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Fantic Motor. Who remebers them ? Who owned one ?

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Back in 1975 before I was 16 I bought my 1st road bike which was a Fantic Motor Ti 4 speed (cherry Ti) for £175 but it was so unreliable the day I started work in 76 I bought a brand new Honda SS50 5 speed in green with disc brake & I still own it today (photos to follow)

Anyway about 15 years ago I started collecting & restoring Fantic's again & ended up with 26, today I only own 4.

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I remember the Fantics, I always wanted one of those choppers but I couldn't get my Dad to feel the same way so I bought a second-hand Garelli Tiger Cross from Jim Lomas Motorcycles (Wymondham) instead. The thing was gutless so I took it back to their mechanic Charlie Fry and he cut the exhaust in half, modified it and welded it back together again, it was a Fizzie beater from that day, nothing could touch it.

 

One of my mates at the time had a SS50 and I remember he was always lagging behind, what's your take on the Hondas performance?

 

The Garelli lasted me till I was 17, I think I have a Polaroid of it somewhere.

 

Nice looking Fantics Ian.

 

Steve

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I remember the Fantics, I always wanted one of those choppers but I couldn't get my Dad to feel the same way so I bought a second-hand Garelli Tiger Cross from Jim Lomas Motorcycles (Wymondham) instead. The thing was gutless so I took it back to their mechanic Charlie Fry and he cut the exhaust in half, modified it and welded it back together again, it was a Fizzie beater from that day, nothing could touch it.

 

One of my mates at the time had a SS50 and I remember he was always lagging behind, what's your take on the Hondas performance?

 

The Garelli lasted me till I was 17, I think I have a Polaroid of it somewhere.

 

Nice looking Fantics Ian.

 

Steve

 

Hi Steve yes the SS50 5 speed was slow but nowhere near as bad as the 4 speed, I bought mine on the 1st July 1976 (that long hot summer) and ran it in that week so that I could return it for the 500 mile service at the weekend.

The following week I rode it 2 up from Oxford to Torquay (177 miles) in 7 hours for our 2 week holiday, I will find out a photo of me sitting on it looking across Shaldon beach.

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I always wanted a fantic but couldn't afford one so ended up with a new Casal if anybody remembers them,though it was a step up from my raliegh runabout.

Simon

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I too coveted the Fantic chopper . Would have loved to have one but could never have afforded one . Not too sure I could afford one now from what I've seen of their prices these days !

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I too coveted the Fantic chopper . Would have loved to have one but could never have afforded one . Not too sure I could afford one now from what I've seen of their prices these days !

 

Hi Dave £10,000 and its your mate ;)

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Did Fantic make a military motorcycle or did this thread escape from 'off topic' ? I suppose that my disinclination to let any machine get the better of me might well date back to that particular type of unreliable Italian two-stroke. I wouldn't care if I never saw another Dykes piston ring, ever.

 

I had a 'GT' which I then replaced with an even more troublesome Benelli...In the end I gave in and started playing with comparatively reliable British motorcycles.

 

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When it was running, it was quick. Surrey Constabulary gave me a nice little paper certifying 54 mph and Oxted magistrates were less than impressed.

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Did Fantic make a military motorcycle or did this thread escape from 'off topic' ? I suppose that my disinclination to let any machine get the better of me might well date back to that particular type of unreliable Italian two-stroke. I wouldn't care if I never saw another Dykes piston ring, ever.

 

I had a 'GT' which I then replaced with an even more troublesome Benelli...In the end I gave in and started playing with comparatively reliable British moto

 

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Hi 79X100 no Fantic didn't make military bikes & no this thread didn't 'escape' from 'off topic' the motorcycle section never mentioned it had to be military & with all the other rubbish that some people put on the forum that has nothing to-doing with the hobby I thought I would try to post something interesting to read with photos to look at as very little seems to get posted on here nowadays.

Anyway those lovely 'Dykes' pistons :mad: if only we knew then what we know now :???:??? it's pretty standard now to fit the single ring competition piston (not Dykes 2 ring) & cut off 4mm of the piston inlet skirt.

The port timing stays open much longer, it wont tick over so you have to keep blipping the throttle slightly & there is an increased induction noise but the increase in power & revs is amazing. real pocket rockets.

Those minarelli engines are amazing, what can be done to them now :wow: if only we had known back then.

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Looking at the picture. The answer to the slow speed is obvious! The Flares acted as wind brakes!

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That's my brother. He was still waiting to be old enough to ride it. I rode once in flares - got flapped half to death and never wore them again....Platform shoes were bloody awful for changing gear in too.

 

Being a stupid kid is a stage that we have to go through on the way to becomming silly old buggers and I wouldn't want to turn the clock back.

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That's my brother. He was still waiting to be old enough to ride it. I rode once in flares - got flapped half to death and never wore them again....Platform shoes were bloody awful for changing gear in too.

 

Being a stupid kid is a stage that we have to go through on the way to becomming silly old buggers and I wouldn't want to turn the clock back.

 

Given the fashions and lack of H&S around every corner, makes you wonder how we survived. ;)

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I raced a minarelli engined 50cc bike in the classic club for a couple of seasons & came second in the 200cc class club championship.

I raced it at chimay in Belgium where it was trapped at just over 100mph down the (admittedly downhill) straight

those minarreli engines were incredible when tuned correctly

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