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Throwback

I’ve been missing for a bit, but am still around. The frevolution has been kicking it, and I finally pulled the custom built pipe from my derbi race bike off so it doesn’t get destroyed by the streets (and fog) of SF. I got one of those fasmem pipes from treats and had to add a little bracket and trim my transmission cover a tad to get the fit. I had a little electrical issue (read: custom construction = melted headlight) and got a replacement that was creating some gremlins. Some crafty work and now all systems are a go. It doesn’t run nearly as well as it did with the simoni pipe, but a little tuning ought to help out. It does fit on nicely though.

Next up might be a throwback: decking out my clean newport with a gila/phbg ripper setup and mobbing that around town. The details are unclear, but I have a few kits sitting and I want something a little different for the city. I love the start 3 derbi motor but I don’t want to go all crazy with it and unfortunately am limited on gearing by preserving the puch swingarm/wheels. So I’m thinking simple e50 build on a nice base. Should be simple and fun to ride around. With some luck I’ll have a post or two about it.

Oh yeah, got another toy, but it still needs a little work. More on that later.

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whoa what happened
June 23, 2011, 6:15 pm
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I don’t know what happened, but here I am. Back from Reno, living the dream right now. On the topic of reno, it was pretty rad. I liked riding mopeds around and meeting cool peeps, but my pipe mounting bracket decided to snap so I had to rig some fencing to hold it on. After amazing clutch blasting and the broken pipe I decided it was time to change the fluid and switch pipes. Fluid was black, now I have some fresh synthetic 10w-50 in there and its still slipping like a dream, but with the n8p it needs to be geared shorter. Also, its really freaking loud, but the cop I rode by didn’t seem to care.



Check out the custom clutch puller. Also the perfect clutch shoes.


Here are some photos of my trials today. The heat is gone and it’s nice out, so now I can hang out in my shed without dying. I’ve got 2 projects in the works, if one of them actually comes together be ready for the craziest bike ever?

Oh yea, got the G3 running but it needs a choke and some type F. It sure looks pretty though.

Finally, if you haven’t seen Fast 5 yet, GO NOW! Saw it last night and wow, it was way better than I expected; almost as good or maybe just maybe better than tokyo drift. You be the judge.



custom

nick made tri-tip ($2 a pound vs. $4 for ground beef), and we made another pie. The berries were a bit more ripe, and I made more crust so I wouldn’t have to crappily weave it. Jon Kho added more sugar and we rounded it off with some vanilla ice cream. 10000x better than the last one.


Tony liked it a lot so he liked everyone’s plate cream as well as the tin.

Next I decided I wanted to build a new bike (never mind all my broken bikes and far-off projects). It’s Freespirit mixed with the beautiful c5/laguna tank. The freespirit seat pan fits the lines of the tank beautifully, so time to get custom. Lower the seat, put on a bar, build holders and weld it all up. Mockup with wood is best.

I didn’t know what size shocks were in stock, so each potential length was marked. 370s in stock, so less custom work required.

Sean did a good job welding it. Not 100% pro-status, but certainly better than I could do. Its not going anywhere. Some more mods in store, as well as a motor build, pipe mod, fork swap, wheels fixing and probably other stuff I’m forgetting right now. It’ll be done by the end of the weekend.


Motor is gonna be a bit boring. 65 hero kit, 19 phbg, selettra, 75cc derbi zen all on my kickstart e50. I want to ktm clutch it eventually and put a better cylinder on. It should be a torque monster.



pinto madness
June 9, 2010, 10:04 pm
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Today was fix the pinto day, and I didn’t finish cause it was my brother’s b-day and we had to eat ribs and eat cheesecake.

Before:

The bike was actually in great shape, well besides the ugly paint. Its not actually that bad, just faded and rusted and ugly. Someone thought it’d be cool to just paint everything, bolts, cables and wires included. At least they took the tank off and taped off the chrome. Good job! It’s kinda funny they went from nice orange to yellow.


Regardless, the thing had great spark, solid wiring, good compression and just the typical varnished carb. So I just attacked this the easy way: soaked the carb, checked the points, refilled the tranny, rinsed out the tank, replaced the petcock, cleaned up the wiring, and replaced the throttle cable. I hate throttle cables.

Finally got everything together and started 2nd kick with the choke on. It idles nice, and revs up really well. It sounds like its going to be kinda quick too! All the lights, switches and horn even work.

Tomorrow I’ll get some finished pictures after I pull the wheels off, clean the brakes, replace the tubes and put in new rim strips, and replace the drive chain. Maybe I’ll even polish it up a bit, but probably not. Then its time to blast! Oh, I HATE how high the stock seat sits over the tank. UGLY.



trade
January 11, 2010, 12:50 pm
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Most people like puchs. I like my magnum, but thats about it. After a lot of them, I was bored. So I traded my nice swinger (originally with a za50 and 5 stars, now with flakes and an e50) for a sweet sachs g3. I used to have a general with a 505 that I really liked, so I figured I ought to get a sachs because they are pretty bad ass.

Outgoing swinger:

So I traded for this pretty G3 with a 505-1D. It runs pretty well and is in pretty good shape. The coaster brake is weird, but overall I’m pretty excited. Maybe one day I’ll get it a 2 or 3 speed motor. Now all my mopeds are either all or have some red. Pretty sweet!

New G3:




roundup

ok, first midterm done, so I’ve got some time. So yes, as stated the polini cup was awesome. I should have studied all weekend, but instead I went to atwater and tried to race.

Cuperteens broken race team: the story of the year. (Check out my rad c5 in the background. Thanks Colby!)

It was a tough morning. I got my bike all together last week and was basically hoping it would survive the races. I went out in qualifying and my bike was a turd. It wouldn’t rev through the pipe on the straight, so I was just cruising. I tried to make a few adjustments before twist and go qualifying, but it just got worse, with my bike even slower on the straight and the variator binding and making for horrid power. So after re-timing the bike, down jetting, replacing the rear pulley, switched back to a stock spring, changing the variator weights, and re-adjusting tire pressure it was time for the moped race.

I didn’t ride very well, I think I got 6th in the first moped race. I somehow managed to get out in front of everyone but tommy and jeff, but poor lines through the twisties quickly yielded lost spots to first jimmy, then elliot (on the e5, so sick!), then ultimately terry dean when I went super wide on the hairpin. I then proceded to suck even more, almost falling at least twice (2 wheel drifts!), the actually having a decent rematch vs. Latebird Nik. Unfortunately he fell on the last lap but was ok. I managed to get then 3rd or 4th in twist and go (tommy broke), but my bike was super janky.

I then proceeded to replace my shocks (tom lent everything to me, a real trooper after his crank twisted up saturday), but missed the dash for cash. I had WestCoast Ben (or Ben Jammin) ride his sick derbi, but it was a bit out of tune. Terry Dean ripped it up out there and won like $120. So awesome!

I got back out there for moped 2, but on after the 1st lap I had some crazy vibrations and turns out my crank twisted just like tom’s. Bummer! I guess this was the 10th crank i’ve destroyed, dunno. So someone had to get out there for twist and go, and luckily the mosquito bus brought mr. travis and his rad hobbit, so he put on the boots and ripped it up out there, getting 4th in the most entertaining race ever (with tommy on the jog).

So yea, racing was awesome. Jeff managed to hang on to the win in mopeds, with elliot on the e5 just narrowly behind (with another lap or 2, who knows!). He took home the metro rider for 1st overall on the season. Jimmy was second and got a rad helmet, which he earned after nearly knocking himself out in the dash for cash, and tommy rounded up the podium in 3rd.

The puch polini racing was also epic. The first race had Round, Jimmy and Alan all neck and neck right up to the last lap. Alan managed to pass jimmy on the last turn of the last lap and took it home. The 2nd race was slightly less intense because alan fell, but still awesome with jimmy and round battling hard. I’m super excited about this class next season.

Somehow I managed to get 3rd overall in twist and go for the season, so I won a big box full of oil and cleaners, some posters, and a sweet key chain! Tommy got 2nd and got some rad racing slicks for his pitbike! (he has one, right?) Mr. Scooter Rumple got 1st. We will get him next year.

Ok, so thats it. The Polini Cup was rad. Polini USA did an amazing job all year making this happen. Big thanks to them, 1977Mopeds, and everyone else who made racing this year a reality. Atwater has been great, and I’m super stoked about next season. More parties (that bus better be back down), more racing, and more fun overall. I’ll post some pictures of my new builds as they happen over the winter.



COBRA!
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.