Finally riding a big boys bike
You are correct. That was, and is, the allure of the Orange Krate.AS noted I'm not a expert but I do remember the Orange Krate was on the dealers floor before I saw a Apple Krate available
It was the only Krate we saw for a while until the other fruits came out later.
The whole thing was a shock to the musclebike genre especially since it came out mid year-ish and not at Christmas or the new year.
All us kids were saying, “Where did THAT come from, and, more importantly, how do I get one”?