Yamaha FS1E (Fizzy)

Key facts

  • Year: 1987
  • Country: Japan
  • Capacity: 49cc
  • Cylinders: 1
  • Output: 3bhp @ 5,000rpm
  • Performance: 30mph
  • Price new: £599
  • Loaned by: Private Owner
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha Motor Company
Yamaha FS1E 1987 On Display

First launched in 1973, the much-loved Yamaha FS1-E, or Fizzie, sports moped became a popular choice as a first bike for many teenage motorcyclists. FS1-Es intended for the UK market were originally equipped with pedals, although these were later replaced by a conventional kick-starter.

Yamaha originated as a maker of pianos and musical organs in the late 19th century. The company diversified into motorcycles in the 1950s. The first Yamaha motorcycle, the 125cc YA1, was a copy of the German DKW RT125; the same machine that BSA had based the Bantam on. Parent company Yamaha Corporation has many business interests and remains the World’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments.

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