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1988 Huffy Vortex

#1 2009-03-13 1:09pm

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1988 Huffy Vortex

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1988 Huffy Vortex

A friend sold me this for $75, as I told him that I used to have it as a Kid...

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** SOLD -but building another - Custom **
I pretty much had to replace the wheels, tires, red cables, grips and chain.  I converted it from the stock 28 spokes to the 36 spokes and also made it a freewheel, verses the stock coaster brake setup.  It actually has a Sakae MS-427 Stem - stock!  I have to still replace the hardware on the brakes, since they are rusty.  This bike use to be my "Luxury" bike, and I waxed it all the time and it NEVER got wet!  The last photo is my original bike photo that I scanned from a snap-shot back in late 80's...[img]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/WINDOW%7E1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-1.jpg[/img]


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#2 2009-03-15 8:38pm

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

i cant believe what im seeing!  that is a personnal grail of mine.  my buddy owned one BITD and for a poor kid like me, this was as good as it got!  ....  great bike


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#3 2009-03-16 4:13pm

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

never seen one of these b4 so different. WICKED! :cool:

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#4 2009-05-02 7:29pm

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dude great job on this bike it looks better than new. my lil bro had one when we were kids and i loved that bike. it might be in my parents garage. ill check and if anyone is interested, pm me.

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#5 2009-05-10 7:47am

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

My friend also had one.  We both bought one and didn't even know each other did.  I remember I had the Huffy Sigma on lay-a-way at the time, and then changed to this.  My friend took all his wheel covers off, and then  eventually the plastic air frame thingies.  He would jump that thing hard and beat it to death - and the thing never broke!?!


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#6 2009-05-30 1:36pm

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SOOOOOOOOOOO kool! :P

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#7 2009-05-30 1:43pm

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That's the BMX Batman would ride.


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#8 2009-08-10 5:21pm

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

RADbandit wrote:

i cant believe what im seeing!  that is a personal grail of mine.  my buddy owned one BITD and for a poor kid like me, this was as good as it got!  ....  great bike

Yeah, it was the upper end priced bike.  Most bikes were at about $99 and this one was $127.99.  Funny how you can remember that.....as a kid.

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#9 2009-10-20 12:11pm

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

memories!!!
when my g-pa bought me my first real bike it was a chrome murray 16" i remember trying to convince my parents i needed a new bike cause i saw this @ kmart, i would pop my tubes and let out the air to convince everyone i needed a new bike! never worked thouogh! so i just pulled off my decals and polished the chrome!
thanks for posting a preteen dream bike~!


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#10 2009-10-30 4:57pm

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Yeah, KMart, the place that I bought my tires and tubes....


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#11 2009-11-24 12:55am

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

This is a badass rad bike , bdass never goes out of style this thing is timelss !
Yeah i would have been jeaulous of someone who had that bike when i was a kid ,
i never had anything that rad back then , this would have been the bomb on any block ..
Huffy or not it's all about the looks ...

The design and look reminds me of space lego...


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#12 2009-12-01 1:45pm

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Pretty cool.... this is the first bike i ever had.... my uncle bought me this bike and ill never forget the day we went to the store to pick it out....i loved it!

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#13 2009-12-01 2:46pm

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

Yeah, the feeling as a kid going to pick it up - you never forget that!  I remember making the last payment on my Redline RL-20A from the bike shop (on lay-a-way)...


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#14 2010-03-01 11:20pm

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It's unreal to see this now after all these years. Back in the day, Huffy most certainly wasn't a brand of bike that anybody in my circle of friends wanted to be associated with, but what I wouldn't give to have this bike now.

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#15 2010-05-13 3:02pm

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This is so great. Really taking me back. This was my first "nice" bike. I did a paper route on my very first bike (also a Huffy) and after saving up, bought this bike. Even its futuristic looks did not spare me from the ridicule of the spoiled kids a few blocks away that owned multiple Haros, Redlines and GTs but that didn't diminish my love for it in any way. I quickly rode away the various plastic "spoilers" and after many more miles, the wheel covers were eventually damaged and thrown away as well. I didn't think I would see it again but thankfully this site has proven me wrong! Thanks a lot for the pictures and nice job on the restoration!

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#16 2010-10-07 12:01pm

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My next door neighbor had one of these when I was younger. This was before I got into BMX. I thought it was the Cadillac of bikes! It's nice to know that people still have these & that they're well taken care of! GREAT pick up at $75.

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#17 2010-10-31 2:45am

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I lusted a drooled over these at the K-mart.  I almost feel sorry for whoever actually got the bike.  I think I may have wore out the grips before it had even left the store.  I couldnt stop touching it.  The slick seat and the aero treatment was just soooo cool.
I hate that bike, not really, but yes, I hate it.  Stupid-dum-dum-head. LOL

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#18 2010-11-14 9:40pm

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

i rode a sigma for a while, but this, "top of the line"

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#19 2011-04-04 1:17am

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I got one of these for my 10th bday in 1988, I loved that bike. The discs got broken by some haters and I ended up with white skyways on it. It got swiped from my front porch when I was about 16. I still remember the funny whirring sound the bike made when you rode it fast. memories lol

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#20 2011-04-13 7:44pm

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this is so cool to see again. i had one when it first came out, i begged my parents for it. i had it for about a week and some a__hole stole it. right out of our drive way. good job on restoring and shareing it on here. :D

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#21 2011-05-22 12:45pm

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cool!

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#22 2011-07-12 9:58pm

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Seen one of these on eBay this week. Very cool


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#23 2011-07-22 4:31pm

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Just picked one up from the thrift store for $6.99! Was my first bike as a kid. I was stoked to see it and buy it for less than eight bucks! :cool:

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#24 2011-07-22 5:24pm

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Re: 1988 Huffy Vortex

Cool - what kind of condition, and was it complete.  Post some photos!

Stephen


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#25 2011-07-22 6:18pm

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Nowhere near the condition of yours, but hey I had to have it. I used to steal cigarettes from my mom, reomve that red cap on the fork, store them in there while riding, and act cool and smoke on the long road we used to live on :lol: memories, man!!!

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