Funky or Normal?


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saladshooter

I live for the CABE
Nov 30, 2014
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4,212
Littleton, CO
#1
Howdy

Was checking out dad's bikes last weekend and he has one he'd like more information on. It's pretty funky, or maybe it's normal for the time.

Any information appreciated.

Thanks
Chad
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GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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7,395
Central Arizona
#3
Early to mid 60's Murray and I have no idea what model. Seat was added. Same style frame as the Murray built Sears Flightliner and Spaceliner.
 
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BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
349
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Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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#7
Howdy

Was checking out dad's bikes last weekend and he has one he'd like more information on. It's pretty funky, or maybe it's normal for the time.

Any information appreciated.

Thanks
Chad
EDITED COMMENTS: Initially, what I thought you had was a Western Flyer Cosmic Flyer, just like the one in this first picture, circa around 1966. Photo credit: Cabe member 'wrongway'. Upon closer inspection I noticed the small blade attachment on your front fender, your rear reflector, and the decals on your forks don't match a Cosmic Flyer.

The correct identity of your bike is an Otasco Flying O. They were built by Murray for Otasco (Oklahoma Tire and Safety Company). Take a close look at yours and see if the identifying features in the other pictures of a Flying O match yours.

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piercer_99

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 27, 2015
368
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Sanger, TX
#14
EDITED COMMENTS: Initially, what I thought you had was a Western Flyer Cosmic Flyer, just like the one in this first picture, circa around 1966. Photo credit: Cabe member 'wrongway'. Upon closer inspection I noticed the small blade attachment on your front fender, your rear reflector, and the decals on your forks don't match a Cosmic Flyer.

The correct identity of your bike is an Otasco Flying O. They were built by Murray for Otasco (Oklahoma Tire and Safety Company). Take a close look at yours and see if the identifying features in the other pictures of a Flying O match yours.

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actually it could be a Murray Solar Flite, from 64 to 66.

Without seeing the decal on the top of the headlight, or the serial number you can't tell if it is an Otasco branded Murray or not.

If it is an Otasco, they sold the Lancer, with this style tank, from 63' to 66' when the new style tank came out.

The Otasco model would have 54X6. at the beginning of the serial number.

Here is a page from the 1964 Murray catalog, introducing the Solar Flite, (which is a Y54 in the serial of the Murray), also a couple shots of my late 1963 built for 1964 model year Otasco Flying O Lancer.

Aside from the serial number and branding, the Solar Flite and the Lancer are identical bicycles

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BrentP

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 26, 2010
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Calgary, Canada via Marin Co. CA
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actually it could be a Murray Solar Flite, from 64 to 66.

Without seeing the decal on the top of the headlight, or the serial number you can't tell if it is an Otasco branded Murray or not.

If it is an Otasco, they sold the Lancer, with this style tank, from 63' to 66' when the new style tank came out.

The Otasco model would have 54X6. at the beginning of the serial number.

Here is a page from the 1964 Murray catalog, introducing the Solar Flite, (which is a Y54 in the serial of the Murray), also a couple shots of my late 1963 built for 1964 model year Otasco Flying O Lancer.

Aside from the serial number and branding, the Solar Flite and the Lancer are identical bicycles

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I still think it's an Otasco, based solely on the distinctive fork decal. The decal seems to be unique to Otasco.
 

piercer_99

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 27, 2015
368
901
Sanger, TX
#16
I still think it's an Otasco, based solely on the distinctive fork decal. The decal seems to be unique to Otasco.
you mean this decal?

like on this 1964 Murray Strato Flite?

It is a Murray decal, most Murray bikes of that style had it.

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Krakatoa

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 12, 2016
3,162
4,434
Warren, RI, United States
#18
That's a solo polo early banana seat. Typical but very cool mid 60's customization of a great Murray frame and not an uncommon modifiaction for a 26" model. Basically it's what a buddy of mine (not on the Cabe!) has been doing for five years or so on his bikes thinks he invented it lol, they are badass. Alot of my What Bike Did You Ride posts feature his bikes. Remember this was an extremely 'custom' oriented era with suppliers ready to sell you as much snazzy aftermarket gear as you could hold!
 
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