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2011 Race Prep
November 22, 2010, 11:56 am
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So there has been a fair amount of talk about getting some racing going again down in southern california as well as continuing the series up in the pacific northwest. In turn, I was getting prepared to build a cool 50cc french bike. Matt got me all excited and has started his, but last week I got an email from Tony regarding his radical derbi (1 of 2) that he built with Jimmy and motomatic. Of course I had to pounce, he offered a deal no one can refuse.

Sean and I went up to Sacramento yesterday (forgot my camera, dur!) to get our goodies and I must say I’m super excited. I wish the racing were a bit closer, but with a pretty mellow semester this spring and graduation beyond, its time to race!

I’ll post pictures as we get everything together. The derbi is insane. I can’t even begin to describe how much was done to it. Here is pistol pete riding it in April



magnum stuff

So hopefully you say gabe’s awesome polini guide, and I thought I’d show you mine. I’ll be honest, the quality of my work is subpar. The exhaust port is nice, but the intake embarassing. Regardless, it runs really well, and its done stupid speeds, and It’s going to only get dumber.

In the cylinder (exhaust raised a lot, widened a lot, intake opened completely) The little scuffs, one at the rear of the port and the other 2 in front were me not good at using a dremmel.

The intake, again opened up all the way, and I filled it a bit with JB because the malossi 4-petal has a lot of wasted space in there

Transfers opened up just a bit. The most important part is opening up the upper transfers. Plenty of meat on the cylinder, so its un-tapped potential. Also, remember you MUST open up the outer portion of the exhaust port to to actually match the flange of your exhaust. Polini’s are tiny, just a bit bigger than stock, but much smaller than 99% of expansion pipes (except proma circuit, they are a perfect match).

Paz originally built my ZA for some other fella in SF. He didn’t go super deep with the upper transfers, but everything is nicely done. A roller rod was pressed in at the same time. The crank has 2k+ miles on it, so super solid!

Thats my ugly polini. I’d like to get another one in the near future as I worry this one may be slowly heading out. It was seized before I bought it, and there is now a fair amount of discoloration on the nicasil around the exhust port. All the cross-hatching is gone. Compression is OK, but not as good as it could be. That, plus I’d like to re-port another with a lot more care.

So in semi-related news, I’m going to make this thing rip harder than it ever has. Either selettra or HPI ignition (selettra is a few OZs lighter, but I think HPI has a little better curve), and my flatslide mikuni.

I want to race something come april, and even though this probably won’t be competitive, with the right gearing (N8P forever!) it should have really good pull. I don’t want to scrape up my LTD seat or tank, so I’m going to be using a freespirit pan and my spare C5 tank. That plus my disk brake EBRs. My goal is to have it running and semi-tuned by tomorrow. I’ll keep posting. Whistler from the 20th to 27th!



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!



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.



derbi dreams?
May 22, 2009, 5:42 am
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Its been a tough day. 2 amazing mopeds so close yet so far. We will see what happens with them, but probably out of reach right now.

Gilarderbi is almost alive again. Well it is, but I had some not fun today with ignition, so I go back to stock tomorrow. I also need bigger balls and more patience. Stoppies! I’m also really good at using a timing light now, so thats cool. Matt’s bike is really fast, its going to rip. The polini ciao is really awesome… I’m looking forward to a 12 year old in moped class.

I bought leathers today. I hope that means what you think it does.