The Schwinn Stingray was a bicycle manufactured between 1963 and 1981. Its distinctive chopper styling was revived in 2004, when the bike was reissued with all of the unique geometric styling features that made it popular in the first place, as well as some modern technological options.
The 36-by-75-by-26-inch frame of the reissued StingRays is a lengthened, stretched-out design, resulting in a laid-back riding position. The modern version is specifically modelled after a chopper motorcycle. The seat is low, directly over the back wheel, and the pedals are mounted further forward to mimic the riding position of a chopper. The crossbar and down tube extend further up than on a normal bike, resembling the gas tank of a chopper.
The StingRay uses extruded alloy rims, with wheels of different sizes to continue the chopper styling. The rear wheel is 20 inches in diameter, with an extra-fat 4.25-inch "Big Boa" tire. The front wheel is taller and narrower at 24 inches high, with a 2-inch tire. There's a single linear-pull "V-Brake" on the rear wheel and a three-piece crank set with a single gear.
Styling & Accessories
The studded leather banana-seat apes the chopper look, as does the chrome sissy-bar behind it. A chromed alloy mud guard covers the rear wheel, cut short in the classic chopper style. The "triple-tree" forks also mimic the sturdy fork braces of a motorcycle, as does the chrome kickstand.
A version of the StingRay is available that includes a rechargeable battery drive unit. Called The "StingRay Electric," the unit includes a 24-volt, 250-watt motor, powered by a pair of sealed lead batteries in a case designed to resemble a V-Twin engine. The batteries can be charged via the mains supply lead, or removed when not in use. When fitted, the power is controlled via a motorcycle-style twist-grip.