"This very P.K. is the first one that I ever rode,
back in 1984. It was owned by an older kid in my hometown who was actually cool
enough to let me ride it. I almost bought this bike back in 1985 but I thought the
owner's asking price was a bit too steep. I kept
in touch with him over the years and tried many times to buy it, but he just wouldn't sell
it. He also had a habit of leaving it out in the rain, which is why most of the parts had
In Dec.1999 I happened to bump into him and he ASKED ME if I still wanted the P.K. Of
course I said yes! Since most of the parts were junk, I bought the frame and fork
only (I paid him his asking price of $80). Unlike a lot of looptail P.K.s, this one
had never been cracked.
I stripped and repainted the P.K. just a couple of weeks ago (beginning of Sept. 2000) and
I finally finished it last Thursday! The P.K. is actually the correct gold hue but
camera makes it look more like a copper color. What I tried to do during the
restoration was make it look the way I remember it, but with some noticeable differences.
You see, the owner loaded the thing with Team Cycle parts from Wal-Mart (UGH!!) and
where he used Troxel Trakmaster mags, I used Skyway Tuffs; where he used Team Cycle Pro
Bars, I used real SE Powerwings, you get the idea. The one cool part that survived
the years of neglect but I couldn't get him to part with was the gold Tuf-Neck stem (maybe
I'll get him to sell it to me someday?)."