Built to compete with the Honda Cub, Yamaha decided to go upmarket with their first moped, the MF1. Upmarket is a relative term with mopeds – in this case it refers to the Neidhart front suspension, pressed-metal frame, kick-and-electric starters, three-speed transmission with manual clutch, and as Yamaha themselves boasted, the “largest tail light fitted on any step through.” Fancy!
It weighed 147 pounds, and the 50cc 2-stroke single produced approximately 3 horsepower. For more on the MF1, check out this article (start on page 6) from the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Magazine.
This example is going to need some work – it doesn’t have a key or battery, but the engine has “good compression” and it includes new tubes and a petcock. It also comes with a copy of the original service manual.
Find this MF1 Project for sale in DeLand, Florida with an unmet opening bid of $995 here on eBay.