Fantic Motor

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Fantic Motor
Founded 1968
Founder Mario Agrati and Henry Keppel-Hesselink
Headquarters Italy
Products motorcycles
Website http://www.fanticmotor.it/
Fantic Motor 200 of 1982
Fantic TX 150, 2009
Fantic Caballero TZ 300, 2012

Fantic Motor is an Italian manufacturer of motorcycles. The company began in 1968, manufacturing and exporting enduro motorcycles, mini-bikes and go-karts. Today they continue in the same genre, though the names have changed to dual-sport and motard (supermoto), and they have not returned to the US market.

Fantic began exporting to the United Kingdom in 1972, as part of a wave of manufacturers who took advantage of "sixteener laws," legislation that forbade sixteen-year-old motorcyclists from riding motorcycles up to 250 cc, as they had been used to. As a result, European and Japananese manufacturers exported their sporty and lightweight below-50cc engines, which had been common in Europe, to England also. Fantic produced a "sensational chopper moped" and a TI ("Tourismo Internazionale)," both of which became very popular quickly,[1] with the reputation of being some of the fastest mopeds on the market, going as fast as 70 mph.[2]

In the 1980s, Fantic enjoyed success in the Observed trials world championships, taking three titles as well as seven wins at the prestigious Scottish Six Days Trial.

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  1. ^ Skelton, Richard (2007). Funky Mopeds!: The 1970s Sports Moped Phenomenon. MBI Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84584-078-5.  P. 5-10.
  2. ^ De Burton, Simon (25 January 2002). "Twist 'n' go; Power wasn't their best feature but sports mopeds had Seventies style in abundance". The Evening Standard. 

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