Kamasura

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Kamasura

Kamasura mopeds were imported to the United States from China in the mid 1980s (mostly 1987). The engine is a faithful copy of a Sachs 505-1A, though it lacks the mechanism for coaster-style (pedal backward) brakes. Even the carburetor is copied from the square Bing used on Sachs. The engine has either a running deer logo on the magneto cover or a "HL" set over a tri-star. The clutch cover is marked wit a large "GD". The VIN plate is found on the bottom of the seat pan.

Brand Features

Kamasura came with turn signals, a battery and charging system, a luggage rack over the rear fender, and a basket on the front. A unique feature was the reverse tilted rear shocks, presumably to support heavy loads on the luggage rack (which is a structural component to the bike). The Kamasura has two separate fuel tanks: a steel one mounted in front of the rider in the usual location for step-through frames and a second aluminum tank under the seat.

Quality

The overall quality of the bike is average to slightly below. The plastic components are extremely brittle and will require extra care when handled. The chrome is very poor as well and tends to flake off easily. The welds on the frame are solid but poorly finished, The factory tires are basically BMX tires and should be replaced with something more substantial. Despite these issues, the engines seem to be robust and reliable, and the Peugeot-looking muffler seems to hold up well. The electronics are overcomplicated but fairly robust and should give very little trouble other than the plastic connectors failing. The paint seems to hold up remarkably.

Handling

The Kamasura rides comfortably and seems to take average bumps well. The brakes seem on the small side at first glance, but they function well. The bike is able to exceed 30mph on a flat without modification of any type (the Sachs 505-1A it copies tops out at 25mph). Acceleration is weak but acceptable.

Parts Compatibility

As parts for these are nearly non-existent, any Kamasura owner will need to make some substitutions. Many engine parts may be interchanged with Sachs, but they should be measured and compared carefully first. Interestingly enough though, the upper engine case has a slight difference in the casting that gives enough clearance for a Dellorto SHA carburetor. The controls can be replaced with standard C.E.V controls. The side covers can be replaced with ones from a Sachs Balboa or similar style covers with little or no modification. The rear fender and rack can not be substituted without modification to the frame as these support the shocks and thus the entire rear weight of the bike.

1987 Kamasura with Sachs side covers, turn signals removed, Magura controls, and chrome painted white