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1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

1983 Kuwahara Laserlite KZ-83

Great "out of the box" racer

Bought the frame off ebay, and picked up the parts here in the for sale section, along with ebay. I always wanted a kuwi when I was a kid in the early 80's. I didn't try to make this build a complete with all correct parts. I got the correct parts when I could, and opted for others. Wanted to have a little freedom with it. laser bars and post were too much, so I opted to blend the early Kuwi style with the LL style. I probably used too much NOS stuff, since it will be my rider, but that's OK. It's sort of like getting that new one, only 25 years later. I wanted to do more blue, but only had luck finding some of the parts I wanted in black, so I went with a blue & black mix on the chrome frame. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, but not 100% sure what to think of the pads. I may change that later, we'll see. Here is the parts break down.


Frame - 1983 Kuwahara KZ-83 Laser Lite, w/ oval tubes. (repop decals)

Forks - Kuwahara Tange forks w/ oval tubes.

Bars - NOS Redline Microline v-bars (stickered & stamped, blue powder)

Stem - NOS Suntour 1100 power stem

Grips - Oury

Brake lever - NOS Dia Compe Tech 4

Rear brake - NOS Dia Compe 901 MX

Brake cable - NOS Dia Compe 

Headset - NOS Hatta MX II 

Headset lock - NOS Tange

Tires - NOS Fong Snake Belly style 20 x 2.125 

Rims - Araya 7x 36h 20x1.75

Hubs - NOS Shimano low flange

Spokes/Nipples - 14ga. SS / Silver alloy

Chain - NOS Izumi

Crank - 170mm Maxy Cross

Chain ring - NOS Aluminum Sugino 44 tooth

Freewheel - NOS Suntour 16 tooth

Seat post - NOS Renthal Lay Back

Seat clamp - Tioga 

Seat - NOS Elina Lightning Bolt

Pedals - New VP Beartrap 

Pads - NOS Cal lite Kuwahara black V bar, used blue Kuwahara frame pad


Total weight - 23.6 lbs.

Submitted by TxFireman

  • Race
  • Company: Kuwahara
  • Model: Laserlite
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube angle: 73
  • Seattube angle: 73.5
  • Toptube length: 18.5
  • Headtube size: 1"