Monday, July 12, 2010

MIYATA BICYCLES SERIAL NUMBERS

I figured out all the serial numbers for Miyata Bicycles Made in Japan Since 1972, according with the first letter on the serial number.
A 1972 B 1973 C1974 D1975 E1076 F 1977 G 1978 H 1979 I 1980 J 1981 K 1982 L 1983
M 1984 N 1985 O 1986 P 1987 Q 1998 R 1989 S 1990 T 1991 U 1992 V 1993 W 1994 X 1995
Y 1996 Z 1997

Note: In August 25 2001 I received a Letter from Mr.Isao Kamei informing that all the Miyata Bicycles that used to be manufactured in Japan now are made in Taiwan and China.
Best regards,
Hernan P.Burgos
www.miyatacatalogs.com
www.nanoburgos.com

61 comments:

  1. Hi Hernan,
    I recently got a Miyata 1000 at a moving sale near where I live, in southern California. The bike has no decals and though it appears to have the right color, there are no decals or headbadge. I assume at some point the bike was repainted, probably by a professional painter, but not a bike restoration specialist. The bike was built up with a lot of components from different brands, including Avocet, Campagnolo, Mafac, Diacompe, Shimano and Sugino. Based on the serial number I assume it is a 1981 model. The entire serial number is J394684. What do all the other numbers represent?

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  2. By the way, here are links to a couple of photos:

    http://s343.photobucket.com/albums/o476/chileros_bikes/Miyata%201000%20frankentouringbike/?action=view&current=P1020960.jpg

    http://s343.photobucket.com/albums/o476/chileros_bikes/Miyata%201000%20frankentouringbike/?action=view&current=P1020980.jpg

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  3. hi.. i'm from Indonesia
    I have an old bike that i need to identified because i want to rebuild this bike. I'm having a problem to finding the right model of my bike.
    It's miyata but the miyata logo only appear as small logo below the initial CR logo.
    Here is some links of my bike photo..i will give more detail photo later on..
    [img]http://u.kaskus.us/55/rjk4bk0e.jpg[/img]
    http://u.kaskus.us/55/kmjselfm.jpg
    Thank you for your attention, i hope you can guide me to identified my bike

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    1. Sorry I only have information for Miyatas sold in Canada and U.S.A

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  4. Hi Dwi!
    The CR-Model is a Miyata California. Hope, it will help you, to find more about it, it's an interesting bicycle.

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  5. Hi,
    I'm from the Netherlands
    I Have a Koga-Miyata Fullpro with serailnumber:
    J394633 including a number 585. Also there are the letters DW-DD shown on the Bracket.
    You know what this means?

    Thank You

    Henk

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    1. Sorry you have to contact Koga Miyata, but if the frame was made by Miyata Japan the frame was made in Japan in 1981

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  6. Here are some pictures:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/101154584564493372227/KogaMiyataFullpro1981?feat=directlink

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    1. Please contact Koga Miyata in Netherlands

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  7. Howdy. I think you might have the numbers wrong. I have a 1987 Miyata 912 which has O as the fist number in the serial but based on your serial number formula it would be a 1986. I have double checked this by looking at the 1987 catalog on Herman's site (www.miyatacatalogs.com)for my paint scheme. They only had one paint scheme per model per year and that is in the '87 catalog. I also did some searches for photos online and all pics of '87s I found have my paint scheme and all pics of '86s that I found have a different paint with a pink head tube. Maybe the serial numbers mean it was made in '86 to be part of the '87 lineup?

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    1. yes you frame was made in Japan in 1986, go to www.miyatacatalogs.com and check the 1986 models

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  8. Photon,

    I can't speak specifically about Miyata, but it was (and possibly still is) common practice to use left-over frames from one year and sell them as the next year's model if there were no substantial differences in the frame. Frequently they'd get the newer paint scheme or decals and/or components. The other worthy item to note is that catalogs are almost never a good way to determine anything, since they were usually produced way in advance of the new models coming out and frequently were prone to have the wrong component list and photos of models that did not quite match the actual release model. There really is no right or wrong on this issue and serial numbers for most frame makers are at best an approximation.

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    1. Hey Carlos probably you have a point, do you have a Miyata Bicycle?, if not sorry is hard to discuss a point with somebody that do not own a Miyata and do not know the History of Miyata Bicycles.Have a nice day

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  9. Hello,
    I have a black 57cm Miyata 1000 touring bicycle which I purchased new on 1/20/89. The serial number is PW42289. That makes it a 1987 vintage frame. This particular bike was on sale at University Cycle in Seattle WA for $599.99. This is most comfortable touring bicycle one could hope for. It is still in perfect condition. This bicycle is not a 1000LT and it matches the 1988 catalog configuration and color.

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    1. Please check www.miyatacatalogs.com if the color and model matches is 1988 is a frame made in 1987 and sold in 1988

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  10. The serial number on my bike is 77G90175. Could it be Miyata?

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    1. Please go to www.miyatacatalogs.com and try to find more info abour your bicycle

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    2. The serial number format is the same as Fuji or Sekai, where the 77 indicates the frame was made in 1977.

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  11. Hi there,

    There was an abandoned Miyata in our backyard when we moved in. From my internet sleuthing, I THINK it's a touring bike, but I'm really not 100% sure. The serial number is C232336. All it says on the bike is "MIYaTA" (on the down tube) and Sports Model (on the seat tube), there are also two stickers with red, silver, blue and green stripes (kind of like a rainbow) on the down/seat tubes. I haven't seen anything looking through the online catalogs that looks quite like it, that could be because it's a women's frame. It's a vibrant orange and does not appear to have been repainted. Any help pin pointing a more specific model?

    Thanks!

    c

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  12. Hi,
    I just gave my nephew my Miyata with a serial number of D434309. Can you tell me more about it? Also there is another number on the bottom, T525-1076-1704. Does anyone know what that number is?

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  13. Hello Everyone,

    I just recently purchased a Miyata bike, but did not get any information on it. I've been trying to date the bike for some time now. The serial is a DS70 stamped on the side of the frame. There are some numbers underneath this, but I didn't see them playing a role based on the number scheme up top.

    So, based on the proposed scheme, is this bike really a 1975 model? It has a blue and white fade paint job that I could not find in the catalog.

    Please, someone help me out.

    Best Regards,

    T

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    1. I have a DS90 model that was purchased new in July of 1989. I still own and ride this bike and it is in great shape. Hope this helps. Oh, and BTW the paint scheme in the 1989 catalog matches my bike perfectly. The seat and all gears and brakes match the description.

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    2. congratulations you have a nice Miyata Model 90 year 1989

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  14. Thanks for the serial number information. I just started riding my old Miyata 912 again after cleaning up 20 years of grime and rot that accumulated on it from hanging in my old tin hay barn unused for all those years. A shop specializing in steel bikes here in San Diego, Velo Cult, did the refurbishing and, surprisingly, it didn't take much to get it back in shape. I'd been racking my 65-year-old brain for the exact year I bought the bike (was it a 1980, or 81, or 82?), but until I found your useful website I couldn't pin it down. Now I know that I696909 was a 1980 model. And even that took some work since I thought the barely discernible, paint-chipped number on the bottom bracket read 606969I at first glance.

    Glad to find some other vintage Miyata owners are out there.

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    1. The best thing, if you are not sure with the serial number go to www.miyatacatalogs.com and try to find the Models 912 from 1980,81 or 82

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  15. I just bought a miyata frontier 2 for 60.00 it's in great shape. I found on e-bay 2 of them for sale.The one was just a frame going for 400.00 the 2nd one is identicle to mine and has all the parts on it , its going for 750.00. can anyone tell me what this 1978 miyata frontier 2 is realy worth?

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    1. Please go to www.miyatacatalogs.com and if your bicycle is not in the Catalogs for Canada and U.S.A could be a Model sold before the printing of this catalogs

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  16. I got an old miyata with serial oc54971 and code axa-5204 come with suntour xcm group. I don't know what's exactly model and year of this bike but i think it`d be on alumicross from 1987. Could someone tell me or give me more information,please.

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    1. Please go to www.miyatacatalogs.com and try to find your bicycle

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  17. I have what I think is a 1987 Miyata Path Winder and am trying to get some specs and information to confirm. Looks like 1987 is the only year for this model, and otherwise all Miyata mountain bikes around this time are xxx Runners. One clue may be the color. Mine is chrome; doesn't look like any other Miyata mountain bike of this time period (1985 to 1990) was chrome). Also, does anyone happen to know if the handlebars for Path Winder are more the traditional street style (bent further back than the mountain bike type) than the xxx Runner series, or am I imagining things? I cannot read the catalog specs on the Miyatacatalog page. Thanks

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    1. I remember some Mountainbikes Models Path Finder before the Ridge Runner,Terra Runner and Street Runner .
      www.miyatacatalogs.com was made by Hernan P.Burgos free of charge for Miyata Bicycles and is the only source of information , before this one and after that there is no Miyata Catalogs

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  18. Hello Hernan.
    I'm Juan Ahumada of Argentina.
    I recently bought a bicycle old English type brand model MIYATA "The Mister". The serial number is N226610.
    Could you help me identify this model and know the year of manufacture and its history.
    My email is ahumada.jm @ gmail.com
    thanks

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    1. The only countries in South America that sold Miyata Bicycles are Chile oxford.cl and Peru that has the brand Mister, this are vintage bicycles and hard to find them, do not ask me for prices or other info because I am in Canada and Miyata Stop Exporting to Canada and U.S.A

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  19. Hola Senor Ahumada,

    I bought a body frame of The Mister from a bicycle store that specializes in vintage bicycles here in Manila. The owner told me that he got all the frames (The Mister ) from an old store that closed down the business due to the owners advancing age. The frame is of Iver Johnson arch bar type. The serial number is R817390.

    I have also seen among his stocks frames that has double bars. The owners says he is only selling me one only because I am a regular buyer of his other stocks, which I also sell ( the used japanese types). Otherwise, he will only sell The Mister frames to collectors or high payers.

    In short, it is somewhat rare. May not be the rarest but still is not ordinary. Maybe we have the same model.

    Por la gracia de Dios.

    Renato
    Filipinas

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    1. Sorry, but I know Mister is the name that Japan used to export Bicycles to Chile and Peru, for sure they are vintages but I do not have more info than that

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  20. Hi

    I have a Team Miyata that I want to restore. I am unsure of the year model, so I am hoping you can help (as the serial numbers at the top of the blog don't correlate exactly). The serial number is NM20002. I will be repainting the frame and forks, so if you can provide information on the correct colour and whether I can still buy decals, I would appreciate it.

    Regards

    Simon

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    1. Please go to www.miyatacatalogs.com to find more info, also you will find a plece that sell decals in U.S.A

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  21. Hi, I'm very happy to find this site! I need help.

    I bought a near mint 1985 Miyata Ninety 12-speed for a song, but I'm almost afraid to ride and "hurt" it. It is in such awesome condition that I think I'd like to find an appreciative buyer rather than put miles on it myself, and use the money toward a race-ready bike.

    Can anyone give me an idea of what this bike is worth?

    I know it was Miyata's entry-level road model, but I seriously believe this bike is collectible in its almost pristine condition. Serial # NQ61942: triple-butted "Mangalight" manganese steel tubing, original 27x1 1/4 Sport tires (so "new" they still have those little rubber fingers on the sides!), ALL ORIGINAL parts (unless Carina seat is not original?)!!!

    Anyone interested? Can anyone tell me more about it, esp. value? Thanks for your interest and response, in advance.

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    1. sorry I do not sell or buy vintage bicycles but if you want to know about your Miyata NineTwelve please go to www.miyatacatalogs.com and feel free to copy and paste the info to go to the internet and try to sell your bicycle

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  22. I have a B f20828273 C Miyata Liberty 1024 frame with Shimano gears It's in great shape is it worth anything?

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    1. There are not Models Liberty in the site www.miyatacatalogs.com please try other source,sorry

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  23. Hello. Is it possible that my bike, serial number "ARYD707198" is a Miyata? At first I thought it was Univega.

    Photos here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyj...n/photostream/

    Best,

    Jeremy

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    1. Univegas there were Made By Miyata in Japan after that Univega started to import from other sources, if your bicycle is not in www.miyatacatalgs.com is hard for me to know.

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    2. This serial number, with "ARY" prefix, is for an Araya built frame. Araya frames can be found with several brand names including: Araya, Focus, Vista, Concord, and Nishiki.

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  24. I have my original cream colored mayata-where is the serial number, I know it was made in Japan- suntour .Sakae custom
    My brother and I both bought them at the same time his is red,

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    1. Please go to www.miyatacatalogs and try to find your bicycles there

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  25. Greetings.

    I would really appreciate any info on a repainted Koga.

    Serial No is M435105 but I cannot match with any
    model on the catalogs. Cable guides and dropout
    eyelets are similar to 1983/84 models but headtube
    badge is similar to 1986 models.

    Here are some photos.
    http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Eaglos/media/Koga%20Miyata/Drive_Side_zps65f03d1e.jpg.html?sort=3&o=1

    http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Eaglos/media/Koga%20Miyata/Top_View_zps838a9d12.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

    http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Eaglos/media/Koga%20Miyata/Diagonal_View_zpsbca8d5ee.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

    http://s39.photobucket.com/user/Eaglos/media/Koga%20Miyata/Front_View_zpsc9c94b62.jpg.html?sort=3&o=3

    I have checked all the catalogs from late 70's to 2000.
    I place it between 1980 and 1986 but there is not a
    single model to match the badge, eyelets, cable
    guides and fork.

    My guess is that either the badge was put afterwards
    or the fork is from a different model.

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  26. I bought two 1984 210s, both for $15. Not a spec of rust on either one, a larger burgundy, medium sized light blue, the latter frame in perfect condition (no interior rust either). They were both covered in grime. Looked like drivetrain was "lubed" with grease instead of oil. I'm presently working on the smaller of the two. I've stripped the parts off entirely, repacked bb and head set, took apart and cleaned derailleurs and crankset/chainrings. Next step is to pull apart the hubs, clean and repack. The saddles will need replacing, as will the cables and housing (and I will replace the foam on the handlebars with bartape).
    Starting after the new year I'll be tearing down and rebuilding an '85 610 in mint condition that I found for $150. No idea why vintage Treks, Raleighs, etc. go for so much while Miyatas, arguably better, are so cheaply and readily available.

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  27. Congratulations, you are doing a good job , but I think the only company that has www.miyatacatalogs.com is Miyata thanks to Hernan P.Burgos that made this blog for free, before and after nobody did that and do not know about if Trek, Raleigh or other American Company did that.

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  28. I think your off by a year also, I have a 84 Street runner its the first model year and it starts with L not M and a fellow I know has the next year model and it starts with an M not N. If you compare to the catalogs of those years then your off by a year.

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  29. I would like to also add that I have a 1987 Team Miyata which starts with O and a 1992 914 and it starts with a T. Just saying. I have 4 Miyata's that are not jiving with your serial number scheme which appears to be off by a year.

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  30. We have 2 Myata Elevation 200 Mountain bikes (black) with Shimano brakes, etc. It is 21 speed with a gel seat. We bought them new at a local Bike Shop probably in early 1990's. Serial # on my frame is D10224734. According to something I read, that would date it to 1975, which is impossible in this case. Both bikes are in decent shape considering the age, but need new tires, grips are peeling. Even the gel seat is still decent. We haven't ridden them in years and want to get them cleaned up to ride again. My main complaint was always that the bike seat was uncomfortable and the ride was really bumpy and hard on those of us without enough natural padding.Thanks!
    Becky

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  31. I hope you can help me identify a recently acquired lugged frame set-if this is really a Miyata. I tried looking at the catalogues but could not find any definite model that fits my frame.
    As identifying marks, it is stamped with serial no PY50196 that only has a Miyata Triple butted Cr-mo sticker with gold surround and Japanese ID sticker with 88 on the Left top side and 00596 in the middle. It has Shimano brazed on cable guides on top of the BB flanking the seat tube and has Suntour Superbe Pro horizontal drop-outs.
    As with the above post, if I were to follow the table above, my frame would be a 1987 and not an 88 as per the Jap sticker year.
    Thanks in advance and I really appreciate it if you can help me.

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  32. I have a question about Miyata bikes . We have 2 that we purchased in 1983 but the serial number begins with a J so I believe that they were made in 1981. (A 110-sp and a 210-both 23"frames) are in top condition, with original parts. Believe it or not we have the catalog and the original receipts! We are either going to refurbish them and use them or sell them. What do you think? Are they worth anything?

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  33. HI. Anybody here familiar with Miyata Freedom? I just one this morning and it has a registration sticker from japan's bicycle association, so i quess it's from japan.

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  34. Hello!
    Can anyone help me with finding out more about a frame I am about to buy? Serial number is H333802. I guess the "H" means its a 1979 but what else does the number tell me?
    Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks a login advance.

    Regards,
    Hannes

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  35. I have a Miyata 912 that matches the color scheme from the 1986 catalog but is a complete Campy groupset instead of Shimano 600 that was specd. Also has tubulars. Anyone know if the 912 was ever made with a full Campy set up or is this likely a complete upgrade done by someone? Everything about the big is flawless, even the vintage SanMarco leather saddle.

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  36. Hi I got miyata bike from 1977 and I would like to know about how muh is worth it is model frontier the letter in the serial number is F. The bike is nice every part is original on it can you please tell anything about this bike thanks

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