The True Brit BMX – Even Beckham is Believed to Have One!
It’s only a rumor mind you, but it has been reported that football (soccer) great, David Beckham has a Raleigh Super Tuff Burner on the wall at one his homes. No wonder, this model is one of the most sought after and hard to get models in the Burner Range.
However, nothing is reported as to whether he did burns on the Burner.
The Raleigh Burner is a BMX bike, made by the Raleigh Bicycle Company, in 1982. This was to replace the Raleigh Grifter. The Grifter was a children’s bike created in 1976, virtually at the onset of the BMX craze.
The brand name Burner continued until 1988 and was brought back in the early 2000s.
Six different frames make up the Burner range:
- Mk1 Burner
- MK1 Pro Burner
- Mk2 Burner
- MK2 Aero Pro Burner
- Team Frame (only six made)
The Burner was a late arrival on the BMX scene. All of them had 20-inch wheels, V bars, but no gears. Definitely not for the faint hearted. Burner sold half a million in its first two years and is still dubbed as the ‘most iconic BMX ever’.