SunTour - The Happy Hippy catalogue

SunTour - The Happy Hippy catalogue scan 1 main image

Now, just who is that happy hippy on the cover, with his mean shades, long hair, funky bell-bottoms and a jacket (cardigan?) with a peace badge on the shoulder? Is it John? If so, where is Yoko? Is she in the suspiciously capacious handlebar bag? Or does this picture date from the period of the infamous ‘lost weekend’?

And how exactly is John going to ride his fully equipped Japanese copy of a René Herse touring bike dressed like that? Won’t his loon pants foul the front derailleur (I know mine did)?

Behind the fantastic cover lies a fine catalogue that I think dates from late 1973. It includes the very first appearance of the seminal SunTour V GT Luxe (scan 4) which is not in the 1973 catalogue, but does not yet include the SunTour VT Luxe (unlike the 1974 catalogue). Fascinating, huh?

  • Publisher: SunTour
  • Country: Japan
  • Date: 1973?
  • Derailleur brands: SunTour
  • Derailleurs: too numerous to mention - see individual pages