I have just a acquired a 1973 Garelli Gran Sport moped. It is a 49cc model, has 500 miles, and side baskets on it. It has been in storage (in a garage) since 1987. I could not put down the offer when my friend said that he would give it to me free of charge.
This is the first moped that I have had, so I'm still new to this. However, I have ridden them several times before, and I know the basic functions.
I know that the engine takes a oil/gas pre-mix, but I do not, however, know the exact oil:gas ratio. When I received the moped, there was still some gas in it. I tried to start it up once I had some time last Sunday. On the first kick, the engine did not even sputter. I tried a few more times, and finally got it to start.
It smoked like a banshee when it was first up, but died down later. I was wondering if anyone knew what the problems could be for the engine not starting up right away, and what I could do to make it much easier on me and the moped.
Both the headlight and taillights worked, however, the blinkers did not. I was told by the previous owner that the blinkers ran off of a battery on the side. I presume that the blinkers did not work due to the battery. I have no idea if inside the battery there are slots for other batteries, or if I have to get and entirely new battery. I would like to know what batteries it takes and if not, where I could find a new battery that is the same size as the stock one.
Also (just for laughs and giggles), I would like to know if the Gran Sport has the ability to ride a second person on the rear deck.
Thank you for your reply.