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1983 Le Turbo Grid 5

#1 2013-06-03 4:44pm

kuwasakid
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1983 Le Turbo Grid 5

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1983 Le Turbo Grid 5

I was alerted to this bike through my friend Hendrik in Bloemfontein, who gave me a call one day and excitedly told me about an old man he'd found in Bloem, who still had old stuff stashed away from after closing his bicycle shop many years ago. Among his stuff were four Le Turbo Grid 5 BMX bikes from 83, still unbuilt and in their boxes. So myself and my friends, James and Chris (who are also on this site) snapped up one each. They built up their's, while I decided that at least one of them has to stay in the box. Things like this really don't happen here often.

The Le Turbo brand was only in South Africa, so I don't think it was seen anywhere else in the world. When we were kids, we saw it as a bike that was on par with the Redline 600A and Diamondback Silver Streak. The frame I'm told is a Tange frame, which also appeared on certain Prolite models in Australia and the Ross Predator also looks very similar. The bottom of the range was the Grid 1 which had a Hi-tensile steel frame, then as the numbers go up, we finally reach the top of the range Grid 5. This one is an earlier model which has the Redline-type gusset, while the later 84 model had no gusset and an aero tubed frame. My one friend Nesh has one, so I'm hoping that he'll post it up. The Le Turbo, along with the Western Flyer (South Africa) Kamikaze, were the top bikes to come out of SA back in then 80s. I have also been told that the original owner of the Le Turbo company is still here in Johannesburg, so I hope to track him down and get the history of the company and the bikes, since the Le Turbo Bicycle Company closed in the early 2000s, when they went more towards road racing bikes.
Thanks Hendrik for making this great find possible. You are a true bru!!!!

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NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

Keep it rad bru!!!!
If you're not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

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#2 2013-06-03 5:36pm

skdevore
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Re: 1983 Le Turbo Grid 5

Wow, great find!  Does look a lot like a Redline.


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#3 2013-06-04 3:26pm

kuwasakid
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Re: 1983 Le Turbo Grid 5

Thanks. It sure does look RL. But then I think a lot of companies copied Redline with that little triangular gusset. Ross, Procraft, Prolite, MT, just to name a few.


NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

Keep it rad bru!!!!
If you're not having fun, then you're doing it wrong.

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#4 2013-08-23 2:08am

Mark Davids
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Re: 1983 Le Turbo Grid 5

What an awesome find.
I still have my Le Turbo Grid 5 from 30 years ago, hanging up in my brothers garage.
Do you know where we can get sticker kits and new pads for it from as well as am original seat etc?
I upgraded my rims to the marie biscuit light weight UKAI racing rims back then, which have since been stolen, but still have the MOTO-8 racing handle bars still.

Thanks and would appreciate the guidance on this as my bike is still mint, except for the pads and stickers.

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#5 2014-01-30 8:29am

kuwasakid
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Re: 1983 Le Turbo Grid 5

Mark, pm me your cell. we have extra stickers and pads. I'm in Jhb.


NEEDED: Hutch magnesium rear hub; Suntour High Flange rear black hub

Keep it rad bru!!!!
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