Yamaha FS1e "Fizzy" Classic Sports Moped For Sale (1979)
This is a 1979 Yamaha FS1E, a "Fizzy", the most popular and stylish "sweet sixteen" sports moped of the 1970s. This bike was restored last year by its previous owner to a high standard, using good quality parts. Some of the receipts from the restoration are with the bike, which is in very good condition and running order. The attractive "wineberry" paint is believed to be original, and shows some patina (very mild cracking and one worn area, but it still looks bright and pretty). The seat cover is also original, and shows some slight fading in the "Yamaha" lettering across the rear of the seat, but the cover itself is fine. The bike turns heads whenever it is out and about, and attracts plenty of nostalgia from men (and some women) of a certain age
This is one of the later models, so it does not have pedals, and has a more restricted type of exhaust than the earlier pedal models. If you wished, you could slightly tweak the bike's performance by adjusting the inlet valve and/or changing the exhaust, but I think that the bike is sufficiently nippy for town use in standard spec. The two stroke engine is oiled separately from a supply located behind the side panel, so there is no need to mix oil with the fuel in the tank.
I am only selling this bike because I ended up with two Fizzies. This one was bought as a fiftieth birthday gift for my brother, but he has nowhere to store it. I am going to keep my other one and sell this one, as it is daft to have two. I have stored this bike indoors and ridden it once a week or so around London. I have fitted chrome mirrors since the photos attached to this advert were taken - these are pretty much essential for use in traffic.
The bike will be sold with a used Haynes' workshop manual and an original owner's handbook. Parts for these machines are readily available, and they are simple to care for. Tax and insurance cost peanuts.
The bike starts easily, usually with one kick, makes the appropriate noisy noise, emits the correct blue smoke (as the oil is pushed out through the exhaust), and is great fun to ride around town. It is quite nippy in first and second (be careful of those wheelies), it brakes smoothly, and it handles much more pleasantly and "motorbikely" than any scooter would (at least in my biased opinion). The almost new skinny tyres offer decent grip, although you have to be extra sensible if the road is wet. The electrics on the bike are a bit feeble, which is fairly normal for these machines. The lights come up, however, if you rev the engine, and the horn and indicators work (but are happier if the headlamp is not on at the same time). The four down transmission is forgiving and easy to use, and neutral is easy to find (it's at the top). If you have a pre 2000 car licence, you can ride this bike without any additional bike licence.
I am not a mechanic, and did not restore the bike myself, so my views as to its condition are merely the honest but non-expert opinions of an amateur, and the bike is therefore sold as a private sale without warranty.
The bike is fun, usable, and good looking. The bike could be ridden away, or collected in a van or with a trailer. The MOT runs until March 2013, as does the tax disc.
This bike could be a lot of fun for a young person, or as a nostalgia trip for the, ahem, more mature buyer. I shall be sorry to see it go.
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