What classic moped?

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What classic moped?

Post by Rodders » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:15 pm

Hey y'all

I'm thinking of getting a little project bike to restore and/or customise, ideally 50cc so my 16 year old son can get involved and enjoy riding it too.
I don't know much about these things, but I'm not looking for a valuable classic that I can profit from, just after a basic bike which is easy to get parts for and plentiful enough that I can find a cheap one.

Looking for makes/models, and tips on where to buy from.

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Re: What classic moped?

Post by fastbob » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:35 pm

Can I highly recommend this book . I hope you're not in for a shock when it comes to prices as these things have become very desirable to restorers and collectors these days from what I can gather.
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Re: What classic moped?

Post by Gerontious » Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:54 pm

you cant get more in the way of classic 50cc scooter 'kudos' than something like the 50 Super Cub. been around since the mid 60s.
supercub.jpg
Not the sexiest bike in the world.. but ideal i would have thought given the demands you're placing. cheap and cheerful and with plenty of parts.. these things sold in the 100s of 1000s and turn up all the time at reasonable prices and in reasonable condition.
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Re: What classic moped?

Post by fastbob » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:50 pm

A lot of work to do but very cheap
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Re: What classic moped?

Post by Grumpy Old Git » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:01 pm

That is a bit pricey!

I'd look for a rolling frame from a 'Fizzer' - Plenty of parts available either on-line or (best bargains) at a Motorcycle Auto-jumble.

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Re: What classic moped?

Post by ART-ADS » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:27 pm

um I wouldn't invest any time in a 50 tbh, personally I don't understand the appeal of mopeds as a project but eh whatever. id buy him a cheapish jap 50cc as a run about and let him mod it himself as a light project to get him used to working on bikes, then either build a 125 or one with 47bhp depending on the timeframe. having made the mistake of buyin a 50cc that needed work myself , I wouldn't recommend it

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Re: What classic moped?

Post by megawatt » Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:35 pm

The cheaper the donor bike, the more it will cost you to finish it. Spend a bit more to get parts that don't need major refurbishment and much more cost.
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Re: What classic moped?

Post by Mattlad » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:55 pm

I'd go for an kawasaki Ar50/80, there's a few projects on eBay and seems like plenty of parts about. Would be worth a few quid if it was restored nice and your 16 yr old didn't crash it! :D

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Re: What classic moped?

Post by barker » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:41 pm

if your son wants to ride it check its legal for a learner of today 28 miles a hour some of them early mopeds did 50

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Re: What classic moped?

Post by Diko » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:35 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:54 pm
you cant get more in the way of classic 50cc scooter 'kudos' than something like the 50 Super Cub. been around since the mid 60s.

supercub.jpg

Not the sexiest bike in the world.. but ideal i would have thought given the demands you're placing. cheap and cheerful and with plenty of parts.. these things sold in the 100s of 1000s and turn up all the time at reasonable prices and in reasonable condition.
Over sixty million of them Cubs sold over the years thats some going! I have owned four C50s and one C90. The C50 motor is a little gem to work on no special tools required you will need a small three jaw puller to remove the magneto but its not a difficult job.
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Re: What classic moped?

Post by Diko » Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:37 pm

barker wrote:
Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:41 pm
if your son wants to ride it check its legal for a learner of today 28 miles a hour some of them early mopeds did 50
Hy Honda 50s would cruise all day flat out at 46mph. Thats twistgrip fully turned to the stops marvelous little motor.
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Re: What classic moped?

Post by Bianco2564 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:00 am

Buy something your son wants,not what you think he would want.
Friend of mine,heavily into vespas bought one for his 16 yo lad,not interested one bit.

When I bought my eldest daughter her first car,old type of Corsa,there was no "oh wow thanks Dad",she said "it's a bit rusty isn't it".She did get to love the car though.
Teenagers; tricky things. :lol:

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