome hiding underneath and it was like a gift just waiting for me to discover it, same bike but a brand new look. I loved the blue and black so much though I had the Blue/Black decals done to keep a part of that history and loved the way it looked over the chrome.
This bike originally had the mounts for the AD-990 brakes, I have gotten a lot of criticism for cutting those mounts off. That was my fourteen year old mindset also, I didn't like those brakes at the time because they were so new and I also had custom made from Dia-Compe the two tone MX-1000's made to match the color scheme. Back in the day, shaving off things we deemed unnecessary from the the bike to save weight made sense even if it doesn't make sense thirty years later. My local track I raced at forbid Bear trap pedals otherwise I would have had a nice set of Crupi or DK cages on there but instead went with the KKT pedals.
This bike literally is a survivor, like most of us and once we turned that age to start driving and discover the opposite sex, our bikes get parked and forgotten.
This bike survived my little brother beating on it and leaving it outside, left in the shed and garages over the years and there were times i lost track of it but it always found it's way back to me. When I started the restore I popped the sealed bottom bracket and some dirt poured out of it and it really hit me that the dirt that just fell on the floor of my shop was from the 80's, like a time capsule from a period of life when things were so different. The months that followed meant literally taking each piece on the bike and polishing it, de-greasing, every bolt and nut and moving part. Every ball bearing that wasn't sealed replaced with a pair of tweezers and packed with fresh grease. I have to admit when it was done it even impressed the perfectionist in me. The number on the number plate is my original assigned NBL racing number. This bike will never be for sale, the sentimental value could never have a price tag. When people see this bike in person they are shocked to find out it's almost 29 years old. Check out the Bike check video interview I did on Sugarcayne for more info.
Submitted by NBL85k