Lazer made in Taiwan by Jui Li Minarelli V1
Lazer debut at 1977
New York Cycle Show
Lazer is a trade name made by the US importer/distributor, North American Roosevelt Industries Inc, 405 Park Ave, New York, New York 10022. Lazers were made from 1977 to 1979 by Jui Li Enterprise Co. Ltd, 22 Konan Rd, Jenwu Hsiang, Kaohsiung Hsien, Taiwan, R.O.C.. Jui Li made only mopeds. Lazer Sport 50 (originally Sprint 50) is a 1977 top tank, bright orange, with a Minarelli V1 engine. It looks identical to the General 5-Star, but there are subtle differences. There is also a less common 1979 Lazer with a Morini MO-1 engine.
The Lazer Sport 50 got it’s good looks from France.
Lazer and General are Taiwan copies of this,
an earlier French, 1975 Peugeot Sport moped.
1978 Lazer Sport 50, in paradise.
The Lazer Sport 50 and the later General 5 Star are both copies of an earlier 1975 Peugeot Sport 50. That is why (Taiwan) General side panels interchange with (French) Peugeot 103 ones.
In 1979 Lazer was replaced by the “General 5 Star”. Some components (controls) and frame details changed also, so a 1979 Lazer Sport 50 is about 95% the same as a 1980 General 5 Star.
Thirty years later, the Lazer name is again on mopeds. This time it’s a Chinese four stroke, made by Chongoing Astronautic Bashan Motorcycle Manufacturing Company LTD (Bashan). That modern 2007-later 4-stroke Lazer, also known as SSR, is not covered here.