Recently got this off of ebay and plan to do a restoration to make a classic randonneur. I'm loving the direct mount centre-pull brakes.
This was a Japanese domestic market model from the 70s to 1982, the idea was the bike was a system around which the buyer had a lot of options to spec the bike to their needs, i.e. brake type, drop outs, racks, luggage, etc.
Once I get the frameset I'll assess the condition of the paint and decide if it needs a respray
Please don't respray! This looks like it will clean up beautifully, nice find. I'd keep it as original as possible.
Agreed, please don't respray it
I'd try and keep the paint if resprayed to match, but some of the other photos so some bad scratches. I'd also see about getting decals made to match.
Some info from the original catalog.
Cool OEM rack!
Any idea what the saddle is? I’m looking for something like that if you’re not going to use it.
I'm excited about the rack too. I'm going to get a nitto ZL decaleur to support a bag from above. This should be compatible with the existing stem.
I'm not sure what provisions if any the frame has for internal dynamo routing, but I'd like to use a front dynamo hub. I know the D1/D2 variations of the frame (red) had a rear bottle dynamo along with canti brakes.
I'll ID the saddle when I get the bike and let you know what it is, I'll likely switch to a leather Gilles Berthoud.
A nice selection of all the options available on the frames.
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