the derbi that can
October 25, 2009, 9:32 pm
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so we all like riding our mopeds about, but only one of us really depends on one for day to day transportation (meaning this is how he gets around, without it its really tough). Mike rides his derbi everywhere. School, work, work, to the library, and to our houses to hang out. He also has a smiley, but the clutch starting plate is busted so that doesn’t work at the moment.

When the derbi started acting up, then finally stopped working, he had to bike everywhere. He was biking 15-20 miles a day, late at night, in the rain, no lights and a busted rear wheel. Fortunately matt figured out the seal was blown, so he replaced it and now mike can get around a bit easier again. Now he just needs a spare smiley motor.

For those curious how to make your piston port derbi pretty badass for under $150, here is how:
Get a tomos homeot 4p pipe
Get a 15 or 16 sha body
Install both, and remove the restrictor and one of weights from the variator

Now enjoy the boost, from 25-28 to a flat out 35, and 40+ down hills, and mean acceleration to boot! So fun, so easy. This setup is why I love derbis.


April 1, 2009, 5:54 am
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High side, now a low side. I went into a corner a bit too fast today and slipped out. This particular U-turn is notorious among cuperteens. I was like the last one not to fall. I broke my brake lever and got some wonderful rug burn on my arm. No biggie, so whatever.

I’ve got some exciting herbi updates coming and I picked up an ugly revival today for dirt cheap. It’ll be running tomorrow!

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.