Hi, I’m a new vintage moped owner. I picked up my bike yesterday and I’m very happy - though slightly intimidated by it. I’ve never ridden a bike this old. I’ve had a go and I’m getting the hang of it but I need some help knowing if I’m making mistakes or the bike needs work. I’m only used to modern bikes so it’s all new to me.
I’ll be making the post in a Q and A format so it’s easy for me and others to follow.
First of all I would like help identifying the bike. We know it’s a Fantic Motor but unsure of the model name as it wasn’t documented. As far as the DVLA are concerned it’s an orange Fantic. Which is great as that’s my favourite drink.
Second question is regarding road legality as it is. I’m aware that modern rules don’t apply to old vehicles. This thing has the paperwork to go on the road but no mirrors or indicators make me feel like I stick out as someone who shouldn’t be on the road. I will get mirrors fitted for personal preference. I’m looking here to double check that it is legal to be used as is.
Third question is re the clutch which appears to function as normal when starting. You can pedal as normal with the clutch lever left alone and it will start if you pedal while holding the lever. However when the engine is running the effect of the lever is no different wether it is pulled or not. It accelerates well and bogs down and stalls if you slow down. Is this me being a melon or is something not right? I can’t see the clutch cable moving on top of the engine when pulling the lever.
Last question. The engine won’t idle on the stand with the clutch lever in any position. Or when on the ground at a stop. It has been sitting for a long time but I gave it a run and the carb is clean. I’ve found the choke lever which doesn’t have an effect as far as I can tell.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and reply.