The Silver Streak replacement

....not quite what it was meant to be

Sandy's idea which sadly never came to fruition 

So what are these framesets that people refer to as the 'Silver Streak' which have near relative component setup to the 1983 parts spec but have the geometry of a Pacer 500. In brief they are the Silver Streak replacement (albeit a failure), use the same decals (Silver Streak chainstays omitted in most cases), slightly different components and a new frameset (initially stamped CR-MO on the rear dropouts). You can read more below. Here's some of Sandy's commentary on the model (all I've done is added some formatting) 'I had just started the next Project of Designing a Silver Streak replacement via Taiwan under $225.00, got real lucky when my knowledge of Taiwan manufacturing really paid off on this job.' 'The plan was to do a F1 design frame in Taiwan that would replace the Streak from Japan. The F/F was to be 100% chromo with straight blade stays (non looptail) it had the Japanese Parts that was on the Silver Streak and what WSI's designer "Cozy" Yamakoshi didn't know was the F/F Finish or the Colour Component Selection.' 'The Taiwanese (Silver Streak) bike was real simple for me. Send Taiwan a F1 to copy in a Full chromo F/F, add parts of entry level BMX race bikes, name it the Pacer 500 and introduce it at the 1984 Indy 500. I knew the Pacer 500 must look unique so in mind the F/F (in short) was a special new colour finish and the parts in special colour combinations inter-acting with F/F Colour.' This is what Diamond Back decided to do. DB only knew the Pacer 500 would be a Full chromo F/F with Japanese Parts like on the Streak and I would have the Basic Proto Bike ready for shooting the ads at the 1984 Indy 500 which allowed 1st delivery September perfect for the 1984 Holiday Sales. 'Diamond Back copied the Silver Streak geometry but with the main tubes being Chromoly and gave it the name Pacer 500 (though it survived only a few months of 1984). Dealer's saw it was a Taiwanese Silver Streak, didn't order them so DB stripped off the name, replaced it with Super Streak and upgraded to Full Chromo F/F.' The major error was DB used the old Silver Streak Geometry instead of the new F1 F/F design. I didn't really design the Silver Streak Frame we sorta quickly made it, I Designed the F1 to replace the Streak which fit the Ages between the Turbo and Turbo Lite. The F1 Bike was the Full Race BMX Bike and the Pacer 500 the new entry level BMX Bike. 'The Pacer 500 came out in March 1984 and DB changed its name 4-5 months later to the Super Streak and they had the LoopTail for some of them.'

My own synopsis

There is no 'official' evidence (literature) of a looptail Super Streak*(though dealers may have referred to the botched attempt as this) or 2nd Generation Silver Streak*that I've come across (as yet),*I suspect the lesser known framesets with prismatic decals "Diamond Back II", stamped CRMO (usually serial starting F3) on the rear dropouts are*in indeed*the botched attempt at a*Silver Streak replacement, the first Pacer 500. So summing all this up then..................; Sandy was working with Taiwan to develop a replacement Silver Streak*in 1983*(Pacer 500) when he parted company*with Diamond Back*so Cozy had to finish it with only the information Sandy provided. Towards the backend of that year a model was released*as a Silver Streak replacement. On arrival at the dealers they simply saw it as a cheap Taiwanese*alternative,*(it bore no Pacer 500 description) since they used similar parts and the same Silver Streak*prismatic / chainstay*decals, but stamped CRMO on the rear dropouts. Dealers removed any Silver Streak reference (in this case I would imagine the chainstay decals but some did slip through the net) and referred to it as the Super Streak (only between dealers). This all seemed to happen very quickly towards the backend of 1983 and is probably why there are only a few of these models in survivor condition today, the very first having their frame serial (stamped CRMO), stamped F3 on the bottom bracket indicating a 1983 year of manufacture. By the time the 1984 brochure is available, DB had overhauled the model, added it to the marketing literature showing a new parts specification and decals (but used that very same frameset Cozy was left to develop), this time it was stamped 500 on the rear dropouts (You can see it in more detail*in the*1984 section). NB.*There are plenty of these*CRMO and 500 stamped framesets dated 1983 and 1984 in survivor condition, decalled up as a variety of*names such as the 1st generation Super Viper and 4th generation Viper. Again you can see these in their respective sections. Diamond Back*seem to lose*their*way after Sandy departed, and probably more when Cozy moved on. Whether this was down to their working partnership, imagination*or hunger to develop such inspiring BMX's, we may never know. One thing is for sure, once the core is removed from something so successful, how quickly things can go down hill, probably because they no longer had this experience and understanding of the early BMX era. (It's interesting to read Sandy's overview*in this area and such a shame I can not refer to him).