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1980 Torker Eddy King

#1 2007-09-16 10:23am

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1980 Torker Eddy King

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1980 Torker Eddy King

"EK replica"

Torker "EK's" had a limited production and was featured in many BMX magazine covers

The first member of the Torker team was Eddy King! When I switched to Torker in 1978 Eddy was getting a lot of coverage and related to him through the magazines. I studied his style and what he had to say. I applied and the combination of Torker, Eddy, and my training paid off!
When the April issue came out with the Torker colors and Eddy doin' a HUGE roost I couldn't wait to see if he was featured or not? Yes, he was and Oz captured some more great shots of one of my favorite racers. My bike at the time was already similar to Eddy's except I had one piece cranks, Ukai/ACS wheels, Oakley grips, and no Comp II yet.
Well 24 years later I thought I should build this bike that moved me so but it took another three of looking until I finally found some Grab on MX-1's in the bag to complete this historic bike. When visiting with Eddy at the 2007 Legends of BMX gathering I told him about the bike and wish I could have shown it to him. It was so fun to talk with him after so many years and glad to see he is doin' fine with real estate.
Thanks for personalizing the bike by signing the pad set and one of these days I'll catch up with Eddy to show him the original Bob Haro artwork for the To The Max ad/poster.

VEHICLE
Frame - Torker EK replica
Fork - Torker non-drilled
Stem - Torker six bolt
Bars - Torker alloy
Grips - Grab on MX-1
Plate - Haro lightning with Eddy's $
Brake lever - Shimano with black lever sleeve
Caliper - Shimano Tourney
Brake pads - Mathauser
Headset - Tange
Rims - Araya 7b's
Spokes - Double butted stainless steel
Front hub - Phil Wood 1st generation with red (left) spacer
Rear hub - Phil Wood
Freewheel - Suntour 16
Front Tire - Cheng Shin 20 x 1.75
Rear Tire - Mitsobushi Competition II 20 x 1.75
Chain - Sedis
Chain ring - Sugino 44 teeth
Cranks - Campagnolo Grand Sport 170mm
Bottom Bracket - Phil Wood No. 3
Pedals - KKT chrome rat traps
Seat - Unicantor
Seat post - Chrome-moly
Seat post clamp - Addicks
Pad set - Torker vinyl, signed by Eddy


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Last edited by JT (2009-08-01 10:42am)


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#2 2007-09-17 5:34am

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

One word for this bike, STUNNING.


RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT

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#3 2007-11-15 9:41pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Thanks for the comment!  Many have enjoyed it at bike races and shows I have brought it to.  The new school kids really dig the number plate.


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#4 2007-11-15 10:18pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Yeah that Plate is classsssic. So is the bike.
I remember in 1979 I think it was going to Craigmeur, NJ NBA National and watching Eddy in practice ride the track in flip flops! Im like "are you kidding me". Craigmeur was a rocky track to boot. Or in this case not to boot or even sneaker up.
I had two custom plates made for me by Haro BITD. Gave one away and who knows what happened to the other. Doh.

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#5 2007-12-26 2:13pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Just looked at that magazine and did a search on Torkers.  Couldn't believe the bike exists and it is completely exact.  Eddy was such a great racer and he would freak if he saw this bike.  Original Grab on grips, that is crazy.  The number plate rocks, superb job

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#6 2008-01-12 3:29pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Talkin' about plates Shannon, from the ABA, mentioned he has Eddy's original plate missing the $ but that is way rad!  Yes, Eddy really motivated me and did a ton to get Torker on the map and promoting BMX by his awesome racing ability. 

The Grab-on's were a tad difficult to find and delayed this bike for two years and when I found the proper hubs for my Jensen I couldn't believe I got that done before Eddy's.  A great duo to say the least and had a great time presenting it at various BMX events in 2007.  Having the signed pad set is icing on the cake with this bike and Eddy was blown away by it also.

Currently I entered it in an online contest with some other great builds.  This bike has a lot of history and was featured on more than the BMXA cover.  Glad everyone has enjoyed it and if you want to check out the contest CLICK HERE

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#7 2010-10-30 2:47pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Jeff,
I am from RI, I am 43 yrs of age and raced here in the Ocean State when I was 13. I have a mint Torker EK Replica in my basement. Just needs air in the tires and all decals re-applied if there is one thing in my life that I am glad I saved this is it. My son is 3 and he'll be able to ride this bike. Chrome Moly frame. Small Btm Bracket, Dura-ace cranks etc. No pic to show now but will have one soon.
Great bike Eddy,
David

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#8 2010-10-31 7:17am

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

David,

Welcome aboard!!  Awesome to hear about another original owner EK.  Looking forward to seeing some pictures!

JT


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#9 2011-04-14 12:49pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

coolcoolcool


WTB: * NOS Oakley F1 grips black/yellow * KKT FMX/LMX Pedals * Skyway Tuff Graphite pedals/cages * NOS Oakley 2 red right side only * NOS Oakley 1 red left side only * NOS chrome KKT FMX left side pedal 9/16

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#10 2011-06-27 4:19pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Eddy King gave my wife his personal jersey which he cut half of it off BITD but looks great on her!

It was so awesome to bring out a variety of Torkers to the Torker reunion in Bellflower.  To have the Johnson family, Eddy, Clint Miller, Eddie Fiola, and Jason Jensen hangin' out and talking about the bikes/history...priceless!!!


http://www.jtfreestyle.com/media/picts/2000s/2011Bellflower/2011%20Eddy%20King%20pose%20Carolyn%20JTFreestyle2.jpg

http://www.jtfreestyle.com/media/picts/2000s/2011Bellflower/2011%20BS%20Eddy%20King%20Jason%20Jensen%20JTFreestyle.jpg
Eddy King and Jason Jensen

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#11 2011-07-18 10:39pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

I love an inspirational build...something that goes beyond the sum of parts, or the time and work put in to build it. But to recreate memories, and moments that only you truly can identify with. I'm still looking to recreate that bike of my childhood...but for you Jeff I say well done bro.......

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#12 2012-06-21 2:01pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Classic bike!!! Faved.

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#13 2012-10-25 11:50pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

I gotta agree with shivadread! No other word for this one!

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#14 2015-05-03 9:04am

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

JT always builds beautiful pieces.


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#15 2015-08-21 10:06am

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Awesome build!


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#16 2016-07-05 7:24pm

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

Awesome bike Jeff! I'm sure I've seen it before but felt moved to comment on it now. I remember seeing in the mags BITD as well. Classic build, well done.

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#17 2017-04-30 10:46am

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Re: 1980 Torker Eddy King

another nice Torker. cool


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