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I finally finished it. I did not add some of the accessory pieces as I thought they were Too Gaudy.
This loosely resembles my bike as a kid.
The kit is horribly made and no fun to build but turned out OK.
Mike

 

 

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Looks good Mike!  I love all the chrome on it.  Were those seats called "banana seat"?

The brakes look interesting.  Were those similar to automotive, or vintage motorcycle drum brakes?

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Good job, turned out much nicer than I thought it would!

In Germany we call them bonanza bikes, although "Bonanza" was just one of the brands which sold those types of bikes. They disapperead rather quickly with the BMX hype.

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I think it turned out great. The only thing I think they did wrong with the kit is the plastic tubing is too large.

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6 hours ago, peteski said:

Looks good Mike!  I love all the chrome on it.  Were those seats called "banana seat"?

The brakes look interesting.  Were those similar to automotive, or vintage motorcycle drum brakes?

Thanks Pete, Yes Banana seats and every kid had one. The brakes were pretty similar to motorcycle brakes. Mine was actually a coaster brake model.

Mike

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3 hours ago, mattg said:

Good job, turned out much nicer than I thought it would!

In Germany we call them bonanza bikes, although "Bonanza" was just one of the brands which sold those types of bikes. They disapperead rather quickly with the BMX hype.

We had them here for a long time in the 60's and 70's.

Thanks , Mike

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50 minutes ago, cobraman said:

I think it turned out great. The only thing I think they did wrong with the kit is the plastic tubing is too large.

I agree as well and I could have fixed that issue but my heart was just not in it.

Thanks Ray , Mike

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13 hours ago, peteski said:

Were those seats called "banana seat"?

Yes.

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Dude! 

There's nothing to be ashamed of there! It looks great! All the chrome and that nice blue... and the seat looks great too!

You should be proud - looks like a darned fine build from where I sit!

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The brake and shifter cables should be grey. If they were, it would be a substantial improvement. The seat color should match the frame but, It is still a GREAT JOB!

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57 minutes ago, Faust said:

Dude! 

There's nothing to be ashamed of there! It looks great! All the chrome and that nice blue... and the seat looks great too!

You should be proud - looks like a darned fine build from where I sit!

Thank You Adam, Mike

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3 minutes ago, Cowpunk said:

The brake and shifter cables should be grey. If they were, it would be a substantial improvement. The seat color should match the frame but, It is still a GREAT JOB!

I know but that is life.

Thanks , Mike

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Our boys had a version that IIRC was called a "swing bike". the bar between the seat and the handle bars swiveled left or right so you could pull the handle bars to either side a little bit while keeping the wheel straight. It was the only one in town thus very cool indeed.

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1 hour ago, misterNNL said:

Our boys had a version that IIRC was called a "swing bike". the bar between the seat and the handle bars swiveled left or right so you could pull the handle bars to either side a little bit while keeping the wheel straight. It was the only one in town thus very cool indeed.

I have seen them but never when I was a kid.

Mike

 

 

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8 minutes ago, unclescott58 said:

Nice job on the Stingray Mike. 

Thanks Buddy, I enjoy it every time I look at it . When I do I am once again 13 years old.

Mike

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4 hours ago, slusher said:

Beautifully done my friend!!

Thanks very much Carl.

Mike

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2 hours ago, ewetwo said:

Great looking bike.

 

Thank You very much David.

Mike

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2 hours ago, mustang1989 said:

Very interesting and cool subject Mike. This turned out great dude.

Thanks Brother , It is an OK kit.

Mike

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I think it turned out great, I had an orange crate with the high rise sissy bar when I was around 12, thought I was joe kool lol!!

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3 hours ago, PappyD340 said:

I think it turned out great, I had an orange crate with the high rise sissy bar when I was around 12, thought I was joe kool lol!!

Well , You were Larry Cool !!!!!!

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