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1976 Mongoose Motomag

#1 2009-11-29 6:19pm

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1976 Mongoose Motomag

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1976 Mongoose Motomag

Recreation of my first true BMX bike.

This is the bike that really started it all for me... After using modified CCM Mustangs for a couple years, I finally got a 1976 Mongoose. My Dad and I put it together from kit form and it was the most important thing in my life for several years. The idea to recreate this first Goose is what got me into collecting and riding a couple years ago. It took quite a while to find some of the parts, plus I wanted to use the best original frame I could possibly find. I was super lucky scoring this frame from a bike shop in Southern California as it was nearly NOS with original decals and near perfect original Nickel finish. The only difference between this one and my original is this one is the "long" version not a "shorty". That's fine, as I can ride this one but wouldn't be able to ride a shorty anymore. Everything else is pretty much exactly the same as my old Goose including the DG Octopus grips and pad upgrades I had added. I couldn't find a blue DG crossbar pad, so I used a similar blue one with no logo. The rest is pretty much all NOS with 1976 non-stamped Ashtabula stem, forks and crank, Simi Motomag 1's, Mesinger saddle, KKT Rat Traps, Three Arrow Sprocket, non-stamped seat post clamp and Butterfly bars. The bike rides just as sweet as my old one did.


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A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#2 2009-11-29 6:30pm

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Re: 1976 Mongoose Motomag

Sweet looking goose and personal story line to reference it to.
They are always the best builds and have the best memories to live by.


I'm looking for the following frames, frame & forks or completes by BMX products:
MotoTrac (nickle or chrome), Racer-X or a Super-X (with the double gussets).
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I'm also johnng23604 at "Retro-goose", "VintageBMX" & "RADbmx"

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#3 2009-11-29 6:35pm

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Re: 1976 Mongoose Motomag

nice! nice! nice!


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#4 2009-11-29 6:45pm

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I used to have one that looked just like that. I really miss it. Awesome job

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#5 2009-11-29 7:08pm

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Re: 1976 Mongoose Motomag

Thanks for the comments. :)

Thought I'd ad some pics of the original compared to the "recreation"...

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/goose002.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09534.jpg

Some more old pics of the original:

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/goose003.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC03402.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC02245.jpg


A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#6 2009-11-29 9:12pm

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Re: 1976 Mongoose Motomag

Great build - as always :D

The old photos of the original bike really bring it home.

Awesome!!!!!!!!

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#7 2009-11-30 5:50pm

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Now THAT'S what its all about!! Well done, awesome...


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#9 2009-12-01 8:29am

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That is Killer!


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#10 2009-12-01 8:32am

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Re: 1976 Mongoose Motomag

Hey Mongoosedrummer, I like your gloves in the old school pictures. My friends and I wore those BITD. We thought the gloves were the awesome and we made our own designs. Oh by the way, that is an awesome looking bike.

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#11 2009-12-01 10:17am

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good work! cool pics too.

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#12 2009-12-01 11:25am

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Brilliant ! :cool:


mongoositis - an expensive disease........

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#13 2009-12-01 5:52pm

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I appreciate the comments guys... Seems I've now found the DG cross bar pad from a generous member. Other than having a black chain, that would be the final touch to make it nearly the same.

Next step, recreating some jump shots from BITD. I'm nearly ready... Just gotta finish my ramp and get my wife to take some pics. :)


A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#14 2009-12-01 5:59pm

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Re: 1976 Mongoose Motomag

mongoosedrummer wrote:

I appreciate the comments guys... Seems I've now found the DG cross bar pad from a generous member. Other than having a black chain, that would be the final touch to make it nearly the same.

Next step, recreating some jump shots from BITD. I'm nearly ready... Just gotta finish my ramp and get my wife to take some pics. :)

How old are you?
Sure you don't want to start small and work up to it like "Evil Knievil" and the Grand Canyon?


I'm looking for the following frames, frame & forks or completes by BMX products:
MotoTrac (nickle or chrome), Racer-X or a Super-X (with the double gussets).
Thanks ;)
I'm also johnng23604 at "Retro-goose", "VintageBMX" & "RADbmx"

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#15 2009-12-01 6:00pm

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You're(we) not as young as you(we) used to be.
Sure you can handle it?


I'm looking for the following frames, frame & forks or completes by BMX products:
MotoTrac (nickle or chrome), Racer-X or a Super-X (with the double gussets).
Thanks ;)
I'm also johnng23604 at "Retro-goose", "VintageBMX" & "RADbmx"

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#16 2009-12-01 9:56pm

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LOL! Too funny! Bro, I ride ALL the time... I can still wheelie (or as we called it BITD "Catwalk") for days. Plus, I'm always mountain biking, so it's not that hard to do some old stuff on a BMX from yesteryear...

No doubt, these little 20" bikes are a bit tight, but they are a blast to mess around on. I've even taken a few of my 70's builds out to Music City BMX here in Nashville. If I couldn't ride, I wouldn't be into collecting. All my bikes are ridable and jumpable! LOL!

To answer your question, I'm 45. A decent bunny hop is the minimum I expect for everything I build. If it's not solid enough to bunny hop with, then it's not really a solid build IMO. But that's just me... :cool:

Stay tuned for some cool new action shots on this '76 recreation... I'm going big!!! Ha! Until then here's a couple little jumps etc. on the '79 "Urban Commando Mongoose" from a few days ago:

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09401.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09400.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09403.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09392.jpg


A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#17 2009-12-01 10:55pm

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okay, I saw these pictures with the orange goose.
I thought they were done by a stunt double or something? :P

Naw man, pretty cool.
Maybe when my shoulder surgery and elbow heal better I'll get out one of the gooses and do the same.

I'm also working on a '76 goose, but haven't got enough parts to piece it together yet.


I'm looking for the following frames, frame & forks or completes by BMX products:
MotoTrac (nickle or chrome), Racer-X or a Super-X (with the double gussets).
Thanks ;)
I'm also johnng23604 at "Retro-goose", "VintageBMX" & "RADbmx"

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#18 2009-12-01 11:30pm

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Hit me up bro, I have all the parts you'll need. :cool:


A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#19 2009-12-02 6:35am

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Thanks for the offer, I'll have to get with you after Christmas.
All my spare time(when not at work or asleep) and some cash is going towards my Christmas bike program right now.
But Thanks really.


I'm looking for the following frames, frame & forks or completes by BMX products:
MotoTrac (nickle or chrome), Racer-X or a Super-X (with the double gussets).
Thanks ;)
I'm also johnng23604 at "Retro-goose", "VintageBMX" & "RADbmx"

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#20 2009-12-02 2:47pm

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:cool: I'm guessing Jim hooked you up with the pad? I like all your bikes, brings me back.


SHOOTS, BRAH!!

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#21 2009-12-23 10:06pm

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33 years later, the old bike and the old rider had some re-union fun! :)

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09687-1.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09714-1.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09715-1-1.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh73/mongoosedrummer/DSC09723-1-1.jpg


A "Squonk" is like a Mongoose only much harder to find...

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#22 2009-12-24 5:37am

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I'm loving the old pix and the new build. Great job!!!

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#24 2009-12-24 6:45am

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Wow!
you can still fly!
Looks cool.
How does it handle?
PM sent.


I'm looking for the following frames, frame & forks or completes by BMX products:
MotoTrac (nickle or chrome), Racer-X or a Super-X (with the double gussets).
Thanks ;)
I'm also johnng23604 at "Retro-goose", "VintageBMX" & "RADbmx"

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#25 2010-03-30 12:56pm

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This bike reminds me so much of my old LBS! Takes me there!:)


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