Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

Hi all,

I just came across a 1980 Pepi V1 Moped in my travels and would be grateful for any information you all may have about it.

What I think I know:

Although there were plenty of this type of moped manufactured my preliminary research tells me there were only about 20/30 of these made of the Pepi branding?

At first I thought there was some kind of obscure tie in to Timberland Boots (some sort of promotion etc..) but I found that it was manufactured by now defunct Timberland Machinery company out of New Hampshire that was acquired by Turf Products Corporation.

I would also like to know how easy it is to come across parts, how they are to ride and how service friendly they are.

Thanks! (edited)

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Re: Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

Dirty30 Dillon /

Not incredibly rare. I have owned one, and seen like 3-4 more.

Late model Minarelli V1 motor, and nice appointments otherwise. Timberland just imported these, they were not built there as far as I know.

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erik michael /

That's good information to have! Thank you!

Re: Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

It is identical to the Concord XKE, also known as the Fantic Motor Concord

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Tri-ped Dave O.D.B. /

Very ok ped but whoever wrote they are rare lived in a cave. I have owned double digits and seen many times more Pepis The top tank version is really nice. V1 is one of the most trusted motors as well

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erik michael /

That's fantastic regarding reliability! Thank you for the info!

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erik michael /

Wow! Just saw the top tank model you referred to and I'm liking it! The one I got is going to be for the girl so she can do her short commute to work within the city so the female styled bike-like framing with the gas tank on the vertical will be ideally suited.

Thanks again!

Re: Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

You'll have no problem generally finding parts for Minarelli motors, they came on dozens of different mopeds and there's a lot of aftermarket parts for them. You familiar with treatland or doscycles for parts? Slap an aftermarket jammy pipe on and upjet for her so she has a little more pep..

Clean and complete bike yall have there with dope mag wheels, rare or not

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Emilio Hobbit /

Thanks for the info! I just picked one up a few months ago finally started working on it. Fired right up, no idle though.

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Re: Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

Hello sorry old post, since you've had a few of these what fork would work for a replacement? I just picked one up and it's too rusted to save.

Wasn't sure if there was any cross compatibility with other brands.

Thank you

Re: Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

there's definitely cross compatibility but i couldnt tell you exactly with what. the important things are the head tube length & diameter, the axle width and diameter and the brake plate tab. But the good news is those are all pretty standard or can be made to work without much extra effort, with the exception of the head tube length. That's also very doable, but more work. So yea, i'd measure how long the head tube is, and honestly if it's like 120-150mm the puch ones probably work

Re: Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

Awesome thanks for the reply I just picked up a 1980 pepi super deluxe, I might hit you up for some more suggestions this being my first moped not really sure what to expect. Definitely seen a lot of cool projects out there.

Re: Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

Earlier in the thread it says it's the same as a Concord XKE but that's not exactly true. My 78 Concord XKE has a different frame and forks than the Pepi but some of the photos on here show other Concord models like the Invader or Shadow or even the 1980 Concord that look similar to the Pepi.

My Concord does have Puch Maxi EBR forks so that might be a good place to start. I had to grind 1mm off the diameter of the Maxi bearing cups though to get them to fit into the head tube. I think it went down from 30mm to 29mm. And the slot for the brakes lined up perfect on the Maxi forks so that was nice.

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Last question Maxi exhaust will bolt up you think?

Re: Question pertaining to rarity and story behind the 1980 Pepi V1 Moped

No. Puch pipes go down the left side of the bike, not the right.

Treatland has some V1 specific pipes, and tomos pipes often fit. There were a lot of different kinds of frames with V1s, so expect to make an exhaust bracket or run into something like the center stand. This MLM bracket works with their pipes.

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campeona del mundo /

it's just a fantic issimo that's re-badged for the american market. the issimo is pretty much the puch maxi of italy next to the ciao. a good bike if you like minarelli v1s.

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