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1983 Race Inc. RA-7

#1 2007-06-12 9:48am

johnson99
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1983 Race Inc. RA-7

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1983 Race Inc. RA-7

My other Race Inc.

This bike came to me broken. It was my first eBay purchase, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn't realize these frame came up for sale all the time. It's a long story but this frame was thrashed and severely cracked. Rod Miles did his magic to it, then it was polished and powdered a 2 stage candy red. As good as these pictures are it's even more stunning in the daylight in person. I'm not sure it's even a BMX bike anymore. It was an experiment. Most of the parts were well used prior to be polished or painted. Grips and tires are new. NOS BB, brakes, and seat—I think the rest is used stuff. This took over a year to do.


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#2 2007-06-13 12:37am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Welcome to the site, you've done an excellent job on that.


RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT

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#3 2007-06-27 11:59pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Thank you sir.

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#4 2007-07-16 12:24pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

That bike is amazing!
cetainly museum quality for sure!!
I wish you could do that to a few of my bikes for me!
A work of art for sure!
any tips on photograhing them? I see you used a backdropa nd some good lighting eh?
any chance of a shot of your set-up?


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#5 2007-07-16 7:08pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

WOW!!! I think i just soiled myself......Just amazing!!


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#6 2007-09-01 6:01am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

You are killing me. That looks so good. All I can think about is how bad I would love to ride that bike. How are you finding Race Inc Frames and Bikes? And what are they going for when you first get them? What's the cost to have them painted or powder coated?

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#7 2007-10-03 1:14am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

This race inc would have to be one of the all time best i've ever seen....i'd hate to see it in person cus i'd probably have a heart attack....lol

You did a fantastic  job considering the condition it was in prior to your resto..

frizz


Build it & ride.... ; )

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#8 2007-10-12 3:15am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Well done mate, that bike is truly awesome!


Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

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#9 2007-10-12 7:08am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

This bike is so nice it stands up by itself! Great job!  R.R

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#10 2007-11-18 1:58pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Wow, thank you guys fort the kind words. This bike is pretty special for me just because it went through such a transformation. You can see all the pictures, including the 'before' pictures on this little site that I built.

http://nicjohnson.com/vbmx/main.php?g2_itemId=112

There is a  little full-size button above and below each large image that will give you the high res picture. Not very intuitive site, I know. I think the only new parts on the bike are the brakes, tires and the grips. Everything else was well used... oh the hubs are NOS—but the rims are polished out old 7Xs. There are pictures of the repairs as well. Interesting process. It was a lot of fun to do.

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#11 2007-11-18 2:55pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Gary, thank you sir for the kudos and for this site. The bike photos are not as formal as they might seem. I take two ladders (or whatever) and run a long pole between them. I then clamp two big sheets of white paper (purchased at photo store in a roll) to the pole and let the paper run down and along the ground. Makes a backdrop and white floor. My wife holds onto the bike with her finger tips in a way that doesn't obscure the part she's holding. Then in Photoshop I brighten the photo, this takes out much of the imperfections and shadows on the paper. Then I use Photoshop to remove the paper seams (where the two pieces come together), paint out my wife's arm and whatever edges were not obscured by the backdrop. Just make sure the whole bike has backdrop behind it. It looks something like this. (these photos are actually not good because the bike is not completely within the backdrop but it kinda shows the set up.

Oh, and most importantly... shoot picts on an overcast day so the light is even. The white backdrop helps bounce the light around evenly too. If you don't have Photoshop there are other programs like it that will achieve the same thing. So there you have it.

http://www.nicjohnson.com/bmx/photo_howto.jpg
http://www.nicjohnson.com/bmx/photo_howto2.jpg

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#12 2007-12-24 11:53am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

I like your other one but this one is ILL. Awesome bikes.


Who came along for the ride?
Hey, you!
You can't come inside.

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#13 2008-02-07 6:38pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

sick.


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Things I need:  Chrome MX-900s and Tech 3 (rear), 1st or 2nd gen finned Mathauser pads with original hardware.

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#14 2008-02-07 8:59pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

WOW! another sick Race Inc. this bike is killer, just like your other Race Inc. just dont put your hands on a cruiser because then my cruiser will turn out looking like crap, lol. good job.

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#15 2008-02-08 8:52am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Beautiful bike. 

The photo advice could be a sticky somewhere too, thanks!


What the hell's an Aluminum Falcon?

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#16 2008-03-22 2:05am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

You are amazing, incredible build...  thanks for sharing.


the wind in my face and the sound of my wheels...

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#17 2008-05-24 1:46pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

love this bike

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#18 2008-11-13 5:13pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

wow, you have some nice bikes. the other race inc is unreal, but i think this is my favorite. red ano and chrome rules. the polishing is awesome! time machine, and even better than bitd. great build!

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#19 2012-02-03 5:10pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

SICK, SICK BIKE!!! You should be an example to this site! Not that i have anything against the fellow members owning 100s of bikes and frames, (more power to them), but I think if we are going to spend the time, and money, on an old school gem, might as well put it together like it is supposed to! I hope when I finish mine, it would end up looking as good as yours! Great Job!


I can see my house from up here!!

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#20 2012-07-29 8:50pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Perfect.Even better you saved  that bike from becoming pop can....Beautiful.


''Have been Old Schooled''.  I think the list of things  I pretend to care about is now longer than the list of things I actually care about.   Need *   Cheap set Sugino 400 Redline crank Dust caps   Tap Your Stem Bolt Down ,Or Hammer On it 4  Hrs for Fun. 
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#21 2012-07-30 6:44am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

That’s the type of bike you will hesitate to ride. It’s too awesome to get a scratch.

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#22 2016-01-19 8:54pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Very nice coolcool

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#23 2016-02-25 2:52pm

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Uh, RA7, not RA8


If EVERY single post you make here is negative, then why do you even bother coming here? Just so you can f**king ruin it for everyone else??

EVERYTHING BMX on the internet is a RARE PROTOTYPE!!!

LOOKING FOR A 2013 PK RIPPER ELITE XL COMPLETE ORIGINAL BIKE.

I live for Race Inc, SE Racing, Navajo, Nomura, GHP and Prodyne OLD SCHOOL!!!LOVE CHASE BMX, GHP and SE new school race bikes as well!!

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#24 2016-11-27 11:24am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

Absolutely Amazing, Love Race, Inc's and any Alloy Bikes, but what you have done to this is beyond words.
Wish I was doing another bike, I would try the powder process you used.


Always looking for Slingshots

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#25 2016-12-01 3:53am

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Re: 1983 Race Inc. RA-7

beautiful bike, I was thinking of trying to pick up an early Race inc maybe RA8 or possibly Supergoose as I have not had a bmx since 1984 , what would you guys go for, what in your opinion is the most collectable.

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