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So about two weeks ago I got an email from some guy out of the blue. He asked me to identify a bmx frame for him. I said sure no problem. Just send me some pics. He tried emailing me pics but they wouldn't come through so he asked for my cell number. He then text me four or five pics of a 1982 SE Racing Basher which is an 82 Race Inc RA7 that SE decal'd as Bashers.

I've done a long thread here on the three styles of SE Bashers (I'll link it at the bottom of this post).

Anyway, I asked him what the story was and how he got my email address and he told me that he works for a guy and they were cleaning out a barn and were making a scrap pile to haul to the dump and this frame was in the barn. He pulled it out and his boss told him to toss it in the alloy pile to scrap. He said he's not into bmx and didn't know anything about it but he felt it was too nice to junk. He had gone home and googled SE Racing Basher BMX and almost every hit on google had my name in it. cool so he clicked a link which brought him here and he clicked on my profile and got my email address.

He said he had seen some of my sold Bashers and wondered if I would be interested in it or know someone who was. I asked him some questions and he was quick to get me pics and info. I asked him what he wanted for it and he shot me a ridiculous number. I told him thanks anyway but I wasn't interested at his price. He came back quickly asking what I would pay. I told him my number and told him he could take it or leave it. No hard feelings.
He contacted me back later and said after thinking about it, he would take my offer because it was easy for him and he wanted the frame to go to someone who would appreciate it over dealing with Ebay or Facebook. I told him I could paypal him right away and he told me he had never used paypal and he prefered a money order. Against my better judgement I agreed. I mailed him a money order from the post office on Monday and was holding my breath. He text me on Thursday and said the money order had arrived and he had already mailed the frame Fedex and gave me tracking. It showed up today. Dude was just outside Muncie IN and the bike shop decal on the frame is Muncie IN so it had been there it's whole life.

These SE Basher decal'd RA7 frames were all ball burnished with blue/brown decals or black with gold/white decals. These are the only two colors that have turned up. About a year ago someone posted a pic of a kid from 1982/83 holding his bike in both hands broken clean in two and it was a candy blue Frame with Basher decals and we had a discussion here at how rare that was because only burnished or black had ever been seen. Well this one is og blue with og decals. Even the glue from the seat tube decal that is missing is still there. Bike shop decal is in good shape too. The first two pics are pics he sent me. The others are pics I took after removing the chain, head cups and bb cups and wiping it down with a wet towel. I'll do my standard scrub down I always do tomorrow. Rubbing compound, polishing compound and wax. Seat tube is spread from some clown trying to force a 7/8 seat post into a 13/16 seat tube. I was able to massage it back with a rubber mallet.

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That's awesome Brian. 

 

Some new dropouts, fresh powder and correct Race Inc. decals and you will have a bad ass bike!

 

(I kid I kid)

 

 

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Did a thorough clean up on it with rubbing compound, polishing compound and wax.

 

 

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good story, glad it worked out

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Turned out great after polishing. What are your plans? I guess a proper build won't hurt.

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On 9/5/2020 at 3:40 PM, larsvegas43 said:

Turned out great after polishing. What are your plans? I guess a proper build won't hurt.

Not sure. I wanna concentrate funds on the GHP Trix frameset I just bought. I did buy a set of date correct OG finish and decals Tange TRX forks for this frame yesterday though.

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On 9/2/2020 at 12:15 PM, Brian Hays said:

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Did these come with landing gear forks or race inc?

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Cleaned up nice. Love the original bike shop sticker - always love it when a frame has one :cool:

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21 hours ago, Texasbmx said:

Did these come with landing gear forks or race inc?

They didn't come with anything. They were sold as a frame only. No kits or frame / forks were offered. I have seen a couple different pics from bitd that both had Landing Gear Lites on them. A black one and the only other candy blue one seen thus far.

 

 

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Interesting!

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That pic with the broken frame is amazing. :jimmy:

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Wow! Goldman's Bike Shop in Muncie IN. I remember going in there and seeing an SE bike for the first time. Never forgot how strange and intriguing the beige color frame was. I dreamed about that bike for years. Goldman's was the hard-core bmx shop in our town. I think Kenny was the shop rider/ mechanic...and i remember the big airs at Hazelwood LOL. 

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It looks great Brian. What products do you use? (rubbing, polishing, wax)

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Added a pair of 1982 dated og finish and decals Tange TRX forks.

 

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