Sunday, June 8, 2008

28ccs of blazing speed!



I was looking at the website of 1977 Mopeds in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to see what new mopeds they were carrying, and found this curious gizmo. It's a Franco Morini FM 128 Bicycle Motor, and before you group it with all the other bicycle motors that bolt to a bike's frame, note that this one has a built in hub. You actually lace it to a rim, making it more compact and a lot more efficient than just about any add-on kit you'll see.

With a displacement of 28cc power is a modest 1HP, but it weighs only 6Kg (13.22 lbs) which means a clever bike mechanic would build a moped using an old bike frame that weighed a total of only 33lbs or so. The hub is designed to that you can still use a derailleur on the pedal driven side, making it exceptionally versatile.

Price? $495, which may seem high, but this is a Francisco Moroni, not the product of a Chinese clone factory that's going to fall apart in a month. Parts will always be available and like other quality Italian moped engines it should last for decades.

4 comments:

bugger1t said...

where oh where can i get parts for these motors can anyone assist please
Thanks in advance
Gordon

Phil said...

05/18/2010,
I have a new in box FM128 hub motor, purchased it from Herdan. I never put it on my nephews bike. If you or anyone is interested, please call me @708-203-0504. Thank you, Phil

macca said...

Phil where are you when are you comin to Australia ?PS. Could you bring the motor with you
Gordon

ANGOLA - PAD 1048 - 1965 - 1968 said...

EU TENHO UM FRANCO MORINI 30cc FM128 .
ESTÁ MONTADO NUMA BICICLETA DA MARCA MORINI .
ESTÁ A FUNCIONAR MAL DEVIDO À FALTA DE COMPRESSÃO . TEM PROBLEMAS COM O CILINDRO , POIS ESTE AGARROU E FICOU RISCADO . A REPARAÇÃO DO CILINDRO EM PORTUGAL NÃO É GARANTIDA E POR TAL MOTIVO GOSTAVA DE LHE COLOCAR UM CILINDRO NOVO E UM PISTÃO COM ANÉIS OU UM CILINDRO USADO MAS EM BOAS CONDIÇÕES .
SABEM QUEM ME POSSA FORNECER ESTE MATERIAL ?
AGRADECIMENTOS PELA AJUDA E UM ABRAÇO .
SILVANO MONTEIRO
TROFA - PORTUGAL
josesilvanomonteiro@gmail.com