I have a bike on which I’m looking for information. Serial number is T80409c3 I believe. Has been stored in a garage and has all original parts minus the kickstand that was aftermarket. I believe it to be a prototype.

It’s a Chromoly frame.

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  • I suggest googling before asking - its unlikely to be a prototype based on all those results.
    – Criggie
    Apr 7, 2020 at 2:24
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    What is your question? Apr 7, 2020 at 2:25
  • I see little difference between the general shape of the L1 and the H1, so it was probably more of a configuration difference, a price bracket. I googled for 'Meerkat H1 General BMX' and got a bunch of relevant results, like bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=209951 and there are interesting titbits like F-1 racing was a short lived fad from 1987–1989 that involved bicycles with 20" wheels that looked like a cross between BMX, Road Race Touring and Mountain bicycles and bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=556724 and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinker_Juarez
    – Criggie
    Apr 7, 2020 at 3:50
  • Ok. So you know a lot of people with this bike? Apr 7, 2020 at 4:54
  • @MikeErsfeld I've never heard of them before this question, but our good friend Google knows all about them.
    – Criggie
    Apr 20, 2020 at 21:56

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You have a F1 racing BMX - probably from around the late 1980s.

They have 20" wheels and generally steel frames, and often feature BMX style brakes, and the crankset on this one is a one-piece construction.

Differences to regular BMXs, they are built with derailleur gears and a sloped top-tube. Also, the bars are not traditional BMX ones but are either short flat bars or somewhat aero bars to encourage a lower more-aero position. Some brands even fitted non-round biopace chainrings to appeal to the racer crowd. Even disk wheels were fitted to some, for added aero benefits.


There are many more photos at https://bmxsociety.com/topic/48820-general-meerkat-l1-m1/ Notice the disproportionally long cranks too - that seems to be common, showing it was more about straight line power than manoeverability or tricks and stunts.

You're right - these would not have been kickstand bikes so that's definitely after fitment.


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