That is a truly beautiful and amazing collection. Everyone a thoroughbred, how do you ever decide which one to ride?
I am really interested to hear how they ride and specific differences between them, thats as well as the story that each ones purchase must hold as well, though I fear with all that the Guv'ner would have to give you your own section
I really liked your previous write ups so maybe you can drip feed the individual stories to us.
Truely lovely! made my night to see this standard of collection.
All the best
90% of the time I ride to Pinarello to be honest. To quote Ferris, "It is so choice"
Growing up with Panasonic bikes I always sort of wanted a high end Italian bike (just as I wanted a Ferrari) so when I finally graduated from college I built my modern dream bike. I had no budget in mind, just anything I wanted. The only requirement was that it needed to be built to last and be a good daily rider. I just carves up the miles and feels so solid (no flex). I still love it.
When I am not riding the Pinarello my next most frequent rider is the 1988 DX-5000. I bought it new and hopping on it feels very much like putting on an old favorite pair of jeans. The Prestige tubed frame is flexy and springy but nimble at the same time. It gives me large doses of deja vu as I ride and I'm transported back to the days of Kenny Loggins and bright fluorescent spandex jerseys.
Once completed I do plan on riding the PR-6000 a fair amount. I've wanted one of these since 1991 or so when I first learned of them and thanks to Melvin I have one.
I had hoped to have had it done long ago but life got insanely busy with a new job and new wife etc. Bicycles sort of took the back-burner for a while.
The Team America is a bit like a hot date with a super-model. Everything about the bike is darn near perfect so you're afraid of going too fast and blowing it.
It is my first tubular equipped bike which added caution to my rides as I had to gain confidence in my ability to glue the tires to the rim. I have really only ridden this bike two or three times. The braking felt weak compared to my more modern bikes.
The Team Japan is pretty sweet. I always wanted a Superbe Pro equipped bike and had been trying to find a Team Japan for years. I just recently finished putting it back together so I've only done about 4 test/tuning miles but it reminds me of the Team America in many ways. The Dura Ace equipped Team America seems to feel a bit more refined, but some of that could still be in adjustments.... plus I'm just familiar with Shimano equipped bikes.
The '85 Team is pure nostalgia. It is a clone of the first Panasonic I owned back in 1985 at my 11th birthday. It has a much more solid and relaxed feel... almost leisurely compared to the Team bikes or DX-5000. It does seem to tighten up nicely at speed though and I am reminded of zooming down hills as a pre-teen back in the mid-eighties.
The '83 AR-6000 Aero is just pure funk.
It feels rather massive quite honestly. It is a heavy bike compared to the others. Tange Aero tubing wasn't exactly light weight stuff. The Dura Ace AX components to feel a bit dated but they get the job done and look cool doing it. I feel as if I could broadside a bus on this bicycle and come out the victor. Crazy.
That's all I have time for at the moment but it should get you started.
Founder, Panasonic Bicycles Virtual Museum http://panasonicbikemuseum.info
The Panasonics: 1983 AR-6000 Aero, 1984 DX-4000, 1985 Team, 1986 DX-3000, 1986 Team America, 1986 Team Japan, 1987 MC-6500, 1988 MC-5500, 1988 DX-4000. 1988 DX-5000, 1989 DX-1000, 1989 PICS Team Custom "Lauraire", 1989 PICS Team Custom "NOS", 1989 PICS Team MC-800 Custom, 1989 MC-5500, 1991 PR-6000
The Pinarello: '00 Pinarello Paris