cuperteens race-prep

so while all the other teams seem to be doing all this crazy stuff, we’ve been keeping it pretty low key. I’m just going to accept derbi how it is. I know I could get a lot more out of it with a little porting, but I want to make sure it survives the weekend before I tear into it further. I also would like to mod the clutch more, but can’t afford another broken shoe, so that will also wait. The cdi and zen pipe paired with the disks already make it a fair amount faster than its last appearance in may (in which it earned the 3rd fastest lap time), so maybe it will be alright.

MagnumX is also going to be coming along and has received its own upgrades. 64cc of piston port magic make for some amazing torque. The pipe we made totally limits its top end, but its loud, and pulls pretty well throughout. I’ll probably ride it in at least one practice just for fun.

My brother is upgrading his tomos as I type, polini, 4 petal, etc. Again, won’t be the fastest bike, but it should rip pretty hard.

Justin (blasto) is riding the polini maxi which has a polini kit on it. I think its slow, and his pipe is going to scrape, but it has some amazing throttle response. Tom (broke dan’s arms) I think is just going to be riding speed racer again, but this time better tuned and a tad faster. He has some other builds in the works, but he’s all hush hush and I don’t know whats happening with them. Matt should just be riding his garelli/derbi monster. HPI, zen pipe, 75cc metrakit and a lomat 4 petal with a 24 mikuni makes a super blaster. My bike has more low end, but his mid-range/top end is insane. True blaster steez. No kinked fuel lines this time.

So thats it, no super hobbit/derbi/puch builds or whatever, although I kinda wish we were. I think Tommy and Jimmy should be ripping, but i know choke is working on some stuff too, so we’ll see. Everyone is upgrading and adapting very quickly. I do have leathers and plan to race as long as I’m healthy. I couldn’t walk yesterday, but spent most the day wrenching today, so I should be fine by friday. Either way, I’m super excited for the weekend. A long lost cuperteen returns!


December 11, 2008, 2:39 am
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So today was mostly uneventful, I simply got derbi all torn down for powder and paint. Everything came apart really easy which was nice, and the whole frame wasn’t super grimy like most 30+ year old mopeds. The forks were a little gross, but thats how it goes. So everything is apart and awesome. I’m going to get the frame, swingarm, fork tubes, fork ears, handlebars, and 1 or 2 other things powdercoated while the wheels and a few other bits will just be spray painted to save a little cash. I was really surprised by the weight (or lack there of) of the frame. Its probably half the weight of a maxi frame, yet when riding they feel so solid. I guess thats just quality spanish engineering.

I also redid the gaskets on my magnum today, so for the first time (ever?) I’ve got no leaks! Its running super strong with the proma circuit, maybe does 50 with 14×36 gearing, but it gets there in a hurry. Really fun for around town.

Here is whats coming next.