1984 Torker Freestylist Martin Aparijo
Ultra rare Torker Freestylist
So here is my latest build, with a little background. I began as a racer, but after seeing a live freestyle show put on by Van's, featuring Woody and Martin, my mind was set on freestyle! That show was held at my local track - Braddock Park in North Bergen, New Jersey and they performed right on the last straight. I'm sure I don't have to say how wicked the show was...it totally blew my mind! Even though I had been reading all of the magazines regularly for a couple of years, seeing their flatland show in person was way better than any photo spread. They both blazed through tricks smoothly, yet with a sense of urgency and it definitely left an impression on me. From then on, I pretty much left the track and the 16 Expert class for the freestyle world.
In any case, Martin had just snagged his Torker ride and showed up that day with his Prototype Torker (which also blew me away). It was also my first time ever seeing the Cherry Picker (wasn't even in the mags yet) and I almost couldn't comprehend what I had seen! So, I promptly pre-ordered a Torker Freestylist and eagerly awaited it's arrival. It came in October and I swapped out parts from my other freestyler at the time (a performer, if I'm not mistaken). It took some getting used to at first, due to the geometry and 5" head tube. Soon enough, a buddy of mine got one as well and I soon lost interest in the Torker as a result. Around the same time, I had just peeped spy photos of RL on the RL-20II and I set my sights on that. Once it arrived, I sold off the Torker and that was the last I saw of it! Although I really loved the RL, I always regretted selling the Torker. Once I got back into this OS-BMX thing, I vowed to get one if one ever popped up. Now mind you, late last year, I swore off any new builds, with the one caveat re: the Torker. Wouldn't you know it, one pops up early November of last year! Needless to say, I did not hesitate on snagging it. This one is the 60th production frame set made.
I hope you Enjoy it as much as I do and thanks for looking!
Parts & Specs:
Frame: 1984 Torker Freestylist Serial#: 10840060 (60th made in October of 84 - very few made all together)
Fork: 1984 Torker Freestylist (this is the really rare part as many of the existing frames do not have the matching fork)
Tubes: 100% Cro-Mo
Handlebars: VDC 2nd Gen Woody bars - powdered GHP red (Thank you Relic!)
Stem: NOS Hutch Western H gold stem
Grips: NOS A'me Unitrons black over red
Seatpost: NOS Pro-Neck laid back post powdered GHP red (w/extra VDC decal - cuz I like the way it looks)
Seat: NOS white Kashimax Aero
Seatpost clamp: NOS DC MX double hinged
Levers: NOS Dia-Compe tech 3
Front brake/pads: NOS Dia-Compe MX-1000 with OG red pads w/centering hdwe
Rear brake/pads: NOS Dia-Compe MX-1000 with OG red pads w/centering hdwe
Headset: NOS Hatta MX-10 w/ red Tange HS lock and gold B. S. dirt skirt
Cranks: Mint chrome RL 401 flights (185mm) stolen from my Chrome RL now collecting dust under my bed! :lol:
Bottom Bracket: Polished Redline Techmatic BB
Pedals: OG Hutch bear traps Purchased from another member (already powdered red) and I added the gold cages (thanks Falcos)
Front sprocket: Mint polished RL Flight 43T Chainring
Chain: Gold/Silver Izumi
sprocket/cog: 16T Shimano
Wheels: NOS Chrome 2nd Gen GT superlace hub up front and NOS GT Superlace Coaster brake Hub in black for rear, NOS red Ukai shiny side speedlines w/SS spokes and gold ano nipples
Tires: NOS Tioga Comp STs
Special thanks to Matt (Chromey) for the decal Artwork and Louis (Ultrahive) for the decal prints, including the Woody Itson bar decals!