Vital info needed on new toy

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Bryan, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. Bryan

    Bryan Guest

    Hi all. I posted in the intro section, and did the search for my topic, but nothing was found other than my intro, so here I go.

    I was recently given a Hedstrom Whisperide electric 3 wheeled bike for free, due to the owner passing away and the son not wanting it.
    I've searched the web for 2 days and cannot find any info on this bike, other than the demise of the Hedstrom Company. Nothing on the auction sites either.
    I have the owners manual, which is very vague, and 2 receipts for batteries but that's all.
    It's a dual battery, 24" tires, guages, pedal to start the motor or all the time manual, trunk and electric key start. It is also marked as Frame # 7 from the company. I purchased 2 new batteries and tires and tubes to get it running.
    I have no idea of the history, value, reliability or mechanics of this bike, so if anyone can help out, drop me a PM, reply or email.
    Thanks in advance for your time and efforts.
    Bryan
    Clearwater, Florida
     

  2. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    it might take a while for answers on this one
    there's a few pretty knowledgeable guys here about the antique/older motoredbikes, so you should get some info on it
    sounds like a pretty cool resto project tho :D
     
  3. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    pics? we need pics!!
     
  4. Bryan

    Bryan Guest

    I'm not sure if there is a waiting period for FNG's here like some other sites, but I'll try and do my best. Probably sat. evening.
    Bryan
     
  5. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i tried a casual search the other night for your bike, no luck...see the link in my signature for how to get some pics into our library, no wait necessary :)
     
  6. Bryan

    Bryan Guest

    Hedstrom Pics

    Here's a few shots of the Hedstrom Whisperide I got for nothing. No information found as of yet. See prior post for details. Thanks Augidog for the tips. Sorry if a couple of the shots are blurry.
    Bryan
     

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  7. dbigkahunna

    dbigkahunna Guest

    That bike is cool!
     
  8. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    what he said :lol:
    that is a neat little bike :):):)
     
  9. Jim H

    Jim H Guest

    Yeah man, cool bike! Definitely a keeper.
     
  10. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Good score. And thanks for posting the question. I just spent some pleasant time reading about Carl Hedstrom and his developement of the Indian motorcycle in 1901. Unfortunately, I was unable to find anything about your Whisperide. Tomorrow, I'll ask Angel to look. If it's on the net, she will probably find it.
     
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  11. Bryan

    Bryan Guest

    Thanks for checking, I appreciate it. I spent about 6 hours looking at everything I could think of, but found nothing but recalls on Hedstrom toys and swings, and the bankruptcy, SEC investigation and auctioning off of all the company assets and equipment at their 3 factory locations and headquarters.
    Loads of people posted about the poor quality of their toys and regular bikes, and it seems a shame that they ran the Hedstrom name into the ground with shoddy work and poor quality. I've searched all the auction sites, Craigslist, and have emails out to various antique toy, bike and pedal car dealers to see if they know anything.
    I do have a note written by the owner years ago, of someone he spoke to about the bike and it's price. There was a $1700.00 wholesale figure written down on the paper, and a $1000.00 sale price next to a mention of the word 'ad', so I'm guessing the original owner tried to sell it at one point by advertising it in a newspaper.
    I only have the cost of 2 batteries, $150.00, and 3 tires and tubes, $45.00 in it, so if I can get it running and clean it up, maybe one of the blue hairs here in retirement land will take it off my hands for what I have in it. Unless I find out its true value. I may even contact some bike and motorcycle museums to see if there's any info there.
    Thanks,
    Bryan
     
  12. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Is it possible that Hedstrom just made the body parts for some other Mfg.? There's a lot on line about their molding.
     
  13. Bryan

    Bryan Guest

    Hedstrom did their own injection molding for toys and playground stuff they made. Alot of their swing sets had plastic brackets on them that were used to connect the rail sections at the top. These parts often broke. The company was fined numerous times for dangerous equipment, and suffered through many ordered recalls because of their crappy products.

    They also made their own bicycles; the most recent ones being tricycles and 16" gilrs bikes. The forks had a habit of breaking, a combination of cheap metal and lousy welding. They produced quite a few of the pedal trikes with the baskets that were popular with the retirement folks.
    I've searched everywhere on the bike for other brand names, company logos, etc., but with no luck.
    Thanks,
    Bryan
     
  14. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Angel couldn't find anything about the Hedstrom Whisperide:shock:. This leads me to wonder if you made this up, or if it is something that slipped out of Area 51 or something.:grin:
    Seriously, I think you might want to hold onto this until you get it figured out. You may have a rare and possibley valuable item there.
     
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  15. Bryan

    Bryan Guest


    I wish I HAD made it up. Then I could make up all the intricate details about how priceless it is and how Jay Leno is pestering me with a blank check.
    Seriously, I'll hold on to it for awhile. With my luck I'd sell it, and see a story in the paper a week later about a rare bike from Hedstrom that was sold to a museum for a small fortune.
     
  16. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Have you tried contacting Hedstrom? Aren't some portions of the company still in operation?
     
  17. Bryan

    Bryan Guest

    I tried the 800 #, and some cubicle cutie called back and said that portion of the company was discontinued after it was shut down in 2000 and auctioned off in 2001. There's no one around that was with that portion of the company, and they don't have any info at the corporate hdqtrs.
     
  18. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Try the Records department (if you can contact them) most companies have someone who is "head archivist". It may be near impossible to find one, but if you do, they would probably enjoy digging up the info for you. Ask the cubicle cutie for the title of the person (they may not want to give a name). Send a letter to the title (Manager, Records Dept, or whatever) care of the company. It might be worth a shot.
     
  19. Bryan

    Bryan Guest


    Good Idea. Gracias.
     
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