The last time I owned one was in 2001 when I sold it for R600 as I was growing up and wanted some spending money as it was the start of college for me.
In 2010 I started thinking back for some reason and regretting the sale of my Supergoose. I started searching high and low for one like it again. Places from local ads to searching abroad as well. I started to realise that it might or might not happen. I started looking for any Mongoose but did not find any at this stage. I was living in Johannesburg at the time and was also not exposed to people who actually might have these types of bikes there.
So in 2012 I moved back to my hometown of Cape Town where the search continued to find a vintage BMX. I had found a local ad for a Mongoose Californian at one stage and got excited about it. Called up the seller and the price was not disclosed but he was taking offers around R2500. I at that point was not fully aware of pricing but declined the seller on making an offer only based on what I sold my Supergoose for in 2001. Little did I know what these things go for.
Eventually in September 2013 I came across an ad for a vintage BMX. I was clueless as to what it was as the ad had no pictures. Just simply stating its an “old bmx”. For some reason it this ad caught my attention to actually enquire about it. The seller sent me pictures and we went back and forth communicating. He was also unsure about what it actually is and all he knew was that it was his brother’s race BMX. After the seller sent me some photos I was started getting excited as I saw it was chrome and it had a “loop tail” (meaning looped rear chain stay design)…however the decal on the frame was not familiar to me. I started researching it using Google which lead me to BMXmuseum.com to know if it is an actual brand is as I have never been exposed to the brand when I used to ride BMX.
After all my research I realised that it is a Vintage BMX from the 80’s. I then followed through with the purchase and agreed to pay the seller’s asking price of R750. To me this was well worth it at this point. The owner and I met up and I inspected the bike upon arrival. It turned out to be a Mini which did not suit me as I would not be able to ride it myself but bought it anyway as a start to get into this hobby of Vintage BMX collection.
The bike I had purchased was a 1980’s Profile Racing Mini Shelby James Replica.
I meant to restore this bike but never ever got around to actually fiddling with it to make it mine. Weeks and months went on and I still had not touched it. Eventually one day a friend I had met through the Vintage BMX South Africa Facebook group messaged me who knew I was into Mongoose bikes as a brand offered to trade me a Minigoose for it. I went home thinking about the trade and decided to go for it as I would appreciate the Mongoose as well as he would appreciate the Profile more than me.
We did a trade on full bikes excluding wheel sets. I ended up received a 1983 Mongoose Minigoose on the 6th of January 2014.
And this is where I really got hyped up in this hobby. I started searching for parts, experimenting with the overall look of how these BMX’s were dressed back when I used to ride. Eventually after lots of time and spending I was entirely happy with it.
During the time of me restoring the Minigoose I still wanted my childhood bike. The search continued. Eventually a friend notified me about a Supergoose (which was decalled a Pro Class and spec’d that way with parts) that was for sale. I immediately enquired and the asking price was too steep for me. However this bike was totally awesome and had awesome parts. The overall condition was super nice. This bike played with my mind for a couple of months. Every time i would go to the friend of mine that was holding it for someone in Johannesburg I would drool over it. After a lot of thinking I decided that I actually want it and should grab it. I decided to bite the bullet on the asking price. And eventually it was mine. A 1983 Mongoose Supergoose.
Since then this bike has been my favourite one of my little collection of Vintage BMX’s. Lots of other bikes came and went but this one remained right there. All I did which i felt right is to bring it back to what it truthfully is…A SUPERGOOSE! The restoration process started and research was done to bring it to almost full catalog specifications. Its currently still not fully catalog specification but almost there.
Till today it remains my favourite BMX. I get asked if I will sell it every now and then and I contemplate doing so due to offers received but then eventually I have to decline it due to two reasons…One – I would be kicking myself for a second time in one life time for selling another Supergoose. Two – My girlfriend will be kicking my ass too as she was there since day one of this bike and has also grown attached to it as i have. These days she rides them more than me on our moonlightmass rides etc. Its the one she chooses if she wants to ride any of the Vintage BMX’s.
So that’s it folks…My Journey of owning a Supergoose.