Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

So I was cruising Craigslist for something cheap that didn't require a license for me to get around on and came across a blue Cimatti City Bike for $425

I had never seen one of these before so I was like "damn, good deal"

After looking through here for a bit I'm starting to wonder if I ripped myself off (i say myself because the seller wasn't shady or dishonest about the condition of the bike. I just didn't do the proper research before hand.)

I searched Youtube and I'm seeing about a million videos about Puch Maxis but basically 0 on anything that has to do with repairs for the Cimatti (most vids are just 30 seconds of people showing what theirs looks like....already working of course)

The bike itself runs although not for very long, but I think that's due to lack of gas and rust in the tank, and none of the electrical "stuffs" work. The speedo on the headlight and the headlight itself don't work, and the tail/brake lights are non existent, and the component that actually turns all of that stuff on is pretty faulty istelf as well. The body damage I could more or less make due with as is, but if anyone could direct me to some resources to at least help me figure out how to get the lights back working, or install new ones I'd be incredibly grateful

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

nah dog.

if you Google cimatti city bike you get a shit ton of MA threads.

myrons has the wiring.

mopeds are wired like power wheels. it's pretty easy.

but you def need to look a little harder.

the moped game is making this worthless lawnmower get you to school/ work/ the strip club. for cheap.

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

Welcome. There's a lot here, but I suppose we should start at the top: are you the type of person who enjoys technical projects, building things, mechanical puzzels, etc.? If the answer is a strong no, then you may not enjoy this hobby. It is a hobby (profession for a lucky few too).

Still here? Cool! $425 is a little much for a non runner, but far from unheard of. We're going to trouble shoot this process of elimination style, starting with the basics.

Make a thread in the REPAIRS section. Take pics and post them, and we'll go through part by part. Im the meantime, look for the users manual (there's a site - forget the name - that has them for all mopeds - might even be in this sites Wiki). And READ everything about that bike on this site; its top end, carb, air filter - everyrhing. That'll help you understand feedback.

Best of luck. (edited)

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

> D dB Wrote:

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> nah dog.

>

> if you Google cimatti city bike you get a shit ton of MA threads.

>

> myrons has the wiring.

>

> mopeds are wired like power wheels. it's pretty easy.

>

> but you def need to look a little harder.

>

> the moped game is making this worthless lawnmower get you to school/

> work/ the strip club. for cheap.

a ton of MA threads yeah, not a ton of CA threads though, I was looking on treatland and found some things i needed. gonna compare to myrons before buying though. Im actually determined to get this thing running in working properly

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

> alex ganz Wrote:

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> Welcome. There's a lot here, but I suppose we should start at the top:

> are you the type of person who enjoys technical projects, building

> things, mechanical puzzels, etc.? If the answer is a strong no, then

> you may not enjoy this hobby. It is a hobby (profession for a lucky few

> too).

>

> Still here? Cool! $425 is a little much for a non runner, but far from

> unheard of. We're going to trouble shoot this process of elimination

> style, starting with the basics.

>

> Make a thread in the REPAIRS section. Take pics and post them, and

> we'll go through part by part. Im the meantime, look for the users

> manual (there's a site - forget the name - that has them for all mopeds

> - might even be in this sites Wiki). And READ everything about that

> bike on this site; its top end, carb, air filter - everyrhing. That'll

> help you understand feedback.

>

> Best of luck.

I found what looks to be the right manual on eBlueJay for about 30 bucks. Gonna make a repairs thread soon

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

> Nik Belote Wrote:

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> a ton of MA threads yeah, not a ton of CA threads though,

Maybe CA is/was the wrong place . ;)

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

Jimmy Cincinnati /

It was on the high end for a none runner but its a solid moped and once running you could easily get your money back. That moped uses the very common and reliable mineralli V1 engine with plenty of aftermarket. Its a great first moped and can give you years of reliability for cheap repairs.

My opinion, you didnt do bad. Fix it and enjoy!

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

Dirty30 Dillon /

The Cimatti happens to have one of the most common motors made for mopeds. It isn't hard to use any V1 powered bike manual to make most of the repairs to the bike, outside of peculiarities such as the tank.

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

> Jimmy Cincinnati Wrote:

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> It was on the high end for a none runner but its a solid moped and once

> running you could easily get your money back. That moped uses the very

> common and reliable mineralli V1 engine with plenty of aftermarket. Its

> a great first moped and can give you years of reliability for cheap

> repairs.

>

> My opinion, you didnt do bad. Fix it and enjoy!

Ditto!

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

Emil Kniemel /

for engine stuff you dont need to search cimatti but you need to look for minarelli v1 info.

make you way out to this in LA: https://www.instagram.com/mopedworkshopla/

Re: Bought a moped before I knew what I was getting into

Don’t Panic! Minarelli has a very good reputation for being some of the better moped engines ever made. You may wish to download and print off these manuals.

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