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Glorious 70s Sports Mopeds
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Glorious 70s Sports Mopeds

In the summer of 1978, the decade of the, glorious 70s sports mopeds, i was a fifteen year old teenager living in the small town of Kenilworth in central England and still at High School. A fairly typical youth of the day, possibly more of a rebel than most, but hardly bad sort, attending school most days, doing a paper round every morning before school to put some money in my pocket, that sort of thing.

Up until fairly recently at the time, my main interest outside of school was fishing and i loved it and i still do a little angling today, but the nature of fishing as it is meant long hours at times with little or know action, i would just sit and admire the wildlife, courting Crested Grebes being the most fascinating i recall.

Introduction to Motorcycles

So when a few of the older local teenage lads in the area started to acquire mopeds a whole new world opened up. I would be playing over the local common, soccer or messing around on bicycles and a group of youths would appear out of the trees mounted on sports mopeds, Puch, Yamaha fs1e, Suzuki ap50, Garelli, Gilera, Casal, to name a few. It was almost scarey, the noise, the dust, were the friendly ? We would stand and watch, almost frozen to the spot, they would race past us, nobody said a word, we just looked in amazement, what must it be like to ride a machine like that we wondered.

Mates Fantic GT.

It was around this time i started to hang around with bikers, i had let my hair grow long and wore a black leather bomber jacket that i liked and thought it made me look the part, as you do. I was during my involvement with these guys that i became aware that one of the lads who had recently purchased a brand new Yamaha RD250 had previously rode a Fantic GT50 sports moped, which at the time and still is regarded today as the pinnacle, the dogs whatsits, of the sports mopeds of the seventies. So when he went on to tell me he still had the machine locked in mums garage and it was for sale, i nearly collapsed, I had to have it, there was no question about it, how much i asked, after a second or two of head scratching and um, um, it seemed like hours, come on let me have it i was thinking, one hundred and sixty he said.

Countdown 03/11/78

After a few months i was the extremely proud owner of a 1977 Fantic GT and i had two months to wait until my sixteenth birthday before i could be let loose on the streets of Kenilworth, time stood still, the earth stopped revolving, or so it seemed. I had taken to the study of rare manhole covers made between 1895 and 1955 in order to try and keep my mind occupied in a desperate attempt stay the distance, it was hell.

The Big Day

On that cold damp November morning i awoke at dawn with the twist grip almost in my hand, i must compare it to the feeling you get prior to free falling, the adrenalin coursing through my veins must have been at 90% and rising, wheres me helmet, lets go. The riding experience that morning was not to be surpassed, not even after 34 years. Only a year before this magical moment the U.K government introduced new legislation regarding sixteener mopeds and subsequently imposed new power restrictions which reduced these once fun to ride machines to choked up kids toys.

The Fantic produced a healthy 6 bhp other models did produce more, the Super six about 9 bhp and is a rare as hens teeth, only introduced into the U.K about four months before the new legislation.

1970s mopeds were without question the very best in teen spirit. The likes of which may never be seen again. Thanks for your time, Mark.


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