The 1984 Fantic Sprinter Multispeed was a fairly ordinary Italian 50cc CVT “no-ped”, but as the Italians managed to do throughout the twentieth century, they managed to come up with a truly striking and unique package, even if the technology under the wrap is all strictly conventional.
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I’m not really “into” motorcycles, and so I don’t comment on them often. I had my first at age 5, and rode until I was 15 or so (on dirt). When I turned 16, my dad sold ALL of his bikes, and he was always an avid rider. Said he was protecting me. Oh well, I just dove headfirst into cars.
Regardless, I always had an appreciation for modest-displacement, agile bikes. I don’t understand the modern trend of heavy, large-displacement motorcycles. Ok, their torque makes them easier highway cruisers, but I never thought motorcycles at high speeds were much fun anyway. I liked the twisties, and that’s where smaller bikes shined. I have occasionally researched the Ducati Urban Enduro (even though 800-cc is WAY bigger than anything I ever rode back in the day), and do admit a lustful admiration for the BMW R NineT Scrambler, which is not exactly a “small-displacement” bike.
50cc, though, is seriously small. Anyone ridden a Zero yet?
This slo-ped is style over substance in the best Italian manner. It reminds me of an Olivetti Lettera portable typewriter I had a long time ago – stylish but actually a pretty crappy machine.
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