Show us your KLUNKER 5, SPITFIRE 5 orCRUISER 5

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  1. #1 Posted Feb 9, 2017

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    My 1980 CRUISER 5
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    My 1980 CRUISER 5 20170209_170422-2.jpg
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    This was my 1981 Chestnut. Loved that bike, and it was totally responsible for my Corvette 5 speed addiction.

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  4. #4 Posted Feb 9, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    This took me a long time to find. SCHWINN KLUNKER 5  1.jpg
     
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    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    What's the story on the Clunker 5 how many were sold and when was the first Spitfire 5 dated. Mine 20160827_161836.jpg 20160910_181800.jpg has 0819 stamp on head badge and looks like new stickers were added but everything else looks great, I think Finders were sold Originally on this bike???
    amazing find in CL for what I paid $$.

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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    That's a good question ..I hope someone can elaborate on it
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    None of the bikes named in the title heading came with fenders from the factory but I'm sure many buyers had them installed at the dealers.
    My Cruiser 5 was a $150 CL find with no pictures in the ad.

    All the Spitfire 5's that I've seen had a 1979 serial and build date on the badge, but there's only a few thousand that I haven't seen yet. ;)
    What's the serial number on yours? I have a Black Spitfire 5 that has a three month gap between the SN date and head badge date.
     
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    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    From what I remember the Klunker name was only a few months then Schwinn was sued because another company had that name so Schwinn dropped the name instead of fighting a lawsuit.The Cruiser and Spitfire followed the Klunker
     
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    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    I read somewhere that the Mt.bike magazine Klunker in California started by riders who used to make downhill bikes out of Schwinn frames with modified parts BMX bars ,seats etc. For the Schwinn frames were always the strongest.
    They had the name first like when Columbia's Play Boy bike came in the 60's that had a very short life Hugh Hefner threaten to sue them for the same thing
    As for date codes on my bike I haven't looked them up but KP on frame and 0829 on badge pics on badge is hard to see.
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  10. #10 Posted Feb 10, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Nice Bike! That's the first Klunker 5 I've seen that wasn't black. Not that I've seen many.
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I don't believe they were stock, but yours and some others look factory. I'm guessing they were an option, probably from the dealer.
     
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  12. #12 Posted Feb 10, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I had a black Klunker and a red Spitfire 5.Both had fenders but were aftermarket,dealer installed.I've seen a few Schwinn Cruisers (generically speaking) from that era with Schwinn fenders,they must have offered them sometime.This one certainly has them.
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    My Florida ride, a CL find. I believe it was a cruiser 5 because of the welded on lugs. Havent seen it in a few months but I'm pretty sure its an 85. Soon to get a kickback.

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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Not a "5" but got this from the original owner. Claimed it was all original the way it came off the show room floor. Guess the fenders could be dealer installed. Its an 86 00u0u_4GcVrcLRqVG_1200x900.jpg
     
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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    This is my KLUNKER 5 ..I detaild it and added aftermarket fenders..according to the previous owner the springer fork and front atom brake were dealer installed 20170207_174021.jpg
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Nice Klunker Tony. When I was refurbing my Black Spitfire 5 I finally convinced Dan, bicyclebones, to reproduce those top bar decals. Mine vanished and at that time I was about to install some of the old 50's style feather script decals like the 80-82 Cruisers.
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Thanks GTs58! I wasn't quite sure if it was a decal or silkscreen
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Here's some of my 80s cruisers...
    Only 1 I've sold...red girls 5 speed
     
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