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1978 Morrison Comet

#1 2009-10-08 3:35am

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1978 Morrison Comet

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1978 Morrison Comet

Built back in the grey old days when noone in NZ could get an import licence

This is an old Morrison Comet, I have also been told in may be a 'Dirtbuster' model, but due to the very, very rare info on this company, and the year it was produced, plus the looptail frames are pre-1980, and the 'Dirtbuster' came out early 80's, I drew my own conclusions and hence a 'Comet'. I picked this up for $45 (including $20 for new tires, so really $25 for a well kept frame plus original Z-rim copies!) at a local second hand bike dealers called 'Green Bikes', it's an initiative in NZ to get people out of cars and onto bikes, so everything is incredibly cheap. Anyway I've always had an affinity with old school bmx since I saw E.T. as a kid, I'm much to young to have actually lived during those good old days of bmx, so I'm making up for it now. This is my first BMX, and a cool one at that. I've replaced most parts, or haven't got round to fitting the new ones yet. Originally came with Kashimax vinyl seat, vinyl was torn so I replaced with a nice nylon 'Healing' (another NZ company around in the 80's) aero seat. I picked up a NOS chromo layback seat post, NOS chromo Redline approved V-bars, made in Kusuki, Japan...Very nice too. NOS Lee Chi Tech III brake levers, old school MX calipers, NOS Dia Compe brake cable, some old KKT pedals, once upon a time ano blue but have since been painted black, and have yet to fit some chrome one piece crank arms, headset and chrome 44t sprocket. Was painted yellow by the dealer I picked it up from, the factory colour is red, still a layer of it on the forks and original handlebars under the new paint. The forks are Mongoose copies, and are a dead give away of a Morrison or a BMX 2000, both NZ companies. Also it still has the original Shimano hubs and somewhat badly faded, yellow pat. pend. ACS Z rim copies made by Maryln Distributors over in Australia. Such a nice bike to ride, light and nimble. Furthermore it has one of the best looking gussets I have ever seen and the looptail just sets it off!


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#2 2009-10-10 3:56pm

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

Loop tails RULE! Nice bike!:)


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#3 2009-10-11 7:09pm

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

Cheers. Yeah I love the lines of a looptail aswell!

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#4 2009-10-20 10:03pm

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

the forks are made by tange and are called "pinch" forks :cool:


Caught up in his lies because you can not visualize ,
Cant distinguish truth so you allow him to abuse
The last thing you remember is a loss of control and temper
and when you finally wake you realize its not fake !

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#5 2009-10-29 7:05pm

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True. I just thought Morrison copied the Tange forks

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#6 2009-10-29 7:19pm

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

i have a bmx 2000 , says tange scribed on the forks when u remove them from the headset


Caught up in his lies because you can not visualize ,
Cant distinguish truth so you allow him to abuse
The last thing you remember is a loss of control and temper
and when you finally wake you realize its not fake !

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#7 2009-11-25 4:21am

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

Cool bike man. Always good to see the Morrisons. Great bikes. I had a brand new Dirtbuster in 87, Only brand new bike I ever had, And my 1st full size bmx. I remember its blue/red colour way. Layback seat,3 speed.I dont think it was a looptail. So this is the Commet.Older then the dirtbuster. Awsome.

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#8 2009-12-07 12:31am

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

Thanks heaps for the info guys. I'm quite into my Morrisons now!

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#9 2011-08-28 6:58am

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

Nice! Love to see old Kiwi bikes alive and kicking. You've done a great job with it!


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#10 2012-01-01 4:10am

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

hi i just scored me a 1978 morrison comet looptail with the red acs z rims, an i also had 1 way back in the day so it was nice 2 score this 1 4 free


ride it like its stolen ohhhh it is stolen

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#11 2012-03-05 2:07pm

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

Sweet ride! I Agree that this frame has one mean gussett.


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#12 2012-08-04 11:34am

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

Very cool International bmx!!!! :cool::cool::cool:


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#13 2012-10-07 2:53pm

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

choice bike. I have the same bike, in similar clolour but with decals still on it and they say dirtbuster not comet.

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#14 2012-12-03 12:37am

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

It came from outer space, it was a Morrison Comet. representing from Hastings I believe.:cool:
I shall submit my Comet then.


Morrison man can jump the van.

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#15 2013-08-14 1:26am

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Re: 1978 Morrison Comet

I thought I had a comet till I seen a 'dirtbuster' frame. The comet appears to be yellow the 'dirtbuster' frame all but identical yet coloured light blue. From my knowledge of the Morrison company they produced bicycles from the seventies to early eighties in Hastings New Zealand, My hometown.;)


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