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SURVIVOR BMX BIKES (1996 & Earlier)

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~~ SURVIVOR BMX BIKES (1997 & Earlier) ~~

Please follow the general rules and guidelines AND take special note of the special conditions and rules for this particular class.

Bikes eligible for participation in this class are solely: complete survivors (in other words not merely compiled from all survivor parts) - bikes that are just as they were at the cut off date of Dec. 31, 1996. Minor non original and realistic part changes are allowed... such as tires, maybe grips... suppose an otherwise complete survivor was found with all original 25 or 30 year old parts, except a seat that was much later, or something like that. Bringing one or maybe two small accessories back to "era correct alignment with the rest of the build is acceptable. Please don't over do it. Please have integrity and honor the spirit of the survivor class. No refinished (powder/paint/anodizing/chrome etc.) parts and absolutely nothing repopped, i.e. no reproduction pads or stickers. 

Any bike in this category ought to have parts that fall in their entirety within a 5 year period of era correctness. In other words... an 80 survivor should have no part later than 85 on it. This provision is made in order to accommodate the fact that people might realistically have kept a bike but added upgrades over the years. 

At one time, we allowed more latitude with the definition of survivor so that even "survivor builds" were permitted. At this point, we seem to have enough true survivor bikes of great quality that we can drop this concession. Please put "survivor builds" made from all original parts in to the appropriate bike and era class. Duly note the status of your OG parts. The true connoisseurs will no doubt reward you with appreciation.

Addendum :
An exception to the rule that the bike must be acquired within the last year, is this: Life time owners can enter their survivors as long as they meet these conditions:

1) the bike meets all the other criteria of the survivor class
2) the bike has never been entered in the BOTY in previous years
* life time owners will be defined as 20 or more years of ownership for a bike from 1997 or earlier.

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1979 SE Racing PK RIPPER Anodized with Round Top Tube.


100% as found from the original owner. 

Parts of note include:

  • Skinny/Fat Comp II tan wall Big Block/Little Block tread
  • Chromoly Race inc bars
  • DG Forks
  • 2 part PK Ripper decal on the down tube
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1984 SE Racing Bronco Survivor


I bought this bike out of Texas and it is in amazing survivor condition.Not eveyone could drive off the lot on a Quadangle. For those kids, this was the bike. The only changes were a padded saddle back to a Velo saddle and the toasted chrome freewheel. The NOS pads were added to button it up. 












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1960s Schwinn Junior.


Found this in the local area. Had been sitting around for a few years and from what the seller told me, it belonged to a Navy brat from San Diego named Cain.

I was going to use it for parts but after getting the back story, I can almost imagine racing against the original owner or having at least seen him in the early San Diego BMX Association day.

The bike seems like a transitional ride when the rider got tired of his Matthews monoshock and transitioned to a hardtail.




Schwinn Mini Sting Ray frame 1960s

Matthews Girder Fork

Matthews bars



Araya Heavy duty rims with 105 spokes

ACS fron and Bendix 70 rear hub.

Carlisle tires.



Unknown grips

Ariake "Tiger" seat



Schwinn headset

Schwinn BB

Schwinn Seatpost

AS stamped seat clamp





Unknown chain

Unknown 70s grips




Carlisle Aggresor tires

One original Schwinn tube, Unknown other.





And the owner's mark



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******1982 Kuwahara ET ******

About 6 or 7 years ago I seen this one owner never ridden gem at a swap meet owned by an old man. Tried for many years to buy it from him but could never get a vibe from the guy until this year when he told me he was sick of moving the thing. As for the story on he bike he bought it new in 82 from a local shop and it never left his house besides going to bike shows and sitting in his trailer. Came with Manual and plate never punched.


Frame, fork and Chain Guard : Kuwahara OG paint

Basket: Miller Farms Dairy “he had bike shop install

Plate: Neal Kuwahara E.T.

Stem: Sugino

Bars: Win BMX V-Bar

Grips: O.G.K

Head Set: Stock

Cranks hardware: Sugino

Pedals: KKT

Seat: Elina

Post: black fluted

Brake: Dia-Compe 880 W/MX lever

Rims:Ukai HE

Tires: Gum Wall Kenda



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1984 SE Racing Bronco


Nothing much to say about it. I changed out the brake cable, added the padset and put air in the tires.




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1979 Torker LP Long Survivor

Back in April 2017 I made contact with a gentleman in Nebraska who had two of his childhood BMX bikes along with some other memorabilia. One of the bikes was this 1979 Torker Long Pro. After some negotiating I ended up purchasing both bikes and he shipped them both to me here in Texas.


The owner had saved money by working on farms in Nebraska back in the late 70's to buy the Torker. He only raced it a hand full of times at a local track there and eventually started driving and lost interest in the bike. Both of his bikes were stored in his parent's dry basement for the next 30 plus years. Along with the bike he also included the original paperwork for the Haro plate, brake lever and the original receipt from the bike shop that he purchased it from.


Nothing has been changed on this bike and it is exactly as it was when he purchased it from Mr. Bike in 1979.


Watch Video Here


Parts List

  • Frame & Fork: Torker Long Pro
  • Handlebars: Redline Proline V Bars
  • Grips: Oakley .5 Grips
  • Stem: Torker 6 Bolt Stem
  • Saddle: Kashimax MX
  • Pad Set: Torker
  • Brake Lever: Haro Handle
  • Rear Brake: Shimano Tourney
  • Brake Pads: Kool Stop
  • Wheels: Araya 7C Rims & Shimano Hubs
  • Tires: Mitsuboshi Comp II
  • Cranks: Shimano Tourney 600
  • Bottom Bracket: Tange
  • Pedals: Japanese Rat Traps






















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77/78 Webco Survivor with Webco Mags

Tracked down this complete Webco Survivor from the original owner's son this past year. The tires were shot, so I did replace those with some Cheng Shin knobbies. It is rideable now. The grips look like they have survived a nuclear blast, sort of slightly melted looking with a hard glassy sheen on the surface - since this is not going to see a ton of use, I left the OG grips on.

Additions: a pad set thanks to some friends who donated them. Also there was no seat post clamp so friends donated an era /condition seat post clamp match.

Other than those small upgrades to make it a rideable bike, and repacked grease in the hubs... this is pretty much a stone cold survivor.

Special shot out to friends who helped get this dialed in with expertise and the minor donations mentioned: Sodbuster, Truly Odd, LBShane and S.Brothers.


Webco Frame
Webco Fork
Box Bars
Ashtabula Goose Neck Stem
One Grab On II grip, One unknown brand grip... but they color match and seem to be aged the same and were original as found.
Schwinn Seat
Schwinn Seat Post clamp (donated to be complete bike)
Webco Mags with Bendix 76 Coaster Hub (thanks for the rebuild Sodbuster)
Ashtabula One Piece Cranks
3 Arrow Sprocket
MKS pedals

Beautiful blue patina on the frame and a fair bit of oxidation on spots and the fork. The forks would likely clean up nice with citric acid bath, but for now just leaving it as found.


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Survivor class entry


1983 Thruster Tri-Power XL     I am the original owner.  All the parts have been on this bike since I put it together in 1982.  It has never been apart, even some of the air in the tires is from 1982!  This was my Thruster factory team indoor race bike from late 1982 - 1983 race season.  I was fortunate to ride on the Thruster factory team 1979-1983.  Most of the components on this bike was used by me at the 1981 Jag Bmx World Championship. 20171220_155216-1.jpg


Frame - Pre-production Tri-Power XL w/flat brake bridge, made Oct. 1982

Fork -  Thruster-II

Handlebars - Pre-production 1981 Thruster pro power bars

Stem  -  Factory polished Thruster power stem

Pad set -  Original Thruster pads

Seat post -  Thruster long post 

Seat  -  1st Gen. Kashimax Aero

Seat post clamp - Xcaliber

Grips - Oakley .5 black, w/crud plugs

Wheels - Sky Way graphite Tuffs,  12/80

Tires  -  Mitsubishi stadium

Cranks -  Very early Redline flight cranks Nov. 1979

Chain wheel/free wheel - Dura-ace/ phil spider combo  14t / 16t rear flip flop

Chain - Shimano

Peddles - Bob Reedy

Brakes - Dia-compe w/Skyway Tuff pads

Number plate - Custom clear lexan w/Haro oval decal and numbers












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1978 Torker MX Survivor Race Bike


This is one of my Torker survivor race bikes. It's 95% just as I raced it last in 1979 – the only "new" items are the rear spokes, a rear inner tube, and rear axle bolts. I recently acquired the near perfect NOS Torker pads from Michael Gamstetter, but they are exactly what I ran in 1978. I'm not entirely sure where the seat came from or if it is era correct.


Those wanting to see a bike with top-of-the-line race parts will likely be disappointed in this survivor. I was never a "latest parts guy", I just threw my bike together and went racing. My older brother worked at a bike shop, so there were always piles of used parts in our garage. 


What the bike lacks in cool parts, it makes up in history. The frame and fork (and a couple sets of original Torker pads and jerseys) were given to me by Steve Johnson of Torker, after I won the 14-Over Open class at the 1978 NBA Winternationals (on my blue 1977 Torker, which I still own). This '78 Torker (with a few different parts) was featured in several pics in BMX Action and other BMX publications. I was fortunate enough to be on the Factory Torker team for several months in the summer and fall of 1978, before I disconnected from the sport. This is the bike I loaded into the Torker Team van and we drove from Steve Johnson's house to Texas and Oklahoma to race a few nationals on the 1978 summer tour.


The Haro plate: At the beginning of the summer of 1978, Bob Haro made the very first set of Factory Torker plates. These were the original handmade plates. If I remember correctly, the first set of Haro/Torker plates were made for just five riders: Eddy King, Leo Green, Doug Olsen, Sparky Perry, and myself. Dave Renfrow may have gotten one of the original plates. As far as I know, this is the only remaining plate from the original set.


I still ride this beauty on my local trails and even catch a little air sometimes! Hope you all like it.


Frame – Early 1978 Torker MX with reverse dropouts

Forks – 1978 Torker

Stem – Cook Bros.

Rims – Blue Araya 7C

Tires – Nankang

Cranks – Sugino 7.5" Cr Mo

Pedals – MKS

Sprocket & Spider – Pete's Precision, 43 T

Front Hub – Bullseye

Rear Hub – Bendix 76 High Flange Coaster Brake

Bars – No idea, but the width was cut down to only 23" wide

Grips – Am'e

Seatpost – blue aluminum flange style

Number Plate – 1978 Factory Torker, hand-cut Haro

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1978 Scwinn Mag Scrambler


I purchased this TRUE SURVIVOR bmx bike a couple of months back. I bought it on one of the Facebook bmx for sale sites. The bike is 100% original, down to the Carlisle Agressor MX 200 tires. I owned a chrome 1977 Mag Scrambler, so when I saw this for sale, I COULDN'T pass on it! I had to completely clean and regrease ALL bearings (headset, cranks, wheel hubs), and rebuilt the coaster brake. The ONLY thing NOT ORIGINAL to this bike is the Phil Wood bike grease!! Enjoy! Merry Christmas!









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