I think I am the other Rafty owner mentioned. This pic
reminds me I have to find some time to polish mine again.
The Rafty crowd was a crowd with a relaxed attitude. You could think kinda like Yeti, but no, I think even Yeti was much more serious. Senri, you're mentioning a few Raftys were made. I think dozens or even an amount over one hundred are made. That is not much of course, but maybe a bit much for 'a few'? Highly subjective of course. What is not subjective is that it would be the among the 1st aluminium MTBs, according to what you're saying. Charlie Cunningham was experimenting with Al for off road bicycles in already late 70s and also 'house, garden and kitchen' brands like Cannondale and Klein were around since mid 80s.
I think the mellow image, the wild appearance and the custom manufacturering were the most important features of a Rafty back than. I think also a lot went from mouth to mouth and through direct contacts with the builder.
Senri, will the stem make its return? It is a ALPA/Footwork and it is a Dutch component. It was often seen on Raftys. Mine has one too. Footwork made more parts: posts, hubs, anti chainsuck thing, QRs, brake booster.... I think Mammoet still has a couple Footwork hubs.
Thanks for the great coverage so far. I am really enjoying it and I am looking forward to the next update.