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1983 Kuwahara KYZ

1983 Kuwahara KYZ

This Kuwahara was purchased from the original owner locally, and in his words is all original as purchased from the local bike shop.

Kuwahara KYZ


I was lucky enough to get a tip from another member of this bikes existence and quickly purchased it! I was very happy to see that it was all original and unmolested. After disassembling it for clean up I discovered that the wheels had never been off the bike, there was only one set of washer marks on the drop outs! I didn't have the heart to change a thing except, the rear wheel which had two dents in it so the rear hoop was replaced with another which I purchased as a complete survivor front wheel (exact same hub and rim, with a year older date stamp on the Suzue hub) and re laced it with the OG spokes to keep as original as possible. I hesitated to change it but I had to do it, I couldn't bare to see it dented. No doubt it was dented flying off a plywood and bricks made jump with the other neighborhood kids to see who could go the furthest and highest ! LOL 

I would have to say that my favorite part on the bike is the Promax seat (made by Takahashi Saddle MFG Company), you just don't see them that often, and another oddity is that it has a hinged Dia Compe seat clamp, I am used to seeing the Suntour broken arrow clamps on these!

I will have to edit in some better pictures as the crumby winter doesn't allow for nice ones now.

Submitted by Knarly

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  • Company: Kuwahara
  • Model: KYZ
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube angle: 71
  • Seattube angle: 72
  • Toptube length: 18.5
  • Headtube size: 1"
  • Details -1" diameter top and down tubes -18.5" top tube length -36.5" wheel base

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