Advice for a FA50 with no battery, no ignition?

I have an FA50 that runs pretty well, but it's completely stripped down.

There is no battery, no ignition, and no headlight or brake light units.

My question is about getting a battery. If the ignition coil has been disconnected or removed, I understand the headlight will not work even with a battery. If I get a battery, could I get a tail light and rear turn signals to work?

Another thing that puzzles me is that the high beam indicator light works without a battery. What powers it? Obviously I know nothing about being a mechanic : )

thanks!

Re: Advice for a FA50 with no battery, no ignition?

Sounds like a waste of time. All those parts equal more than I would pay for an FA50.

Re: Advice for a FA50 with no battery, no ignition?

That's the conclusion I'm coming to, and basically addresses my real question - is it worth spending any money on this thing? It runs fine, so I'll probably leave it as is. The missing parts are just nagging at me : )

I'm still wondering if anyone call tell me something about what's powering the high beam indicator light, though.

Thanks DPC Ryan

Re: Advice for a FA50 with no battery, no ignition?

That bike will all but never be worth anything other than a quiet, slow, to and from putt. If that's what you want, good. But any money you put into it will not be seen in the resale value.

Re: Advice for a FA50 with no battery, no ignition?

> DPC Ryan Wrote:

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

> That bike will all but never be worth anything other than a quiet, slow,

> to and from putt. If that's what you want, good. But any money you put

> into it will not be seen in the resale value.

You are right about it being quiet and maybe about resale value .

And , if 30 MPH is slow , then you would be right about that , too .

Not all value is scored by resale .

I've been running my FA50 for going on 10 years . It's been reliable since the day I got it running . I bought it , barn found , for $135 .

Above that 135 , I bought a new fender , tires , handle bar grips , a used seat and a Chinese HT coil . Those items totaled about $100 . I used a bit of left over spray paint to 'brighten' a few things and since , some left over vinyl to recover the seat .

Not that I would sell it , but , I'm sure it would bring a lot more than $235 . I have been offered $600 , on more than one occasion .

The enjoyment over the past 10 years has been worth way more than the money I could get for the bike . ;)

Re: Advice for a FA50 with no battery, no ignition?

The lights are powered by the magneto .

The battery acts as stabilizer / storage to be used when the motor is not running .

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