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The Rebirth Of Cool Schwinn Stingray

Schwinn Stingray

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I saw one in Wal-Mart last week, pretty cool. I wonder what the homies will do to it. $177.
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Re: The Rebirth Of Cool Schwinn Stingray

Yet another American Icon soiled in the name of capitalism...Sad. Don't get me started on what they have done to the GTO, Impala, etc. Stingray was ape hanger bars and banana seat, that thing is just a a chopper, with a horrable seating position for peddeling. Just an opinion of this child of the 70's...
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Re: The Rebirth Of Cool Schwinn Stingray

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Yet another American Icon soiled in the name of capitalism...Sad. Don't get me started on what they have done to the GTO, Impala, etc. Stingray was ape hanger bars and banana seat, that thing is just a a chopper, with a horrable seating position for peddeling. Just an opinion of this child of the 70's...
Hear, hear! That thing doesn't look anything like the Stingray I had in the 60s-70s (well, clone anyway, mine was a Ross, I think). I had to click on the history link to make sure they were talking about the banana seat, sissybar, high handlebar bikes that we all loved as kids. Stop messing with the classics, I say!
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Yet another American Icon soiled in the name of capitalism...Sad. Don't get me started on what they have done to the GTO, Impala, etc. Stingray was ape hanger bars and banana seat, that thing is just a a chopper, with a horrable seating position for peddeling. Just an opinion of this child of the 70's...
The new bike looks cool, but yeah maybe they should've called it something else. About the only connection I can make is to look at what "choppers" (motorcycles) looked like back then, and what they look like now, and I guess this bike is a modern version of the old one.
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it's no wonder Schwinn Sting-Rays are endorsed by Orange County Choppers
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Re: The Rebirth Of Cool Schwinn Stingray

Does this mean you can't get a stingray anymore? When did they stop making them?

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Does this mean you can't get a stingray anymore? When did they stop making them?

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Re: The Rebirth Of Cool Schwinn Stingray

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Yet another American Icon soiled in the name of capitalism...Sad. Don't get me started on what they have done to the GTO, Impala, etc. Stingray was ape hanger bars and banana seat, that thing is just a a chopper, with a horrable seating position for peddeling. Just an opinion of this child of the 70's...
I don't mind getting you started. It's all about progress and change. I suppose there were some guys around the 1920's who still thought horses were better than cars. For example, the new GTO is a better car in every way than the boats with the same name from the 60's and 70's. Faster, too, while more comfortable/luxurious, plus getting better mileage and being more than a bit better for the environment. Of course, you're probably referring to styling - which is a matter of opinion. I'll certainly admit that too many new products lack distinctive (or what I'd call "tasteful") styling. Too many design departments take the safe route. I liked the '69 and '70 model Goats. My dad had a '69, which I have only a few foggy memories of, as it met a phone pole when I was about two... But the new ones are fine, IMO. If only I could convince my wife to get trade her '03 Mustang (GT 5-speed) for one.


As for the Sting Ray, I had a 1977 model - my first 20" bike. It was cool; electric blue, with big handlebars and the obligatory banana seat. My friends all had BMX bikes (Redlines, Haros, GT's), and they picked on my Sting Ray. I liked it, though. Lots of miles put on that thing; I even did my paper route on it for a year...

I don't mind the new one - it's a new bike for a new generation. Face it; the only people who would like the "old style" Sting Ray design now are old guys and (Honda)gals like us!
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styling - which is a matter of opinion.
And my opinion of the new GTO...it looks like a warmed over Grand Am. Not to mention that the front end looks almost R1'ish. It's a disgrace to all real GTO aficionados to have this new POS sharing such a historical moniker.
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And my opinion of the new GTO...it looks like a warmed over Grand Am. Not to mention that the front end looks almost R1'ish. It's a disgrace to all real GTO aficionados to have this new POS sharing such a historical moniker.

Not to mention the fact that it isn't a new car by any means. It is nothing more than a Holden with a slight styling change.
GM really went the cheap route with it.
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And my opinion of the new GTO...it looks like a warmed over Grand Am. Not to mention that the front end looks almost R1'ish. It's a disgrace to all real GTO aficionados to have this new POS sharing such a historical moniker.

Right on, I couldnt have said it better myself... at least (im not a Ford fan) Ford designers did the revised mustang some good with the retro styling. Dodge boned the Charger as well.... I can only wait til the Camaro makes a comeback, god help someone if it comes back as a wide body chevy cavalier !?

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It's all about progress and change. I suppose there were some guys around the 1920's who still thought horses were better than cars. For example, the new GTO is a better car in every way than the boats with the same name from the 60's and 70's. Faster, too,
Yeah, but this is a functional step backwards. How are you supposed to jump a row of garbage cans on this poser Stingray? Or pull your buddy on the skateboard? You'd spend all your energy trying to peddle that ridiculous back tire.

It's all about show these days. I'm sure they'll sell tons.
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I don't mind the new one - it's a new bike for a new generation. Face it; the only people who would like the "old style" Sting Ray design now are old guys and (Honda)gals like us!
Actually, you'd be at the end of that era. The baby boomers (the largest and most affluent sector of our current society) would be the ones who have the most money to spend and who would most appreciate the real deal. Not some commercially hip neo cruiser. Just look at the Harley market. Big tattooed freaks are not buying them; it's the baby boomers. And they arenít buying the V-rods; they're buying the Heritage and sporties.

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