1978 Burco Super Riviera.
Wonderful 1978 Burco Super Riviera. 58 cm.
Authentic Dutch bike, in excellent original condition. Imported from Holland, still has the stickers from the original shop in Dutch. Very charming! Burco is not as well known as other famous Dutch manufacturers such as Gazelle, Batavus, etc... and unlike those makers which are still around today, Burco sadly dissapeared, but that makes it even more special. Really a conossieur's bike, Burcos were renowned for its style and quality, sometimes termed "The Rolls Royce of bicycles". They even provided bicycles for the Dutch Police, that was how much were they trusted.
The bike looks beautiful as you can see in pictures, with a main blue frame and lovely detailing, paired with white components all round (tyres, saddle, grips...).
Mechanically is excellent, with aluminium rims, Weinmann dual pivot calipers (normal brakes, not coaster or back pedalling brake), Sturmey Archer hub (3 speed), aluminium bars, etc.
As a true Dutch bike it is super practical, with a full chainguard that keeps your clothes safe and clean from the chain, full-lenght mudguards (beautiful and shinny) for these rainy days , rear rack to carry stuff, a original Burco bell, a Dutch-style wheel lock, a kick stand and even the original dynamo lights front/rear which are perfectly working!
The bike has been serviced in our workshop, including:
* New Schwalbe Delta Cruiser puncture protected tyres with white wall.
* New cables.
* New outers in white.
* New saddle.
* New grips.
* New brake pads all round.
It works great. very smooth to ride. Classic Dutch cycling position, very relaxed.
Despite being in excellent condition for age, please note that it is over 40 years old so age shows in certain areas. There is a bit of rust here and there, some scratches, marks etc... so not perfect. It is part of the vintage charm, it has seen life and shows its patina with pride rather than shame.
Overall, a pretty unique, hard to find vintage Dutch bike in great original condition. Comfortable, stylish and practical!