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1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

#1 2010-03-12 6:15pm

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1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

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1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

Ultra rare Torker Freestylist

So here is my latest build, with a little background. I began as a racer, but after seeing a live freestyle show put on by Van's, featuring Woody and Martin, my mind was set on freestyle! That show was held at my local track - Braddock Park in North Bergen, New Jersey and they performed right on the last straight. I'm sure I don't have to say how wicked the show was...it totally blew my mind! Even though I had been reading all of the magazines regularly for a couple of years, seeing their flatland show in person was way better than any photo spread. They both blazed through tricks smoothly, yet with a sense of urgency and it definitely left an impression on me. From then on, I pretty much left the track and the 16 Expert class for the freestyle world.
In any case, Martin had just snagged his Torker ride and showed up that day with his Prototype Torker (which also blew me away). It was also my first time ever seeing the Cherry Picker (wasn't even in the mags yet) and I almost couldn't comprehend what I had seen! So, I promptly pre-ordered a Torker Freestylist and eagerly awaited it's arrival. It came in October and I swapped out parts from my other freestyler at the time (a performer, if I'm not mistaken). It took some getting used to at first, due to the geometry and 5" head tube. Soon enough, a buddy of mine got one as well and I soon lost interest in the Torker as a result. Around the same time, I had just peeped spy photos of RL on the RL-20II and I set my sights on that. Once it arrived, I sold off the Torker and that was the last I saw of it! Although I really loved the RL, I always regretted selling the Torker. Once I got back into this OS-BMX thing, I vowed to get one if one ever popped up. Now mind you, late last year, I swore off any new builds, with the one caveat re: the Torker. Wouldn't you know it, one pops up early November of last year! Needless to say, I did not hesitate on snagging it. This one is the 60th production frame set made.
 
I hope you Enjoy it as much as I do and thanks for looking!
Parts & Specs:
Frame: 1984 Torker Freestylist Serial#: 10840060 (60th made in October of 84 - very few made all together)
Fork: 1984 Torker Freestylist (this is the really rare part as many of the existing frames do not have the matching fork)
Tubes: 100% Cro-Mo
Handlebars: VDC 2nd Gen Woody bars - powdered GHP red (Thank you Relic!)
Stem: NOS Hutch Western H gold stem
Grips: NOS A'me Unitrons black over red
Seatpost: NOS Pro-Neck laid back post powdered GHP red (w/extra VDC decal - cuz I like the way it looks)
Seat: NOS white Kashimax Aero
Seatpost clamp: NOS DC MX double hinged
Levers: NOS Dia-Compe tech 3
Front brake/pads: NOS Dia-Compe MX-1000 with OG red pads w/centering hdwe
Rear brake/pads: NOS Dia-Compe MX-1000 with OG red pads w/centering hdwe
Headset: NOS Hatta MX-10 w/ red Tange HS lock and gold B. S. dirt skirt
Cranks: Mint chrome RL 401 flights (185mm) stolen from my Chrome RL now collecting dust under my bed! :lol:
Bottom Bracket: Polished Redline Techmatic BB
Pedals: OG Hutch bear traps Purchased from another member (already powdered red) and I added the gold cages (thanks Falcos)
Front sprocket: Mint polished RL Flight 43T Chainring
Chain: Gold/Silver Izumi
sprocket/cog: 16T Shimano
Wheels: NOS Chrome 2nd Gen GT superlace hub up front and NOS GT Superlace Coaster brake Hub in black for rear, NOS red Ukai shiny side speedlines w/SS spokes and gold ano nipples
Tires: NOS Tioga Comp STs
Special thanks to Matt (Chromey) for the decal Artwork and Louis (Ultrahive) for the decal prints, including the Woody Itson bar decals!


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#2 2010-03-12 6:26pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

WOW sweet build, and awesome story to go a long with it :cool: impressive


Lookin for:  9/16" DX's in gold rougher the better...  Dirtbike with standing platform, Menstrual cycles decals...  Need one Blue anno Ukai speedline shinny side rider condish and straight.

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#3 2010-03-12 6:35pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

this is sick , great build marcus , very , very nice :cool:


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#4 2010-03-12 6:41pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

thanks bsmith!

Here are some additional photos of this bike throughout the build up process:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0003.jpg

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Here it is semi-mocked up with a pair of wheels I built for my cousin, with Bullseye hubs, just to see how she looked:
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0022.jpg

Here it is semi-mocked up with the wheels I intended for her (NOS 2nd gen GT Superlace hubs in chrome, NOS red Ukai shiny side speedline rims with stainless spokes and gold nipples):
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0027.jpg

Here are the 2nd Gen VDC Woody bars after having them refinished in a GHP red (I wanted to keep them with the OG paint in black, but they were pretty beat and had a good amount of rust, especially in the clamp area):
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0045.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0054.jpg

Here it is coming along with more parts:
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0082.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0091.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0072.jpg

I remember Martin ran red bars and components on his Torker FS and these pedals that I bought from a member gave me the idea to go with a nice dark GHP red for the bars and post (I added the gold cages)
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0074.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0093.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0098.jpg

Outdoors for some early evening sun today:
http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0108.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0112.jpg

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http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0122.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0124.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0137.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0127.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist%20Submission/IMG_0068.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist/IMG_0069-1.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist/IMG_0076-1.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist/IMG_0087.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist/IMG_0059-3.jpg

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr230/quinonesm9/Torker%20Freestylist/IMG_0047-1.jpg

Thanks again for looking!


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#5 2010-03-12 6:42pm

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cnc6306 wrote:

this is sick , great build marcus , very , very nice :cool:

Thanks Topher!


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#6 2010-03-12 7:32pm

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This is one of the Top 5 builds on this website.  Hands down.  No question.


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#7 2010-03-12 7:39pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

I remember when you debuted this in a thread last week or so...  It really caught my eye then.  Props to Matt and Louis for the decal work and you for the vision.  Well done!


Lookin for:  9/16" DX's in gold rougher the better...  Dirtbike with standing platform, Menstrual cycles decals...  Need one Blue anno Ukai speedline shinny side rider condish and straight.

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#8 2010-03-12 7:42pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

WOW. 

Very rare and very sweet build, Marcus!  And I'm very pleased to see that bike in (what looks like) your bedroom! :lol:  As it should be....

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#9 2010-03-12 8:34pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

kmpap wrote:

WOW. 

Very rare and very sweet build, Marcus!  And I'm very pleased to see that bike in (what looks like) your bedroom! :lol:  As it should be....

Kevin! Where you been?! I'm honored that you saw fit to emerge from the shadows to comment! :lol: I appreciate it and yes, it is in the bedroom! :lol::lol:

mattygaff wrote:

This is one of the Top 5 builds on this website.  Hands down.  No question.

Thank you matty; that says a lot and I appreciate the kind words!

bsmith - thanks again!


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#10 2010-03-12 8:36pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

Faved ;)

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#11 2010-03-12 8:56pm

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Awesome color combo.  Gold needs to be used more on builds.  Great build!  :cool:

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#12 2010-03-12 9:03pm

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honestly bro  that bike just changed me      duude that thing is so original and bad ass   i just cant take it      fn niiiiice build best i have seen in a long time    i  am speechless and that my friend is a rarity


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#13 2010-03-12 9:17pm

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Might be the first time I've commented on a freestyle bike, this thing is incredible. Great build!


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#14 2010-03-12 9:24pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

dpercival - Thanks and I agree on the use of gold!

Jay - I don't know what to say, except I'm honored! Continue to get well my friend!

itsdug - Thank you!


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#15 2010-03-12 10:21pm

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

*WOW* BEAUTIFUL Build....:)

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#16 2010-03-13 4:38am

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way thumbs up!!! :D  amazing.

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#17 2010-03-13 5:00am

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by far the best build i have ever seen!!!!!  i just want to touch it!!!!


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#18 2010-03-13 7:21am

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

Martin Aparijo lived behind the wax museum in Buena Park and that's where he perfected his craft, in the back parking lot. He was amazing all of us back then. Had no fear with big jumps too. Loved riding with him. Super cool dude.


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#19 2010-03-13 7:24am

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Thank you for the compliments guys!

higher life form wrote:

Martin Aparijo lived behind the wax museum in Buena Park and that's where he perfected his craft, in the back parking lot. He was amazing all of us back then. Had no fear with big jumps too. Loved riding with him. Super cool dude.

Thank you for sharing this story. He was one of my favorites and had a style like no other. I remember him competing in the AFA to Dionne Warwick's "That's what friends are for" and everyone was kind of shocked, but only he could pull it off!


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#20 2010-03-13 9:37am

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

WOW!!!! TOP NOTCH!!!

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#21 2010-03-13 9:38am

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Wow... just awesome bro, well done. An instant fave!


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#22 2010-03-13 9:58am

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

That's amazing, Marcus.  I do believe I'd shelve an RL-20II for that as well.


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#23 2010-03-13 10:02am

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gaijin wrote:

That's amazing, Marcus.  I do believe I'd shelve an RL-20II for that as well.

LOL! Well, not this time. This time they'll have to co-exist! ;)


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#24 2010-03-13 11:08am

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Re: 1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo

Another perfect build....  wowie!!

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#25 2010-03-14 5:06am

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mattygaff wrote:

This is one of the Top 5 builds on this website.  Hands down.  No question.

AMEN BROTHER!!

Its awesome!!

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