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.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Posted by michael edelman at 7:33 PM