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  1. Abandoned project. Great old vintage bike to start working on. The only damage I could see what a small flake/chip on the neck (see photo), other than some extremely light scuffing. Prefer pickup from Brisbane. I found this write-up on the Burner series: Raleigh were a little slow to enter the BMX market and didn't get a range of bikes together until around 1982. The original line-up consisted of five bikes:The Raleigh Burner was the bog standard model and sold by the shed load. It had a steel frame and forks, steel rims and cranks and - I think - alloy V-handlebars.The next model - the Tuff Burner - was a little more expensive and featured yellow Skyway Tuff II mag wheels, but other wise the two bikes were identical.Next up was the SuperBurner - essentially a Burner but with a kind of gold chrome finish on the frame. It looked pretty trick but if memory serves the spec was about the same as the standard Burner.By the time you get to the Ultra Burner however, things move up a gear. Araya 7X rims, Suntour loose bearing hubs, Sugino one-piece chro-moly cranks and spyder with alloy chainring and Suntour power handlebar stem were pretty trick for a bike bought in Halfords. The frame was the same steel frame as the Burner (but with a different finish) but the forks were chrome Tange TX1200W items, though (I think) still made from steel and not chro-moly. Alloy V handlebars and budget, but genuine, dia-compe brakes complete the Ultra Burner.This was my first bike and retailed in Halfords for £130. Mine however came from the Earls Court motorcycle show 'Bike '82' in which Ammaco had built a wooden BMX track and were running demos throughout the exhibition. A dealer at the show was offering Ultra Burners for £117. The £13 saving represented quite a few weeks of my paper round so it was worth it. And I'll never forget my overwhelming joy as I wheeled my new bike out of Earls Court - still flat packed and wrapped in cardboard - having worked and waited for two years to finally afford my own BMX bike!Top of the range was the Pro Burner. Similar spec to the Ultra Burner but with a full Chro-moly frame and forks with 'race proven' geometry. I think it retailed for around £225 and as such I didn't see too many of these around.The Raleigh Burner range went on to become one of the best known brands in BMX at the absolute street level. Parents knew and trusted Raleigh's name and reputation and the 1985 UK race team line up of Andy Ruffell, Craig Schofield, Martin Jose and Stu Diggins gave Raleigh real credibility on the race circuit.Raleigh was to the UK what Huffy was to the USA. Lest we forget the importance of the humble Burner
  2. I brought this from the UK over 10 years ago (paid more than $200 back then), but after collecting a few cool accessories, the project was eventually abandoned. The bike was repainted by the guy I brought it off, so unsure of the original colour. The only damage I could see was a small flake/chip on the neck (see photo), other than that some extremely light scuffing from being blanketed in storage. Pickup from Auchenflower or buyer to organise transport. _MG_5041.CR2 _MG_5044.CR2 _MG_5045.CR2 _MG_5048.CR2 _MG_5050.CR2 _MG_5052.CR2 _MG_5054.CR2 _MG_5055.CR2 _MG_5060.CR2
  3. Hey everyone, hows things in ure part of Oz? Hopefully not too affected by the wild summer weather n fires! Stay safe if you are! Its been great to have discovered this site, seems like a great community of people with a rad interest! And great to see good info and pics about Australian specific BMX's, that are largely ignored by international sites. My first real new bike when I was a kid was a smokin hot, SuperMax 2........ Deep Candy Red frame with all gold annodised parts, gold Araya Rims and hubs, had it for years, painted it many colours (dad was a spray painter)..... sold it way too cheap, loaded with cool parts, when I was 19, licensed with a car and partying instead of riding Got into downhill mountain biking later though and have done up several bikes over time.... mountain bikes and dragsters mainly. Anyhoo, as time has gone on, I have ended up with a complete barnfind style, Malvern Star MX1 Dragster style BMX (black with decals), and a second complete one in parts. It is cool as, I've actually taken the BMX style bars off and put ape hangers on it for that Dragster look, but still have the original bars and pads safe! The rims are steel Arayas! V/cool! And my other pride n joy is one of my all time best Op shop scores!!... A sweet as, original condition Speedwell, Sting Mk1 complete!! Unmolested! for only $10. Its yellow with original decals and even the store sticker of the place that sold it, with yellow Skyway tuffs, Tange forks (with decals), original parts and foot brakes. It has one original pad, vinyl with clips, and one 1984 upgrade nylon with velco. It was so hard to keep a straight face when the guy at the Op shop told me $10, I was so ready to pay more for it! I'll get off my butt and take some pics... I aim to track down a frame, forks n parts to rebuild my original Malvern Star SuperMax 2 ..... will keep ya'll posted. cheers from the Deep North Wally