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Kuwahara Makai

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Always loved Kuwahara's, since the early 80s, never owned one. Came across one in need of some love on FB marketplace for $125. Lot's of blue rattle can paint to deal with. Luckily I was able to clean up the chrome frame & Haro handlebar to a level I'm happy with, fork was too far gone, could have been painted I guess but wanted chrome so found the most affordable option on-line, added different period fork decals. Still waiting on gum-wall red tires, red chainring and a red seatpost but it's very ridable, latest picture doesn't show fork decals yet but they look great.

I noticed a Makai on this forum which members guessed around 1994. My serial# is RMCD600594, maybe a 94'? Does anyone know? Curious if the frame would be chromoly, pretty heavy at 5.75lbs. I'm not real worried about the weight, I plan to use this at the ripe old age of 52 for some easy cruisin'

I realize this 90s model is not as sought after as the 80s models but I'm curious of the value (my costs will be just under $400 CAD), doubt I'd ever sell it, too much elbow grease already (LOL). Has Diamond Back branded pedals which took a lot of work to restore.

 

Anyway, I'm brand new to this forum and I'm mostly into road & mountain bikes but BMX was kind of a first love, colored snake belly tires and Elina plastic saddle in the early 80s on my budget BMX...

As purchased:

 

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Partially complete:

 

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Welcome! 

Nice job on the clean up! That looks first class!

I too am into Mountain bikes (XC type) however it has two wheels, I am a fan. 

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13 hours ago, Curt said:

Welcome! 

Nice job on the clean up! That looks first class!

I too am into Mountain bikes (XC type) however it has two wheels, I am a fan. 

Thanks, here's an update. Received my tires and seatpost yesterday. Ended up not liking the red on the seatpost, maybe because it was a matt type finish and too modern looking, just didn't feel right. So: remove the red! Took a few hours of polishing but well worth it I think, would have to say it's done. At just under 27.5lbs she's no lightweight but has a very nice ride. Will do perfect for the intended flatland cruising planned at my summer trailer in Birch Bay once this pandemic is over

 

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Welcome to the site.  Amazing job on the clean up. :ThumbsUp:   Kuwi’s are dope....I’d prefer to see black tires but the gumwalls look a lot better (and that you pulled the bars back from the previous pic).   :Cool_LikeThat:

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