good and bad
May 30, 2009, 5:53 pm
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derbi was running well, then I decided I wanted it to be better. This didn’t work as well as I imagined. It’ll be fine tomorrow, but its annoying today. Some sweet upgrades over racer version one.

this is the rest of the current running fleet. 2 will be gone soonish.


March 10, 2009, 4:54 am
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thanks again rafter for doing the tank and ears. I know it wasn’t fun, but you did a great job. thanks to mr. harry hoppe for all the LTD stuff. I’m having a bitch of a time finding paint even close to matching the yellowed beige for the rims. Moped disaster continues.

January 26, 2009, 4:54 am
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So after waiting like 2 or 3 months, this cobra is finally mine, in my hands and totally awesome. Now I must first admit, I hate cobra’s. They are weird, bulbous, offensive mopeds with horrible design cues. They threw a huge tank on a pinto frame and added a butt ugly seat on the already stock pinto rack. They simply are not attractive. Now all that said, I’m still super stoked. I got what I thought was a good deal for the condition, so again, I’m super excited.

There is about 10 pounds of sawdust covering this thing, but underneath it all is one of the nicest, well preserved original mopeds I’ve seen (not including First Kick Dave’s amazing pink champagne newport). The tank is flawless, perfect paint, like 3 small scratches (it might be 4), awesome decals, a perfect seat, original tool-kit, shiny chrome wheels, bars, racks, and only 470 miles. When we drained the transmission fluid up in Arnold, it came out looking brand new, even though it hasn’t been ridden in years.

The motor has great compression, solid spark, and a clean 14mm bing. Unfortunately, there is some residual ancient gas stinking up the tank. I need to flush it out, then this thing is going to fire up like its brand new. I’m really excited (if you couldn’t tell). I also need to finish cleaning the rims, and dust off the front then just wax it up because I have to, its that nice. More amazing photos will come once its running perfectly later this week. Oh yea, its got an original california blue and yellow plate and registration. Sick!

Also, the other new love of my moped life, a paz’d out za50. It now has my ported polini and proma circuit making for awesome around town riding. Up at last week’s creature ride I was quickest off the line and up to about 30, when Lee overtook me on his racer poopgeout. Sure it only goes 45ish, but its so fun, going to like 25-30 before shifting, shifting on command, downshifting perfectly and everything. so fun!

So yea, you can probably count the 3 magnums in the shed now. The black beauty (4 petal polini, estoril?, powdercoated tank, nos nostalgia rims, etc), the new one from brando, and the other one up on the shelf (soon to be my za50 ltd). I’m going to be selling 2 of them pretty soon, and just keeping the ltd. I’m not sure what will happen with the cobra, but right now I’m going to enjoy my new moped.

Oh yea, I won a flat reed motor for derbi! This has been an exciting week. I’m going to be putting that on my sle frame, I know, mods must be done, then the piston port gilarblowme on the hobbit frame. 2 racers. I need to get rid of some mopeds.

January 7, 2009, 5:57 am
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We had a pretty sweet ride sunday with a total of 20 mopeds. It was us, some mopedheads, so other san jose people are creatures elliot, bella, zachlee and josh. We cruised around up into the hills and stuff and it was exciting. The last part of the ride, through the twisty sidewalk in 7-springs was by far the best followed by sparks and shots at matt’s house. I heard we are doing calaveras next week, another amazing ride.

I rode the magnum and it did ok. I was kind-of leading because I always do, but I was topping out around 55ish but was initially running super lean. I tightened up a head leak and it was better but its still screaming at high rpms. I guess its ok because it survived, but I re-gasketed and sealed the head so that should help some more.

We built a new pipe for it the day before out of an estoril, stock magnum pipe, tecno header and hebo silencer. We de-restricted the estoril, added some tapered header, shortened the original header dramatically, and welded on the shittiest silencer ever. Its actually louder with it on than nothing, fucking annoying. Performance wise, its a huge step over the simonini with a large header and all, but its still not “pulling” like it should. I am going to mess with the ignition timing next. Yesterday I replaced the silencer with the one from my zen (stubby little one) and its WAY quieter. I’ll ultimately clean the welds and paint it black.

Comparing cuperhebo, n8p, simonini:

The newport is still around, apparently no one wants to buy mopeds right now, but I guess $800 is too much. I guess I understand the mentality that a few hundred more gets you a warranty from 77, but I dunno. This bike has been so dependable for me, my brother and his roommate that I really feel its worth the price. I might sell it to my russian friend who needs a new moped to get to school since he moved and no longer has his landlord’s available. The bullet is back on (after testing the n8p which actually performed amazingly, equal low end and really rev’d it out, maybe 40).

I might try to get the cobra this weekend, still chilling in the mountains.

Derbi is progressing, today I case matched it.

I hope to have a 2nd magnum going by sunday. cleaned the ltd tank today, getting the frame ready to paint.

oh yea, I fixed the magnumX today. Benji hooked up the kickstart spring, and after forgetting how to re-assemble, I got it together-puzzle!- and now it works great. The old spring had cracked. Now I just need a choke slide for the 17 bing.