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1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

#1 2016-04-08 8:07am

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1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

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1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

Absolutely 100% OG

I got this locally off of someone who does HVAC out of New Haven CT.  He says he saw it on a job before.  He then returned one day and asked if she'd sell it.  It was sitting in her basement for 30 years since her son passed.
It's striking to me to see a bike in this shape after so many years. What's interesting is that it has a lot of the higher end parts of the laserline - Elina seat, Ukai speedlines, but it's clearly a Survivor with a OPC.  I dont know the backstory of how they made these changes at factory and such.  I'd be happy to hear people's views on whether they think it's a Survivor of if it's a Laserlite with a swap out of the 400s.

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#2 2016-04-08 8:14am

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

The OPC is most likely original at time of purchase :)

read the 'special note' here: http://www.kuwahara-bmx.com/kuwahara-laserlite/

Very cool story and a beautiful survivor :cool::cool:


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#3 2016-04-08 9:31am

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

Great bike!


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#4 2016-04-08 9:36am

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

:cool:


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#5 2016-04-08 12:57pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

marked

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#6 2016-04-08 1:38pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

Wow, beautiful bike.

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#7 2016-04-08 2:45pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

That's a super clean complete racer ; a very cool testimony of an era :cool:


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#8 2016-04-08 3:18pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

:)


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#9 2016-04-08 7:30pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

:cool:

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#10 2016-04-09 3:40pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

Nice!


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#11 2016-04-09 3:58pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

The Survivor/2.5 and Laserlite shared the same f/f for '83-84. Usually identified with lower spec Sugino stem, spider and 1pc setup, DC 890 and KKT AMX pedals. Also Takagi parts were used depending on availalability.

Full spec Laserlite depending on what country US/UK/Europe was available with Redline 400's or Sugino power disc/1pc setup/Hatta or Sugino sealed B/B and DC MX900. Also had a Suntour MS-1100 stem and locknut, XC pedals and HF/LF Suntour sealed bearing hubs with Ukai Speedlines/Araya 7X.

The Elina aero-turbo seat and kuwi branded IRC tires were standard gear on both bikes :cool:


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#12 2016-04-09 4:36pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

From the Kuwahara website.

Special Note: We have reason to believe The Laserlite was also available with low end parts similar to the Survivor (through bike shops only) because bike shops replaced the high end parts (mainly the cranks) and sold them with 1 pc cranks to meet the demand for Laserlites by making them affordable. We also believe these bike shops sold Survivors as Laserlites to meet that demand. However, a true factory Laserlite was released with high end parts, which is clearly documented in review magazines and advertisements from that era. Our research is based on seeing original un-touched Laserlites with these low end parts (Survivor build) configurations first hand. On another note, since a Survivor and Laserlite use the same frame & fork, these builds can technically be passed off as either model depending on the parts.

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#13 2016-04-09 4:44pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

Bravo wrote:

The Survivor/2.5 and Laserlite shared the same f/f for '83-84. Usually identified with lower spec Sugino stem, spider and 1pc setup, DC 890 and KKT AMX pedals. Also Takagi parts were used depending on availalability.

Full spec Laserlite depending on what country US/UK/Europe was available with Redline 400's or Sugino power disc/1pc setup/Hatta or Sugino sealed B/B and DC MX900. Also had a Suntour MS-1100 stem and locknut, XC pedals and HF/LF Suntour sealed bearing hubs with Ukai Speedlines/Araya 7X.

The Elina aero-turbo seat and kuwi branded IRC tires were standard gear on both bikes :cool:

This bike has Speedlines and LF Suntour hubs.. Also according to the site the Survivor had a Promax Aero seat, not Elina.  Just seems to me this bike falls somewhere between Laserlite and Survivor and I wonder what it was when it was considered when it left the factory.

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#14 2016-04-09 5:01pm

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I've heard basically the same from Howie Cohen's website when it was up and running. He is the one that would have known. Can you share the actual link on the Kuwi website ;)

Everything Bicycles distributed the f/f/kits in the US and I agree upon the local distribution of parts and affordability factors. This is an '83 german advertisement and note the clear difference in specification.

By '84 Kuwahara were making their own parts with Takagi and released power discs and 1pc stamped cranks. This is why I believe that the Survivor had this particular factory specification. Also note the option of front and rear DC brakes :rolleyes:


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#15 2016-04-09 5:33pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

Bravo wrote:

I've heard basically the same from Howie Cohen's website when it was up and running. He is the one that would have known. Can you share the actual link on the Kuwi website ;)

Everything Bicycles distributed the f/f/kits in the US and I agree upon the local distribution of parts and affordability factors. This is an '83 german advertisement and note the clear difference in specification.

By '84 Kuwahara were making their own parts with Takagi and released power discs and 1pc stamped cranks. This is why I believe that the Survivor had this particular factory specification. Also note the option of front and rear DC brakes :rolleyes:

http://www.kuwahara-bmx.com/kuwahara-laserlite/

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#16 2016-04-09 5:51pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

Sweet time capsule!!!:P


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#17 2016-04-09 5:52pm

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I always question that website as it is not official and I have never seen some of those specs local or factory and especially a labelled teardrop '82 Survivor.

Even Kuwahara's official Survivor 2.5 advertisement is incorrect and I've seen a disclaimer from them saying it was done before official release in '83 :lol:

I can't find the advertisement but I will and post it up soon.


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#18 2016-04-10 3:26pm

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Re: 1983 Kuwahara Laserlite

Awesome Kuwi !
Love it when these bikes resurface and they were actually cared about enough to be kept indoors and protected.
Nice find!


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#19 2016-04-10 4:05pm

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Kuwahara distributed Promax/M.K Shoji/Elina aero-turbo seats on Survivor/Laserlite's from as early as '82-84

Also the fading out of Ukai speedlines would have been logical for the progression towards the newer Araya 7X.

http://i.imgur.com/G4lH72y.jpg


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#20 2016-04-10 5:44pm

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Bravo wrote:

Kuwahara distributed Promax/M.K Shoji/Elina aero-turbo seats on Survivor/Laserlite's from as early as '82-84

Also the fading out of Ukai speedlines would have been logical for the progression towards the newer Araya 7X.

http://i.imgur.com/G4lH72y.jpg

that's a real cool ad..  I guess the Euro version was quite a bit different... Wait,, is that YOU in the ad?

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#21 2016-04-10 7:53pm

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Awesome, I'd love to own that :cool:


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#22 2016-04-11 9:27am

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Survivor 2.5 official specs by april '84.

Note the distributor and test input :o

http://i.imgur.com/MMHaWVo.jpg


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#23 2016-04-11 11:25am

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Correct advertisement released in Dec '83 ;)

http://i.imgur.com/7nL2RAE.jpg


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#24 2016-04-11 2:01pm

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Bravo wrote:

Correct advertisement released in Dec '83 ;)

http://i.imgur.com/7nL2RAE.jpg

100% definitively that bike ;)

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#25 2016-04-11 7:04pm

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Incorrect advertisement of KZ-2 with Survivor spec.

I actually wouldn't mind building one that way :lol:

http://i.imgur.com/FOFcDnj.jpg


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