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#1 2012-10-12 11:59am

JKelley
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1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

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1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

One of the first! Of a dozen or so original TA protoypes this is one of them that has survived and surfaced in Redding, CA.

Confirmed by Ken Coster, president of Skyway, telltale signs that this is an original prototype are the unstamped bottom bracket, the open ended, unwelded seat stays and chain stays, and the solid, unknurled dropouts front and rear that have insignia shaped stickers showing the where the cut out placement would eventually be. Ken states that none of these early features would have ever made it to the production model frames. This bike was built in the later 80s, using mostly skyway parts. Second generation graphites with 1st gen axles, second gen bars that came on 300 or 280 TAs and a mix of skyway stamped parts normally found on freestyle bikes and later race bikes.


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#2 2012-10-12 12:22pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Beautiful bike and a great piece of Skyway history. You must be proud to own it. cool

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#3 2012-10-12 12:44pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

HOW coolcoolcool


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#4 2012-10-12 12:55pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

WOW pure SKYWAY history here.


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#5 2012-10-12 12:55pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

sweet ride!cool

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#6 2012-10-12 12:55pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

coolcoolcoolcoolcool


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#7 2012-10-12 1:10pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

SIC bike. 
Nice story in the other thread....
What a piece of BMX history.


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#8 2012-10-12 1:43pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

boy that was a cool find! yikescool


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#9 2012-10-12 5:20pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Exactly the kind of bike I want to see in the Museum. Stunner!


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#10 2012-10-12 9:22pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Been following this story. Great bike, great thread. smile
A reall piece of history right there....nice work.wink


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#11 2012-10-12 9:56pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Radical To The Maximum


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#12 2012-10-13 5:40am

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

andrewbmxjnkie wrote:

SIC bike. 
Nice story in the other thread....
What a piece of BMX history.

Is there a link to other thread?

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#13 2012-10-13 5:47am

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

digilante wrote:

andrewbmxjnkie wrote:

SIC bike. 
Nice story in the other thread....
What a piece of BMX history.

Is there a link to other thread?

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=457290

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#14 2012-10-13 11:29am

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

I am so glad to see this bike in the right hands, and here on Museum!  That is an awesome find!  Wow.. the REAL early days of the T/A.... you can see how much it evolved from the beginning design. Congrats,  Jeremy!
It's kinda cool that you now have the FIRST Skyway bike posted here.. and I have the LAST bike listed here with the 2013! Wanna trade prototypes....?!!  Awesome... just AWESOME!
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#15 2012-10-13 4:30pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Sooo awesome. Thank you for submitting such an important piece of bmx history! cool


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#16 2012-10-13 4:37pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Simply stunning. Have always loved Skyways flow in their design and that prototype is nothing short of gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

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#17 2012-10-14 6:19am

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

BMX history right there...imagine having this in your stable at home! If only....awesome bike smile


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#18 2013-07-11 5:12am

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Ultimate cool. Thanks for the story and the history.


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#19 2014-02-07 7:25pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Hell yeah! Way awesome T/A!!!

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#20 2015-07-02 4:11am

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Have just read the other thread on this amazing find! What a great piece of Skyway, not to mention BMX history! cool

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#21 2015-11-05 5:57pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

McLovin it


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#22 2016-01-12 6:04pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

This is Awesome, baby!  With a capital A big_smile
Sorry I just came across this now.  Great story!!!

If you ever have a lapse in judgement and want to unload this let me know ASAP!
Doubtful, but hey figured I'd mention it. lol


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#23 2016-01-12 6:47pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Damn I want this so bad I'd have this in my display case with many other frame sets


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#24 2016-01-12 6:48pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

I Love Skyway goods and the history stories!


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#25 2016-01-12 6:54pm

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Re: 1981 Skyway T/A Prototype

Are those forks un-drilled?
Amazing!


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