C Wirings: Cat Eye, CDI, Cimatti, Concord, Columbia


Cateye Turn Signals: Cateye turn signal kits, made in Japan, were an add-on accessory. They had a rechargeable 5.5 volt Ni-Cad battery pack, mounted with the front two lights on a chrome bar that clamped onto a moped handlebar. All of those original batteries died in the early 1990’s.

Cat Eye Turn Signals 1

Cat Eye BL700
Turn Signal Set p1

Cat Eye BL700 Turn Signal Set p2

Cat Eye BL700
Turn Signal Set p2

Cat Eye BL700 Turn Signal Set p3

Cat Eye BL700
Turn Signals p3

Cat Eye BL700 Turn Signals p4

Cat Eye BL700
Turn Signals p4











CDI Wiring: 





Cimatti Wiring: Cimatti, with the Minarelli V1 engine,  has functionally the same as the “Minarelli Wiring”, except for the high-low beam headlight, the console light/horn switch, and the secret toggle switch under the headlight that grounds the blue wire when in the forward position. 

Cimatti City Bike Wiring

Cimatti City Bike Wiring
CEV 3-wire magneto, external ignition ground


Cimatti City Bike Wiring for model with large console light switch

Cimatti City Bike with large console light switch
CEV 3-wire magneto, external ignition ground


Concord (Fantic) Wiring: Concord mopeds with Minarelli V1 engines have “Minarelli Wiring”. The ignition source ground powers the brake light and must be grounded to run. There is a secret resistor inside the tail light. When that burns out the engine dies when the brakes are applied.

Concord Wiring, 1980 Freedom, Invader
CEV 3-wire magneto external ignition ground


Colombia Wiring: American-made Colombia mopeds can have two different frames, mono-tube and stamped sheet, and two different engines, Sachs 505 or Solo belt drive. But they all have the same Bosch 5-wire 90mm magneto, same wiring and electrical equipment, except for the headlight. Blue is ignition, green and green/black are brake light, yellow is head light, and grey is tail light.

Colombia Wiring Diagram for all US moped models
Sachs 505 or Solo engine, Bosch 5-wire magneto, internal ignition ground


Invisible Forces: Notice that on the Colombia (and others) the tail light gray wire goes straight from the generator/magneto to the light, and not through the light switch. You would think the tail light would then stay on all the time. The small tail light generating coil is close to the larger head light generating coil. Somehow the magnetic field changes around the head light coil when the light is switched on, and that energizes the nearby tail light coil. So the tail light only works when the head light is working. This prevents tail light burn out caused by overload from a burned out headlight. On other 70’s mopeds, when their head light burns out, the tail light gets super bright, and dies.

Furthermore on mopeds with a Bosch 90mm magneto with grey tail light wire, such as Puch, Batavus, Colombia, the headlight bulb is preferably a 6 volt 21 watt (#1129). If it’s a 12 volt 21 watt (#1156), the headlight won’t be as bright, and since it passes less current, the tail light won’t be as bright either. That’s weird. Besides that the tail light bulb needs to be a 6 volt 5 watt #63, or else it will be dim, especially at idle.