Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hero Puch 65cc

My Hero Puch has arrived, and it's got the neatest box of any cylinder I've ever bought. THE OCTAGON.
Well packed and secure, it was also coated with oil all over.
Interestingly enough, it's wrapped in a sweet plastic, encouraging you to insist on genuine Hero quality parts.
This cylinder shot shows that the casting is a bit goofy.
The cylinder studs are square to each other, but a bit wonky on the orientation to the ports. I'd say the whole cylinder is is probably 6 degrees off. Curious if it will have any trouble bolting up to my pipe.

The ports looks pretty good on the inside though, not too rough. I do like the boost port up top. Hard to imagine that Metra80 makes so much power without the port.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another oddity of things being blown up

Alternate title is


To fix a broken moped, simply take off the broken part, and repair it or replace it, put it back on, and then you have a working moped.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tomos and the Mystery Hole

Riding the Tomos the other day, I happened to look down at a stop light and saw a giant puddle of oil spreading out over the pavement. There was so much I thought surely it is from the Exxon Valdeez. Luckily I broke down close to Matt Smudge's work place, so I put my moped into his truck and he came outside and gave me a ride home. What caused the draining of transmission fluid? I thought the drain plug might have rattled loose. Nope, there was a hole in the bottom of the case. Suspiciously M6 size The odd thing was there was also this nice little core of metal still sitting in the hole as the oil gushed out around it. It also was strange that it hadn't rattled lose and wasn't completely ejected by the whatever mystery force created it. Opening up the transmission to see what decided to make the extra drain hole, I found this.
It's always nice when the cause problem is looking you right in the face. One of the cap screws that holds the case halves together worked its way out and dropped into the transmission, where it hooked onto one of the gears, and smashed into the case, bending the bolt and making the hole. The core of the hole fits very nicely against the cap screw, its kind of funny. So after a new case bolt with some loc-tite, I drilled the hole out, tapped it M6, and put in a short bolt with a bonded washer. I had never heard of these before, Naz turned me on to them. It's a snug fitting washer with some type of crush sealing rubber surface. I put that inside the case and turned a nut down on it, and no leaks of any kind. The Tomos lives again!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hero 65cc

I've decided that this kit is just too tempting to pass up. It looks awesome, has a big magnum style fin pattern, and it's ridiculously cheap. $77. Go buy one now. If you have a stock magnum, this would bolt right up with the angled exhaust, although you might have to do some intake adjustments. Either way, I'm looking forward to messing around with this cylinder. I intend to add some material to an E50, then open up those ports nice and wide. I'll adjust my 6p to fit this exhaust port, and pair it up with a 21 dellorto on a custom intake. I know some of the Cuperteens have run these, curious what they say about them. If I like it, I might snag one for my MagnumX, and I'll bet the stock MagX intake will bolt on without too much goofery as well. They do sell the matching head, but I realized the other day I have 5 magnum heads sitting in my cylinder box, and I"m not sure where they all came from. I'm going to mill one flat and lathe in a nice squish band for the 65cc when it comes. Pictures and fun things as they come along.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

A few more pictures from race day

I like this picture, it's myself, Naz, Jesse (perhaps the only racer to not suffer any explosive bike problems this season) and Travis.
"My suit used to look like that but I accidentally put it in the washer with bleach."

"I love lounging in my leather pants, almost as much as I love having someone take my pants when I'm naked under a towel."

"Err Force 1"

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I think I blue a seal on my moped.

We had a really good time, and my moped ran very well. It's official now, I'm the slowest part of the bike. Matt Smith came and raced and had a good time. September's race should be extra fun, as MF resident PHD and European migratory worker IanT will be back in the states and has promised and crossed his heart (my words, not his) to race with us. It was also funny to watch so many mopeds all crash in the same corner on the slick track in the morning, as each one dumped a little more gas and oil on the track to make it even worse for the next. 5 mopeds and at least 2 scooters, and even a little kid on a dirt bike all bit it in one corner.

Also important to note, I got to eat at Sonic drive in, which makes this track excellent. Happily, the Sonic on the way to Mac Track will be complete by September, and I'll be glad to eat there too. Applebee's is way better than Olive garden.
But we will let the people decide.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Races and nothing really moped related

If you come to the races this weekend, you will be amazed.
I'll entertain you.