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Fantic Caballero
Fantic Caballero

Fantic Caballero 50 Road

Fantic Caballero – The niftiest

Cast your mind to 1971 for a minute, as a nine old I don’t particularly recall the events but apparently the government of the led by Edward Heath, had changed the concerning what a spotty youth could legally From that point for any 50cc machine to be legal for year old bikers to ride it had to be of being powered by its own set of pedals, of the politicians of the day thought that a motorised bicycle, probably a delivery bike with a clip on engine that the front wheel, while the to a man interpreted this as something different and a new generation of sports sprang into action.

The sighted men in parliament never anything about how fast any could go so top speed became and that magical 50mph, more if possible, became the to be chased. The pedals although became little more somewhere to put your feet on and ever worked effectively to actually propel the machine any than one could push it.

the Japanese were the major with their huge of UK dealers and support no country the spirit of this new game than the Italians who, a whole gamut of small manufacturers, provided us with the and most stylish of learner Here we have a stunning of exactly those attributes, the Caballero being one of the most and better looking of all mopeds.

motor originally began fun bikes back in 1968 their factory in Barzago Milan, the first road was produced three years with the small factory around 200 machines a day at their The 1971 Caballero came in two sizes 100cc and 50cc the smaller of the pair using a ultra high compression, speed engine to the one seen in later example.

The main difference being the of the engine casings to provide the shaft that now runs the width of the gearbox. While the AP etc employed a direct drive the front sprocket, pedalling the involves putting the engine in top and holding in the clutch while you away frantically.

The Caballero was imported into the UK during and came in both four and six versions making them desirable. From the outset were abound of the Caballeros top and youngsters the country over wanted one or lived in fear of mates getting one instead of They were fast, and still are, like all of the even the garishly styled with the basic version capable of 50 mph plus.

The big put off back was the price, listed in 1976 at over twice the price of the Yamaha FSIE and the Suzuki £230 and £225 respectively, the exotic Italian machine out of reach of all but the wealthiest kids. It have been hard to that lofty price and difficult to see exactly where the was as, compared to the leading makes the fit and of the components, switch gear simply wasn’t up to the quality of the protagonists.

Another major would have been the of a dealer in every town Suzuki and Yamaha were represented and considerably more They didn’t need to but fought back slightly by the trail styled TY50 in armed with a mere the otherwise impressively specified and built machine limited to 30mph without even instead of firing a shot the Italians bows the bullet straight through Yamaha’s

Having ridden virtually 70’s moped variant I must admit the Fantic me somewhat by surprise in many Its solidity and lightweight lends to off road riding superbly and it like a proper bike, not concoction of parts just to the UK learner laws. On the road the short wheelbase Caballero is and holds a tight line pushed with a supple, yet suspension holding the bike up at ends.

The chassis is physically the same as the capacity competition versions for some serious off road use so would explain the build to some extent. The frame is identical to the none moped of the previous years, most to cut costs as in other countries the law was not in force, as is indicated by the footrest still being welded in in fact pedalled Fantics supplied with a set of front and a conventional kick-start that be fitted in place of the swinging should you wish to convert moped into a full on at a later date.

Whilst the and cycle parts are entirely by Fantic, Moto Minarelli the get up and go via a four speed screamer of a two engine, which, providing it is on the boil keeps the bike ahead with as much as a 50cc road going ever could. This is found in a whole host of bikes and is generally a reliable especially the aluminium barrelled found in the Caballero, being of basic construction with components and an uncomplicated design.

to the Japanese alternatives the Italian motor has a longer … and bore size than but this serves to make the stomp a little greater making the exhaust note a one. Technically one would say that a bigger bore and … would produce a engine under a given set of but the Italians are generally faster this set up than any of the Japanese that look so much on paper.

In true early two competition style the piston is with a Dykes top ring the piston ring to form the outer edge of the piston, allows the ring travel the distance of the pistons journey up the and as the gas pressure builds up behind it the ring out onto the barrel on the … gives a superb between friction and sealing This runs up and down the aluminium barrel with ease squashing the mixture the 19mm Dell’Orto tightly the cylinder head at a high of twelve to one before the electronic sets it all off bang and away we go. wise the barrel is quite with large transfers and a squarely shaped exhaust hinting at the sort of power and the Moto Minarelli engine is of.

The end result is about double the of the Japanese ped’s of the day with over 6.2 bhp being produced, Fantic models are capable of 9bhp, this creates a sound, both from the of the up and over exhaust pipe to the bellow of the virtually open fed by a flexible hose from a tin air box but for all and purposes free to create ever noise it wishes. some backing vocals to the and inlets lead is the extensive around the head and barrel, the tones adding an extra or two on top of the lower notes adding to the excitement while at the same making 9,000rpm sound like 19,000!

As previously instead of footrests the Fantic a pair of pedals that can freely into any position they can be set, by pulling one of away from the engine so it with its cam, so they sit instead of 180 degrees apart, at they form some of conventional riding position a constantly free swinging This movement does a little getting used to and can to the odd missed gear until you get used to them.

Starting the is an easy affair just a pedal up so it stands vertical, if add a little choke via the lever on the which in turn pulls a running down to the Dell’Orto and kick the pedal backwards a Bendix mechanism onto the the engine as you would a conventional start and away you go. The choke set up was a improvement upon the original which required clicking a lever down on the Dell’Orto and it down until the first you gave the bike full then the lever would automatically.

The Fantic, once warmed up, is a screamer, with all of its power created right up high in the rev let the piston port engine off the boil however and its time to dig into the bag of gears for another to pep up the bike and get it singing again. the engine will pull up into the power band if a big handful of throttle and left to its own but it does take longer and the that the “off the pipe” makes will win you no fans at the bus when the school girls are there, by comparison get the engine as you drive past and their will be as damp as a Boscastle carpet, well in the seventies was the case. Revving the Fantic for all it is over prolonged periods seem to have any undue other than increasing the motion and providing it has the all important barrel fitted rather the earlier cast iron one it continue to do this all day long.

and every gear adds 15 mph to the speedo dial, adding up to a and very real 60mph the correct set of circumstances, tail flat road, head … up etc.

The Fantic looks well-proportioned and very put together, the choice of scaled slightly smaller diameter keeps the big off road bike perfectly. Between the lower rails sits a very looking steel bash once again reinforcing the serious off road ability with the pedals hanging well below this one wonders how good the UK specification one be over and above the footrest version.

It looks business too with its Enduro styling with little zipped attached to the tank for whatever riders need to carry them, it is too small to hold a bottle of 2 … oil so would be of use for everyday travelling. In the absence of any of auto lube system would be a need to carry oil to add to your petrol as you filled up but then in the 70’s this have been a major as most forecourts offered the to add a pump or two of lube with tank full. Adding a touch to the whole style is the large and flat exhaust chamber, complete with its chrome grill, as it sweeps the front frame tube your right leg warm as it off to the rear of the bike, it just look the same without it.

In use the controls are light, from the to throttle, making handling Italian machine an easy the steering is precise as is the engine and Basic construction sees in the way of modern niceties, no battery is as the electrics work, or don’t ever the case may be, directly off the making the headlight a hit and miss at night.

There is a speedo, sat in the of the top yolk, but in typical Latin un style this goes the optimistic to the down right often within a couple of with the needle swinging wildly as if connected to the pedals that the front wheel. You can get an reading of your probable by looking at the middle of the arc covered by the needle, or like most of the day just go for the highest point and say it.

Despite being small in the brakes, although never are adequate for the job of hauling this machine up of course back in days stopping was never an of great concern, I cannot lusting after better or even suspension components, it was go faster goodies that your hard earned They exhibit a good bite and stay strong no how long you hold them on for the equivalent Japanese drum that fade badly the outset only to continue after that point and improve.

On July the 31 st 1977 the laws one more time and, the pedals could be dispensed the machines were to be castrated and to a ridiculous 30mph. A whole of UK motorcycling was closed as it marked the end of the fifty as we knew and loved

The Fantic Caballero, the fastest of the Perhaps we will never but it is certainly one of the most stylish.

Caballero 50 4 speed Specifications

2 … single cylinder piston port


Bore …: 38.8mm x

Fantic Caballero
Fantic Caballero

Compression Ratio: 12:1

Dell’Orto VHB19mm

Max Power: 6.2 bhp @

Torque: 7ft lb @ 6,000 rpm


Transmission . 4 speed, wet clutch

kick via the pedals

Frame: dual loop

Suspension: 28 mm forks, twin hydraulic

Wheels: 2.50 x 19 front x 17 rear

Brakes: 127 mm single shoe front 127 mm single shoe rear

Wheelbase: mm

Weight: 68kgs

Fuel 8 ltrs inc 1.5 ltr reserve

Top speed: 50 mph

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