What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Sorry, I don't know how to link, but there is one on Mpls craigslist under "moped" does not look like any Solex I have ever seen, price is crazy...but a unique machine, anyone heard of this, feel free to link it here.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Pretty rare stateside, never sold them here. I would buy it if I could.

https://mopedarmy.com/forums/read.php?1,2742110,2742519,flat=1#msg-2742519

Edit: found the ad, I'd give him $400 for it but he probably wouldn't take it. I've learned that people who ask for $1000 for a moped that they know is rare but is in bad shape don't take kindly to realistic offers.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/atq/d/minneapolis-late-50s-early-60s-flash/7085032772.html (edited)

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Stephen Keller /

Interesting, I'm trying to downsize bikes, not add to the mess, especially things like Solex, which I LOVE, but are not safe to ride on the street. :) Maybe someone here will get it. And a grand is stupid for all but a TSM.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Dirty30 Dillon /

DOS has a few of these in resto-needed condition.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

> Stephen Keller Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> Interesting, I'm trying to downsize bikes, not add to the mess,

> especially things like Solex, which I LOVE, but are not safe to ride on

> the street. :) Maybe someone here will get it. And a grand is stupid for

> all but a TSM.

Funnily enough that's what I looked at last a month, a TSM in a dude's basement that he wanted $1000 for. It was missing some things and had some blemishes, I begrudgingly offered him $700 but he was firm; he texted me back a week later asking if I'd do $800. A grand can be too rich for even a TSM

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Stephen Keller /

^ It's too much for any moped, I just love TSM, it would have to be in excellent shape for a grand though!

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Dirty30 Dillon /

$1000 is a considerate amount for a well-kept, vintage moto.

Considering that a new Peugeot TSM was around $550 in '78, that would equate to a ~$2100 tag today.

The days of being into mopeds because they are cheap is soon to be over completely.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Pushrod Fifty /

Looks like it was made from sheetmetal offcuts from the Citroen.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

interesting house.

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Pushrod Fifty /

There was a Solex made like a Caio but square framed like this one with less coverage.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Stephen Keller /

> Dirty30 Dillon Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> $1000 is a considerate amount for a well-kept, vintage moto.

>

> Considering that a new Peugeot TSM was around $550 in '78, that would

> equate to a ~$2100 tag today.

>

> The days of being into mopeds because they are cheap is soon to be over

> completely.

^ true.... I thought the TSM was higher end, like in the 899.00 range?

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

> Dirty30 Dillon Wrote:

> -------------------------------------------------------

> $1000 is a considerate amount for a well-kept, vintage moto.

>

> Considering that a new Peugeot TSM was around $550 in '78, that would

> equate to a ~$2100 tag today.

>

> The days of being into mopeds because they are cheap is soon to be over

> completely.

I dunno about 1978, my records dont indicate they were sold in '78... Mine is an '81 and through an insane coincidence i ended up with some paperwork from the bike store that sold it- $1299 was the list price. I'm pretty sure you could buy a DT125 for about 800.

According to the guy that worked at the shop back then, each dealer got one more or less just to sit in the window and attract customers, they weren't really meant to sell unless you REALLY wanted it. He said most of them ended up in the hands of the kids of whoever owned the shop.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

The Solex Flash was a shaft drive bike, with a geared transmission.

49 cc engine. Goes about 30 mph.

Made from about 1969 until about 1975 or so.

The bike was a disaster.

To do most engine maintenance, even adjusting the points, the engine must be dropped out of the bottom of the frame.

There is no way to check or add fluid to the transmission.

The clutch is inside the flywheel, so the drive power goes through the flywheel key.

If you rev the engine while the bike is on the kickstand, then drop the bike off the stand, the flywheel key will shear instantly.

The condenser is molded into the ignition coil body.

The coils are mounted outside the flywheel, right behind the front tire.

The carb is attached to the inside of the frame paneling...a rubber tube connects it to the cylinder.

There is a cooling fan....that blows forward(!).

The rear disc brake is made of stainless steel...the pads can't grip it so it's useless.

There are very few Flash specific spare parts available...especially ignition coils, carb/cylinder tubes, air filters, and flywheels.

Later versions are known as model 6000. Most 6000s have telescopic front suspension.

They were sold in Canada, but not in the US.

http://solexmillenium.fr/solexflash-en.php

Here's my 6000:

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Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

> Pushrod Fifty Wrote:

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> There was a Solex made like a Caio but square framed like this one with

> less coverage.

This was the Solex Tenor aka 8000.

The Tenor 8000 was a chain drive Solex, made from 1973 until about 1975 or so.

The first type, versions L, S and R, had a Franco-Morini 49 cc.

The S4 version had a 4-speed transmission...very nice bike.

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The later type, versions GL, GS, and GR had an Anker-Laura 49 cc.

The American (US/Canada) version GL had an Anker-Laura M-54.

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Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Pushrod Fifty /

Ill take the s4. The Flash basically equates to a Yugo.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

i personally kinda hate solex, like the traditional oned. but now considering the awful that looks like it comes with these non-friction driven ones, there's no room for redemption. solex schmolex

humbug

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Stephen Keller /

Thanks Brian! So odd that the disc brake would be on the rear....but since they are crappy it's for the best...there was a Huffy 10 speed bike like that in the early '80's.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

> Stephen Keller Wrote:

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> Thanks Brian! So odd that the disc brake would be on the rear....but

> since they are crappy it's for the best...there was a Huffy 10 speed

> bike like that in the early '80's.

Because of the rear differential hub, ( a mini gear box between the shaft-drive and the wheel) a drum brake couldn't be used on the rear.

There is an 80 mm drum on the front wheel, though.

Re: What is a "Flash Solex" moped?

Stephen Keller /

Ahhhh....

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