Funky Mopeds - the 1970s Sports Moped phenomenon
By Richard Skelton
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Paperback • 250 x 207mm • 144 pages • Over 300 colour pictures
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A celebration of the sports moped charting the history of a genre created unwittingly by the government in 1972 and killed off by more legislation five years later. This book recaptures the spirit of happy and carefree times and looks at the bikes that gave freedom and mobility to a generation.
If you're red-blooded and somewhere between 35 and 50 the chances are that your first bike was a sports moped. This book takes you on a nostalgic full throttle trip back to the heady days of the 1970s and early 80s when these fabulous little superbikes were available to 16 year-olds. Packed with photos from past and present, this book will revive wonderful memories of the machines, the people, the fashions, and even the music of the time. Includes coverage of AJW, Batavus, Casal, Cimatti, Derbi, Fantic, Flandria, Garelli, Gilera, Gitane, Honda, Kreidler, KTM, Malaguti, Motobecane, Negrini, NVT, Puch, Suzuki, Testi, Yamaha and Zundapp.
"With over 340 colour pictures, the book has descriptions of all the sports mopeds, the stories of the people who rode them, todays enthusiasts, restoration tips and a whole chapter devoted to the famous 'fizzy' (the Yamaha FS1-E). This is a stunning and hugely detailed book. Take it from me, you will not want to put it to down. SFR RATING 4*" - Scooter-forums.com
"The book charts the history of the '70s moped boom and has plenty of great photos and interviews with committed moped nutters as well as info on the top mopeds of the time. It's an excellent read for anybody with even the faintest interest in classic mopeds." - Tag magazine
"Can I just say what a fantastic book this is. Several people incuded myself have said what a superb product you have produced. The text and photos are just great. This book is a credit to the writer and your organisation many thanks." - Unsolicited testimonial from a customer
"For anyone who ever had, or lusted after, a sports moped, this book is essential, and will provide hour after hour of reminiscence and fun. One to lock yourself in the shed with." - Classic Motorcycle Mechanics
"The author documents the reputations and history of all these willing little bikes and manages to weave in the sheer enthusiasm their young owners had for them." - East Anglian Daily Times (Suffolk)
"...it's fab, a lot of time and effort has gone in..." - fs1e.co.uk
"Skelton has brought the age of the sports moped back to life with a comprehensive review of the bikes that fascinated a nation's youth (apart from me, obviously) between 1971 and 1980. An appendix of the No.1 songs that soundtracked a generation adds splendid contextual immediacy." - The Telegraph