1972 Yamaha FS1 5-Speed

Highlights


  • Spectacular condition
  • Near concourse example
  • Fully restored
  • Well maintained
  • Just 1 former keeper in the UK


The Appeal


Not to be confused with the FS1-E, this bike is near enough the holy grail of FS1s. 

The bike has spent the majority of its life in storage, only to receive a full restoration upon its return to fresh air. In addition to being fully restored to the highest level, this bike also boasts an incredibly rare specification here in the UK, thanks to its 5-speed manual box.  

If you’re looking for an incredibly rare bike, in near-concourse edition, this Yamaha is the obvious candidate. 

It would suit being the star showpiece amongst a collection, but as the bike is in full-working order, would also no doubt provide endless enjoyment on the roads. 

The History and Paperwork


  • Only used until 1976
  • Rare early 1972 model
  • Just 1 former keeper in the UK
  • Incredibly low mileage since restoration
  • Professionally dated
  • V5C document present
  • Original Km/h speedo included

This remarkable example was only used for just 4 years before being retired to storage in 1976. 

Following its time in storage, the bike landed in the UK in 2016, and was later gladly welcomed by the current keeper. Being an avid motorcycle enthusiast and collector, the current owner ensured the bike was restored to the absolute highest level. 

The extensive restoration process included stripping the bike down fully, rebuilding the engine, rebuilding the wheels, re-chroming all brightwork, as well as blasting, painting and epoxying all components. 

Now, the bike presents itself in near-concourse condition, and is ready to be enjoyed by the lucky new owner. 

The Exterior


  • Superb condition
  • Fully restored
  • Perfect collection piece
  • Polished and re-chromed components

As the photos will reflect, this Yamaha looks absolutely spectacular, now showing off a near-concourse finish following its restoration. 

The orange paintwork shows a superb level of shine, flashing tones of red and yellow in the sunlight. As the vehicle has been hardly used since its respray, the paintwork shows no noticeable signs of damage, and wears fresh decals. 

All other painted components such as the frame and associated parts show off a sleek powder coated black finish, with a near-perfect finish. As all chrome pieces were re-chromed during the restoration process, items like the fork collars and mud guards also show off a very impressive finish. 

The bike also shows off new ARAYA rims, Yamaha spokes and rim tapes, which results in 2 absolutely spectacular looking wheels that contrast beautifully against the paintwork. The wheels also sport new tyres, which are yet to properly see use out on the road.

Overall, this Yamaha FS1 looks absolutely superb and will no doubt turn heads for many years to come. 

The Mechanics


  • 49cc two-stroke
  • Autolube system
  • Rare 5-speed gearbox
  • Performs without fault

Once again, this model is not to be confused with the UK marketed FS1-E, which uses a 4-speed transmission. 

Being one of the first true FS1 models, this bike showcases the incredibly rare 5-speed manual gearbox. In the UK alone, it is believed by the current keeper that there are only a couple of examples with the same specification.

Although hardly a surprise given the extent to which this bike has been restored to, buyers will be pleased to know that the bike shows off plenty of new and rebuilt components, believed to be in full working order.

As the bike’s condition would suit a display collection, the current keeper has built the bike dry, with no oils or fuel.

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Summary


This Yamaha FS1 presents a superb opportunity to own a near-concourse bike, in an incredibly rare specification. 

The bike has been fully rebuilt to the highest standard, looks absolutely superb and will no doubt make the absolute perfect display piece as part of a collection. 

That being said, if you’re looking for a beautiful bike to take to the roads in, this FS1 will no doubt handle regular use without fault. 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Yamaha
  • Model FS1 5-Speed
  • Colour Orange
  • Odometer 64 Miles
  • Engine size 49
  • Town Great Sutton
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Cheshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
16 bids
  • Simonpa•••• £7,000 12/08/22
  • Simonpa•••• £6,800 12/08/22
  • uniclov•••• £6,700 12/08/22
  • Simonpa•••• £6,500 12/08/22
  • uniclov•••• £6,200 12/08/22
  • Simonpa•••• £6,000 12/08/22
  • uniclov•••• £4,500 12/08/22
  • alexand•••• £4,200 12/08/22
  • uniclov•••• £4,000 12/08/22
  • abby-wr•••• £3,700 12/08/22

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