- May 21, 2014
Mine was a $25 basket case from a garage sale. The owners didn't know what they had, it was in two boxes and the bicycle part had barely survived two young pre-teen kids beating on it for 5 years.
The front wheel was trashed, the forks bent and I bought a Motobecane moped front wheel and laced a pair 24" alloy MTB rims to both hubs. I fixed the fork after straightening out the wheels. It rode pretty nice with the slightly bigger lighter wheels, but the engine weight on the fork meant it was a bit heavy steering. I could get about 170 mpg with mine, the little .4 gallon tank was remarkably adequate for most of a week's trips. Great for garage sale puttering about. Always got comments about it. Surprising how many remember seeing them in France or knew somone who owned one.
I ended up trading it for a pair of non running 1969 Yamaha trail bikes. In retrospect I should have kept it as it was in better working order than it was new.