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An iconic matching numbers UK Yamaha FS1-E ‘Fizzy’ in superb condition.
Pressed steel tubular backbone type frame, 26mm telescopic front forks, naked spring type rear cushion, Yamaha reed-valve torque-induction system, primary coupled kick-starter, chrome mudguards front and rear, chrome side repeaters, two chrome adjustable mirrors, Nippon Seiki speedometer, odometer, turn signal switch, headlight switch, neutral indicator, horn, large twin seat with assist strap, rear footrests, fuel valve with reserve, side storage locker.
This wonderful example is finished in desirable Competition Yellow with correct tank and side panel decals. The superb paintwork pops beautifully in the sunlight and displays a uniform polished finish with no markings worthy of mention. The black tubular backbone type frame is pristine with the matching stock stamping clearly legible, and the trim pieces, chrome fitment, seat and lights are in excellent order. All lights, functions and controls operate as they should. The previous owner, an eclectic antiques expert, has made some alterations to suit his taste including a colour change from Baja Brown, addition of detachable chrome brace bars, removal of the pedals and a chrome replacement of the factory air box, with the standard items having been kept for the next owner. A hugely collectable bike that instantly became a teenage cult classic and remains as ever popular today.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original engine number stamping confirms this as a matching numbers machine. A single cylinder 2-stroke engine with Yamaha reed-valve torque-induction system has a 49cc displacement to produce 4.8hp at 7000rpm and 5.1lb-ft of torque at 6000rpm. Manufacturer marketing literature quotes a maximum speed range of 46mph, unrestricted of course for those wishing to ignore the 30mph limit imposed for UK riders! This example kicks into life effortlessly and performs wonderfully. The engine is spotlessly clean and the crank casing retains the high-polished finish and Yamaha lettering. The 4-speed ‘all down’ transmission with working neutral indicator is effortless in operation.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 36 spoke chromium plated wheel rims are unrestored and display outer rim stampings. 2.25-217 front and 2.50-17 rear tyres retain excellent tread and good rubber condition. Waterproof-Dustproof brakes with aluminium single leading shoe drums front and rear perform exactly as intended.
Launched in the UK in 1973, the Yamaha FS1-E (E to denote England) was seen as the saviour of many 16-year-old who felt cruelly curtailed by a change in licencing legislation introduced in 1973. Nobody could have predicted the success to follow with the FS1-E quickly becoming Yamaha’s top selling bike in the UK within three months of launch, and the affectionate nickname ‘Fizzy’ becoming firmly adopted! Registered new on the 8th July 1977, this UK example is a matching numbers bike with identification markers clearly visible, legible and un-tampered. An iconic model in 2-stroke moped history, the Yamaha FS1 ‘Fizzy’ series was born from and ironically eventually discontinued following changes in legislation, but not before securing legendary status throughout the 1970’s and ever since. An original Yamaha FS1 sales brochure is even kept in the history file! This fully operational and useable bike is equally impressive as a show piece. A rare opportunity to acquire this Yamaha FS1-E where inspection and trial will not disappoint.
MOT July 2019, HPI Clear.
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