Kuwahara Nova 1983 – Blue

I found this Kuwahara at Blocket.se (the swedish version of Craigs List) in the spring of 2010.

The woman Tina, that I bought the bike from, had bought it in early 90´s to her kids from Stefan Ekwall in Märsta. For those who don’t know who Stefan is, I can tell you that he’s the grandfather of BMX in Sweden. Stefan was a role model for me in the 80´s and he has been a huge inspiration for me. Stefan used to run a BMX shop in Märsta called “TWS” (Two Wheel Service). This bike/project is a tribute to Stefan for all of his hard work for the BMX scene.

When I bought the bike, it had different parts and the frame was chrome plated. Blue is my favourite color of the Nova’s, that’s why I have painted it blue. I took the Akisu aero fork (mint condition) from another bike. The seat post is my old seat post from when I was sponsored by “Kuwahara Sweden” in the 80´s. Except for the fork, seat post, SR stem, and the yellow ACS Z-rims, all the other parts is NOS (new old stock).

The brake guard (California Racing Design) was bought from legendary Tim March in England.

Many thanks to Stefan Ekwall and his family!

FRAME 1983 Kuwahara Nova. Blue metallic paint.
FORK Akisu Aero 1¨ threaded. Chrome.
STEM SR MS-422. Polished with blue top.
HANDLEBAR Redline V-bar. Blue lacquer. (NOS)
HEADSET Tange MX3. 1¨ threaded. Chrome with black border. (NOS)
HEAD LOCK Tange head lock. Gold anodized. (NOS)
GRIPS O.G.K. foam. Yellow. (NOS)
CRANKS Takagi 1-piece 180mm. Chrome.
CHAINRING Sugino. 44T. Gold anodized with machined teeth. (NOS)
SPIDER Sugino. Chrome.
CHAINRING BOLTS Sugino (stamped). Chrome
PEDALS KKT AMX 1/2¨. Gold anodized. (NOS)
CHAIN Izumi 1/8¨. Gold/silver. (NOS)
SEAT Elina UL. Yellow. (NOS)
SEAT POST Elina UL. fiberglass.
SEAT POST CLAMP SunTour Arrow. Silver. (NOS)
REAR BRAKE Dia-Compe 890 (stamped 1983). Gold anodized. (NOS)
BRAKE LEVER Dia-Compe Tech 2 MX (stamped 1983). Gold anodized. (NOS)
BRAKE CABLE Dia-Compe (stamped 1983). Yellow. (NOS)
BRAKE GUARD California Racing Designs (Clint Miller). Yellow/blue. (NOS)
RIMS ACS Z-rims 36H. Yellow. Homemade repop die-cut decals.
HUBS Suzue high flange 36H. Loose ball bearings. Blue anodized. (NOS)
SPOKES/NIPPLES Chrome spokes. Black alloy nipples (NOS).
FREEWHEEL Shimano 16T. Chrome/black.
TIRES Vredestein Cross BMX VR7 gumwall. 2.125¨ front and 1.75¨ rear. Blue. (NOS)
DECALS Kuwahara repop decals from Asia. Homemade “Nova” decals.
PADS Kuwahara repops. Yellow.
NUMBER PLATE Cycle Pro “Flo Series”. Yellow. (NOS)


  • arokoi888 (13 years)

    Very very nice.I would like to have chrome version of Nova to go with yellow or red parts but these days,it’s really hard to find a good mint chrome Nova.
    I liked your Nova.

  • vw_stylin (11 years)

    hey tobbe, greetings from australia! …this is a real nice example of an osbmx! you did an outstanding job rebuilding it and great to hear the history too!…i have some of my bikes on bmxmuseum.com under vw_stylin …cheers, john

  • Don (11 years)

    hi, love ur Nova ! I’m long for a blue Nova to replace one i had bitd. lmk if u might want to sell her.
    kind regards

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