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1980 Scorpion

#1 2009-08-25 10:27am

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1980 Scorpion

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1980 Scorpion

very late 70s or early 1980s Scorpion BMX bike

I dont really know a lot about this one, this is a pic I recently got from my parents.  It was my first bike, I got it when I was 5 in 1980 in South Africa.  It had a hi-tensile steel frame and chrome plated forks which I think may have been cromo.  It was originally all black with red pads.  Other wise its stock standard except the pedals, tires and grips as they wore out they were replaced.  I think its got Shimano SX pedals, Tuff neck copy stem and possibly win-v bars on it in the pic.


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#2 2009-08-26 9:19am

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

Hello I just recently found a scorpion frame at the local dump, at the moment I am quickly restoring  it for my next race meet to race to prove a point that old school still can keep up with new school ... anyway great pic!!!!!!!


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#3 2009-08-26 11:21am

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

Hey Mike, thanks!  thats cool, post pics when its done and be sure to get some pics of you racing it!  big_smile

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#4 2013-05-29 12:52pm

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

Awesome bru!!! Its a Mk1 Western Flyer Scorpion. The Mk2 Scorpion was in red and had two holes in the gusset. The parts on the Mk1 were a bit better than the Mk2. I have scans of the two adverts for them. I'll try and dig them out then send it to you. Great to see some South African bikes on the museum. I have a Le Turbo Grid 5 still unbuilt and in its box with all the parts still in plastic.


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#5 2013-05-29 12:59pm

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

It should really have its own section under Western Flyer - South Africa. It has no relation to the Scorpion model in the US, nor was it connected to Western Flyer in the US. The fork was an Akisu Chromo fork. I have restored my late brother-in-law's Mk2 and was surprised at how much lighter it feels with alloy rims. I remember it feeling like a tank bitd due to those steel rims.


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#6 2013-05-29 1:00pm

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AHhh!  Western Flier!  thats the one.  I remember the head tube badge with the eagle wings!   Get the scans up here, post in a comment to this thread!

Where did you get the le turbo?  I had a huge leturbo poster on my door as a kid! cool

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#7 2013-06-02 3:55am

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An old old guy in Bloem had a cycle shop bitd. he had a couple of Le Turbos stored away after he closed shop. So a couple of friends and I bought the bikes. I'll post it up then let you know. We need to get the SA bikes up. Believe it or not, we have discovered some high end Scorpions using the same frame as the Le Turbo's. we have also found that the original owner of the Le Turbo company is still around, so we intend to do an interview with him about Le Turbo and show him our bikes and try to get the history of the developments of the models. I have also redone decals for Kamikaze bikes and Scorpions so we are finding and restoring more of those. there must have been a link between Western Flyer SA and Le Turbo because we also found a couple of Kamikaze bikes with the same LT frame.


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#8 2013-06-02 4:17am

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

Look at that head tube angle!

Nice ride, man.


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I've actually been a member here since 2006...

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#9 2013-06-03 9:56pm

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

Glen, check under Le Turbo in the Museum bikes section. Second SA bike up on the site.


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#10 2020-07-28 10:41am

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

Just found one in a garage!! Had it powder coated as chrome was shot.
Where can i get decals?

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#11 2020-08-07 3:33am

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

https://imgur.com/a/sLiYpa4

IS this a Western Flyer Scorpion? Please help

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#12 2020-12-03 4:14am

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Re: 1980 Scorpion

Fantom48 wrote:

Just found one in a garage!! Had it powder coated as chrome was shot.
Where can i get decals?

You're in luck, during lockdown, a BMX buddy and I started a decals business so we are doing Western Flyer Scorpion and Kamikaze decals. We're in Johannesburg ; )


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

Keep it rad bru!!!!
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